Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dog Health - Allergies

Allergies can’t be predicted or genetically controlled. Consult your veterinarian for advice on how best to treat and manage your dog’s allergies. With patience, determination, and diligence your dog should be on the road to recovery rather quickly. Owners of blue or white ‘pit bulls’ should be aware that this coloration is more susceptible to skin allergies.

Flea – The most common allergy. Dogs aren’t allergic to the flea but to the protein found in the flea’s r

Inhalant – The second most common allergy among dogs. Dogs breathe in allergens such as pollen, mold spores, or tobacco smoke. Even if your dog is primarily indoors the outdoor allergen can find their way inside and into your dog’s nose.

Contact – Physically touching a substance such a grass, plastic, or wool may sometimes set dogs allergies off. Allergy shots are administered to help ease the dog’s discomfort. Sometimes a lifestyle change is needed. Shots and medications such as antihistamines and steroids are used for the occasional flare up. If the problem is ongoing then other measures should be used to solve the problem. Immunotherapy designed to desensitize by building the patient’s immunity through injections containing small amounts or extracts of the allergen is often used with good results. Some may still need to have medication in addition to the shots. 

Food – Like humans dogs may be affected by some foods. The most common are soy, milk, wheat, corn, eggs, chicken. The typical reaction is itchy irritated skin.  Sometimes diarrhea or vomiting can occur as well. Isolating the culprit may take time. Basically it’s a process of trial and error. Once the trigger has been found a customized diet can help your dog.

Disclaimer – In no way am I claiming to be an expert on these topics. These are only informational articles written to help dog owners. It’s recommended that you always do your own research and consult with your veterinarian for more detailed information.  (01-24-13)

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