Allergies in Dogs

Allergies in Dogs

Mar 5th 2012 @ 10:21PM Filed under: Dog Health

Dog Allergies

There are many animals, much like the average human, that are allergic to certain things that are common, both in the atmosphere and in the diet of the average canine. Dogs begin to show symptoms when their immune system has been compromised by a certain substance. All dogs are at risk for allergies though they appear to be more prevalent in certain breeds; for example, terriers, retrievers and bulldogs.

Symptoms Your Dog May Experience With Allergies

It is important first of all to acknowledge the symptoms of an allergic reaction, as, if these symptoms are not treated immediately then there may develop a more serious problem. The most common symptoms are:

  • Redness
  • Itching/Scratching
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sneezing

Dog Allergies Are Natural

As you will notice, many of these occurrences are natural for a dog and may occur many times throughout a dog’s life without there being any immediate health issue. However, it is important to be safe and have your animal checked.  So goes the old adage: better safe than sorry. If you think your dog is having an allergic reaction then take them to the vet, who will then proceed to take the dogs history and perform a physical examination in order to discover whether or not your dog is suffering from an allergic reaction.

At this point you may be asking yourself; ‘so what are dogs most commonly allergic to, and how can I prevent my animal from suffering an allergic reaction?’ Well, firstly it is rare that one can know beforehand what a dog will be allergic to, especially in regards to food. The greatest way to discover what is affecting your dog is by process of elimination. By removing certain things from your animal’s diet, you will be able to discover what it is that is causing the symptoms , as they should begin to reduce and slowly disappear. In order to do this a vet will place your dog on a prescription diet for approximately 12 weeks, thus hopefully concluding the issue.

If symptoms occur with your dog and he/she enjoys a beef, chicken or dairy diet, then these will be the first things you will want to remove to see if the symptoms disappear, as these foods often produce allergic reactions.

Another issue is Fleas; many dogs are allergic to fleas and infestations can be quite common – and are evident by continuous scratching. Rather than being a serious health issue, fleas are more of a nuisance, though this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t deal with them immediately, as they can cause your dog problems as well as considerable discomfort. Additionally they can spread to humans as well, so it is in the best interest of the owner as well as the animal that the fleas are eliminated.

The immediate environment of the dog, most often its owner’s household, should be kept clean and cleaning products should be kept in cupboards as contact may cause a reaction. Common everyday items dogs are allergic to are:

  • Dust
  • Fleas
  • Certain shampoos,
  • Cleaning products,
  • Mold spores,
  • Perfumes

By doing this you can provide a clean and safe environment for your dog with little chance of troubling it with allergies.

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