The Spring season is well underway. Flowers are blooming, and gardens are coming to life all around us. For some people, that spells allergies. But what about for dogs?
Some dogs can be affected by environmental allergies. In fact, according to recent research from Banfield Pet Hospital®, in the last ten years there has been an increase of over 30% in environmental allergy cases in dogs. The cause can be year-round allergens, such as dust mites or mold, or things like pollen, which are more seasonal in nature. Some of the triggers for allergies may come from unexpected sources, such as cleaning solutions. If your pet shows signs of allergies during your spring-cleaning kick, there’s a chance the products you’re using could be the cause.
Your Dog’s DNA May Play a Part
Our research here at Wisdom Health indicates there is likely a genetic link that predisposes some dogs to environmental allergies. Additional research is ongoing.
We do see that some breeds experience environmental allergies more than others. A few examples include:
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden Retrievers
- West Highland White Terriers
- German Shepherds
- Cocker Spaniels
- French Bulldogs
The breed detection component available in all of our WISDOM PANEL tests could be helpful in letting you and your veterinarian know if your dog’s genetic makeup includes any higher-risk breeds.
Signs of Allergies in Dogs
Signs of allergies differ in pets compared with humans. Whereas people experience sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes, dogs are more likely to exhibit signs such as scratching at or chewing their skin, hair loss or red, inflamed skin or ears.
Unfortunately, pets will show these same signs for a variety of issues. For this reason, diagnosing an environmental (or any) allergy can be tricky. A little patience and a good partnership with your veterinarian are the best things you can do to resolve the discomfort that comes from your pet’s allergy.