What Are The Symptoms To An Allergy-Like Atopic Dermatitis?
It can be difficult trying to tell if your dog is having allergic reactions. They cannot verbally speak to us, so we have to always make sure that we are paying special attention to their body and their body language to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.
We can tell if a dog’s skin is healthy by looking to see if it is smooth and soft when touched. There are some things to be on the lookout to see if your dog is suffering from atopic dermatitis or other allergic reactions. Be sure to pay attention to your dog to see if their skin has any of the following symptoms:
- Rough instead of smooth
- Rashes and sores
- Flaky and peeling
- Scale-like appearance
- Inflamed (Hot to the touch)
- Bald spots are appearing
All of these symptoms can be cause for concern that your dog is facing an allergic reaction. It is important to also note that the most frequently affected area of the skin for dogs are located in the ears, groin, near the eyes, nose and at the wrists and ankle, so be sure to pay particular attention to those areas. Regular examinations of your dog’s body can inform you if there is an allergic problem that they are facing.
However, if your dog is not showing any physical evidence of an allergic reaction such as a rash, dry skin, and/or watery eyes, then pay attention to his behavior. If your dog is constantly itching, scratching themselves, sneezing, licking their body, and even rubbing themselves, then that may be strong evidence that your dog is suffering from allergies.
The tricky part is that even if your dog is showing all of these conditions, there is still no guarantee that they are having an actual allergic reaction. Things become difficult when dogs may just be facing a fungal infection that can be mistaken for an allergic reaction. How can we find out what our dog’s symptoms mean? The answer is found by taking our dog’s to a trained veterinarian.