It’s Allergy Season

Health

6-dogAllergens

When a dog’s immune system begins to recognize certain everyday substances or allergens as dangerous they can show allergic symptoms.  Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or comes in to contact with a dog’s skin. As his body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear.

An allergic reaction can be mild to severe.

General Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
Increased scratching
Itchy, runny eyes
Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
Itchy ears & ear infections
Sneezing
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
Paw chewing/swollen paws
Constant licking

Allergic dogs may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs or crusts on the skin.

What Substances Can Dogs Be Allergic To?

A few common allergens include:

Tree, grass and weed pollen
Mold spores
Dust and house dust mites
Dander
Feathers
Cigarette smoke
Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
Prescription drugs
Fleas and flea-control products (Only a few flea bites can trigger intense itchiness for two to three weeks!)
Perfumes
Cleaning products
Fabrics (e.g. wool)
Insecticidal shampoo
Rubber & plastic materials

Like people certain antihistamines can help but not all antihistamines are safe for your dog.  You can read more on this in our blog post:  Allergy Medications. Which Ones To Use & Which Ones To Not.

If you think your good dog is suffering from an allergy you should consult with your vet.

CEO Olivia

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For further reading:

Allergies in Dogs

Allergy and Atopy Treatment In Dogs

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