Just because your dog is covered in a coat of fur, carries dust and dander in his fur and on his skin, rolls around in the grass and eats just about anything doesn't mean he is immune to allergens. Your dog could potentially have allergies and they may present differently in dogs. If your dog has allergies, there are a few signs you should watch out for. Read on for a few of these signs.
1. Hot Spots
Your dog may develop hot spots for many reasons and one of those reasons could be allergies. Your dog could be allergic to grass or something else outside, or they could be allergic to a new brand of dog food or treats. If your dog is continuously licking (to the point that the hair is missing) and causing a red, inflamed area, it's best to get your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup to see what the issue may be. Take note if anything new has changed such as dietary changes or anything new around your home.
If your dog is coughing or wheezing, it could be the sign of an allergy. Your dog could be allergic to dust and dander. Take your dog to be groomed or bathe your dog more often. Also, be sure you are changing the filter in your HVAC system to cut down on the amount of dander around your home. Regular vacuuming can often get rid of dander in carpeting.
3. Red, Itchy Ears
If your dog's ears are red and itchy, it could simply be an ear infection, or it could be the result of an allergic reaction. This can occur with new dog food/treats or with different medications. Take note of any new changes and take your dog to the veterinarian for medication to treat the reaction, especially if there is any discharge coming from the ears.
Your dog may sneeze from time to time, but if he's doing it over and over again, it may be the sign of an allergy. Allergens such as dust and dander may be the cause, but so can pollen or even cottonwood. If you're in the middle of allergy season, it could be affecting your dog, too. Try to keep your dog inside on days when the allergy counts are high. Wipe your dog's paws when they come inside so they're free from pollen.
If your dog is showing signs of allergies, take him to a veterinarian specialist for testing and treatment options to make your dog as comfortable as possible and to ease or prevent some of these symptoms.