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These allergies are caused by same things that cause allergies in humans, tree, grass, weed, dust mites, molds, and chemicals.
Any dog is susceptible to inhalant allergies, but most common dogs affected are terriers, golden retrievers, poodles, dalmations, German shepherds, Chinese Shar-peis, shih tzus, lhasa apsos, pugs, Irish setters, and minature schnauzers.
If you notice your dog chewing at his feet and constantly licking then he may have inhalant allergies. Other common symptoms include biting, and scratching. The worst itching will be on his feet, hind legs, groin and armpits.
Inhalant allergies are often associated with recurring ear infections in you dog. Food Allergy
Food that your dog may have eaten for years may become a food allergy. So, this type of allergy is often overlooked.
Dogs usually cannot tolerate fish, eggs, whey, milk, chicken, pork, beef, corn, wheat, soy products, chemical preservatives, and artificial sugars in their meal.
It may take a long while to determine food allergen. A way to find allergen is to put your dog on a diet that consists of protein and starch that your dog has not eaten before.
Start adding back ingredients of dog food you have been feeding him, spreading this out over a week. If symptoms return then you should be able to determine food allergen.
Then look for a dog food that does not contain allergen. Symptoms of food allergies in your dog may be scratching at ears, shaking of head, itchy skin, licking and biting their back legs, rubbing their face on carpet, inflammation in their ears, coughing and in rare cases vomiting, sneezing, and diarrhea. Contact Allergy (allergies to some thing they come in contact with)
This is least common type of allergies in dogs. Some of common items that may cause a reaction are wood bedding, grass, plants, and flea collars. Bacterial Allergy
There are several different types of Staphylococcus (Staph) living on your dog’s skin. That is normal! Most dogs do not develop an allergy to them, but some dogs might.
Bacterial allergies will cause hair loss that looks similar to ring worm. The areas that are infected need to be treated with antibiotics.
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