Is a Dog Allergy Plaguing Your Pooch?
Do you think it's a dog allergy making your dog scratch and chew himself to pieces? Could be. Some studies show about 20% of dogs suffer from allergies.
Symptoms of a Dog Allergy
•loss of hair,
•dry, itchy skin
•chronic hot spots
•chewing on self
These can all signal dog allergy troubles. Your dog could have one or more of these symptoms. So what next? Try to determine the type of allergy.
5 TYPES OF DOG ALLERGIES
Dog Food Allergy
Your dog's food may be making her sick. According to Jeff Wayman, DVM, approximately 10 to 15% of all allergic skin diseases in dogs are caused by food allergies.
Some common food culprits for dog food allergies are
•beef, lamb and other meats
Corn and Wheat are often the culprits in a food allergy. These are often used as cheap fillers for pet food. And if your pet has been eating pounds per year of them, she may have developed an allergic reaction.
Check the label on your pet's food. If corn or wheat is listed as one of the first ingredients in the list, that means they are primary ingredients. Try changing foods. Look for one that has neither corn nor wheat and give it a try.
One of the most common dog allergies is to fleas.
Actually, the dog isn’t allergic to the fleas, he’s allergic to the flea’s saliva.
Symptoms can be similar to food allergies, they include itching, redness and swelling.
But it’s the dog scratching himself that is likely to cause the hair loss and scratches to the skin rather than the allergy itself. Hot spots can also form, these are red, round patches where the fur has fallen out.
There is a skin allergy test that can test your dog (or cat) for a flea allergy. The dog will then need to be treated and the environment de-flea’ed. Easier said than done.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with fleas knows the challenge of thoroughly cleaning everything over and over. Including your pet. There is a line of dog grooming products called Flea Therapy that can help to dissuade the fleas from terrorizing your pup to begin with.Bacterial Allergy
Dogs have varying species of Staphylococcus (Staph) bacteria on them normally. Normally, this doesn’t cause a problem for the dog but occasionally, some will develop an allergy to it.
The symptom is commonly hair loss and develops patterns that look like ringworm. Infections will develop and this allergy needs to be treated with antibiotics.Inhalant Allergy
(Also called Atopy dermatitis)
You dog could be suffering from common allergies to dust, trees, molds, pollens and dander.
Generally, the dog won’t sneeze much but may chew at his paws, scratch incessantly and sometimes develop ear infections.
You should talk to your vet to find out how to help your pet.Contact Allergy
Just like it sounds, this is a dog allergy that is caused by something touching the skin; fabrics, topical medicines, and other items that come in contact with your dog’s skin can be the culprit.
Pets develop reddened, itchy skin and you may see small, pus-filled welts.
The treatment for this type of allergy is simple once you've determined the source. Get rid of the contact.
P.S. Please remember, this website is not meant to provide a diagnosis to your pet but merely to provide some general information. Please see your medical professional for a professional opinion.