Can Dogs Have Allergies?

If you have been reading the blog, you may have seen many examples that a dog’s body is a lot more like a human’s than most of us would think.  Allergies are another prime example of this, and dogs can be allergic to things just like humans can, some are different but most are very similar.  Most allergies are very common and will not produce a very severe response, but some can be so bad they can be life-threatening to certain dogs, kind of like with humans.  If a dog inhales, ingests, or comes in contact with an allergen in some way, they will produce a reaction as their body tries to get the substance out.

Symptoms Dog AllergiesSome of the most common symptoms of dogs having allergic reactions are very similar to humans.  They may sneeze, have itchy spots and be scratching more, a runny nose or red eyes, or diarrhea.  Dogs can also suffer bacteria infections, which can cause rashes, loss of hair, or scabbing.  Any dog can get infections or allergies at any time during their life,  although puppies seem to be the most susceptible.  Terriers and Retrievers also tend to have the most allergies of all breeds, although it is not really known why.  Dogs can be allergic to many of the same things as humans, like dust, feathers, or mold.  It is very common to see a pollen, or weed/grass allergy in most puppies during the spring.  Dogs may also be allergic to household cleaners, deodorizers, or other scented perfumes and things.  They can also be allergic to certain types of food, and it can be very difficult to discern the exact substance that is causing a reaction.  A food allergy will usually cause the dog to be very itchy, and also vomiting what they ate.

Can dogs have allergies?  Absolutely!  And just like with humans, they come in many forms and levels of severity.  If your dog has allergies, it is best to keep them away from whatever is causing it.  A special diet may be required for some dogs with extreme food allergies.  There are medications available to help with most canine allergies, from food allergies to seasonal pollen and environmental allergies, and it is best to see your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your dog.  Younger puppies will also outgrow many of their early allergies, and a good, balanced diet and a strong immune system will also help a great deal!