Dog Allergies

Introduction to dog allergies

Dog AllergiesJust like you, canines will come down with symptoms of dog allergies from many possible sources, and have signs similarly. Your dog, however, will often show other signs as well from an irritant. Your immune system will typically react with a running, itchy, red nose, whereas your faithful companion may react with a skin condition, or even a chronic ear infection. Poor Fido may not only have what’s called “hot spots” of red skin, but my lose hair. He often will react to the allergen by scratching, biting at things, or constantly chewing and licking at his paws. His immune system is violently reacting to mold, dander, pollen, air pollution, honery dust mites, fleas, or even certain foods.

What can be done for dog allergies

There are some common treatments that are usually effective. However, if these don’t work, there are further steps that can be taken by his veterinarian. With your proper care, there’s no need for him to suffer long. Just don’t ignore his signs of discomfort or he may not only lose his health, but his very life. There are specific signs shown that indicate the cause of his allergy, but it’s best to allow the vet to diagnose the cause or causes. A common allergy and treatment for one of the most common dog diseases will be given here.

Food causes

If your pet dog is constantly clawing at irritated skin from chronic itching, has hot spots, or loss of hair, he may have a food allergy.  It can be so severe that he may throw up or have a loose stool.  Common food causes of dog allergies are dairy, corn, soy and chicken products.  A tip is to just change his diet to another dry dog food, and observe if the symptoms subside. If those signs aren’t mitigated, it’s time to take him to his vet.

Fleas as a cause

Signs of dog allergies from fleas are the same as the ones for those caused by food.  The best treatment at home for your pet dog is a bath in cool water with shampoo. However, if his skin is broken, he may need a prescription by the vet for antibiotics. This could be a serious infection for any breed.

Bacteria as a cause

If your faithful dog has bubbles of pus, dog skin problems like red areas, hair loss, or what looks like ringworm, he may simply have a bacteria infection. Regrettably, however, this may be only one of the concurrent conditions causing his allergy. He may have a thyroid problem, which can only be tested by his vet with a blood exam.

A Dog in your home can protect you from allergies

Medical research has verified that a house dog releases endotoxin, which is a protein that protects you and your family from allergies. The only exception is if anyone in the family is already with a pre-existing allergy, or has asthma. A dog is man’s best friend more ways than one!

Conclusion

Your dog may be hit with dog allergies by food, fleas, mites, bacteria, or contact from air pollutants.  Remember, if he doesn’t respond to your over the counter treatments, get him to the vet clinic immediately for advice and a cure. Otherwise, his condition may exacerbate, and become so serious that you lose a precious friend and companion.