3 Ways to Tell If Your Dog Has Allergies

Find yourself sneezing and rubbing your runny eyes every time you step outside? Well, you're not the only one! Dogs get allergies too, and we've listed below the three most common ways to tell if your dog is having an allergic reaction to something. The two most prominent types of dog allergies are environmental ones (such as allergies to pollen, dust mites, and fleas) and food allergies, and these three behaviors will let you know if your pooch is suffering from one of these two common types of allergies.

Itchy & Scratchy
Is your dog constantly itching way more than usual? At first, you'll notice that your pup's skin is getting drier and flakier, and then the dry skin will progress to sores and lesions if she continually scratches in the same spot without treatment. Take your dog to the vet to first figure out whether the allergic reaction is due to an environmental or food intolerance, then your vet will probably have you switch foods (if food-related) as well as bathe her in special sensitive shampoo until her itchiness alleviates. 

If your dog is coughing, sneezing, or reverse sneezing, he's very likely allergic to something in his environment that he's inhaling. An additional sign of this type of environmental allergy is an increased secretion in his nasal and eye discharge (the color will be particularly yellow as well). When this happens, take your pooch to the vet for a check up. If your dog is allergic to something that is airborne, you may have to get some sort of air purifier for your house. Another good way to keep your dog from having sneeze attacks is to vacuum and dust frequently, but keep your dog out of the house while you do so as vacuuming and dusting makes allergens airborne before they are removed.

Upset Stomach
When your dog starts vomiting or having diarrhea for more than one day, there's a big chance she could be allergic to something she's eating. Take her to the vet right away, and if it turns out that she's having an allergic reaction (and not something more serious), you may have to start doing an elimination diet with her. Start out by making a list of all the new foods or treats that may have been introduced to her diet recently and remove those items first, and if she still doesn't get better, go back to your vet with a clear record of what she has eaten in her streamlined diet and which foods within the diet have been introduced to her the most recently. 

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