- Just like us, our pets can have allergies and their allergic responses are just as itchy and irritating.
- The most common pet allergies are skin, food, and environmental allergies.
- To get a proper diagnosis, take your pet to a veterinarian. Treatment will depend on the cause, but often involves lifestyle changes and sometimes medication.
Congestion, red eyes, and a scratchy throat…for people who have allergies these symptoms are all too familiar. Most of us either have our own allergies or know someone who does, but did you know that our pets can also suffer from allergies? According to VCA Canada an allergy is “a state of over-reactivity or hypersensitivity of the immune system to a particular substance called an allergen.” Most of these are from plants, insects, animals, or foods.
The misguided reaction of foreign substances by our immune system is what causes the uncomfortable symptoms associated with allergies. Just like us, our pets can experience different types of allergies. The most common are skin allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies — all of which pose challenges for pets and their owners. Keep reading to learn more about all the symptoms of pet allergies, including the common causes and potential treatments options…
Dogs: Types of Allergies
The most common types of allergies that a dog will have are flea allergies, seasonal or environmental allergies, and/or food allergies. PetMD says a flea allergy is the most common skin disease in dogs. Even just one bite from one or two fleas per week will cause dogs to itch. The allergen causing this itchiness is believed to be flea saliva.
Another common allergy in dogs is seasonal and environmental allergies. These are often caused by substances in your home, backyard, or anywhere else a dog might spend time. They can be inhaled (i.e. pollen) or absorbed through the skin when your dog touches them. According to PetMD, the most common triggers are pollens, plants, animal fibers, dust mites, and mold spores.
Lastly, dogs can develop a food allergy at any point during their life, regardless of whether they’ve had that food in the past or not. “The most common food allergy for dogs is to a protein source in the diet, but sometimes the allergy is to grains and/or other ingredients,” writes the source.