Dog allergies are more common than many dog owners realize. The reason they go unnoticed so much is how subtle and general a lot of the symptoms can be. However, if you are vigilant and know what to look for you will definitely notice them. To help you out, here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of dog allergies.
Itchiness and hives
It is normal for a dog to itch occasionally but if it becomes too much in terms of frequency and intensity then you may have something to worry about.
Vomiting and diarrhea
This is most commonly seen with food allergies and intolerance. What sets it apart from other causes of the same symptoms is that these usually, but not exclusively, happen soon after eating.
Coughing and sneezing
Some dog allergies affect the respiratory directly and in such cases the allergens trigger coughing and sneezing fits.
Swelling around the face
If your dog has episodes where their faces and ears just get swollen locally or generally puffy then you may be dealing with an allergy. This happens whether the allergy is on the skin, respiratory, or digestive.
Teary eyes and runny nose
These happen a lot with allergic dermatitis and respiratory allergic reactions. You will notice redness on the eyes or around the nose and increased moisture on the surfaces that may be as bad as a constantly runny nose or teary eyes.
Long term ear infections
This is a commonly missed sign of allergic reactions that is common with parasites like mites and fleas but may also occur with pollen particles that make their way into the dog’s ear.