Things you should know about allergies and your dog!
Allergies affect many animals, especially in Houston! Check out our guest post from DogAllergiesResource.com. An allergy is described as a hypersensitivity to exposure of a harmless substance, known as an allergen. There are five known types of allergies in dogs, each having both common and unique symptoms.
Much the same as humans, the symptoms of dog allergies can range from mild to severe, depending on the allergen.
About 40% of dogs suffer from allergies everyday. It is important to treat an allergy no matter how mild it may seem, as it could lead to future health complications.
Types Of Allergies in Dogs:
Contact Allergies - These are the least common allergies found in dogs. Irritation and symptoms may occur immediately, or within 24-48 hours of contact. Some common irritators include bedding such as rubber or wool, chrome or nickel in collars and shampoos. Contact allergies are usually the easiest to treat, as it involves simply removing the item from your dog’s day to day activities.
Flea Allergies - Flea allergies are very common. The allergy comes from the flea’s saliva entering the dog’s skin from a bite. The most common areas to look for symptoms is the lower back, right above the tail, and on the paws. A flea bite can be best compared to a human’s reaction to a mosquito bite.
Food Allergies - A dog food allergy can develop as early as five months, and is very often misdiagnosed. Food allergies account for 20% of itching in dogs. Dogs are usually not born with an allergy to food. Common food allergy side effects include itching around the face, paws, ears and mouth. Ear infections are also very common.
Bacterial Allergies - Staph or bacterial allergies are very common, especially in dogs with excess rolls, such as Pugs or Shar Pei’s. Most dogs actually carry a small amount of Staph bacteria on their skin, but only a small percentage are severely affected. Some symptoms include sores on the skin, hair loss, dry, flakey skin and unpleasant odor.
Inhalant Allergies - This is the number one allergy found in dogs. Also known as Atopy, symptoms are very similar to a human allergy. These include sneezing, coughing, runny nose and watery eyes. Some common causes of an inhalant allergy are dust mites, mildew and pollen in the air.
If you suspect your dog may have an allergy, it is important to take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible for further diagnosis and treatment.
You can learn more about dog allergy types, their symptoms and treatment options at www.dogallergiesresource.com