Spotting Allergic Reactions In Dogs

Spotting Allergic Reactions In Dogs

Spotting an allergic reaction in a dog may be difficult since they present themselves in a variety of ways. Symptoms of allergic reactions can vary from mild and being barely noticeable to severe and life-threatening.

As a dog parent, you should be able to recognize these signs so you can provide aid to your dog during this time. Here’s what you need to know:


As aforementioned, symptoms of an allergic reaction in dogs can vary from mild to extreme. These symptoms can affect various parts of the body such as the skin, ears, respiratory system, digestive system, and so forth.

The symptoms will also vary depending on the type of allergy, whether it is related to the season, food, medication, and fleas. These symptoms may also mimic other medical conditions.

Here are a few of the most common symptoms of allergic reactions in dogs:

  • Ear infections
  • Dermatitis
  • Itching (ears, eyes, tail)
  • Swelling
  • Hives
  • Alopecia
  • Butt scooting
  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Inflammation or redness
  • Chewing or licking at the paws
  • Snoring

Triggers or Causes

Your dog may be allergic to any substance on earth. Some of them may cause different reactions, and it’s important to know the triggers to be able to prevent them.

Some allergies may be genetic and others may be developed over time due to constant exposure. Here are a few of the most common allergens observed in dogs:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Danger
  • Fungus
  • Fabrics
  • Rubber Or Plastic
  • Certain Shampoos
  • Cleaning products
  • Perfumes
  • Medication
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Insect bites, particularly fleas
  • Food, especially grain or chicken


The best treatment for allergic reactions in dogs is preventing it in the first place, but we can’t always do this. The most common treatment method is reducing the effects until your dog’s body can rid itself of the allergen.

As always, bring your dog to the vet if he/she experiences an allergic reaction, especially if you don’t know what the allergen is. Your vet may prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids to help treat the symptoms. Over-the-counter medication like Benadryl may also be suggested as well as therapeutic shampoos.

You may also explore natural homemade remedies such as honey, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, or oath baths. Omega-3 fatty acids may also be useful. Just be sure to consult your vet before you try any of these methods.

You should also look into preventative treatments, such as hyposensitization therapy where your dog is exposed to a variety of allergens. This will help to build an immune response against them. You may also practice wiping your dog’s paws after walks and using hypoallergenic shampoos.

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