And again: lick, chew, scratch.
“This is driving me crazy! It’s driving my dog crazy, too!”
“Honey, I can’t sleep! The dog sneezing all night long is driving me crazy. Take Oscar to the vet, please!”
The horror of dog skin problems – DOG ALLERGIES.
Imagine for a minute how uncomfortable, irritating, painful, debilitating and outright devastating it must be to scratch, lick, chew, rub your butt, and shake your head pretty much all the time.
Unfortunately, all across the world, allergies afflict many of our furry friends.
In fact, over 50% of dogs in the U.S. suffer from some sort of allergy.
Most Dogs Have More Than One Symptom
Whether the culprits are fleas, mold, dust, or food – dogs are suffering.
You can be fairly certain your dog has canine allergies, also called atopy, if your dog has the following dog allergy symptoms:
- Scratching or itching
- Licking his feet
- Shaking his/her head from ear infections
- Getting repeat hotspots
- Licking his belly
- Draining from the eyes
- Continual sneezing
Symptoms can be caused by other issues, but allergies should be at the top of the list.
Allergy Management is a Chronic Headache
“What should I do?” you ask, exasperated.
“Change the food to a brand for dog food allergies?”
Nope! Still itching.
Oscar sleeps all day!
“Give him a bath?”
His skin gets dry and he still itches!
Are you frustrated yet? I bet you are!
The last resort is to head off to the veterinarian for treatment and, you got it, more frustration!
And the good news is?
There’s Not Much Good News
Understand treating dog allergies is complicated, frequently unrewarding, and a massive source of frustration for you and your dog.
Management is the only solution, and management leads – just as I mentioned – to a chronic headache.
Do you feel confident your pup’s symptoms signify allergies?
Have you taken him to the vet or are you taking care of it at home?
Comment below and let us know!