Allergic reactions in dogs: symptoms and co. - you should know that!
Licking, scratching, pushing: Yes, this could be an allergy!
If mites, fleas and other unpleasant infestations and diseases can be excluded, then an allergy is obvious. In dogs, too, an allergy often manifests itself in the form of itching, red eyes and swollen airways. How do you recognise an allergy, which reactions are common and what can you do about them? We have summarised this.
Allergy symptoms of dogs
There are various symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction or intolerance in your dog. In addition to inflamed ears, scaly skin and constant scratching, the classic signs of an allergy include increased paw licking, nibbling on claws or dull fur. Food intolerances are also frequently manifested in recurrent diarrhoea, flatulence, vomiting, anal gland problems or recurrent ear infections.
These are typical allergies of dogs
Meat: Unfortunately it is not uncommon today for pets to suffer from allergies. For example, many dogs react to certain sources of protein. Intolerances to types of meat, such as chicken or beef, are now widespread. Here, a so-called exclusion feeding often helps to find out which type of meat could be the culprit.
Cereals and Co.: Allergies to cereals are also becoming increasingly common. Many feed suppliers therefore avoid wheat or rice and replace the components with potatoes or their "sister", the "sweet potato", which is considered even gentler. Some dogs also show an intolerance to maize meal.
Mites: What sounds disgusting at first is perfectly normal and not an indication of inferior quality: Feed mites like to romp about in dried food in particular. These trigger allergies in many dogs. Dry food should therefore never be stored in an open place and too warm. It is best to fill a few portions and freeze the rest of the food.
Many dogs also react to house dust mites. So if your pelt-nose runs around in bed and then has sneezing attacks, the situation is pretty clear. The basket is also susceptible to house dust mites. You should therefore vacuum and wash it regularly.
Pollen and grasses: Like many bipeds, some quadrupeds also suffer from "hay fever". Often their paws itch after going out for a walk, their nose runs or their eyes are red. You can help your dog by rinsing his paws with water after every walk or by using our special shower tabs.
How to find out if my dog has an allergy?
Observe your four legged friend very carefully and weigh up what could be the trigger. Before you act on your own, you should always take your dog to a vet. The vet can test your dog for various possible allergies and help you choose the right measures or medication. Often exclusion diets and blood tests are carried out at the same time to identify allergy triggers.