Dog Allergy Symptoms:
Your Dog's Plea for Help

Chronic dog allergy symptoms include:

  • Scratching
  • Runny eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Biting, especially on back, legs and feet
  • Itching

Sometimes the presence of allergy symptoms in a specific area will be a good indication of the type of allergy trigger. For instance:

Flea Bites: The dog will chew and scratch at his rear end, between the legs, and stomach. Small red patches may be seen.

Dog Food Allergies: Specific foods may trigger an allergic reaction such as licking or scratching, often around the face or feet.

Allergies are an ongoing, chronic health issue. While dog allergy symptoms can make your dog miserable and reduce the quality of life, they are not life-threatening.

Allergic Reactions vs. Dog Allergies

Allergic reactions, on the other hand, usually happen immediately or within an hour of contact with the allergic trigger—bee sting, eating paint chips, etc.

In severe reactions, symptoms can include:

  • Hives (bumps)
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing

If you suspect your dog is having an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian or emergency pet hospital immediately.

Treatment for Allergic Reaction in Dogs

If your dog shows swelling or hives on the face or other areas, it is possible difficulty in breathing will soon follow, and that is a life-threatening situation. You need to take your dog to a veterinary clinic or emergency pet hospital immediately.

It is wise to keep a box of Benadryl©, an antihistamine made for people, on hand for emergencies. Give your dog a Benadryl at the dosage of 1 mg of medicine per pound of body weight. One Benadryl is 25 mg, so you will give one pill to a 25 lb. dog, 1/2 pill to a 12 lb. dog, 2 pills to a 50 lb. dog, etc. Give the medicine to your dog as soon as you see symptoms, then leave for the vet. Or if you have someone driving with you, the pill(s) can be given to your dog on the trip. Benadryl can be a life-saver in a severe case of allergic reaction in dogs, so keep it in your first-aid kit.

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