Veterinarians estimate that as many as 15% of dogs suffer from environmental allergies, most of which begin before your pooch's third birthday and continue--and usually worsen--throughout his life.
While you and your four-legged friend may share triggers, his symptoms aren't like yours. "Dogs may lick and chew their paws, scratch constantly, and develop inflamed ears or skin infections," says Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD, a veterinary dermatologist for Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland, OR. "These are all tip-offs that they're suffering from allergies, though only a vet can make the official diagnosis."
While a veterinarian can prescribe strong meds or even cortisone if necessary, there are also milder treatments with fewer side effects. Regardless of the symptoms' severity, the best approach is likely a combination of the following options.
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