What is an allergy?
Allergies are immune responses to things like pollen, dust, food or fur that may cause discomfort and illness. Excessive exposure to these substances called allergens sensitizes the immune system and cause an adverse reaction.
Most common allergens include:
- Trees, grass and weed pollens
- Mold pores
- Dust and house dust mites
- Flea saliva
- Perfumes, cleaning products and shampoo
6 Signs that your dog may be having an allergic reaction:
1. Excessive paw-licking
2. Scratching and butt-scooting
3. Hair loss
4. Coughing, sneezing and asthma
5. Gastrointestinal upset
6. Swelling of the feet, face and joints
How to handle it?
The first rule to treat allergy is to prevent and avoid exposure to allergens.
1. Wipe off your dog’s paw after bringing them in from walks
2. Usage of hypoallergenic shampoo and soap
3. Use supplements such as biotin or omega-3
4. Formulate a limited-ingredient diet
5. Drugs such as antihistamines or corticosteroids can block the allergic reaction and help you deal with the symptoms.