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Allergies in Dogs

Allergies in dogs are common ailment that causes much distress to the dog and the family it stays with. Knowledge of allergies that your pet dog suffers from helps in prevention of such ailments.

Allergies in dogs

Allergies in dogs are a very common ailment that brings discomfort equally to the dog and the family it stays with. Allergens are found in both external and internal environment, with food allergy being the most common and painful. Removing the dog from the source of allergy or removing the food causing allergy from the dog’s plate is the best way to prevent allergy.

Allergies in dogs

For all those who love dogs, there can be no less pain than to see their beloved pet in pain. Small discomfort of these lovely creatures causes so much agony to the family they stay with. Allergies in dogs are a very common ailment which can happen repeatedly. Allergy is caused by an external irritating factor called allergen and the body releases antibodies to fight these allergens and safeguard itself.

Allergens in dogs mostly come from the places they have been, dirty surroundings, what they eat and the toiletries used. Fleas, dust mites, molds, pollens, feathers, cigarette smoke, perfumes, natural fabrics, rubber toys etc. can be the allergens.  More often than not the food causes allergies in dogs.  Beside any particular type of food, food allergy can be from specific ingredient in the food too; chicken, beef being the most common ingredients. Since allergy has a lot to do with the immune system of animals, your pet dog could have inherited allergic reactions towards environmental factors like dust, grass pollen etc.

Some of the common allergy symptoms in dogs are:
  • Licking and scratching
  • Itchy skin, back and mostly base of the tail
  • Itchy and watery eyes,
  • Also itchy ears and red ear canals
  • Sneezing
  • paw chewing
  • gurgling in tummy
  • diarrhoea and
  • Vomiting etc.

Allergies in dogs are seen in most of the breeds, though some (Retrievers, Pugs, Bulldogs, Terriers) have them more often than others.  Uncommon in younger dogs, allergies mostly affect them after the age of 2 years.

Preventing allergies in dogs

Since the discomfort of our pet dogs cause a lot of distress to us, it is a good idea to understand what causes allergy to the dog so its recurrence can be prevented. Here are some of the tips to prevent allergy:

  • Identify the source of allergens, remove the dog from its proximity
  • Bathe the dog often and use natural pest repellents as much as possible
  • Consult the veterinarian for a flea-control program and follow it completely
  • Do a food trial to determine what they are allergic to
  • Do not let your dog eat food from unknown sources/people
  • Ensure your hands are clean every time you touch/play with the dog
  • Vacuum clean thedog bed and things that come in contact with the dog like sofa, carpets and curtains
  • Consult a veterinarian as soon as you see allergic symptoms to arrest them quickly