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Yes, dogs can get environmental allergies (to pollen or dust) or food allergies (to certain ingredients) just like humans do. If your dog has been scratching a lot, or chewing and licking itself, you should talk to your vet about the possibility of allergies.
 

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can dogs get allergies?
Yes - the most common allergic triggers seem to be environmental (chemicals, dust, pollen and the like) or insect bites (especially flea bites). Food triggers are apparently a lot less common but they do happen as well.

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yes!

my dog was just diagnosed with allergies. she has been itching like crazy and losing some fur. they suspect that it is a seasonal allergy. it can also make them more prone to ear infections etc.
 

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Not that uncommon at all. Unfortunately there are no cures for allergies only treatments for managing them. Talk to your vet about the best strategies. There are several and some are less expensive than others. It really depends on how long the flareups last. Some only a month or two, others can be longer or even year round such as dust or dust mites, which will require a much more thought out plan.
 

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my dogs eyes have been tearing up and her eyes are very red. i have noticed the great amount of pollen so i was wondering if it could relate to that in some way.
 

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my dogs eyes have been tearing up and her eyes are very red. i have noticed the great amount of pollen so i was wondering if it could relate to that in some way.
Dogs do get conjunctivitis (pink eye) and some dogs are more susceptible to it. It is actually pretty common. Conjunctivitis may or may not involve an allergic reaction or an irritation, but often there is a bacterial or viral infection.

There are also breed specific eye problems as well.

If your dog's eyes seem to be continuously or recurringly irritated, or if she is noticably rubbing her eyes a lot, a visit to the vet is in order. Eye problems should not be left alone to take care of themselves.

By the way, don't use human eye ointments or eye drops on your dog. Sterile saline eye wash is usually OK to use but check with your vet.
 

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ya you should talk to a vet. one thing i do if they are scratching a lot in one area is apply a thick coat of Vaseline to that area cos it "numbs" the itch.
 
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