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1. Scratches his ears
2. Licks or chews his feet or other parts of body
3. Rubs his face against the floor or furniture
4. Sneezes or has a runny nose
5. Vomits or has diarrhea
6. Coughs or wheezes
7. Has a rash, pimples, bumps, or open sores
8. Has a reddish hair discoloration on the paws or between his toes
9. Has red or watery eyes
10. Has ear infections
Diagnosing Dog Allergies
Once you suspect your dog is suffering from allergies, you should immediately see your vet. Veterinarians will oftentimes make a preliminary diagnosis as well as treatment plan based on several data. These include the season of the year when the dog manifest the most allergy symptoms, the specific body locations that are found to be the most itchy, and the response of the itches to particular medications such as shampoos, steroids, and antihistamines.
If the initial treatment plan does not offer your dog relief, your vet will likely recommend a more specific allergy testing. This procedure is commonly done either by taking a blood test or by performing intra-dermal skin testing. The blood tests are reliable for airborne allergy detection, but not as good when it comes to identifying food or contact allergies. Skin tests, nonetheless, are considered to be more accurate as it involves shaving a small patch of hair on the dog’s side, and then injecting a minimal amount of allergens underneath his skin.
Just like people, dogs can be allergic to a wide range of things like pollen and grasses, certain foods, even cats! Working closely with your vet to diagnose an allergy and treat it will make your dog much more comfortable.