Dog Allergies: Symptoms and Treatment – American Kennel Club

It's that time of year! Environmental allergies are rearing their ugly head. Stay ahead of the game by starting your pet on a management program before their symptoms peak. Come in and speak to Dr. Paterson, and she'll come up with a game plan to keep your pet as comfortable as possible through their flare up season. 

Environmental allergens, such as dust, pollen, and mold, can cause an atopic allergic reactions or atopic dermatitis. In most cases, these allergies are seasonal, so you may only notice your dog itching during certain times of the year. As with food allergies, the most commonly affected areas are the paws and ears (but also include the wrists, ankles, muzzle, underarms, groin, around the eyes, and in between the toes).

All skin allergies pose the risk of secondary infection. As your dog scratches, bites, and licks at his skin, he risks opening up his skin to yeast and bacterial infections that may require treatment.