It’s safe to say that my Boxer dog Elsie has a severe case of allergies. When her allergies were at their worst, I was convinced she would not live to be four years old. She was on a constant diet of prescription allergy drugs and antibiotics, which did little more than keep her from tearing out her fur. That year alone, we spent over $2,000 on veterinary bills. And all we had to show for it was a sick dog.
Elsie first started exhibiting allergy symptoms when she was less than a year old. I remember giggling to myself one night as I watched her rub her chin on the floor. I thought she looked so cute, bobbing her head back and forth on the rug. “Oh, does someone have an itchy chin?” I said. Little did I know how itchy that chin and the rest of the dog would get.
Over time, the cute itching would turn into violent scratching and chewing. Her scratching would create sores on her ears which would open and bleed each time she flapped her head. Her chewing would turn her paws dark red and cause hair loss on her haunches. In the beginning, I thought she was just being a dog. Later, I learned she was losing a painful battle against her deficient immune system.
Over the next several posts, I’ll share some of the top dog allergy symptoms. If your dog is showing some of these symptoms, it’s possible they may have a food or environmental allergy. If so, you should consider consulting with a qualified veterinarian for specific instructions on the treatment and care for your dog.