Believe it or not, dogs are vulnerable to allergies too.
Veterinary experts now assert that dogs have allergies too. One of the primary signs of allergies is the itching of their skin. Their respiratory tract system can also be affected with allergies.
Normally, dogs will manifest symptoms of respiratory tract allergies like sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. Their nose and their eyes may also manifest a discharge just like humans do whenever they have colds or flu.
There are also allergies that may have an effect on their digestive system; hence, it may result to watery stools, diarrhea, or vomiting.
According to my experience, the most common allergy dogs have is an allergy to cows milk. Not all dogs I had couldn’t drink the milk, but couple of them couldn’t.
Experts say that almost 20% of the dogs in the United States suffer from some type of allergy. Which I am not surprised at all considering the “quality” of most of the food sold here in North America. I personally believe the number of allergic dogs is Much higher!
Here is a list of the most common allergies:
1. Allergies from fleas
It is a well-known fact, that dogs can easily become infected with fleas. However, what most people do not know, is that dogs can get allergies through these fleas, too.
Well, it is not the fleas, that actually cause the allergic reactions in dogs but the flea’s saliva. Hence, it is important for the dog to undergo a skin allergy examination, so as to determine if a particular dog is sensitive to flea saliva.
In the event that the dog is allergic to flea saliva, it would be better for the owner to implement a rigorous flea control or flea eradication treatment in order to lessen the allergic reactions. Of course, at least try to, use solutions that are used in flea control which are natural and safe to the dogs.
2. Allergies pertaining to foods
This is a Biggie one! Like humans, dogs get allergies from food as well. There are instances wherein dogs get allergies from foods that their system cannot tolerate, such as wheat, soy products, pork, beef, whey, fish, eggs, milk, corn, artificial sweeteners, and of course, the chemical preservatives and colors that are placed in their food.
Some signs of allergic reactions to food in dogs are shaking of the head, scratching the ears, irritated skin, biting and licking at the rear feet, inflammations in the ear, sneezing, behavioral changes, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
This is also The Most Difficult to cure! Because you have to find out Which food is causing it, not to mention it could be a Combination of food, treats and even environment.
3. Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is usually caused by the hypersensitivity of the dog’s immune system to ordinary substances that can be found in the environment like molds or dust mites.
Usually a dog is said to be suffering from atopic dermatitis when the dog begins to excessively lick and chew its paws, licking the abdomen and its rear feet.
Atopic dermatitis can be seen as a saliva staining found in the armpits, between the toes of the paws, and in the groin. In light-colored canines, atopic dermatitis can be seen as a red-brown stain found on the same parts that were mentioned.
4. Allergies resulting from bacteria
This is the most common cause of serious allergies in dogs. Generally, there are certain bacteria that thrive in the dog’s skin – as certain species of Staphylococcus bacteria. In most cases this does not cause allergies in dogs. However, there are certain types of dogs that develop an allergy to it.
The most common symptom of this kind of allergy is hair loss along with the development of ringworm like marks in the dog’s skin. The areas where these marks appear usually get infected, hence, it is important to treat them with antibiotics.
Indeed, as you see allergies are not for humans only. Allergies affects many many dogs, and seems to me they are getting worse and more severe here in our Western societies. Therefore, it is extremely important for dog owners to know these dog allergies so as to come up with some preventive measures at the first sign of the attack, as allergies are usually very hard to treat.
And also, don’t forget, sometimes, your Vet is your dog’s best friend. 😉