What are The Signs That My Dog May Have Allergies?

HA! Allergies, HA! FAQ

Answered by Dr. Christina Chambreau

You have a dog that is scratching, itching, has runny eyes, runny nose, maybe is having diarrhea or even some vomiting? All of these could be signs that your dog has an allergy. Now, they could also be signs of a lot of other diseases as well. Allergies involve the immune system as they are an immune reaction to specific allergens that your dog is sensitive to. 

Now, there are a lot of holistic steps you can take to actually resolve these allergies instead of merely using drugs to stop the symptoms. By using holistic approaches you’re able to soothe the symptoms and prevent a recurrence of these allergies, often every year, and getting worse year after year. Allergies may be worse in the fall because fleas are more common then and flea allergy is one of the most common allergies. 

Certainly, food allergies can happen and atopy. Atopy develops in the upper respiratory as well as on the skin but is much less likely. So one problem you need to be paying attention to is if you’re feeding dry food to your dog. They can have dust mites in the bag that you can’t see and these can cause allergies, particularly skin allergies. So definitely look for holistic treatments to resolve your pet’s allergies, if you see those signs of itching, sneezing, diarrhea. 

This is Dr. Christina Chambreau, licensed veterinarian, faculty with HolisticActions! Academy.

Related Symptoms:

  • GI upset – vomiting/diarrhea
  • Skin – itching, rash, ears
  • Respiratory – runny eyes, sneezing

Suggested Treatments: 

  • Diet
  • Holistic modalities to build health
  • Exercise and sniffing

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Dr. Christina

Christina Chambreau, DVM, is an internationally known homeopathic veterinarian and associate editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, she’s written several books on animal healthcare. 

After opening her own homeopathy veterinary practice in 1983, she founded the Academy Of Veterinary Homeopathy and was on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy Summer School for ten years.

Dr. Christina is also an integrative medicine adjunct faculty liaison for the Maryland Veterinary Technician Program and lectures on a wide array of topics including integrating holistic options into veterinary practices, as well as guidance on how to choose the best approaches to heal animals and sustainability.