~ CLOSED ~ Why is Your Dog Itchy #ItchyPetSeeYourVet {w/$100 Visa GC Giveaway}

Lately I have noticed my pets scratching a lot. At first I didn’t think too much about it; like humans, animals get itchy and will scratch from time to time. But this seemed to be a little more than normal. Then I thought, fleas? But after a thorough examination I knew that wasn’t the cause. Stress? Although that can cause obsessive behaviour such as scratching or licking nothing had changed to induce a stress response, so we quickly ruled that out.

Then we finally figured it out. After some research, we discovered that just like humans our pets can suffer from environmental allergies.

Unlike humans – who may suffer with itchy, watery eyes and sneezing – dogs tend to express  their allergies through their skin.


When allergy causing molecules (allergens) in the dog’s environment are absorbed through the skin, the result is often inflammation and itchiness (what veterinarians call atopic dermatitis).

Interestingly, these allergens can be any of the same common allergens that people suffer from, such as: mould, mildew, dust mites, insect bites, ragweed or various pollens.


The reality is these allergies present themselves quite differently in dogs than in humans. That’s why it’s so important pet owners know the signs.

One of the most telling signs of seasonal allergies in dogs is itching and scratching. Dogs with seasonal allergies will be reluctant to have their ears handled, may scratch a lot, have itchy, red skin or excessively chew on their paws.

An easy way to remember the signs is to think ESP: Ears, Skin, Paws.



Dogs displaying any of these signs should be attended to by a veterinarian for a thorough exam and diagnosis.

Thankfully, there is help available and our pets can find relief from their allergy symptoms.

Veterinarians have a number of treatment options to both alleviate discomfort of the symptoms as well as address the underlying issue of seasonal allergies.

These options can include:

  • Topical therapies
  • Oral medications
  • Soothing shampoos
  • Desensitization (immunotherapy or allergy shots/drops)
  • Veterinary exclusive pet food specifically designed to address environmental allergies

Royal Canine Skin Care pet food is formulated with a patented skin barrier blend, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to help with the management of environmental allergies, Skin Care is clinically proven to reduce signs of atopic dermatitis.



Clinical research has shown that diets formulated specifically to address a dog’s environmental allergies play a key role in restoring the skin barrier.

Additional information can be found at royalcanin.ca/itchypetseeyourvet or on Twitter by following @RoyalCaninCA or #ItchyPetSeeYourVet.


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  1. nicolthepickle says:

    I didn’t know that sunflowers could be an allergen to dogs.

  2. ginette4 says:

    I learned January 2015 that Royal Canine announced their partnership with The Ontario SPCA

  3. Brenda Penton says:

    I didn’t know that dogs could be allergic to so many things, especially many of the same things us humans are allergic to seasonally like pollen.

  4. Heidi Wieferig says:

    I didn’t know dogs could have just as many allergie and tyoes of allergies as humans – logical though :)

  5. Julie G. says:

    I was not aware that perfume and cleaning products can make your pet have a reaction.

  6. I didn’t realize that dogs were that sensitive and that they show their allergies through their skin

  7. j osephine evans says:

    I learned that dogs are just like us and can have many allergies and reactions to all kinds of things

  8. Doris Calvert says:

    The most surprising is that dogs can be allergic to perfume!

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I didn’t know that dogs tend to express their allergies through their skin.

  10. I was surprised to see how many trees that we all have in our yards cause allergies in dogs.

  11. Anna Johnson says:

    The most surprising thing I learned is all the environmental allergens. So many I don’t think about such as sunflowers and hazelnuts.

  12. Ashleigh Swerdfeger says:

    I am amazed at what dogs can be allergic to ! Also, I am surprised that skin support inhibits bacterial growth.
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  13. Corey Hutton says:

    I learnt animals have skin and feelings. :)

  14. Donna L. says:

    I’m surprised that dogs tend to express their allergies through their skin.

  15. Dogs can have allergies too.

  16. orangeheromama says:

    I can’t believe that there are so many allergens for dogs! (like perfume?!) We had a dog that had allergies, and the sores she got on her back was so sad..until we sorted it all out! poor pup!
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  17. Victoria Ess says:

    I learned that dogs could be allergic to many things!

  18. Jane Reid Gray says:

    I never realized dogs can have nut allergies! my English Cocker Spaniel suffers itchy ears I will keep her away from nuts & pollen if poss

  19. leeanne C says:

    My dog has allergies found this out from her last visit.

  20. Theresa C. says:

    I never realized that animals could be allergic to sunflowers!

  21. Alison MacKinnon says:

    My fur baby also has allergies! It’s a pain to deal with, but I can’t stand to see him itching.. Now I’m paranoid, every time I see him itch, I mentally register it so I can see if he’s really itching too much.

    I didn’t know Royal Canin had a special skin food!

  22. Hazelnuts are an allergen for dogs?! I didn’t realize that.
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  23. I never gave it a thought that dogs could have allergies just like humans.

  24. Kristin K says:

    I believe my cat suffers from environmental allergies! She bites and pulls out the hair on her legs…the vet says it’s anxiety…but, after reading about the allergens and reactions from dogs, I think I might be correct!

  25. William C. says:

    The allergy info was new to me!!

  26. Tracy D says:

    It is crazy the number of things dogs can be allergic to!

  27. Sara Lima says:

    Hazelnuts!? I’m flabbergasted!! Who knew it? Most of the other stuff was insanely surprising, but the hazelnuts had me go, ‘what?’

  28. I didn’t know that dogs could be allergic to so many things!

  29. Michelle Policelli says:

    I didn’t know that dogs could be allergic to so many things!

  30. Jodi Mitrovic says:

    I didn’t realize the cleaning products I used could have an affect on my dog!

  31. Ellen Helfand says:

    I didn’t know that Royal Canin had an allergy formula

  32. I was surprised to learn that Sunflowers and Hazelnuts can be allergens to pooches. We already use Royal Canin for our Pug as she has Uber sensitive skin. Our Vet recommended Royal Canin as we were already feeding the small breed formula. Has made a Huge Difference! LOVE LOVE LOVE Royal Canin. I Love their Ethics and all the research that goes into creating new formulations. Thanks for the chance.

  33. Sharron Johnston says:

    I didn’t know that Royal Canin sold an allergy formula food line.

  34. mrdisco says:

    i didn’t know Oak could cause an allergy amongst pets

  35. I didn’t know that dogs have allergies

  36. Mindy Bel says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I had no idea there were so many reasons for pets itching!

  37. I was surprised to learn that dogs can be allergic to perfume.

  38. I didnt know dogs have allergies!


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