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Most Common Dog Allergies

Just like their owners, dogs can come with allergy problems, too! While we might be allergic to pollen or dairy, dogs can be allergic to smoke or lamb. Really, not too different from us! Here are some common dog allergies, as well as breeds typically affected and symptoms, so you know how to help your pup!

Common Allergies:

  • Dander - Just like we can be allergic to dog or cat dander, dogs can be allergic to dander as well!
  • Smoke - Specifically, cigarette smoke.
  • Feathers - And not just when they brush their nose!
  • Fleas - Yep! Obviously, fleas will make your dog itchy. But some dogs are allergic to fleas, which can cause hair loss. 
  • Grass - While dogs love to roll around in the grass, it can cause allergies in pups.
  • Perfumes - Perfumes don't usually smell good to pups, but for some dogs, it can cause major irritation.
  • Rubber or plastic - Rubber or plastic can cause skin irritation in some dogs.

Common Food Allergies:

  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Soy

Allergy-Prone Breeds:

While any dog can have or develop allergies, the following breeds are more prone to developing environmental allergies.

  • Shar-Peis
  • Doberman Pinchers
  • Standard Poodles
  • English Setters
  • Bichon Frises

Food Allergy-Prone Breeds:

  • Pitbulls
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Shih Tsuz
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Pugs
  • Yorkshire Terriers
  • Bulldogs
  • West Highland Terriers
  • German Shepherds

Allergy Symptoms

If you keep an eye out for the following symptoms, you'll be able to tell quickly if your dog might be having an allergic reaction to something in their environment or in their diet. 

  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Breathing issues/heavy breathing
  • Excessive scratching
  • Runny nose or eyes
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 

Keep an eye out for these issues and always ask your vet if you have questions!

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