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What You Should Know About Dog Allergies

If you suspect your canine suffers from allergies, you're not alone. Many dogs suffer from allergic reactions each year.

Typically food is the culprit, however sometimes it may be another cause such as scabies, fleas or a bacterial issue. The most important thing you can do is recognize the problem so your dog can get treatment. Read on to learn the symptoms, treatment and prevention of this problem.


The biggest misconception about dog food allergies is that it's caused by changing foods. The truth is your dog can also develop an allergic reaction to a food they've been eating for a long time. Symptoms of a reaction may include:

Itching (typically around the face, paws and ears)

Strange odor coming from skin

Red bumps

Ear infection

Diarrhea (although this is not very common)


If you suspect your dog's symptoms may be an allergy, you should consult your veterinary as soon as possible.


Your vet will work with you to identify the cause of your dog's allergy. If it's a problem with food, you will likely need to change your canine's diet. The most common foods that produce a reaction are beef, chicken, fish, eggs and milk. In addition to changing food, your vet may also prescribe antihistamines to help itching.


Although any dog can develop allergies, some breeds can have a genetic predisposition. Unfortunately, the problem can't always be prevented, but paying close attention to your dog's health will help identify a problem.

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