Allergies in Dogs

Did you know that Man’s Best Friend can suffer from allergies? Dogs can develop allergies at any age, and to a huge variety of substances. In fact, quite a few of our canine friends have allergies! Read on as a local London, ON vet talks about allergies in dogs.

Common Allergens

Our four-legged friends can react to many of the same things people are allergic to. Pollen, dust, dander, mold, insect bites, and trees are a few common examples. Your furry pal can also be allergic to certain materials, such as the fibers in your carpet or upholstery, or to strong fumes, such as cigarette smoke. Sometimes dogs are allergic to ingredients in their food or shampoos.

Signs of Allergies

Fido can’t tell you about his allergies, so you’ll need to know what to watch for. Some common symptoms of allergies in dogs include red, runny eyes; sneezing; burping; flatulence; vomiting; diarrhea; and/or stubborn ear infections. Allergies can often make Man’s Best Friend quite itchy, and/or cause skin trouble. Your pet may chew, lick, or bite himself to get to that itchy spot. He could also have irritated, crusty, flaky, or scabby skin, or develop bald spots or discoloration. Occasionally, our canine friends have more severe reactions, which can range from seizures to unconsciousness, and, though fortunately this is rare, death.


Allergies can’t be cured, but there are treatment options that can make your dog more comfortable. If you suspect your loyal pet may have allergies, contact your vet immediately. Your vet will need to determine what your pooch is reacting to, so some tests are likely in order. If your canine pal has food allergies, your vet may recommend a special dietary regiment to identify the allergens. Once you know what Fido is reacting to, you and your vet will be able to discuss treatment options, and determine the best course of action. In some cases, medication may be required. For others, a special diet may be needed. Your vet may also give you specific care instructions. For instance, you may be advised to dust and vacuum frequently, or to keep your furry friend indoors as much as possible during peak pollen times.

Do you know or suspect that your dog has allergies? Please reach out to us, your London, ON veterinary hospital, anytime. We are happy to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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