July & August: Allergy Awareness Month

By July 3, 2014 February 13th, 2019 Monthly Programs


July is Allergy Awareness month at Beechwood Animal Hospital as part of our commitment to updating and educating staff and clients on focused topics.

Our main focus is Atopy because it’s seasonal and it’s NOW!

Much like humans, dogs and cats experience and develop contact, food and environmental allergies.

The symptoms vary and can be mildly to extremely unpleasant.

The following is a brief outline of the main allergies in our dogs and cats.

If your pet is showing any of these symptoms please contact the hospital for a vet office, or phone consult (charges may apply).

Atopy (Environmental / Inhalant):

  • Typically a seasonal allergy
  • MOST common

    -10 to 15% dogs affected, slightly less in cats

  • From pollen, mildew/mold, dust mites, ragweed, chemicals, etc.
  • The same allergies that affect people affect our pets.

o   Paw chewing, ear infections, itchy all over but primarily forelimbs, face and neck, skin rashes (recurring hot spots), eye discharge and sometimes sneezing.

Food Hypersensitivity:

  • An adverse reaction to a food or food additive.
  • Can occur at any age but it is common in the first year in particular. (30%)
  • Non-seasonal itchiness
  • Symptoms:

o   Regional or generalized itchiness involving ears (ear infections), belly, armpits, face, neck, paws and area under the tail (in particular), and skin lesions.

o   Dogs that ‘scoot’ their rears and have normal anal glands commonly have food allergies.

o   Additional concurrent gastro-intestinal signs, (diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence) is only reported in 20-30% of cases.

Contact allergies:

  • Requires prolonged contact on offending allergies such as plants, deodorizers
  • Uncommon

  • Caused by flea collars, plants, floor waxes, fabric cleaners, fertilizers, rawhide, rubber chew toys, plastic dishes and carpets.
  • Symptoms:

o   Itching, rashes, sores on skin, loss of fur in patches, paw biting.

o   Typically affects poor hair-covered areas, areas that contact the ground frequently, or around the lips and muzzle.



                                                       The Staff of Beechwood Animal Hospital


For more detailed information:


Beechwood Animal Hospital Pet Care Articles:

Allergies in Pets

Inhalant Allergies in Dogs:

Inhalant Allergies in Dogs

Veterinary Partner:  Airborne Allergies:

Allergies: Atopic Dermatitis (Airborne)

Ottawa Allergy Reports