August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month! Just like us humans, dogs can be affected by different allergies. Since your dog can’t tell you when something is wrong, it’s best to know the signs your dog is having an allergic reaction, and how to treat it. The types of allergies that affect dogs are:

  • Skin Allergies
  • Food Allergies
  • Environmental Allergens

Skin Allergies

There are a few things that can cause skin allergies, or allergic dermatitis, in your dog. Fleabites are one in particular. Some dogs are allergic to flea saliva, which causes their skin to become extremely itchy. Ticks can also cause dogs to scratch excessively, creating skin irritation. Food allergies can cause your dog’s skin to become itchy as well, usually in their paws and ears. Environmental allergens, like dust, pollen and mold can also cause skin irritation in dogs.

Food Allergies

Besides causing skin conditions such as hives, facial swelling, and itchiness, food allergies can also cause gastrointestinal issues. Vomiting and/or diarrhea is the most common symptom of food allergies.

Symptoms Of Dog Allergies

Symptoms may vary depending on the cause, but here’s what you can expect from a dog experiencing allergies.

  • Itchiness
  • Constant Licking
  • Swelling Of The Face, Ears, Lips, Eyelids, Or Earflaps
  • Inflamed Skin
  • Hives
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy, Runny Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy Ears
  • Chronic Ear Infections

Avoiding allergens is a great way to treat allergies, but we know this isn’t always possible. Consult with your veterinarian to find out the best treatment option for your dog.