Spring is in the air, but that also means it’s peak season for plant bloom and with that comes the effects of seasonal allergies. Keep your furry friends healthy and happy all year long and pay special attention to these factors in determining any allergic reactions your dog may be experiencing this time of year.
1. Obsessive Licking
If your dog is constantly licking (especially to the belly and paws), he or she may be bothered by something in his environment and this may increase after your return home from a trip outside.
A tell-tale sign of allergies, constantly scratching should be monitored for a few days.
3. Red, Irritated Skin
Just like humans, dogs can break out in rashes and hives when exposed to an allergen. Look on their belly and feet, particularly in-between the toes, as these are the parts of their body that touch the things like grass or pollen the most. Ears can be another area that gets inflamed due to allergies.
4. Rubbing Their Face or Snouts on Things
This can be anything from a carpet or your pillows, couches, bed, or furniture. Some dogs will try and rub their entire body across a surface to alleviate the itchiness caused by an allergy and scratch themselves.
5. Hot Spots
Hot spots are areas of the fur that have become red and inflamed with irritation. Without medication or treatment, bleeding of the skin may also occur, which can lead to discomfort and infection.
6. Loss of Fur
If the allergy has been left untreated and your dog continues to be exposed to the allergen, they can suffer hair loss.
7. Reddish or Smelly Ears
Look inside the ears for signs of inflammation. Often an unpleasant odor will be observed.
8. Excessive Head Shaking
Dog’s can’t use Q-tips and often shake their head aggressively to deal with discomfort in their ears. Look for exaggerated, frequent head shaking or behavior that indicates your dog does not want you to touch his or her head.