dog Your pet dog, just like a human being, can also suffer from a variety of allergies. It can be a hassle if you find your own pet dog going through such an experience and you don’t know what to do. Catching up on your knowledge of the different allergies that might affect your pet dog would help you understand and even providing the necessary care that your pet would require.

Dogs can get a wide variety of allergies in their lifetime. They can also show a variety of symptoms that can range from totally harmless episodes to quite distracting and irritating ones. To give you an idea of the allergies that your pet dog may have, here they are in their various types.

Flea Allergies

This type of allergy is the common cause of your pet dog’s year round battle with the "itch". You might find your pet dog scratching and biting its body and legs more than usual which can be quite distracting at times. It might already be a sign that your pet may be experiencing an allergy due to the fleas.

But unlike most people would tend to believe, fleas do not directly cause the allergy. It is the flea’s saliva that is the irritant. It is the saliva that causes your pet dog to scratch uncontrollably. The best way to get rid of this is by applying some anti-flea products like soaps or powder aimed to get rid of the parasites that inhabit in your pet dog’s fur.

Food Allergies

Dogs can also suffer from various food allergies. Although quite rare, there are some ingredients in most common foods that pet dogs may be allergic to. There are also some common food like dark chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Food allergies in dogs are the only ones that cannot be remedied through medicine intake.

The symptoms of such allergies are similar to the ones that human beings may experience- itchiness, skin redness, as well as gastrointestinal disturbances. The only way that these allergies can be prevented or avoided is through dietary correction.

Environmental Allergies

Dogs may also contract allergies through the air. There are various allergens such as pollen and molds that may float in the air and cause allergic reactions in your pet dog. Particle allergens are the second most common cause of allergies in dogs. Such allergies usually occur on a seasonal basis especially during the spring or fall when pollen is abundant in outside air. Symptoms caused by such allergies include skin itching, watery eyes and frequent paw licking.