Allergies in Dogs
Allergies in dogs are common today. I am sure you have heard people say that dogs are just like humans; maybe you were the one saying it. In many regards this is true and allergies are one thing that dogs and humans have in common. We can both be allergic to something and suffer from specific allergies.
Specific allergies can have different effects on dogs. When learning information on allergies in dogs you will see that dogs can be affected by things they ingest, inhale or come in contact with. There is a wide variety of different allergic reactions and specific substances that could cause a problem. And just like in humans what one dog has no problem with can cause another dog mild to severe reactions.
When trying to figure out if you dog suffer from some sort of allergy the first thing you want to do is pay attention to any symptoms that they might be outwardly showing. Some symptoms of allergies in dogs include diarrhea, vomiting, snoring, sneezing, swollen paws, increased amount or constant licking as well as scratching and inching a lot. Any of these symptoms, especially when more than one is present, is a cause for concern.
It is important to note that just like in humans, just because these allergies were not there all along, does not mean that they cannot develop them later in life. In fact, it is important to note any changes in your dog when looking for symptoms. If symptoms of an allergy occur you might be able to pinpoint the possible problem for your vet by comparing the timeline to any new changes (including weather changes, change of food, coming in contact with new fabrics and materials, etc.).
Believe it or not but allergies in dogs are very similar to what you would find in humans. They have airborne allergies like we do to items such as dust, dust mites, mold spores and various types of pollens. They can also have food related allergies, showing allergic reactions to various ingredients in their foods as well as the preservatives, dyes, and other additives that may be used. Of course there are other things dogs can be allergic to. Some of the common things include cigarette smoke, perfumes, cleaning supplies and a variety of fabrics.
If you believe your dog is suffering from some sort of allergy it is time to make an appointment at the vet. Before you go to your appointment you should note all the symptoms that your dog is showing, approximately when these symptoms starting showing themselves, as well as any changes in your dog’s life that might account for these changes.
Either your family vet or a specialist such as a vet dermatologist may need to treat your dog. If they are unsure of the exact nature of the allergen they may run additional tests, just like the tests that would be run on a human suffering from similar symptoms.
Treatment for allergies in dogs will be a combination of prevention and medication. The vet will determine different methods of prevention for whatever specific allergy or allergies your dog shows as well as determining if there is any specific medication that would help your dog as well.