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Dogs can suffer from allergies in much the same way that humans do. The problem is they can't tell us and explain how they feel. Therefore, when your dog displays unusual behavior, it is a good idea to keep allergies in the back of your mind. Usually, dog allergies is the last thing we think of and that can cause your pet to suffer through a miserable spell until you figure out what the problem is.
You dog can be allergic to just about anything. It could be pollen, grass, feathers, pet dander, dust mites, cigarette smoke, medications, ingredients in dog food, household cleaning products, rubber, plastic, perfume, fabric, fleas, or flea products. Fleas are a very common source of dog allergies and a single flea bite can cause your dog to itch for a couple of weeks.
If your dog has allergies, he may have itchy skin that is red or scabbed, watery eyes, itching around the tail, ear infections, sneezing, snoring, diarrhea, and vomiting. Two classic signs of allergies in dogs include chewing on the paws and constant licking. When a dog is allergic to something in his dog food, he is more likely to have stomach disturbances and may even develop problems breathing.
If you suspect your dog has allergies, take him to your vet for an examination. Your vet may perform allergy tests on him to determine the cause or he may suggest an elimination diet. This means he must eat a strict special diet for a period of about three months during which time his symptoms should go away if his allergies were caused by food. When his allergies have cleared, you start reintroducing old foods until you find the one that triggers his symptoms.
Like with humans, the best treatment for allergies begins with prevention. Keep fleas from gaining a foothold in your home or on your dog. Also keep your home clean and free of dust and other irritants that may be triggering his problems. It is never a good idea to smoke around your pets but if your dog has an allergy to cigarette smoke, it could trigger asthma like symptoms if he is exposed.
Once symptoms are present, they may need to be treated with medications such as antihistamines that reduce swelling and itching. You can also bathe your dog in special shampoo that soothes inflamed skin. It is also important to remember that allergies can flare up at any time in your dog's life. 
He may have had fleas several times in the past and then suddenly develop an allergic reaction to them. The same thing can happen with dog food. Determining the culprit in your dog's food can be tricky and takes a lot of patience. Once you know what the offending food it, be sure to read labels so you don't buy products that contain it.
Depending upon what your dog is allergic to, the symptoms may come and go with the seasons. If his symptoms are not severe, you may try and cope with them with antihistamines but it is usually best to uncover the cause if possible so you can avoid triggering symptoms in the future. Just like with humans, some allergy attacks can be dangerous or even life threatening, so they should always be taken seriously

Information written by Jerry Clark of ohmydogsupplies.com, the leader of dog sweaters online.
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