We as humans can have various allergies, food allergies, pollution, dust, and just about everything else imaginable. Well, our wonderful family dog may be allergic to things too and it may take us a while to finally figure it out.
Pets who scratched a lot can be allergic to something, sometimes you may find that your pet scratching dramatically at certain times of the year. It is possible that your dog, as you may have seasonal allergies. Dogs can be allergic not only to food, but to pollen, grasses, trees, dust, fleas, wool, tobacco and even, believe it or not, these pets.
A dog can have allergies simply by coming in contact with what material it is allergic (wool / fleas), inhaled the substance (smoke / pollen), and the food.
All dogs who spend most of their time scratching and possibly chewing itself is showing signs of a possible allergic reaction, or at least a situation that requires some form of treatment. Constant scratching and biting leads to friction between the skin and eventually bacterial infections. Most people think constantly scratching is a problem with fleas (possible), but more than likely it is inhalant allergies
Another sign of a dog with allergy problems respiratory condition. coughing, sneezing / wheezing, runny or even runny eyes, and third symptoms may occur in the digestive system, as diarrhea or vomiting.
There are certain types that are more prone to respiratory allergies than others, these dogs can suffer the same and their men when the air is full of grass and tree pollen, dust, mold, ragweed and mold. Such a breed schnauzer, Irish setters, Boston Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Cairn Terrier, West Highland Terrier and wire hair terrier are among the most common effects of gas allergies.
Women for some reason affected more so than men and it usually happens between the ages of one and three years.
How dogs tested for inhalant allergies?
Analysis allergy sufferers of dog is really no easy matter. Much is made of the hit and miss basis. To complicate matters thyroid condition could even come into the picture. To find the culprit and if the allergy is fairly obvious, such as flea problems or even new or food, the dog must go through quite a long and systematic analysis. There is no magic way to figure out the problem.
Last expensive thing you can do is hyposensitization test method using special syringes antigen. The cost is very high, the age of the dog needs to consider the re-test may be required in the future and the success rate runs about 50 percent, which is just about the success rate found when testing humans.
What kind of treatment can be given to help the problem?
dog can be given Omega-3 fatty acids, gamma linolenic acid and / or certain vitamins and natural anti-inflammatory. Natural anti-inflammatory drugs, and with vitamins and Omega-3 is usually a good first try to help to alleviate the symptoms.
Antihistamines and other treatments do work, but often times the dog a wee bit nervous. All models steroid drug should be used only as a last resort. The use of steroids, and additional antihistamines will control allergies, but will not come up with an overall treatment situation and it will come back.
Corticosteroids reduce itching with soothing inflammation, however, there are side effects that can cause problems. Not only does it cause thirst, increased appetite, increased need to urinate and behavioral problems; it can cause diabetes, lack of resistance to infection and susceptibility to seizures. It should be used as a last resort and only for a short time.
Shampoo treatment works in some cases, such as bathing with a hypoallergenic shampoo has helped many dogs. It seems that some allergies can be absorbed through the skin and frequent bathing reduces the exposure.
bathing with Epsom salts or colloidal oatmeal with also give temporary relief and must be often. Be careful using sprays and ointments that are not recommended by the vet, they could contain harmful substances.
Antibiotics can be used when the dog has to bite, scratch and chew on her skin. The constant irritation creates opportunities for bacteria to cause infection and antibiotics should be used to control it.
There are vaccines available for dogs, just as there are people, they work, they are able to work and can be expensive. It is said that they work about 70 to 75 percent of the time
Environmental allergies can be treated as best you can. air conditioning in the house can reduce the risk of outside air allergic conical. Dehumidifiers can reduce the problem of mold. Air cleaner with a HEPA filter will reduce dust and pollens in the home.
One important thing to keep in mind if you have a dog with severe allergies and you are considering to cultivate it, please do not. You just have to add a situation that will cause not only other dogs’ problem, the owners who love them too.
How do you see the common problem of allergies?
Fleas are not earth shattering problems they were a few years ago, thank heaven, the invention of flea spot on products have reduced the headache of banishing fleas. We have largely free ourselves and our pets from fleas, just check with your veterinarian to see which product is best for you to use on pets.
Food is a common allergic to dogs, however, believe it or not, it is only 10 to 20 percent common problem. Food allergy is almost never fatal, but it can be the most frustrating. The constant itching can lead to serious bacterial or fungal infection. If allergies cause gastrointestinal problems you are faced with vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss
An food allergies your dog is eating will not cause both. it will cause itching problems or digestive problems. The most common problem is itching, which, in turn, not only does your dog and you miserable, it creates a very ugly looking dog.
Certain species such as Golden Retriever, Schnauzer and West Highland White Terrier are thought of by some vets, to be the most at risk of food allergies, although it has not been proven conclusively.
Protein is usually the biggest culprit in causing food allergies in dogs. The most common sources of protein are, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, and egg. Because we all need protein as part of our daily diet, it is difficult to eliminate it from your diet dog. Food allergies takes time to show its ugly face, unless there is a new food that was recently added to the pet’s diet.
Determining which food is causing the problem, especially if you’re like me, and offer a mixed variety of food for your pet, it will take time, patience and diligence. It is important for the dog to be hypoallergenic diet for at least 4 to 6 weeks. A hypoallergenic diet consists of protein has been predigested in hair pieces, so that the immune system does not recognize that it’s there. This assessment can only be purchased at the vet and is fairly expensive. Along with special food, the whole family must be aware of the dog not to have any other food or entertainment 4 to 6 week period is in progress. Now, this can really be a challenge when looking at those big brown eyes.
itching should gradually disappear while the dog is on a diet, the itching is gone and the dog recovers. Next comes what is considered a challenge and requires patience, restore the dog to its original diet and watch what happens. If the itching starts again, it’s back on a special diet until the itch is gone again, and then begin to add another dog food, one by one.
This means that all dog has been eating normally, you add that one food at a time and watch the reaction. It will take several weeks responses to meet and at the time, you do not feed your dog anything else, but the current assessment (no treats or table food). If it is not a problem, if anything is safe to think that the food is OK, then add another dog food and go through the same process. The vet will advise you on the best way to do this, you also have to feed hypoallergenic food too.
Allergies in dogs can also be tricky, as your dog can not only suffer from food allergies, but from inhalant allergies too. The secret here is to find the culprit that is causing the problem for your dog and eventually and hopefully end it forever. This is not a problem that you alone can solve; allergy problems need help vet, so the first sign of itching problem, see your vet at once. Your dog will appreciate it and so will you.