Your dog always seems itchy. Your dog is always licking his paws or seems to be scratching all the time. You notice your dog’s skin is dry and flaky. Your dog seems to have “hot spots” he can’t leave alone. Could your dog have allergies?
Just like humans, dogs do have allergies. Dogs can experience food sensitivities/allergies, environmental allergies, and even seasonal allergies! Dogs can react to cleaners, detergents, mold, bug bites. When your dog has seasonal allergies, he might be obsessively licking his paws, rubbing his face against things, have hives on his stomach or paws, have inflamed ears, “puffy” eyes, and redness near the mouth, paws and chin. The most common areas that are affected are the face, ears, armpit, belly and feet.
Dogs suffering from food allergies may have itchy skin, skin and ear infections or gastrointestinal upset. It is important to consult your veterinarian to create a proper diet for your dog. The most common food allergies dogs have are to beef, dairy, wheat, soy, fish and chicken. Your vet will rule out the most common culprits and recommend a dietary trial to eliminate the allergens. Most likely your dog is unable to tolerate common pet store food and requires special food that is truly hypoallergenic and not sold commercially (available at your vet’s office).
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