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Dog Allergies: What Are They, and How Do I Help My Canine Companion?

Allergies are a common condition affecting dogs, and they can be frustrating. If your pet is sneezing and scratching or has skin problems such as redness or hair loss, it's essential to understand allergies and how you can help your canine companion.


What Are Dog Allergies?

Allergies are an immune response that causes the body to overreact to a harmless substance, like pollen or dust mites. The body's response is to produce antibodies that attack the allergen, leading to inflammation.

There are two main types of canine allergy: inhalant and contact.

Inhalant allergies occur when an animal is exposed to something in its environment (such as pollen or dust) that causes an allergic reaction.

Contact allergies occur when an animal comes into contact with something irritating (such as insect bites or certain plants).


The most common symptoms of canine allergies include:


  • sneezing
  • nasal discharge
  • watery eyes
  • red eyes
  • itching/scratching around the face, ears, and feet
  • skin infections such as hot spots
  • dandruff-like patches of skin on the belly or back
  • hair loss
  • dry skin
  • ear infections

How to Keep Your Dog From Having Allergies

We don't want our dogs to have allergies, of course. Because of this, we must do everything we can to stop it. Therefore, here are some things you can do to keep your dog from having allergies:

Know What Your Dog is Allergic to

Dogs can be allergic to pretty much anything—the list includes:

  • Pollen.
  • Mold spores from dust mites (which live in fabric).
  • Certain types of food.
  • Even dust from wood floors or carpeting.


You'll want to keep a journal to know when your dog's allergies flare up. This will make it easier for your vet to diagnose what's causing the problem and get her on the proper medication.


Make Sure Your Home is as Clean as Possible

The number one cause of dog allergies is usually something in their environment—so if something is making your dog sick in her space at home, get rid of it!

Dust and dander should be removed from the home regularly and thoroughly, including washing goods such as couch covers and cushions, curtains, and pet beds.


Wash Your Pets Regularly

Every week, bathe your pet to lessen the amount of allergy-causing dander on the skin's surface, remove any dirt and debris that may have built upon the skin, and prevent any potential skin disorders, such as clogged skin pores and irritation.


We Will Care For Your Pet Like They Are Family

Hope Animal Clinic is the only full-service animal facility in the area, so if you have a dog, a cat, a horse, a goat, or any farm animal, we are here for you and your companion.

Our staff is not just here to make a living—we are here to make a difference. As pet lovers, we know that our clients are putting their trust in us to provide the best care for their beloved companions.

We go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that your pet is completely comfortable and satisfied during their visit. If you are interested in entrusting your beloved pets with us, contact us or call us at (555) 555-5555, and our staff will be happy to accommodate you!


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