Many of us own or know someone who owns a dog. Dogs are a common pet among famous and ordinary people. They are undeniably intelligent and loyal animals, making them popular among animal lovers.
I also love dogs. However, I pity these animals as they are also prone to many conditions that humans suffer from including allergies. A significant number of canines or dogs suffer from various types of allergies including food allergy, dust mite allergy, pollen allergy, yeast allergy and others. Unlike their human counterpart, dogs cannot talk and express how they feel. If a dog owner is not sensitive enough to its condition, it might suffer from severe allergic reactions without the necessary medical intervention. It would be good for dog owners to be more aware about the answers to frequently asked questions regarding allergies in dogs:
What are the common symptoms of dog allergies?
Although there are different types of allergies that can affect dogs, many of them share similar symptoms which include:
- Itching and increased scratching
- Moist, red, swollen, inflamed or scabbed skin
- Runny eyes
- Ear infection
- Nausea or vomiting
- Constant licking
Which dog is at risk of allergies?
Any dog can be affected with allergies. However, more cases of allergies are reported on retrievers, terriers, setters, and flat-faced breeds.
What are the common allergens in dogs?
Common allergens are:
- Dust and dust mites
- Feathers and dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Certain food ingredients such as corn, soy, chicken, wheat and pork
- Cleaning products
- Fabrics, plastic and rubber material
What should I do if my dog has symptoms of an allergy?
It will be difficult to self-diagnose your dog for allergies as there are several types of allergies sharing similar symptoms. When in doubt, bring your pet to a veterinarian. Your vet may conduct a physical examination and a series of tests to determine the type of allergy your dog has.
Can allergic reaction be prevented?
Allergy attacks can be prevented by avoiding offending allergens. For instance, if your dog is allergic to certain food ingredients, avoid giving dog foods containing such ingredients. If your dog is allergic to dust, vacuum its beddings regularly. Regular bathing can also help remove environmental allergens that may have stuck on your dog’s coat such as pollen. Your vet can further discuss this with you once the type of allergy has already been identified.
Is there any allergy medicine for dogs?
In case of allergic reaction, your vet may recommend certain medications to manage it. The most common medication for dog allergy includes antihistamines like Benadryl. Dog supplements such as fatty acid supplement may also be helpful for relieving allergic reactions affecting the skin such as itchiness. In severe case, your vet may also recommend cortisone, a strong medication which should only be used under the supervision of the vet.
If you have further questions regarding dog allergy which are left unanswered, you could discuss them with your vet on your next visit. As dog owners, it would be good to have a general understanding about dog allergies to be able to help your suffering dog manage its condition.