The Spring season is well underway. Flowers are blooming, and gardens are coming to life all around us.
For some people, that spells allergies. Is the same true for dogs? (Spoiler alert: Yep.)
Symptoms of Environmental Allergies in Dogs
According to recent research from Banfield Pet Hospital®, cases of environmental allergies in dogs have increased more than 30% just in the last 10 years.
Common causes include dust mites, mold, pollen, and even cleaning solutions. (So, if you’re on a spring-cleaning kick and your pup seems itchy, the products you’re using may be the culprit.)
How can you tell if your dog has environmental allergies? Signs differ in pets compared to humans. While people often experience sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes, dogs are more likely to:
- Scratch or chew their skin
- Lose hair
- Develop red, inflamed skin or ears
Unfortunately, a variety of health disorders may cause these kinds of symptoms. So, diagnosing an environmental (or any) allergy can be tricky.
A little patience and a good partnership with your veterinarian are key to resolving your pup’s allergic affliction.
Dog Breeds Most at Risk for Allergies
Our research here at Wisdom Health indicates that certain breeds may be predisposed to environmental allergies. A few examples include:
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden Retrievers
- West Highland White Terriers
- German Shepherds
- Cocker Spaniels
- French Bulldogs
Is your doggo’s breed background a mystery? A WISDOM PANEL test could help you determine whether your pup’s genetic makeup includes any allergy-prone breeds.