Are you allergic to dogs? Click on the link if you are. The article below is for dog allergies, and how to treat them, not being allergic to a dog.
Just like humans, dogs can also experience allergies – in fact the number of dogs experience allergic reactions have been increasing rapidly. According to the stats, about 1 in 7 dogs will will show allergy symptoms. It would require at least two exposures to the same allergen for the dog to react to it, causing the allergic reactions. Here are some common allergy symptoms in dogs:
Intense itchiness: Very commonly, dogs who experience allergic reactions cannot stop themselves from scratching and this causes a lot of dogs to be very miserable. You may see your dog scratching it’s ears, chew it’s paw, rub itself against against the floor or some furniture or lick it’s own body. Having an itchy tail or itchy back is very common of flea allergies. Intense levels of scratching may lead to reddened or dry skin. Along with the itchiness of the skin, dog allergy symptoms also include red, itchy and watery eyes.
Sneezing and Runny noses: If your dog experiences persistent sneezing and runny noses which lasts longer than several hours, then it is likely that this could be an allergy. The nasal discharge from allergies should be clear and runny, however, in severe cases, it might experience nose bleeds. If the discharge is thick then this could mean your dog is sick and has an infection (likely caused by bacterial or fungus). Usually this type of sickness will also cause coughing and colored discharge.
Wheezing: This may be an alarming for dog owners because the wheezing sounds of dogs sound very severe, but in most cases it is not as severe as it sounds. Allergies are one of the most common causes of wheezing in dogs because allergens can irritate a dog’s airways and affect it’s breathing. Allergens can range from pollen, cigarettes to pesticides or household chemicals. You may also hear a dog snoring and this is also due to the allergy.
Vomiting and Diarrhea: In more severe cases of allergies, your dog may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. It is recommended you contact your vet if this happens because this can be mistaken for food poisoning.
There are much more symptoms of allergy in dogs, but these are the most common ones. For more information on allergies in dogs, click below: