2 Most Common Seasonal Allergies in Dogs

Are you aware your dog can experience seasonal allergies in the same way you do?

Based on a survey carried out by Novartis Animal Health, more than 50% of pet owners aren’t conscious their dog may as well go through the spring season feeling miserable thanks to allergy issues.

If your dog has any of the symptoms in the following picture, most probably he or she is suffering from 1 of the 2 most common seasonal allergies in dogs.


source: entirelypets.com

Flea Allergies

Probably the most common cause for allergies in dogs are fleas. Estimates reveal that 40% of all dogs are affected by flea allergies. Fifteen distinct components of flea’s saliva have been recognized as allergens. These components cause an allergic reaction in sensitive dogs. A sole flea bite may trigger an allergic reaction, and symptoms may last as long as 2 weeks. The dog skin will become itchy and irritated. The dog will continuously scratch the infected area attempting to get rid of the flea and relieve their suffering. Unfortunately, hair loss may start and is an indication for urgent treatment.

Giving your dog flea medications is the main factor to staying away from flea allergies. Prepare yourself with these advised remedies below.

Atopic Allergies

The 2nd most common allergy type for dogs are atopic allergies. Approximately 15% of all dogs have atopic allergies. Atopy (also known as Atopic Dermatitis) is a common itchy skin allergy in dogs triggered by a dysfunction of the dog’s immune system. It’s an allergy to substances in the environment that the dog inhale. These allergens include:

  • ragweed
  • pollen
  • house dust
  • animal dander
  • mold spores
  • grasses
  • feathers
  • trees
  • shrubs

Avoiding your dog from becoming exposed to these allergens is extremely hard. Therefore, trying to find the symptoms brought on by the allergens is crucial for treatment.

Signs of atopy in your dog can be found in the form of skin irritation or inflammation. This is known as allergic dermatitis or atopic dermatitis. Symptoms consist of itchiness, irritated skin, constant ear infections, skin chewing and bald spots.

How do you treat Atopic Dermatitis?


1. Frequent baths – This will alleviate them from being itchy and wash away allergens from their hair-coat and skin. Attention: ensure you use shampoo that is grain free or oatmeal free to relieve their skin problems.

2. Paws cleaning – Do this before your dog enters your home. This way you’re keeping the allergens outside. By doing this, you’re also avoiding your dog pet from ingesting allergens when they lick their paws. Use pet wipes and anti-lick paw spray.

3. Give your dog nutritional supplements – We recommend Quercetin in combination with Bromelain and Papain (Acetylator is a good option because it has both these two substances). Omega-3 fatty acids can also be use. All of these supplements have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You should add these to your arsenal to fight and control atopic dermatitis.

4. Keep your pet well groomed – this way you guarantee that the allergens are not in their body. We recommend the FURminator tool.


  1. Krisley says

    My boxer has paw allergies and he always licks his paws. I clean it everyday with unscented wipes and if it gets really inflamed i give him half a benadryl which helps a little bit.

    Has anyone use the anti- lick paw spray? I want to know if it is effective

    • lisa says

      have you tried nut vet labs cainie vitamin ? it help with all of those problems. i give it to my boxer lucy who suffers atopic dermatitus and she has to be on special food from wellness grain free nuvet help with the immun system in dogs,puppies and even pregant dogs. my boxer skin was so bad i had to put her on prednisone but i did not like the side afects it gave her. i able now to control her allgies and skin problems with proper shampoo and nuvet she has stop licking her paws stop rubbing her chin and stop scratching her self so bad that she would bleed. i use to use an anti lick spray but all it did was not work because all it does cover up the problem the problem had to be work within the body so that it can work from the inside out.

  2. Britta says

    My boxer boy has ear infections all the time, and he is constantly itching his face to the point of bleeding. He has scabs all over the bottom of his chin and the top of his nose. He also often chews on his feet. I have tried changing food and that didn’t help. I see that bathing him often can help. Has anyone used a shampoo that they recommend? I see one without oatmeal or grains… I am using an oatmeal based one right now. Is that not good?

    • Debbie says

      Our boxer was doing the same things. She has been on steroids for seven days now and we have been putting throw away booties on her feet when we take her out. This is the only time of year that the bumps appear. She is also on medication for an infection from her scratching due to reaction to fleas. She takes a monthly tablet for fleas, heartworm and something else. I am also using the shampoo that is shown on this site. The only place I can find it is at the vet.

      • mikki banks says

        you comment about the feet is helpful what type of medicine do you give your boxer also you mentioned throw away booties when they come in from outside where do you get thoses. thanks mikki banks

    • Betsy says

      My boxer has the same issues that you are decribing. My vet is still trying to figure out why he continue to get ear infection which cause him to scratch so hard he bleeds.
      I tried to attached a picture but cannot figure out how.

      • Cindy says

        My boxer had continualy earinfected ears, the dokter tested her ears and the result said she was getting the wrong kind of medication, seems to be different kinds of bacterea that can cause it, for now we are ear infecctiom free.

    • Rachel says

      Oatmeal is good mainly because it doesn’t dry out their skin, that’s why it’s recommended for the most part but just using oatmeal instead of a shampoo helps with my dog. It’s easier to wash out and won’t harm him since he likes to try and eat it. We also clean out his ears once a week with a saline solution and give him benedryll twice a day (because of his weight), that’s what the vet recommended for him at least. It also takes time to see what is causing it to happen so trying a solution may not have immediate results. My dog has allergies to people dander as well so we have to use dreft laundry soap on everything and clean often or else he gets bad as well so finding out, if it is allergies, what kind of allergies they are will help. Hope any of this was useful and helps your itchy baby.

      • Jess says

        Oatmeal based shampoo is one of the worst for allergies because oatmeal is a sugar based carb which literally feeds yeast. This is why it is strongly NOT recommended if your dog already has allergies. I continued buying oatmeal based shampoo for reasons you said but after the problem got worse and worse, I finally found out why. What I thought was helping was making it worse. That is why this article says not to use it.

  3. Janet says

    I own a white boxer and he suffers from allergies big time. Benedryl has not helped. Frequent bathing has not helped. At the suggestion of our vet, we have had him allergy tested. In the meantime, he took a look at his food, and mind you, we buy from a reputable company. If the food has corn meal, corn anything, get rid of it. Corn acts as an agent for inflammation. Our food had 5 types of different corn in it! We bought a more natural food, fish for the omega3 oils, chicken, veggies … While it hasn’t taken care of his allergies 100%, I have seen some good results. Hope this helps ya’ll.

    • Debbie says

      Can you tell me which food you are using. I have put mine on 4Health which I can only get at one location. Her skin is improving and she is gaining weight, but would like to find a food that is easier to purchase.

        • Steph says

          We have a white Boxer with allergies as well. He has been on so many medications in the past few years incl. Prednisone. It got to the point where it seemed to help with his allergies a bit but he was miserable and depressed. He would no longer want to play or do anything but lay in a corner and sleep. At that point we decided to try the holistic route and found a great holistic vet to work with. It took a while to get him off all of the meds and we went through a ton of different supplements to get his immune system up and running again. Not only was he really red and had bumps but he seemed to have a strange smell to him (metallic at times or “yeasty”). We had to bathe him every few days to calm down his skin and a scent free coconut based shampoo instead of a soap based one seemed to agree with him best. The biggest challenge was to find a good dog food. It was recommended to us to go grain free and use a food without any winged animals (no chicken, duck, etc). We tried different kinds of food with with varied results until we finally found a food that worked (Acana “Ranchlands”). He has now been almost allergy free (he still gets the occasional itch but he is no longer red and no longer has bumps or open wounds from scratching too hard) and gained some weight. He no longer smells funny and the weekly baths are now down to a “normal” dog bathing schedule. His energy level is back up and he is interested in all of his toys and can’t get enough playtime! It has been a long and frustrating road to get here but seeing how happy he is was worth all of the effort!

  4. Joanne says

    Just adopted a resue Boxer mix and about 10 minutes ago we noticed her one eye wa swollen and a ,title pink around the exterior of the eye

  5. Janet says

    Joanne – You really should call your vet if it’s no better by the morning. If that is the only area red and swollen, chances are something may have bitten her or she may have gotten something in it. You can take a cool damp cotton ball and try to gently clean the area.

