Dog Skin Allergies, What Are They And How Do You Treat Them

Are you worried your furry friend is suffering from one or more dog skin allergies? Is your canine friend chewing his feet, rubbing his face on the carpet or furniture, scratching his body constantly? Then keep reading to find out what these allergies are, what causes them and more importantly, how you can treat them.

Although humans suffer from allergies just the same as dogs, a dog's symptoms of the allergy will be less obvious than in us humans.

Because the symptoms are less obvious (and because most humans can't communicate with dogs), diagnosing the allergy can be quite difficult.

As in humans, most dog skin allergies develop after repetitive exposure to the allergen. Although there are exceptions like allergies to insect bites.

In about 80% of all allergy cases, the allergy develops between the age of 1 and 3. Unfortunately, as your dog ages, the number of allergies may increase and the allergic reactions may become more severe.

The Symptoms

Dog skin allergies

The most common symptoms of dog skin allergies are:

  • Scratching
  • Chewing on the feet/legs
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Rubbing the face on the carpet/furniture
  • Skin lesions
  • Hair loss

Some dogs will chew their feet until they are red and become completely irritated. If you've checked the feet for any minor cuts, grass seeds,... chances are it's an allergy.

Chronic ear infections are caused because the glands that produce the wax in the ears start to overproduce due to an allergy. This causes extra bacteria and yeast to grow in the wax build-up. Which in turn leads to chronic ear infections. Especially if you own a breed with floppy ears, make sure you clean them regularly.

Skin lesions are usually caused by the dog himself, trying to get some relief by scratching and biting the irritated skin. The skin can turn dry and crusty or even oily and red. Quite often, these lesions cause an infection, on top of the allergy, because all sorts of bacteria can fester inside them.

Hair loss usually happens in patches.

The Causes

Dog skin allergies can have a variety of causes. Finding the cause can be quite difficult. After all, dogs can't tell you what they've eaten, rolled in because it smelled good or where it hurts.

Here's a short list of allergens: