Are you someone who has suffered from allergies?
Do you get extremely annoyed at skin rashes and constant sneezing?
Well, you’re not alone, the canine world suffers from these problems too. Unluckily, they have it 10 times worse than you!
Since we’re the voice that will be explaining our dog’s problems to the vet, it is our job to keep a lookout and catch onto any unusual behavior or symptoms we see. This is why it is extremely important that we try to understand how allergies work in dogs.
There’s no need to panic though! Rest assured that by the end of this article, you’ll know all about the symptoms and possible courses of action to take, if your dog is suffering from an allergic reaction.
Symptoms of Dog Allergies-How to Identify?
The reaction your dog will have depends on what’s causing the allergy. This means that a skin allergy will have a different reaction than an anaphylactic shock.
However, there are some common signs that will give you the warning bells you need.
Any sort of burning or irritation on the skin, along with redness, is a warning symptom. Keep a lookout for whether your dog is scratching itself more than usual. If the scratching is concentrated on its tail or back, it’s most likely a flea allergy.
Scabs all over the skin and hives are bad news too, along with moist and crusty skin. Also, it is definitely not normal for your dog to be constantly licking itself or losing a lot of hair.
All these skin related issues are definite signs of an allergic reaction.
Your dog might give the most adorable puppy dog eyes, but if those eyes are a lot more watery than usual, there’s something wrong.
Also, try and notice if they’re itchy. If they are, then it’s definitely an allergic reaction!
Issues of the Ears
Infections in the ear might not be as simple as you think. Ear infections coupled with itchiness might actually point to underlying allergic reactions.
Unusual Nose Business
Yes, I know a sneezing dog is hilarious to look at. But if it sneezes at a constant rate, stop filming it, and get it checked out.
Also, have you ever heard your dog snore? Or is this suddenly a common behavior your pet has adapted?
Well, it’s most likely because of a sore throat!
So, don’t take these behaviors lightly and make sure to check if they’re actually an allergic reaction.
While you revel in the cuteness of your dog’s paws, do make sure to note if they’re swollen.
If they’re swollen and your dog is chewing them a lot, it is most likely an allergic symptom.
The stomach is always giving us signs when something is not right.
Obviously, as we all know, vomiting is a bad sign. However, since diarrhea is common, it is often overlooked and not suspected as an allergic symptom.
If your dog is suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, you should definitely check and rule out whether it’s an allergy problem.
How Do I Cure My Dog’s Allergies?
Now that you know all the general symptoms, if there’s anything weird you see from that list, what you need to do first is to visit your vet!
I’m not joking. Only your vet can tell you the correct steps to take, after examining your dog. In fact, finding what’s wrong might be a bit lengthy and involve running a few tests.
But just to give you an idea of what your options for treatment are, here are some basic guidelines:
Regular Cleaning and Baths
Make sure to clean your pet’s bed and all the rugs and curtains in your house as dust can be a pretty serious allergen.
More frequent baths will keep your dog clean and free from dust and pollen. Also, try looking for the vet recommended shampoos that are specifically designed for sensitive skin.
In case of an allergic reaction to food, your dog will have to be on a diet of hydrolyzed protein in order to find the sources.
It doesn’t end there though! When you know finally about which food is causing the allergy, you’ll probably have to ban that food from your dog’s diet and give it prescribed meals cooked at home.
There are also some commercial dog foods specifically catered to allergies in the market that you could check out.
While there are a lot of medicines available to treat your dog’s allergies, I cannot emphasize enough on how you should always take your vet’s advice first.
Never jump into using drugs on your dog without a professional opinion, because you might end up making matters worse.
- Antihistamines such as Benadryl are a common allergy medicine. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents are also often prescribed for bronchitis-related issues.
- A really good form of itch relief for your dog are supplements of fatty acids.
- Oatmeal and Aloe Vera spray also serve the purpose of itch relief.
- Products for flea control are a savior for flea-related allergies.
- If the culprit is airborne, you have the option of getting your dog special injections that will make it resistant to that allergen.
- For more serious cases, you might have to rely on cortisone. But there are a hundred warnings attached to this suggestion, and rightly so, because drugs like this are very strong.
Dogs deserve all the love and care in the world, and it is our job to give them a happy, healthy life.
To do this, we must constantly pay attention to how they’re feeling and what they’re doing, as they can’t really express themselves like we do.
Clearly, you should not take any step without consulting a vet first. Also, remember, if your dog’s allergic reaction is getting too severe, immediately take it to the emergency room! Never make the mistake of waiting around for the reaction to subside.
It is obvious that we cannot cure or prevent what we do not understand. But now that you’ve got all this information, you’re well equipped to deal with any doggy allergic disaster that comes your way!
Shawn is a content writer at FeedFond. He’s a doting father not only to his two children but also to his two Golden Retrievers. Check out more of his articles at FeedFond.com.