  6. Donna Anderson says

    Same issue with my former boxer of 10 years and now my new baby girl!!! However; I have something that I have found that works yes!!! Works… Enzymes look it up on web for pets or people probiotics I started with allergy suggested therapy for my dog and she really cleared up! At first she got a little worse, cleansing process, but then I had a different dog! I swear by it!!! No more antibiotics , steroids , coritizone shots, Benadryl etc.. Your boxer will love u for it

  7. Anna Papa says

    My 5 yr old female Boxer has been going thru the same with her ears & feet. As for her eyes I just try & cleanse them as often as I can & by washing her feet. But her feet are still very brow. Any suggestions on bringing back the white socks? And surprise to see that oatmeal shampoo is not recommended. I am definitely gonna look for an allergen relief shampoo.

  8. Gail says

    I have a seven year old boxer and he have developed hives on his head. The only thing that has changed around him is that he has become friends with a couple of cats that live outside. They rub on him and when I pet them I pet him. Could he be allergic to the cats, and with me petting his head could that have given him hives? I am giving him Benadryl.
    Can someone help me?

  9. Irene says

    I have two boxers. One has no allergy problems. The other, a white boxer, has very bad allergies . They were getting worse very year. I used benedryl, paw wipes, and just about every thing anyone told me to try. Nothing helped until we took her to a specialist. He recommended Atopica. It worked like a dream. I know it’s a very strong medications that has pros and cons. It is very expensive for one, and it suppresses the dogs immune system. However, my boxer is finally comfortable. She is not chewing her paws at all. We still keep her on a grain Free diet but that’s it for restrictions. She is a happy girl and we are happy boxer parents because she is not up all night chewing her paws. We had to decide if it was worth the risks. We decided that it was better to make her comfortable for as long as we have her than to let her be tortured by constant itching, ear infection, and all the other problems that go along with bad allergies.

  10. Sharyl says

    I have a boxer that was fine until she was fixed and then we thought it was the grass and dirt causing her to have ear issues, itching body and licking paws. We put her on antibiotics and allergy pills. but we didn’t want to keep her on them. I read that too much grain in their diet can cause this but then i also read that they can be allergic to chicken. We had removed her from the grass and soil, but thought it might be diet related.
    Today i saw there was a turkey and potato mix, i saw a veggie mix too but all the veggie mixes seem to have chicken – which she could potentially be allergic to. Do you suggest Omega 3, and then fish and veggie diet maybe? I would love to put her on a safe diet vs. meds, but maybe meds are impossible to avoid? is it possible that either 1 – her transition from puppy food to adult food is where the difference began? because she didn’t have all these problems until after that, but also that took place after she was fixed – so i questioned change in hormones. SO far on this entire list I see diet, atopica, medicated shampoo, omega 3 w /chicken and veggie diet and I have seen that allergy pills can make the ears have issues :/… It seems like there are so many options and yet all the symptoms in the boxer seem to be very close to the same.

  11. sharyl says

    Hi there –
    I have seen all the same symptoms on my dog: chewing, licking, scratching, ear issues. She’s clearly miserable and i have had her on antibioitics and allergy pills. Benedryl doesn’t touch her – actually it seems to make her more active (which is weird). Today I saw a turkey and potato diet for dogs and wondered about it. I really think it’s diet or hormone related. Originally we thought it was the grass and dirt she was laying in, but then we moved and she only touches carpet and concrete. We noticed the change after she was fixed and after she was changed from puppy food to adult food.. she itches worse when we bathe her not matter what we have tried – everything from johnson and johnson baby/mild lavendar / oatmeal mix to the dog versions with oatmeal and none of them work. Her ears struggle every day and she too scratches to the point of bleeding. I have seen everything on here from diet, to omega pills to shampoo to Atopica for relief. So it seems like there’s no 1 answer to this dilemma. Maybe i”m wrong.

  12. Samantha Jolene says

    I just got a full blood all white male boxer he’s about 7 months old. I left him outside on his leed today while I ran to town to get some things taken care of. When I came home his snout was extremely bright red, along with this skin around his eyes and puffy. Plus his hind end, male parts and back of his legs. Could this be a skin allergy?

