By: Sharon Dianora
Most dog allergy symptoms start with an itchy dog. Determining the cause of your dog's skin irritation is key to treating canine allergies. When you treat the cause, and not just the symptom, you can relieve your dog's itching and scratching for good.
Many of the symptoms are similar, but there are a few distinct differences that makes it easier to identify which allergy your dog maybe suffering from.
You can see a full list of allergy symptoms further down the page, but first, here's a short summary of the subtle differences in symptoms:
|Dogs itching in the summer||Inhalant/skin allergy or flea allergy|
|Dogs itching all year||Food Allergy or inhalant/skin allergy|
|Dogs itching in winter||Not usually an allergy, more likely to be dry skin|
|Itching occurs suddenly||Contact allergy|
|Itching at base of tail or rump||Flea Allergy|
If, like me, you have a dog with itchy skin, I'm sure you're anxious to find out what's causing all the scratching. After all, its got to be uncomfortable for your fur baby.
I have to say though, it can sometimes be difficult to determine the actual cause on your own. I know I've been round that block before and just treating the symptom doesn't really help if you don't know the root cause.
There can be many different reasons your pet is itching, you can see other common skin disorders here, but the most common cause of dogs itching and scratching is frequently due to skin allergies, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to start your research with that.
Review each allergy below to see if it sounds like your dog's symptoms:
As you can see, many of the dog allergy symptoms are similar. Knowing exactly when your dog itches the most is probably the best clue you're going to get to solving the root cause of your dog's itch. I hope the information here on dog allergy symptoms helps you get there but if not....