Call Today to Schedule an Appointment!

408.293.3448 699 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

Spotlight on Common Dog Skin Allergies

Skin problems are one of the most common reasons people bring their dogs to see a veterinarian. In fact, about a quarter of visits to veterinarians are due to a skin complaint. Often, skin allergies are at the root of chronic itching, hot spots, and hair loss. Fortunately, visiting a veterinarian in San Jose with experience treating dermatologic conditions can help your pup get relief. Here is what you need to know about some of the most common skin allergies in dogs.

Flea Allergies

Fleas are never fun for dogs, but pups with flea allergies suffer worse than most. When dogs have flea allergies, even a single bite can trigger a system-wide reaction that leads to intense itching, as well as the sores, hot spots, and hair loss that is caused by excessive licking, chewing, and scratching. All dogs are exposed to fleas every time they step outside, so see a veterinarian right away for flea treatment and prevention. Fortunately, with veterinarian recommended monthly flea control products, your dog’s allergies can be a thing of the past.

Food Allergies

Some skin allergies in dogs are triggered by food allergies. Dogs can be allergic or sensitive to a surprising number of foods, including chicken, dairy, soy, and other proteins. Most food allergic dogs will have some kind of gastrointestinal signs as well. Identifying the exact source of the allergy can be difficult. Your veterinarian will help you put your pup through a food elimination diet to determine which ingredient is causing skin symptoms in your dog. When you know what is causing your dog’s reaction, then you can eliminate that food from your pet’s diet so that the allergic reaction no longer occurs.

Environmental Allergies

Exposure to environmental allergens can cause atopic dermatitis in dogs, which causes itching, biting, and scratching. Cleaning products, grass, pollen, mite dander, and shampoos are just a few examples of the environmental allergens that can cause reactions in dogs. Restricting exposure to these kinds of skin allergens can be trickier than food and flea allergies. If your dog has environmental allergies, your veterinarian may recommend periodic allergy shots to help.

New clients are always welcome!

Please call for an appointment, fill out the form and bring the completed form with you to your 1st appointment.

Patient Forms

Contact Us Today

Receive 10% Off Your Pets First Exam Fee

Why Choose Us?

  • Receive 10% off first exam fee
  • Over 40 Years of Experience Caring for Your Pets
  • Full Service Veterinarian Care in a State-of-the-Art Facility
  • We See Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Rats, Mice, Guinea Pigs and Other Small Animals