Helping Your Furry Friend

Fight Allergies

Dogs, just like humans, can suffer from allergies. These allergies can be due to various factors such as food, environmental factors, fleas, etc. It is essential to understand the symptoms and causes of allergies in dogs to provide them with the best care possible. In this blog, we will discuss the common causes of allergies in dogs, their symptoms, and how you can help your furry friend fight allergies.

Common Causes of Allergies in Dogs

  1. Food Allergies: Some dogs are allergic to certain ingredients in their food. Common food allergens for dogs include beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish.

  2. Environmental Allergies: These are allergies caused by environmental factors such as pollen, grass, mold, dust mites, etc. Environmental allergies often lead to atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory, chronic skin disease associated with allergies.

  3. Flea Allergy Dermatitis: This is an allergic reaction to the saliva of fleas. Even a single flea bite can cause intense itching in dogs with flea allergy dermatitis.


Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

The symptoms of allergies in dogs can vary depending on the cause of the allergy. Common symptoms include:

  1. Itching and Scratching: Dogs with allergies often experience intense itching and will scratch, lick, or chew their skin excessively.

  2. Red and Inflamed Skin: The skin may become red and inflamed due to continuous scratching.

  3. Hair Loss: Excessive scratching, licking, or chewing can lead to hair loss in affected areas.

  4. Ear Infections: Dogs with allergies often suffer from recurrent ear infections.

How to Help Your Dog Fight Allergies

  1. Identify the Cause: The first step in helping your dog fight allergies is to identify the cause of the allergy. This may involve a visit to the vet who may perform skin or blood tests to determine the allergen.

  2. Eliminate the Allergen: Once the allergen has been identified, the next step is to eliminate it from your dog's environment. For food allergies, this may involve switching to a hypoallergenic diet. For environmental allergies, this may involve frequent cleaning of your dog's living area, using air purifiers, and limiting outdoor time during high pollen seasons.

  3. Flea Control: For dogs with flea allergy dermatitis, it is crucial to implement a strict flea control regimen. This may involve using flea prevention products, regular bathing, and cleaning your dog's living area frequently.

  4. Medications: In some cases, your vet may prescribe medications such as antihistamines, corticosteroids, or cyclosporine to help control the itching and inflammation.

  5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce inflammation and itching in dogs with allergies. Consult your vet about adding omega-3 supplements to your dog's diet.

  6. Regular Grooming: Regular grooming can help remove allergens from your dog's coat and skin. Use hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners designed for dogs with sensitive skin.

Allergies can cause a lot of discomforts and negatively impact your dog's quality of life. However, with proper care and management, you can help your furry friend fight allergies and lead a happy and healthy life. Remember always to consult your vet before starting any new treatment or changing your dog's diet.