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Allergies in Dogs

June 1, 2018

Did you know that dogs can develop allergies, just like people can? Fido can be allergic to a wide variety of substances. Since your furry buddy can’t tell you if he is having a reaction to something, it’s up to you to watch for warning signs. Read on as a local Oconomowoc, WI vet discusses allergies in dogs.

Common Allergens

Dogs are often allergic to the same substances as people are. Trees, mold, pollen, plants, flowers, leaves, and dust are some of the more common ones. Fido can also have reactions to fumes, such as strong perfumes, cigarette smoke, or aerosol sprays. Some of our canine pals are allergic to specific materials, such as fibers in carpet or upholstery. Your pup could also be allergic to something in his food, treats, or shampoo.


Doggy allergies can manifest in quite a few different ways. Itchiness is one common red flag. Fido may rub himself against things (including you) to try and scratch that pesky itch. He may also lick or chew himself. Other signs of allergies include sneezing, snoring, burping, and flatulence. Allergies can be the cause behind many stubborn ear infections and skin problems, and can sometimes make pets’ eyes red and watery. Occasionally, dogs will have more severe reactions, such as vomiting or diarrhea. In extreme cases, allergies can cause seizure, fainting, coma, or even death, though fortunately these cases are rare. Ask your vet for more information.


Allergies can’t be cured, but there are treatments available that will help your canine companion feel better. If you suspect that your pooch has allergies, take him to the vet for tests. Once the allergens have been identified, your vet will be able to discuss specific treatment options. These may range from medication to special diets or home care regimens.

Home Care

There are a few things you can do at home to help your pooch feel better. Download an app to track pollen counts, and limit your pup’s outdoor time when levels are high. Wiping Fido’s paws and belly with a damp cloth before you bring him in will also help, as this will remove dust, pollen, and other irritants. We also recommend vacuuming regularly and getting a good air purifier.

Please reach out to us, your local Oconomowoc, WI pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!