Allergies In Dogs
Did you know that just like people, dogs are susceptible to allergies, too? Allergies in dogsreally aren't that different from humans. Dogs can suffer from food allergies, as well as different skin allergies.
Food Allergies In Dogs
Cheaper brands of dog food may actually trigger an allergic reaction in your dog. Some dogs are sensitive to coloring and preservatives that found in many dog foods.
If food is causing an allergic reaction in your dog, simply switching to a better quality food, or finding a food that doesn't contain unnatural colors or additives can help stop the reactions.
Unfortunately, it can be really difficult to pinpoint which specific ingredient is causing the reaction, and you may need to experiment with different foods until you find one that doesn't bother your dog.
Any time you change your dog's food, pay careful attention to your dog's reaction. Noting the ingredients on the label may help you to identify what is causing your dog to be sick.
Better quality dog foods are less likely to contain ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction.
If a premium brand food doesn't help your dog, a raw food diet consisting of fresh meat and vegetables may prove to be better for your dog than ready to buy, processed food.
Many of the cheaper brands of food use grain as a filler ingredient. Unfortunately, this is often the reason for a dog's allergic reaction. If your dog is suffering from a suspected food allergy, make sure you're checking the food labels to see exactly what the food is made of.
Food allergies can result in skin irritation for your dog which will cause him to scratch considerably. Skin dermatitis can lead to further problems, including infection, so it's best to try to narrow down the cause as quickly as possible. Just like humans, dogs can become pretty miserable if they have chronically itchy skin.
Other possible symptoms of food allergy in a dog are coughing, a discharge coming from the eyes and/or nose, hair loss and breathing issues. There are many other symptoms that your dog may experience.
When in doubt, always consult your vet so that he can rule out any serious health issues.
Allergic Reactions to Dust Mites
Dust mites are another cause of allergies in dogs. Take care to keep your dog's bed and environment clean. This is important even with a dog that is kept outside. Regularly clean their kennel and bedding area to prevent a mite infestation.
Allergy to Fleas
Another source of dog allergy is fleas. Many dogs develop a dermal reaction to flea bites, which can lead to licking and scratching the affected area. This is especially common around the tail area.
Left untreated, a flea infestation can lead to hair loss, infections and hot spots or sores.
Other Forms of Skin Allergy and Dermatitis
There are a variety of other skin diseases that dogs can contract. Some breeds are more susceptible to skin infection than others. Your vet can prescribe ointments and antibiotics if necessary to control skin diseases.
In conclusion, it's quite possible for your dog to have allergies and it's important to treat them promptly, if he does. Food allergies can often be treated simply by changing foods and skin reactions can be treated with both over the counter and prescription medications.
Treating allergies in dogs is as important as it is with human allergies. No one wants their dog needlessly suffering when, quite often, the solution is reasonably easy and a variety of treatment options are available, if necessary.