What Allergies Can a Husky Get?

The Siberian husky is one of the tough guys when it comes to pretty much everything, yet allergies can still be an issue for this breed of dog. This loyal, gentle giant can suffer from allergies just like any other dog breed.

So what allergies can a husky get? A husky can be susceptible to most allergies, just like any other breed of dog. Since huskies are a popular dog breed, their global popularity means that they are exposed to all types of allergen. Food, environment, and dust can all cause allergy issues for the husky.

Keeping your husky allergy-free takes observation and experience of your dog’s usual behavior. Any unusual behavior should be treated as a signal to investigate further. Read on to learn more about taking care of your husky’s allergy issues.

Husky Allergy Symptoms to Look Out For

Skin Allergies

While huskies tend to scratch a little more than some other breeds of dog, you should be alerted when the scratching becomes a lot more frequent.

Despite their thick double coat, huskies can still get skin allergies. A husky’s belly and paws have less fur so can be the first areas to be affected with allergies.

That being said, even the double-coat won’t stop the effects of some skin allergies.

Skin-contact allergies are not as common in Huskies as some other breeds of dog. But watch out for any redness, rashes or excessive scratching towards the belly or paw licking.

Chemicals or household detergents are just as likely to be allergens to your husky just as much as any other dog.

Zinc Deficiency Allergy Skin Problems

Huskies are well known to have a deficiency in zinc. This deficiency can cause symptoms that are very similar to allergic reactions. These symptoms can include:

  • Hair loss
  • Itching
  • Facial lesions

While these three symptoms could alert you to an allergy problem, they can also be down to the husky’s zinc deficiency.

A visit to your vet is the best course of action to determine if these symptoms are allergy related or zinc-deficiency related.

Do not to be tempted to purchase human zinc supplements for your husky to conduct your own tests, but let your vet decide on the best course of treatment.

Plant and Parasite Skin Allergies

Despite their thick coat, huskies can still get fleas and other parasites. Similarly, allergies from plants can also affect your husky.

Excessive scratching in various parts of the body should be noticed and once again, your vet is the best person to recommend the best course of treatment.

Husky Dog Food Allergies

Dog food allergies are like the Trojan Horse, as they are totally oblivious to your husky’s double coat. A food allergy is an attack from the inside, and once there, it can be difficult to pinpoint the precise cause.

Dog food allergies are tricky to spot as the symptoms can be very similar to many of the symptoms already discussed. The only symptom that is different is diarrhea, as this symptom is more directly associated with a food allergy or food intolerance.

The usual suspects are itching and redness, but these two symptoms give you no further information on their own.

Wheat and other grains are one of the leading causes of allergies in most breeds of dog, and that certainly includes your beloved husky.


Wheat and other grains are one of the leading causes of allergies in most breeds of dog, and that certainly includes your beloved husky.

You may immediately discount your dog food if you have been feeding your dog the same recipes for years, but dogs (just like humans) can develop an allergy over the years.

Any food that is a known allergen can become an issue for your dog, even if your dog has never had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

So don’t exclude your dog food as being at least a possible cause of your dogs’ new scratching habits.

Testing Your Husky for Food Allergies

The testing process for a husky dog food allergy is simple. But you need patience and you need to log the results of your tests.

A Step By Step Guide To Test for a Dog Food Allergy

  • Make a note of the date you start testing.
  • Start to feed your dog a completely different food. This food must be something that your dog has never had before.
  • This new food must be maintained for at least 6 weeks or until the allergy symptoms improve.
  • Make a note of this date.
  • Once you see an improvement (no more scratching for example) then give your dog his old food again.
  • Keep feeding your dog his old food and see if the allergy symptoms return (may take a few days or even up to 6 weeks to come back).
  • If the symptoms return, then you have confirmed that your dog has a food allergy.
  • Make a note of this date.
  • If your old dog food was composed of a few individual ingredients, then you’ll need to reintroduce the ingredients separately to determine which ingredient was the allergen. Note the date that you reintroduced each old ingredient.

By the time you have completed the above tests you’ll either know which food is causing the allergic reaction or, you’ll know that the allergy is not food related at all.

The best advice to give if the dog food is not causing the allergy, is to let your vet carry out further tests to determine the precise cause.

Supplements To Help Fix Husky Allergies

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are highly recommended for dogs with allergies. Scratching and paw chewing can often be eliminated simply by introducing Omega 3.

Omega 3 is not a medicine, so don’t expect an improvement within 2 hours like taking a painkiller, but given a period of 3 to 5 weeks can bring dramatic improvements.

Quercetin with Bromelain

Quercetin and Bromelain are two separate ingredients, but together they greatly enhance your dog’s immune system and help alleviate the symptoms of allergies.

They can be purchased in tablet form and are usually given 2 hours before meals. twice per day. Read the label for the correct dosage if you purchase these tablets.

 L-theanine

L-theanine can be given to your husky if you believe that anxiety is causing his itching and paw licking. Dogs with anxiety frequently display very similar symptoms to allergies.

L-theanine can be purchased as a supplement to add to food, or in a snack-pack.

Conclusion

Seeing your husky scratching constantly is stressful for you, and you know that it’s certainly distressing for your dog.

Clearly, seeing your vet is always the best advice, but there is nothing wrong with trying to help your dog yourself. This is especially true if the cost of seeing a vet is prohibitive.

Whenever you conduct any home testing for your husky’s allergies, always do so scientifically. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy a white coat, but certainly, ensure that you log the dates and procedures that you carried out.

If your own tests prove to be inconclusive, you can still present your own test notes to your vet, and your detailed notes will prove to be very useful. They could even save you some money as your vet can exclude some of the basic tests that he may have carried out first.

I wish you all the best with your husky’s allergy problems, but at least you now have some additional information which I hope will prove to be useful