Be it with toys, snacks, treats or cuddles – we all like to spoil our dogs every so often. However, new research has found that pampered pooches are more likely to suffer with allergies – which can cause health problems. Research by experts in veterinary disease suggest that up to 20% of the UK’s eight million dogs suffer from allergies and that their conditions are being triggered by their comfortable lifestyles. The research found that an increased amount of time spent indoors, sitting on sofas and eating human food is causing our four-legged friends to suffer from allergies.

Dr Dan O’Neill, a senior lecturer in companion animal epidemiology for the Royal Veterinary College, says that allergies are responsible for some of the most commonly reported conditions, including skin irritation and problems with ears and eyes. His research suggests that 2.56 million of Britain’s dogs suffer from inflammation and that around 1.6 million of those cases are linked to an allergic reaction. It’s believed that if a dog grows up in a clean house, then their immune system isn’t challenged enough – which can lead to overly sensitive immune responses down the line.