Spring is finally here, which is awesome for just about everyone except people, like me, who suffer from allergies. If you have a dog, you might notice that they seem to be suffering, too. No, it’s not just your imagination or your dog dealing with a case of sympathy sniffles. It turns out our furry BFFs get allergies, too. Luckily, there are allergy medications and other treatments for our canine comrades, so if recognize the signs your dog has allergies know there are some positive steps you can take to help fido get sniffle-free.
According to veterinarian Ernest Ward, doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), dogs can be allergic to just about anything, including pollen, insect bites, and foods. He explains that allergies are basically when your dog's immune system overreacts to a substance, causing a variety of symptoms. Sometimes these signs are similar to those in people with allergies — like sneezing, watery eyes, and wheezing. But, as veterinarian Dr. Robert Silver, DVM, writes for Bark.com, often, dog allergies will instead manifest as a itchy skin rash. According to the Clinical Nutrition Service at Tuft's University's Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, many dog owners fear their dog has food allergies and will put them on special diets or foods as a result. But food allergies in dogs are actually pretty rare. More common, however, are allergies in dogs, and to things like pollen, dust mites, and fleas.
If you are worried your dog might have allergies, or want to know the signs just in case, read on: