Your Eternal Best Friend Has Sensitivities
Just like in people, dogs can show allergy symptoms when their immune system is compromised by certain allergens. Allergens can be a problem when inhaled, ingested or with contact on the dog’s skin. Trying to get rid of the substance, his body will show a variety of digestive and respiratory symptoms. Many pet lovers that I know would benefit from understanding general dog allergy symptoms.
General Dog Allergy Symptoms
- Constant licking
- Itchiness of back and base of tail
- Itchy ears and infection of ears
- Paw chewing
- Itchy, red skin
What can dogs commonly be allergic to?
- Cigarette smoke
- Food ingredients
- Prescription drugs
- Cleaning products
- Dust and house mites
Food Allergies in Dogs
It takes a decent amount of work to determine what food is causing an allergic reaction, especially in dogs because you can’t ask them how they feel. An elimination diet will be effective to find the culprit. Avoid giving your dog specific foods that you suspect and notice any changes in stool, mood or behavior. You can also ask your veterinarian to conduct an examination to determine the source of the allergic reaction. Skin and blood tests may also be done as well as a special diet to find out the cause.
The best way to treat allergies is to remove the offending allergens from the environment.
- Try a flea control program for your pets, whether indoor or outdoor.
- If dust is an issue, clean bedding once a week and vacuum frequently. Consider an air purifier as well.
- Weekly bathing may help relieve itching and remove allergens or pollens from your dog’s skin.
- A prescription of hydrolyzed protein may be beneficial for a dog with a food allergy. A hypoallergenic dog food works wonderfully.
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