Watching for symptoms of dog allergies

There are some breeds of dog who suffer from airborne inhalants and this is usually recognised by owners when their pet starts scratching around the ears and neck area. This can result in your dog having a skin rash.

In the summertime a pet dog can be affected more due to the warm weather and the pollen that is airborne. If the rash or itching is present all the year round it may be an indication that your dog has an allergy to mould or dust.

Even one flea on its own can produce itching to a dog that is sensitive to most allergies. The symptoms are biting and licking around the rump or base of a dog’s tail.

Some dogs are intolerant to their dog food. Wheat or meat based products can also result in skin problems, flatulence, vomiting and paw licking.

In most cases where there are food or flea allergies you can treat any fleas and change your dog food to an allergy dog food, which contains natural ingredients and is kinder to your dog’s digestive tract.

Some are harder to control than others. Inhalant allergies may need allergy injections or antihistamines.

If you are worried about mis-diagnosing the symptoms your local vet will be able to determine the cause and the best plan of action.