Allergies in Dogs – Causes, Symptoms and Helpful Treatments
We don’t always think about dogs being allergic to anything because so many humans are allergic to dogs! However, it is common for dogs to have allergies to certain substances, and it is important to keep a look out for symptoms. The most common symptoms of allergies in dogs are:
• Scratching the ears
• Licks or chewing his own feet or body
• Reddish discoloration of the hair, paws or between toes
• Rubbing head against things
• Rash, bumps, pimples, open sores on skin
• Red or watery eyes
• Reoccurring ear infections
• Consistent sneezing or runny nose
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Coughing or wheezing
Out of all of these symptoms of allergies in dogs, scratching is the most common. Dogs may have airborne, flea, food or contact allergies. If they have airborne allergies, they may be sensitive to tree, grass and weed pollens as well as molds, mildew and house dust mites. Just like in humans, these may occur seasonally or year-round. Flea allergies may cause severe reactions, leading the dog to bite its own skin. The dog becomes sensitive to even just one flea, so it is important to control. Common food allergies in dogs include beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, soy, corn and wheat. They can occur at any age and may cause itching as well as increased bowel movements. Contact allergies are the least common type and are caused by something the dog comes in contact with, such as carpet, bedding, plastic, cleaners, detergents, lawn chemicals, grasses, etc…
Treatment is going to be different for each type of allergy. For all of them, limited or no exposure to the allergen will help.
When it comes to airborne allergies, veterinarians may recommend allergy shots if the specific allergen has been identified.
As for flea allergies, treatment includes strict flea control. You must make sure that your dog is not exposed to fleas by using medicine and home treatments. PSCPets’com Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic can be given as a daily nutritional supplement and helps provide natural flea and tick protection.
Dogs with food allergies should have a diet absent of the food they are allergic to. Solid Gold Seameal Powder with Flaxseed Meal is a perfect food for dogs with allergies. Seameal supports the immune system and can help prevent chewing at the feet and base of the tail, which are two of the first signs of allergies.
If he has a contact allergy, the only treatment is to remove the allergen from the home.
Other treatments for a dog with allergies include shampoo, anti-inflammatory allergy medication and antibiotics. The treatment will vary depending on the type and severity of your dog’s allergies.
The diagnosis of allergies in dogs can be difficult. First off, the veterinarian will most likely make a preliminary diagnosis based on the time of the year when your dog has the most symptoms, what locations are the itchiest and response of the itch to medications. However, if the allergies do not subside and become worse, the vet may have to do more specific allergy testing. This may include a blood test or performing intradermal skin testing. Remember not to self-diagnose your pet if they are having the symptoms mentioned above—you should definitely take them to the veterinarian because they could indicate a different condition other than allergies.