Spring means allergies

Health

Just like a human, we good dogs can experience allergy flare-ups. We too are familiar with the redness, itching & discomfort that comes with an allergic reaction.  To ease the discomfort of allergy symptoms, many veterinarians recommend & in some cases, even prescribe human over-the-counter antihistamines as a safe, effective treatment.

However, not all over the counter people antihistamines are safe for good dogs.  Many products also add decongestants which can produce serious, even deadly side effects including increased heart rate, respiratory problems to hyper-excitability with muscle tremors, seizures, & hyperactivity. Vomiting, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, disorientation, heart rhythm abnormalities, even retinal detachment & blindness in some cases.  If your good dog ingests any medication containing a decongestant, immediately seek out an emergency veterinarian.

Always consult your veterinarian before giving your good dog  any medication. If you want to relieve allergy symptoms, the following brands are safe to use but again, consult your vet first.

  • Benadryl
  • Tavist
  • Claritin
  • Chlortrimeton.

Specific brands to avoid are:

  • Contac
  • Actifed
  • Sudafed
  • Tavist-D
  • Claritin-D

Any antihistamine with “D” added to the name, means that a decongestant has been added & will harm your good dog.

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Be safe, but also be comfortable this season.

CEO Olivia

Allergies & Hayfever

Health

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With summer comes allergy season. Dog’s can have allergies & hay fever just like humans. We can be allergic to the same things as you. Pollens, dander, perfumes, cigarette smoke or mold are all potential allergens for a dog. Many dogs can become allergic to flea bites as well. It’s very important to treat fleas aggressively & early.

The most common symptoms of allergies in dogs are –

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

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

A visit to the vet is the best way to determine if your are dealing with an allergy or something else. Once it’s been determined that it is an allergy your vet may prescribe medications. If possible, eliminate the cause. Keep the house & your dog’s bedding clean. Vacuum & dust regularly.

It’s important to know what allergy medications are safe for your good dog. We have an earlier article on that subject. You can check it out here .

CEO Olivia

It’s Allergy Season

Health

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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