Tips for allergies in dogs

From flea allergy to food allergy and even hay fever: there are several things your dog can be hypersensitive to. That is why this time we dive deep into the allergies dogs can suffer from.

What is an allergy?

Simply put, an allergy is an immune system reaction to a harmless substance. Normally, the immune system helps protect the dog's body from viruses and bacteria. In an allergy, the immune system makes a mistake and thinks that pollen, the saliva of a flea or a certain animal protein are also harmful invaders. The system then goes to work attacking these intruders. Your dog may suddenly become very itchy or his hair may fall out. Always contact your vet if you notice this!

Flea allergy: itching above the butt

Flea allergy is the most common allergy in dogs. In particular, the underside of the back, just above the tail, is a real hotspot for itching. Fortunately, a flea allergy is fairly easy to remedy. Treat your dog with a good flea product all year round. Does your dog already have (had) fleas? Then treat not only your dog, but also all the cushions and furniture he has been lying on. There are many environmental sprays that will help you make your house flea-free.

Environmental allergy: hay fever in dogs

An environmental allergy is an allergy to certain substances in the environment, similar to hay fever in humans. Dogs can also be allergic to pollen, mould and dust mites. This causes him to itch, so he will scratch and lick a lot. The dog often itches at the mouth, ears, paws, armpits and groin.

Once you know from the vet what your dog is allergic to, you can try to prevent severe reactions. For example, make sure there are as few things as possible in the house that can trap allergens, such as a carpet. You can also buy anti-allergy dog baskets that can be washed at a high temperature. You can reduce or calm skin reactions by washing your dog regularly with water or mild shampoo. Foods or supplements containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (from fish oil) also contribute to a healthy coat and skin and can reduce itching.

Food allergy: would rather not have that protein

Dogs can be allergic to a certain protein found in dog food and dog snacks. This type of allergy manifests as itching all over the body and, in rare cases, vomiting and diarrhoea.

To prevent this allergy, you will have to work with your vet to find the culprit through an elimination diet. You can also choose to feed hypoallergenic dog food. Here, the number of ingredients is kept to a minimum to minimise the chance of an allergic reaction. Our tasty, hypoallergenic dog food and healthy dog meals are hypoallergenic. We have meals with only an animal protein from lamb or salmon, supplemented with rice or peas instead of grains.