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Pet Health April 17, 2019

How to Tell If Your Dog Has Environmental Allergies

Got an itchy pup? Cases of environmental allergies in dogs have increased more than 30% just in the last 10 years. Learn about common causes and solutions.

The Spring season is well underway. Flowers are blooming, and gardens are coming to life all around us.

For some people, that spells allergies. Is the same true for dogs? (Spoiler alert: Yep.)

Itchy dog scratching

Symptoms of Environmental Allergies in Dogs

According to recent research from Banfield Pet Hospital®, cases of environmental allergies in dogs have increased more than 30% just in the last 10 years.

Common causes include dust mites, mold, pollen, and even cleaning solutions. (So, if you’re on a spring-cleaning kick and your pup seems itchy, the products you’re using may be the culprit.)

How can you tell if your dog has environmental allergies? Signs differ in pets compared to humans. While people often experience sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes, dogs are more likely to:

  • Scratch or chew their skin
  • Lose hair
  • Develop red, inflamed skin or ears

Unfortunately, a variety of health disorders may cause these kinds of symptoms, including puppy pyoderma. So, diagnosing an environmental (or any) allergy can be tricky.

A little patience and a good partnership with your veterinarian are key to resolving your pup’s allergic affliction.

Dog with allergies

Dog Breeds Most at Risk for Allergies

Our research here at Wisdom Health indicates that certain breeds may be predisposed to environmental allergies. A few examples include:

Is your doggo’s breed background a mystery? A Wisdom Panel™ test could help you determine whether your pup’s genetic makeup includes any allergy-prone breeds.

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