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Published: Feb 28, 2012

Dogs can be allergic to a number of allergens, and certain breeds tend to be more likely to have allergies than others. The ASPCA states that terriers, retrievers, setters and dogs with flat faces tend to develop allergies more often than other breeds.

Canine allergies can be caused by a wide variety of sources, from medications and household items like cleaning products and perfumes to pollen and dust. VCA Animal Hospitals reports the four most common allergies are fleas, inhalants, food, and contact.

If you notice your canine companion has been scratching more often than usual, licking their feet or body, sneezing, or even vomiting, their behavior may point to an allergy problem.  It may also be evidence of a more serious health issue, so the best plan is to bring your dog to the animal hospital as soon as possible. The vet may need to administer dog shots to figure out the source of your pet's allergies.

VCA reports the method of treatment can vary depending on the type of allergy. You may need only take precautions to prevent the allergen from affecting your pet, such as flea treatments or vacuuming your dog's bedding to remove any dust or pollen. Some dogs may require special shampoos or medication, and some may even require allergy shots to help reduce the severity of their allergy.