Dogs suffer from allergies just as people do. However, it can sometimes be difficult to detect in your best friend. This is due to the fact that dogs and humans may react to allergens in different ways.

What are the Causes of Allergies in Dogs?

There are many factors that may contribute to dog allergies. The following reveal some of the more typical allergens suffered by dogs.

Environmental Factors

Dogs can be susceptible to both indoor and outdoor allergens. These include sensitivity to mold spores, dust mites, and fabrics like wool and cotton. Chemical irritants can also affect your pet, which can include rug cleaners, shampoos or perfumes.

Outdoor allergens like ragweed, grass, and pollen can affect your dog either year-round or seasonally. If there is something inside or outside your home that is affecting your pet, symptoms will often persist until the offending allergen is completely removed. Discovering the cause can be a tedious process of elimination.

Food Allergies

An allergic reaction to certain foods, as well as added food ingredients, is relatively common in dogs and can lead to certain digestive problems as well as dry and itchy skin. Some food ingredients that may trigger allergies in your dog include:

  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Soy

And even protein sources including:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Chicken Eggs

Since a dog (or human) can develop an allergy to virtually anything, even “hypoallergenic” foods can still become an allergen, especially with over-exposure.This is why it’s important to change out your dog food on a regular basis (after speaking to your vet), and provide your pet with a diverse diet.

Treatments for Dog Food Allergies

Allergy testing with your vet is a good start, but she may also recommend you try an elimination diet to try to rule out as many potential culprits as possible. Sometimes your vet may even recommend a home-cooked or raw diet plan, especially with very sensitive dogs.

Also keep a close eye on your dog and watch for any reactions. If your dog is exhibiting symptoms, it may be time to try a new food.