Allergies in Dogs: Signs, Causes, and Treatment
Are you noticing some strange behavior with your pup? Maybe they are itching more often, losing fur, or seem in distress each day. Perhaps you have noticed some red, inflamed patches on their skin that they are constantly licking and gnawing at. If you see these symptoms, it can very well be dog skin allergies that your dog is suffering from.
Like many people, dogs can also be allergic to an array of different substances, such as plant particles floating in the air or different ingredients in food. Though the first step to take would be to take them to the Vet for an examination, and seek out viable detox products to improve their immune system, understanding the different allergy types and side effects is vital to interpreting the larger picture.
How Do Allergies Affect Dogs?
When it comes to both airborne and digestive allergies, the most common symptom associated is skin irritations. This can include persistent itching in either a localized area or a generalized one (all over their body). Some other clear signs your pup is having a hard time include:
- respiratory system issues, such as coughing, sneezing and wheezing;
- runny discharge coming from their eyes or nose;
- Fur loss;
- gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea;
- hive and rash breakouts;
- vomiting; and
- face swelling (eyes, ears, mouth, etc.).
Though humans and dogs can both have allergic reactions to different things, dogs tend to manifest their allergies in the form of diverse skin problems. As noted above, this can be itchiness, rashes, inflammations, etc. that causes them to rub and scratch themselves continually. Now, if that skin irritation is not controlled or remediated, it can lead to secondary issues such as superficial bacterial infections, repeated ear infections, and sometimes anal-glad infections.
Keep in mind that these symptoms are contingent upon the severity and type of allergy your dog has.
Types of Dog Allergies
Allergies in dogs are often broken down into two primary categories:
- Allergies caused by things they inhale, like ragweed and pollen; and
- Allergies caused by the things they are eating (food allergies).
Generally, a dog could have one or the other, but it is also not uncommon for them to have signs of both. With that being said, here are a few of the different types of allergies that a dog could have.
- Flea Allergies: Believe it or not, fleas are actually the most common skin diseases for dogs. Just one or two flea bites a week is enough for your dog to start itching profoundly. This is because fleas are said to contain allergen saliva that causes adverse reactions. This is why flea prevention is key to keeping your dog as safe as possible.
- Seasonal and Environmental Allergies: Seasonal and environmental allergies are also known as atopy. This is when airborne particles in your home, outside, or anywhere your dog spends time irritate their bodies. Whether your dog inhales things such as pollen or has elements absorbed through their skin upon contact can trigger an allergic reaction. If your dog has seasonal allergies, chances are there is a medical prescription that they can take to reduce the environmental impacts. That, along with detoxifying immune system boosting products, can conjunctionally work wonders in keeping your dog happy all year round.
- Food Allergies: Food allergies can appear at random. For instance, maybe your dog loved a particular food as a puppy but later developed an allergy towards it several years later. This happens to humans and dogs, and the best thing you can do is monitor what your dog eats and if symptoms arise after eating a particular food. If the reaction is too severe to the point where your dog is having a hard time breathing, make sure to seek medical assistance immediately.
Conclusion – What you can Do
For any dog owner, seeing your pup having a hard time with itchy, patchy skin and irritation is never easy to take on. But the fortunate thing is that there are many remedies that you can partake in to ease their discomfort and manage their allergies accordingly. For example, along with heading to the Vet for a professional examination, you can also invest in pet detox products. These products were strategically designed to boost your dog’s immune system and give them a healthier condition overall to live a much more quality-driven life.
In the end, based on the severity and the type of allergy your dog is facing, implementing a dynamic approach between Vet support and immunity-boosting solutions is key to getting them back to a comfortable state and staying that way.