Creed likes to hike among the desert flowers but many dogs can’t due to allergies. Unlike humans whose allergy symptoms usually involve the respiratory tract, dog allergies more often take the form of skin irritation or inflammation – a condition called allergic dermatitis. If your pet has allergies, her skin will become very itchy.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats won’t sneeze or cough excessively when they are allergic to pollen. They lick, bite and scratch themselves a lot. That’s because pollen falls on their fur, ears and the pads on their paws. The pollen is then absorbed into the skin through those areas.
It’s rare, but dogs can be allergic to cat dander and people dander. Dander is made up of tiny cells shed from hair, fur, or feathers—and though you mostly hear it in relation to pets, humans produce it, too. Other common pet allergies include flea saliva and certain foods.
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin.
- Increased scratching.
- Itchy, runny eyes.
- Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
- Itchy ears and ear infections.
The Doctors at AHS can diagnose allergies and provide relief for K-9 kids that want to have fun outdoors!