Fleas, food, or environmental allergens such as pollens, moulds, or dust mites can cause itching in dogs. The four most common allergies in dogs are:
A wide variety of allergens can cause an inhalant allergy in dogs, otherwise known as atopy. The allergic response occurs when an affected dog inhales dust, pollens, or moulds. A dog with atopy is usually itchy during specific seasons of the year; seasonal allergies and atopy are two ways to describe the same type of allergic skin disease in dogs.
In addition to itching, here are behaviours and symptoms you might notice:
Your dog is trying to relieve the itch in any way he or she can. But as the itch cycle continues, the skin becomes inflamed and tender, causing additional problems. We then need to treat sores and hot spots as well as the underlying cause of the itch.
How can you help?
Your Vet can help determine the often complicated, underlying cause of your dog’s itch. There are a variety of prescription medications and courses of treatments that will ease the problem considerably.