With Spring just around the corner, sometimes our allergies can begin to crop up, not just for us, but also for our dogs. Dogs can have allergies just like we can, but often they are harder to diagnose and can take on many forms. The most likely symptom will have to do with the skin, if you notice your dog rubbing a certain area a lot, or licking or chewing that area, it may be due to allergies. They also may have hair loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If any of these symptoms are happening, it's important to get in to see your vet.

Allergies can come from many different sources for humans and dogs. For dogs, they can have an allergic reaction to pollen, grass etc. just like us. The symptoms for inhalant allergies are generally skin-related. Luckily, this is often seasonal with dogs, just as it is for us! It's also treatable.

Also, like humans, dogs can have food allergies.  These can be a little more difficult to diagnose, but playing with their type of food will help you to rule out allergies to certain types of food. There's always the chance that your dog ate something on a walk which caused vomiting and diarrhea and it will pass. More persistent allergies won't stop that quickly, and again, require vet care.

Lastly, fleas and ticks can cause an allergic reaction. Many dogs aren't bothered by fleas, but dogs that are allergic are more bothered by these little bugs. Treatment is available and necessary.

As with anything, keeping an eye on your dog and knowing their baseline behavior is important. Your vet can always help with these things and help you to determine the cause as well as the treatment.