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Description: In humans, an allergy to pollen, mold, or dust makes people sneeze and their eyes itch. In dogs, rather than sneeze, allergies make their skin itch. We call this skin allergy “atopy,” and breeds like yours often have it. Commonly, the feet, belly, folds of the skin, and ears are most affected. 

What to Watch For: Signs typically start between the ages of one and three and can get worse every year. Licking the paws, rubbing the face, and frequent ear infections are the most common signs. The good news is that there are many treatment options available for this condition.

Diagnosis: Veterinarians will often conduct lab tests to diagnose allergies. Some tests may include skin tests and food allergy elimination trials. 

Treatment: Depending on the type of allergy, the condition can be treated with antibiotics, special diets, or preventive exposure to the allergen.

Breeds prone to Allergies include: