Just like humans, dog can have allergies. However, dog allergies are not always obvious and many dog owners are not aware that they exist. Not only do dog allergies exist, but they are also pretty common. Reports show that in North America alone dog allergies have increased significantly over the past few decades.
So how do you know if your dog has allergies?
If your dog starts itching uncontrollable, forcing him to lick and scratch himself until sores develop on his body, then your dog probably has allergies. If you notice your dog exhibiting this type of behavior beware that these sores could become infected and become very painful. Recurring allergy attacks can cause some dogs hair to fall out.
Dealing with dog allergies can be tricky since the allergen could be something the dog touched, breathed in or ate. Unfortunately the list of items that can cause allergies is endless and it’s usually something within the dog’s surroundings, neighborhood, or in the food you’re feeding him. All of this can make solving the problem very difficult.
It’s probably not surprising that in many cases the source of the problem is the dog food. An efficient way to control food allergies is to change the dog’s diet to a hypoallergenic one. Then slowly, one at a time, introduce different food to observe if the dog reacts to it. Once you’ve verified what’s causing the allergies, you can eradicate it from your dog’s diet.
Another common allergy amongst dogs is flea allergies. To make things worse, some dogs are allergic to the saliva produced by fleas. Treating flea allergies basically comes down to controlling and eliminating fleas. Regular grooming and brushing your dog’s coat can help with this issue. There are also several anti-flea products on the market today- flea shampoos, sprays, foggers and medications.
Dog allergies can also be cause by the dog’s surroundings. Make sure you wash everything, including the dog bed and try a good medicated dog shampoo. In some cases a good washing is all it takes. If the issue doesn’t improve within a few days, then something else is triggering the allergies and you may want to seek the advice from your pet’s veterinarian.
Still, the most efficient way to deal with dog allergies is to prevent them. No matter what type of allergy your dog has, avoiding the allergen will minimize the symptoms for you pet, and keep him healthy and allergy-free.