    • Janet says

      Samantha – My white boxer does the same thing. He lacks the pigmentation to protect him so we use a sunscreen on him now. He does have seasonal allergies so you might want to check with your vet about benedryl.

  13. Susan O'Brien says

    I have a2 year old boxer. It looks like Lucy has alopecia, she has lost her under coat in spots,no itching or redness. Has anyone ever dealt with this problem?

    • Sean says


      Yes my 5 yr old boxer has seasonal alopecia. He losses patches of hair on his back and flanks. No itching or redness. This is a common condition with boxers. Luckily it does not harm them in any way but it just makes the hair fall out. We opted to have a skin graft taken to determine the reason for hair loss and the test came back it was what we thought: cyclical or seaonal alopecia. The skin where the hair was is ussually darker than normal. The hair will grow back usually.

  14. Laura Stroud says

    I need help…my boxer pitt mix hacks a lot! Has even vomited in his sleep…thought maybe an allergy of some kind..but don’t know what…help.please..I’m a newby dog owner and hate seeing him miserable

    • Janet says

      Laura – I just went through this with my 4 yr old white boxer. He was hacking, vomiting his food and water, acting tired. I took him to the vet where we had a chest xray done to see if his heart was enlarged and pushing up against his esophagus. It turned out he had a lung infection from aspirating his own vomit. His heart was a little large but not of concern at this moment. We also had has thyroid checked to make sure he was producing enough to turn his food into fuel, which can also cause vomiting. He has been cleared and things are working as they should. We decided that he was eating too fast! there can be a number of reasons why your little baby is doing this so PLEASE … get him/her to your vet to be checked out. It really can be a number of things but if your baby is vomiting in his/her sleep, that is dangerous for them. I wish you the best of luck and hope your little one feels better soon. We did get Duke one of those bowls that has a ball in it to slow him down, works pretty good, too!

  15. Sandra Stroup says

    My Boxer’s bark can hardly be heard. He did cough a few times about six months ago. But that stopped. Now he can hardly be heard when he Barks. He is 10 Yrs old. I don’t know what to do, I called the Vets office they are to get back to me this afternoon. I said that they might be Polyps.

  16. Billy Madison says

    Living in Colorado you become privy to a lot of things… My brother-in-law breeds bullboxers and treat skin ailments on his puppies and dogs with ground up oatmeal and live cannabis fan leaves. He makes a paste and applies it I’ve seen a dog have whelps and cuts and within 18 hours of this treatment be almost completely healed.

    • Scott & Bonnie says

      We’d love to know how to make your brother in laws special paste. We have 2 busy boxer girls, a 3 yr old & a 1 1/2 yr old. Our 3 year old is in renal failure (diagnosed 1 1/2 yrs ago) & is being treated using both eastern & western medical philosophy. She has been doing amazingly well (her doctors are very pleased) with the exception of the redness between her toes. She is not a constant licker/chewer & hasn’t suffered with any allergy problems. Our 1st boxer was our allergy challenged baby. We have tried regular vinegar & Epsom salts but they didn’t do anything. We’re hoping to cure it naturally & use standard medicine as last resort. Thank you!

  17. Catrien says

    My boxer also had itchy ears, bad odour ex. I tried Steriods, but that made her very sick. I changed her food to no carb dry food( all fish with a lot of omegas) Started giving her probiotics 1 per day( which fix her gut )and clean her ears every second day.i also give her a kids Benadrol 2x per week. She did not have a problem for almost a year now. I hope it helps.

    • ann says

      Our girl also seems very sensitive to allergies and grass, her tummy would be so red when she came in. We tried Benadryl but didn’t seem to help. Our vet suggested a Zyrtec daily, it has helped immensely. You can buy the generic at Sam’s Club very inexpensive. I also wash her face, paws, ears and belly when she comes in, it seems to be helping a lot.

  18. Karen says

    I have a 3 year old black boxer that we got allergy tested. She is pretty much allergic to everything outside and many foods potatoes included. I have tried all natural meds atopic and now I have to keep her on Vanectyl P which is a form of a steroid. I keep trying to ween her off but she gets itchy again. She now has bald patches on her back from rubbing herself on the carpet. I have tried many foods but there is always something in the food that is not good for her. If anyone can give me some ideas and help I would appreciate it.

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