Canine allergies is a common condition that besets many of our canine friends. This may not be a life threatening disease, but it will make your dog’s life miserable if you don’t treat it right away. You need to know the dog allergies symptoms so you can be forewarned and give your dog the attention he needs so it doesn’t escalate any further.
One of the most common dog allergies symptoms is extreme itchiness. It doesn’t matter what the cause of the allergies is, an allergic dog will most likely be found frequently scratching or biting to relieve himself of the itchiness.
Because they are always itchy and scratching themselves, the dog will end up with bald patches all throughout his body. Allergies caused by fleas particularly, will have hair loss in the “flea triangle” area– the back or belly, across the hind legs, and his tail. The affected area might also have a different color of hair because the saliva of the dog will have faded that vicinity of fur.
You might want to give your dog an antihistamine before the itching becomes too much. Sometimes in an effort to alleviate his discomfort, the dog will bite, gnaw and chew the itchy areas of his body. This self-mutilation will cause wounds and if the dog has fleas or is always dirty, bacteria will fester causing secondary skin infections. These infected wounds, cuts and hives will only make the dog’s condition even worse.
An allergic dog may also exhibit other signs similar to the human flu. He will be sneezing, wheezing and have watery eyes and a runny nose. Many times a dog with food allergies may also show symptoms of diarrhea and nausea as well. It is critical that you find out what the cause of the allergies is so that you can take it out of your dog’s immediate environment right away.
If your dog is food allergic, you need to change his diet to one that has limited ingredients or a hypoallergenic diet. You will notice a marked improvement within a week or two. Gradually introduce other ingredients into his diet until you have a diet he can tolerate. It is recommended that you create two to four diets that he can use and rotate them throughout the year. Sometimes sensitive dogs develop new allergies and you want to keep his condition as stabilized as possible.
Some times of the year, dogs experience more allergic reaction because of the prevalence of dust, pollen, weeds, and pollen. If this is the case, make sure that you clean your home as much as you can. Molds, dust, fabric and detergent solutions can also trigger allergic reaction so be careful of this as well. You can buy an air cleaner and have it installed in the house to improve the air quality of your home. This will benefit not just your dog, but the other members of your household as well.
Perhaps the most common source of allergies is the flea. In many instances, dogs are allergic to flea saliva. The flea excretes saliva onto the dog’s system to prevent the blood to clot. It only takes one flea to trigger a bout of allergic reaction from your dog. I strongly advise you to give your dog a flea prevention program to keep this from happening to your pet.
As much as possible, give your pet natural and organic treatments. This is better than traditional medication that contains chemicals to “cure” your dog. Many times these medications only deal with the symptoms and more than that, the chemicals will be detrimental to the dog in the long run. Herbs and holistic natural substance aim to promote the health of your dog as a whole and thereby improving the over-all function of your dog.
Be sure to give your dog a good diet and exercise. A healthy dog has a strong immune system that will fight against any type of disease that may try to come upon your dog. Groom your dog regularly to check for parasites and hot spots caused by allergies. You can apply aloe vera or a mild ointment to soothe the inflamed area.
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