Does your canine pal seem to itch a lot? If so, your pooch could very well have allergies. Allergies are actually fairly common in our furry friends, and can make poor Fido quite uncomfortable. In this article, a Georgetown, IN veterinarian discusses allergies in dogs.
Fido can have allergic reactions to many of the same substances that people can. Dust, pollen, dander, and mold are some common allergens. Your pooch could also react to cigarette smoke or perfume. Some dogs are allergic to ingredients in shampoos, household chemicals, or flea control products. Your canine pal could also be allergic to certain foods, such as corn or wheat. Fleas and fleabites can also trigger allergic reactions in our furry friends.
Skin problems are one of the most common symptoms of allergies in dogs. Fido’s skin may look red or moist, and you may see scabs or crusty patches. He may scratch, lick, or chew himself. Red, runny eyes are another common symptom. Our canine pals sometimes sneeze or snore a lot if they have allergies. Itchy ears and recurring ear infections can also be symptomatic of allergies in our four-legged pals. More severe reactions include vomiting and diarrhea.
In extreme cases, Fido may have a severe reaction. This is known as anaphylaxis. Although rare, this condition can be very serious, even life-threatening. If it isn’t treated quickly, your dog could suffer respiratory and/or cardiac failure, coma, and even death. The symptoms often come on very quickly, and include vomiting, diarrhea, shock, seizures, pale gums, and facial swelling. If you suspect your dog may be having an anaphylactic reaction, contact your vet right away for emergency care.
There are several different options available for treating allergies in dogs. Before you and your vet can determine the best course of action, you’ll need to know exactly what is causing Fido’s allergic reactions. Your vet may order skin or blood tests to help identify the triggers. For food allergies, your canine pal may need to go on a special diet to pinpoint the culprit. Once your vet has identified what Fido is reacting to, he or she will be able to advise you on specific treatment options.
Do you know or suspect that your pup has allergies? Please contact us, your Georgetown, IN vet clinic, any time. We are always here to help!