1. Scratching, Licking & Biting – This is one of the most common – and easiest to detect – signs that your dog might have seasonal allergies. While sometimes scratching behind an ear is as common as you might scratch your forearm, when it becomes a regularity for your dog, there might be a problem. Pay special attention to the paws and if your dog is constantly licking them. The areas between “toes” can be a hotbed of discomfort.
2. Skin Discoloration & Hot Spots – Some dog owners aren’t prone to noticing an increase in itching or scratching, but the act can lead to skin discoloration, being pink, red, inflamed, or even raw & bleeding. This is often the case for extreme allergic reactions but is one that is an undeniable sign.
3. Excessive Shedding – While it’s completely normal for dogs to shed a decent amount in the spring and summertime, keep an eye on just how much. Make sure to brush your dog regularly and keep track of just how much hair ends up in the brush. Also, watch for bald spots or areas where the fur is unnaturally thin.
4. Lethargy & Change in Demeanor – Harder to detect in more mellow or older dogs, lethargy or a change in demeanor could be a sign of seasonal allergies. Monitor your dog’s activity level and give them lots of attention, seeing how they respond. If something is out of the ordinary, this might be a sign. Ear and eye infections – a sometimes side-effect of allergies – can also contribute to this variation in behavior so check for those as well.