While I love studying human nature, animals especially dogs continue to fascinate me. Dogs are intelligent, teachable and loyal. It is no wonder why they are one of the most popular pets in many households.
One discovery I found about dogs that is similar to humans is that they also suffer from various forms of allergies. They may also be allergic to things or substances that many humans are allergic to. All breeds of dogs, regardless of age or gender, may be affected by allergies. Pollen, mold and mildew cause airborne allergies to some dogs. There are also food allergies where your dog might be allergic to certain foods including certain brands of dog food, chicken, beef and others. Some dogs also have yeast allergy which causes allergic reaction after eating foods containing yeast. The least common dog allergy is contact allergies which is when your dog experiences symptoms of allergies after contact with cleaners, carpets, grass and others.
When a dog is exposed to certain allergens, it may manifest different symptoms which include bumps sores on the skin, rashes, discoloration of the hair, watery or red eyes, sneezing, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. You may also notice that a dog exhibiting allergies often chews or licks its feet or body, or rubs its face against any surface.
However, dogs and humans may manifest different reactions to the same allergens. For instance, exposure to pollen causes some people to sneeze or have watery eyes. But in the case of dogs, this kind of allergen may cause them to have itchy feet instead. This is an important consideration for dog owners who might be confused with the allergic symptoms of their dog.
If you notice some of these symptoms in your dog, don’t take them for granted. Allergies can cause much discomfort or pain on dogs and it is important that proper diagnosis and treatment be administered. You should then bring your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Remedies and allergy medicine for dogs vary depending on the type of allergy. For most allergies, prevention and treatment include avoiding exposure to allergens. Some veterinarians would also recommend giving your dog allergy shots. This kind of treatment involves injecting small amounts of allergens to your dog weekly so that it will develop less sensitivity to them. Around 75 percent of dogs receiving allergy shots show an improvement in their symptoms. However, it could take months before you will see its full effect. For food allergies, your veterinarian may recommend a special diet for your dog based on a trial diet.
In addition, your veterinarian may also recommend frequent bathing using a natural shampoo to remove any allergens that may still be present in the coat or skin of your pet. Anti-inflammatory medications such as antihistamine and steroids may also be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms. And to prevent further infections, antibiotics may also be needed in some cases.
Don’t allow your pet to suffer from allergies. As a pet owner, you should ensure that your pet is not suffering from any sort of allergic reaction. And if it does, see your veterinarian immediately.