When you hear people talk about pet allergies, they are often talking about their own. Many people don’t even realize that their furry, four-legged friends can also suffer from a variety of allergic reactions. Don’t let your dog walk around miserable and itchy: follow these steps to help manage your dog’s allergies today.
What are the signs of allergies in my dog?
Symptoms of allergies in dogs are actually pretty similar to symptoms of your own allergies. There are a few more serious things to watch out for, but it should usually be pretty obvious if your dog is suffering from allergies. Look out for:
Excessive itching, head shaking, or licking. If dogs are licking as a result of allergies, it will usually be concentrated on their paws.
Bloodshot eyes or inflamed skin. Red, dry skin caused by too much gnawing or itching is called a “hot spot.” The skin can get inflamed, even to the point of bleeding, and there will often be hair loss.
Smelly ears. Especially watch for this if your dog has ears that fold forward. Often, allergens can get stuck in folded ears and cause infections, odors, and discomfort.
What types of allergies might my dog have?
The easiest allergy to check for is Flea Allergy Dermatitis, or FAD. Even if your dog is on a flea treatment, they still may get bitten on occasion. If they have FAD, they are allergic to flea saliva and that can be causing the discomfort. Use a flea comb over a white towel to see if any flea dirt or actual fleas are on your dog. Keep them treated for fleas and ticks, and you may want to consider treating your yard.
Seasonal allergies, like dust or certain plants, are also fairly common in dogs. Keep a close eye on your dog when they go outside, watching for contact with any specific plants, and keep their indoor environment clean: pay specific attention to the area they sleep in. Invest in an air purifier and clean their bedding regularly. If this doesn’t take care of it, you may need to make a visit to the vet.
What can be done?
Your vet can run tests to find exactly what your dog is allergic to and help you take care of things. Allergy shots are an option, which will help your dog’s system react less when he or she encounters their specific allergen. There are also medications that can ease the itchiness. Even better, if your vet can isolate the allergen, you can hopefully remove the problem causing agent from your dog’s environment and not have to worry about it in the future.
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