Have you looked outside recently? All the cars are turning yellow! Pretty soon we won’t know the taxis from the regular cars.

No doubt about it: Pollen season is here in full force, and it’s not just humans who are affected. Dogs can have allergies too. Even if a dog isn’t born with allergies, he can develop allergies as he ages, just like people can.

I stopped by Sirius Dog Spa and talked to owner Liz Clarke about dog allergies. She had a lot of good information for me that I want to pass on to you.

Dog allergies can be divided into three categories:

1. Food Allergies

The usual suspects here are chicken, beef, and wheat. You’ll have to change the food you’re buying to solve this problem.

2. Seasonal Allergies

If your dog is licking, chewing, or biting his feet, it’s probably from the grass he walks around in outside. Wipe your dog’s paws off when he returns from a romp outside.

Dog’s don’t sweat, so if you notice his fur looking wet, this is a sign of allergies (the skin leaking lymph fluid)

Notice the pink, wet appearance of the skin around the eye due to allergies.

3. Flea Bite Allergies

You dog will usually be scratching at the base of his tail if flea bites are the culprit. Flea/tick prevention medicine will take care of this problem. Liz uses Comfortis on her own dogs.

Just don’t use medicated collars. The flea collars don’t work and though the tick collars work, they paralyze the dog’s mouth.

Allergy Medication

Kids’ Benadryl can sometimes be used to relieve your dog’s allergy symptoms, but ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VET before deciding on a dosage. I don’t want to get an angry letter from a reader whose dog died because they decided to medicate their dog based on this article.

I’m not a vet. I just do interviews.

Another thing I learned from Liz is: Never give your dog a decongestant. Decongestants are deadly to dogs. If your vet gives you the green light for allergy meds, read the box carefully, because the difference between Claritin and Claritin D is huge for your pet.

Check out the following photos to learn to identify the signs of dog allergies:

This dog’s scratching has produced a “hot spot.” Apply “bitter apple” to keep the dog from chewing the area and clip the hair around it to speed healing. Bathe your dog with unscented dog shampoo.

Notice how pink the dog's skin becomes on its belly. Allergies have irritated this pooch. The next photo shows a closer look.

Don’t let pollen, wheat, or fleas get the best of your best friend. For in-depth reading on dog skin allergies, visit Pet WebMD’s article here.


One response »

  1. gmruns says:

    I was JUST thinking the other day that my pups had seasonal allergies. Good idea wiping off their paws after playing in the grass 🙂

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