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Common Dog Skin Reactions

Skin issues in dogs are the most common health issue they can have and it affects all types of dogs and all breeds. There are so many causes of skin reactions that sometimes they are hard to diagnose or recognize. Included below is a look at some common examples of skin allergies your dog might have as well as references to useful links to other articles that will cover individual dog skin reactions in more detail. All this information is here for you to help recognize skin irritations and their possible causes and to help you know what to do.


Skin Allergies

Dogs can have allergies to a number of different things just like people can and sometimes this reaction comes as a skin rash. Symptoms might include itching, redness, rubbing his face, licking his paws and bumps. Skin allergies might be caused by something in their environment, something your dog has eaten or inhaled, or something else like fleas, or a contact allergy. A common thing to trigger an allergic reaction is the same for people too and that is pollen, dust mites and mold spores. An allergy is not the same thing as a yeast infection though and that difference is explored in more detail below.

Separating Dog with allergies and Dogs with a yeast infection

It is quite common for a yeast infection to be misdiagnosed as an allergic reaction just because the symptoms are so similar. However usually yeast infections start in specific conditions or environments. It prefers moist and humid conditions so becomes an issue when the weather is warmer and the dog sweats more and has moist areas. This creates the perfect breeding ground for yeast in places like the anus, ears, skin folds, vagina, paws and jowls. Treatment is not complicated thankful for yeast infections and you can find out more here.

The Four most common skin allergies in dogs

While the symptoms of any allergy on the skin are pretty much the same, the treatment may not be so it is important to know what is causing your dog's skin reaction. There are four common allergies in dogs. They are Flea allergy, Food allergy, Inhalant allergy and contact allergy. Here is a closer look at each one with a link to the more detailed article if you need more information.

1) Flea allergy –

Out of all the skin allergies the flea allergy is most definitely the most common, seen in many dogs of all kinds and all ages. Easy enough to deal with too as you just need to find a way to deal with the fleas and keep them away. For more information on dogs with a flea allergy have a look at this article.

2) Food allergy –

This is one of the more rare allergies that dogs can suffer from but a few do have allergies to some foods. These are natural foods or their components such as neat, eggs, grains and milk. Food allergies are not affected by seasons or environment, the symptoms will appear in your dog all year long and that is a big indicator of his symptoms being something to do with his diet rather than another allergy. For more information on dogs with food allergies and how to carefully approach changing his diet read this article.

3) Inhalant allergy –

This allergy may also be called atopic dermatitis or canine atopy and is when the dog is allergic to things he can inhale or things absorbed by the skin, such as pollen, dust, mites, molds or grass. People also have their version of this allergy called atopic dermatitis. For vital information on causes, diagnosis and how to help your dog with this allergy follow this

4) Contact allergy –

Also called contact dermatitis or contact hypersensitivity is when your dog is allergic to something he came into contact with, or something that touched him. The reaction when it is a contact allergy is immediate with itching and scratching and you may see that your dog's behind has turned red. For details on what can trigger contact allergies in dogs and how to cope with it look at this article.

What to do if you suspect an allergy but not what type it is


If you think your dog is suffering from an allergy but have not been able to identify what kind it is best to visit your vet for a proper diagnosis. This way your dog does not have to suffer for longer while you try to work it out. The vet can use clinical diagnosis which is the best way to determine what type your dog has. Once they have been able to tell you what is making your dog miserable with all that itching you can take steps to treat it and perhaps make changes in his regular routine to avoid triggering another reaction.