Itching, Scratching, and Nibbling: What You Should Know About Pet Allergies

At any time in their lives, dogs can develop allergies and, while everyday allergens are harmless to your dog’s health, they can be uncomfortable to live with. If your dog is exhibiting any of the following, he may be suffering from allergies:

• Itchy, red, moist, or scabbed skin
• Increased scratching
• Runny eyes
• Itchy ears or ear infections
• Sneezing
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Snoring (when they didn’t used to before)
• Swollen paws or paw chewing
• Constant licking

Allergies seem to be especially common in Terriers, Setters, Retrievers, and flat-faced breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers, and the allergen responsible can range from tree pollen and dust to cigarette smoke, perfumes, food, and more. Food allergies usually cause itchiness, ear infections, and [sometimes] gastrointestinal issues. If you think your dog may have a food allergy, consider a limited ingredient, grain-free diet, like our Fresh to Home line of frozen foods or freeze dried diets. We don’t recommend diagnosing your dog’s issue yourself. If your pet is exhibiting discomfort, talk with your veterinarian and establish the best course of action to treat his specific issues.

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