We often only consider our allergies when choosing pets but it is important to understand that they are also susceptible to allergies. Our faithful friends for example, have unique anatomies which makes them allergic to certain elements in their environment. If you are looking for a dog to live with you, remember to ask about any allergy problems. You can also look out for the following symptoms;
- Ear infections
- Runny nose and eyes
- Scabby skin
- Constant licking
- Bad moods
Different breeds exhibit unique changes in temperament when having an allergic reaction. Due to this, it is good for owners to understand pets’ behavior so that they can notice changes that could signal problems. Nearly all dogs suffer allergies in their lives but Terriers, Bulldogs, Retrievers and Setters are more susceptible. The most common allergens include pollen, dust, dander, cigarette smoke, mold spores, some foods and even prescription drugs to name but a few.
If you realize that your dog has a problem it is wise to eliminate its cause as allergies have been fatal in the past. You should also schedule a trip to the vet’s where your best friend can get remedies to alleviate the discomfort. You should have an emergency first aid kit at hand in case your dog accidentally encounters allergens.
Parents should educate each member of the family about the dog’s allergies to ensure that no one unwittingly exposes the pet to dangerous pathogens. A dog that is allergic to flea saliva itches badly for weeks. Regular bathing and combing using a flea comb is important so you can tell whenever your pet is infected. If you notice the presence of flea dirt use a pest repellent to provide immediate relief.
You can use a saliva test to determine if your dog is allergic to certain foods(beef, soy, chicken, corn) so that you can remove them from his/her diet. It is not advisable to feed dogs the same thing over and over as they will obviously develop allergic reactions to them. Instead talk to a vet about the best way to feed and detoxify the pup.
Some dogs suffer environmental allergies which are difficult to point out as they are often specific. You need to figure out what is triggering the allergies in your pet so that you can find remedies that work. There are some measures though, that every dog owner can take to safeguard dogs with allergies;
- Make sure that he/she only drinks pure water that is not contaminated by heavy metals.
- Avoid overusing antibiotics or anti-allergy medicines as they cause an imbalance of bacteria in the gut thereby causing more problems.
- Experts warn against steroid therapy as it turns of the dog’s immune system which in turn exposes them to serious infections.
The best help you can provide a dog with allergies is to ensure proper hygiene, constant visits to the vet and a healthy diet that will fortify his/her immune system. Allergies can make dogs very uncomfortable and it is every owner’s duty to find the best ways to provide relief.