Signs Your Dog Has Seasonal Allergies

Springtime is synonymous with beautiful flowers, warmer days, more sunshine, and, for some, the return of dreaded seasonal allergies. While the telltale signs that allergy season is upon us are easy to spot and treat for humans, many don’t know that seasonal allergies can affect your pup, too. Just like us, they can experience uncomfortable symptoms as well.

Have you noticed your dog scratching its coat and licking its paws more? These may be signs that they are affected by these pesky allergies. Here are a few telltale signs to keep an eye out for.

Continuous scratching and itching

One of the most common signs that your dog might suffer from seasonal allergies is constant scratching and itching. Excessive scratching, biting at paws, and rubbing their face against surfaces could be a red flag that they are having an allergic reaction. Please pay attention to any scratching and itching that is out of the ordinary or bordering on excessive, as this is often the first and most obvious sign they are dealing with an allergy.

Red, inflamed, or infected skin

Similar to how some allergic reactions cause red and inflamed skin in humans, allergic reactions in dogs can appear similarly on their skin. Look for any and all changes to their coat and skin, including redness, hot patches, rashes, and infections.

Excessive paw licking and chewing

Allergies can affect your dog’s paws, which could lead to compulsive chewing, gnawing, and licking. If you notice your pup paying more attention to their paws than usual, make sure to check for redness, signs of irritation, and swelling.

Chronic ear infections

Chronic ear infections or red, waxy ears, common for dogs prone to ear problems in the first place, could be typical allergy symptoms you may notice. Pay attention to frequent head shakes, scratches at their ears, and clear signs of discomfort around the ear area, as they may be signs of seasonal allergies.

When you notice signs of an allergic reaction, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian

The AVMA said it best; “technicians are so important when it comes to client communication as well. That’s a huge aspect of being successful with allergic pets.” Understanding the potential signs that your furry friend is suffering from seasonal allergies is crucial for their well-being and an excellent way for you to get them the help they need when they need it. To best care for your pet who is suffering from seasonal allergies or any allergic reaction in general, you’ll want to consult your veterinarian, who can help you determine the best treatment plan.

At Bregman Veterinary Group, we make it our mission to help you determine the best course of action for your pet so that they can live long, healthy lives. By being proactive, you can ensure your dog enjoys each season without the discomfort of allergies. To schedule an appointment for your pup, click here to get started.

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