First Aid for Dogs: Identifying and Treating Skin Allergies


Skin allergies are a common issue in dogs, but they often don't get the attention they deserve. As a result, many dogs suffer from skin problems for months or years before getting the treatment they need to feel better. The good news? Once your dog has been diagnosed with skin allergies, there are several treatments available that will clear up his or her symptoms and keep them from coming back!

What Are Skin Allergies?

Skin allergies, also known as atopic dermatitis, are caused by an immune response to a trigger. The trigger can be environmental (such as pollen), food-based, or medication-related. Skin allergies are not contagious and can affect any breed of dog at any age.

Common symptoms of skin allergies include red patches on the skin that may look like hives or insect bites; hair loss; scratching or licking the affected area excessively; pawing at the face while sleeping; rubbing against objects such as furniture or carpeting because itchy areas feel better when pressed against something hard instead of soft fur; inflamed ears with crusty discharge around them; redness around eyes due to constant watering from irritation caused by scratching at them all day long!

Dogs with skin allergies often have other health issues too - so it's important not only for your dog's comfort but also his overall health that he receives proper treatment for this condition immediately after diagnosis.

Symptoms of Skin Allergies

Skin allergies can cause your dog's skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. The symptoms of a skin allergy include:

  • Redness
  • Scratching or rubbing the area on the ground or furniture
  • Sores (inflamed patches) that may ooze pus if scratched open by the dog's paw or tongue.
  • Bumps under the fur where you can see them as well as under-the-bark areas where you cannot see them but know they are there because of how much your dog is scratching/rubbing in those areas

Causes of Skin Allergies

There are many causes of skin allergies in dogs. Most commonly, they are caused by food allergies, flea allergies, and environmental allergens (e.g., pollen or dust mites). Food allergies can be difficult to diagnose because they often present as gastrointestinal problems rather than skin issues.

Flea bites are another common cause of allergic reactions in dogs; if you see redness around the area where your dog has been bitten by a flea or other insect, it's possible that he has developed an allergy to those bites. Skin infections such as ringworm can also trigger skin irritation that leads to itching and scratching behavior--and in some cases hair loss--in dogs who have been infected with ringworm fungus on their bodies or paws.

In some cases itchy paws may be due not only to allergies but also because they've been exposed directly through vaccinations or insect bites; if you notice redness around your pet's paw pads after playing outside then this could indicate an allergy associated with grasses/woods/etcetera which grew nearby where he was playing outside earlier today!

How to Treat the Symptoms of Dog Skin Allergies

If your dog is experiencing an allergic reaction, there are several steps you can take to help treat the symptoms. First, make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and sleep. Dogs that get plenty of both are less likely to suffer from allergies or other skin conditions. Second, consider changing their diet; some foods have been linked with skin problems in dogs (including chicken). If possible, try switching them over to food without these ingredients for 2-4 weeks; if this makes a difference in your dog's health, then stick with it! Third, if either of these doesn't work out as well as expected after about 4 weeks (or sooner), then consider talking with an expert about antihistamines or topical steroids which may provide relief from itching and swelling caused by allergies/dryness


  • Skin allergies are common in dogs.
  • Symptoms of skin allergies include itching and scratching.
  • There are many causes of skin allergies, including food allergies, environmental allergens (such as pollen or dust), flea bites, contact with toxic plants like poison ivy and poison oak, rosacea caused by a bacterial infection or hormonal imbalance (especially seen in older dogs), or even a reaction to vaccines given at the wrong time of year for your pet's environment.
  • It's important to treat skin allergies quickly so that they don't become serious health issues for your dog! If left untreated for too long--or if you use an ineffective treatment method--a dog could develop secondary infections due to scratching open wounds on her body; this would require antibiotics from your vet to clear up before it becomes chronic inflammation instead of acute irritation/painful injury (which can happen if there aren't enough cells left alive underneath that layer).


If your dog is scratching excessively and has red, irritated skin, it's a good idea to bring her in for a checkup. The best way to address this problem is by identifying what is causing the allergy and then treating it so it doesn't come back. Your veterinarian will examine your dog's skin and may do blood work or skin tests if necessary. Once they have identified which substances are causing the reaction, they can prescribe medication that will help prevent future flare-ups from occurring again!


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