Dog Allergies - Dog Allergies: How Common Are They & What Causes Them?

How common are allergies in dogs?

Allergies in dogs are quite common, more so than generally assumed. In fact, over 50% of the patients that veterinarians see daily are afflicted with some form of skin allergy.

Dr. Jennah Rains
Clements Ferry Veterinary

What are some common dog allergies?

There are three common allergens in dogs. Firstly, environmental allergens which include both indoor and outdoor elements such as grass, pollen, mold, dust, and even human dandruff. Secondly, food allergies, with proteins, particularly chicken, pork, and beef, being the most common. Lastly, allergies to ectoparasites, such as flea allergy dermatitis where animals are allergic to flea saliva causing extreme itchiness. These are the three most common allergens.

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