Just like people dogs can be allergic to a variety of substances and each individual pet will have different sensitivities. Learning more about the most common allergies can help give your pet some relief from the scratching and discomfort he may be experiencing. For dogs, most allergies fall into one of three categories: fleas, environment and food.

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Fleas

Any dog can be troubled by fleas; as the fleas bite, they cause irritation and scratching. Some dogs, though, are actually allergic to flea saliva. When this is the case, even a single flea can cause extreme discomfort for your pet. Even if you do not see many fleas, your pet could be very uncomfortable if they have an allergy; topical flea remedies and even additional preventatives can make your pet more comfortable if he has this type of allergy.

 

Environmental

The most common form of dog allergies, your pet could be allergic to anything from pollen to dust or grass. Careful monitoring of your dog’s behavior and symptoms in different settings could reveal the problem; antihistamines like Benadryl can also help. For severe allergies, a prescription antihistamine or steroid might be required.

 

Food

Difficult to diagnose, food allergies in dogs can present other issues. If you suspect a problem, schedule an appointment; we can help you come up with a strategy designed to pinpoint what your pet is allergic to and come up with suggestions to help improve his life.

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Environmental allergies are the most common form of allergic disease in dogs.  Like people, dogs can be allergic to a wide variety of irritants — from grass to pollen to mites. This can be diagnosed with blood tests or skin tests, or simply from a high index of suspicion on the part of the veterinarian.  Since allergies can mask or even lead to a secondary problem like an infection, it is important to investigate the underlying cause of the allergies and take steps to make your pet more comfortable. If you suspect your dog or cat has allergies, contact us to learn more about your options and to schedule a time to talk about his symptoms. We can come up with a plan to determine what’s bothering your pet and a clear strategy to make sure he feels his best, year-round.  

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