Allergies and Dogs

Allergies and Dogs
If your dog seems to be suffering from allergies, you may very well
be correct. As many as 1 in 4 consistently are. Dogs can be allergic to
many things in the environment and even in our home. It almost goes
without saying; these reactions can cause havoc.

Dogs, just like many other animals…including their owners, possess
complex immune systems designed to keep their bodies healthy,
balanced and free of disease. But this immune system can and does go
wrong. The result: an allergic reaction can occur.

Viruses or allergen particles can enter the body through various
pathways. These particles can be inhaled or consumed through the skin or
mucous areas such as the eyes or nose. Your dog’s body produces white
blood cells and antibodies, in response, in an effort to eliminate the

Unfortunately, when their body encounters particles that actually
aren’t harmful, this reaction can get out of control. Particles like dust
and pollen can trigger an allergic reaction in the immune system.

Some dogs only experience seasonal allergies; some have
bothersome allergies year round. Some have ongoing allergies that are
exacerbated by the onset of other seasonal allergies.

If your best friend exhibits allergy symptoms only during certain
times of the year, such as spring and fall, a seasonal allergy rather
than a year-round allergy is likely. Think pollen from grass or trees for
example. Where you and your dog live can have a big impact.

Dogs experiencing seasonal allergies can be itchy all over or just
certain areas of their bodies like their paws. Those reactions are more
easily observable.

Your dog may also experience more hidden reactions. They may get
recurring ear infections and skin infections when exposed to various
environmental allergens at certain times during the year.

Year-round allergies can occur from a myriad of factors, including
where you live, what they eat, their genetic makeup and what they
are exposed to most often.
They can be especially reactive to fleas and other parasites.
They can have an immediate allergic reaction to food or become
allergic to some foods only as they age.
They can be allergic to things in which they come in contact like
shampoos and pet blankets.
They could be reacting to mold and/or mildew.
They can actually be allergic to other animals, including cats.

Because we don’t understand their language, you are likely to
discover their allergies in any number of ways.

Skin irritations of all sorts including lesions, scabs and hot spots
Excessive itching or scratching
Excessive licking or chewing
Loss of appetite

Pay attention to your best friend’s diet. Their allergy challenges might
be emanating from their dog bowl. That would not be uncommon at all.

Being proactive is much superior to being reactive. Consider giving
your friend a dog supplement specifically formulated to address allergies,
especially seasonal allergies and skin health.

If you are concerned about the possibility of a severe allergy,
always consult your veterinarian. The symptoms could be signaling
issues that should be immediately addressed.

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skin-related issues associated with seasonal allergies. They contain amino
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such as L-Proline, L-Glycine, Quercetin, Omega -3, among others to help dogs
stay healthier and happier.

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