May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. While the allergy season for pets may be similar to the allergy season for people, the symptoms your pet experiences are quite different. Here are some common signs that your dog has allergies.
Itchy or Red Skin: Keep an eye on your dog’s itching and if you notice that they can’t seem to stop this behavior, it’s best to take them to get veterinary care as soon as possible to find out the cause of this problem.
Constant Licking and Facial Rubbing: Rubbing every now and then isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, but if you notice your dog doing this multiple times a day, it’s more than likely that allergies are playing a factor here. If they are doing it excessively it could warrant an emergency visit to the veterinarian.
Swelling of the Ears, Eyelids or Face: If you notice that your dog is beginning to develop swollen eyes, ears or muzzle, you should take them to see an emergency vet. There could be multiple reasons why this is happening, but it is likely that your dog is suffering from an allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting, plants, new medications or other environmental factors
Hair Loss: When your pet starts to lose so much hair that they begin to develop bald spots that this becomes a problem. Hair loss due to allergies can also be triggered by parasites, such as mange, so it’s always best to take your pet to see a veterinarian or emergency vet as soon as you can.
Scratching and Shaking of the Ears and Ear Infections: If you see that your dog is constantly scratching at or shaking their ears, then this is when you’re going to want to take them to receive immediate veterinary care.