Allergies in Dogs

Do you have allergies? If not, there’s a good chance that you have a friend or family member who does. Allergies are quite common in people. They’re also not very unusual in our canine friends! Read on as a Russellville, KY vet discusses allergies in dogs.

Signs of Allergies

The symptoms of allergies in our furry companions can vary quite a bit from dog to dog. Skin problems, such as flaking, crusty, or red skin, are not uncommon. Dogs with allergies sometimes sneeze, snore, or burp quite a bit. Recurring ear infections can also be caused by allergies, as can red, runny eyes. Allergies can make Fido quite itchy, so you may notice him biting himself, or rubbing up against things. Sometimes pets develop more severe symptoms, like vomiting, diarrhea, or even seizures or coma. Ask your vet for more information.

Common Culprits

Fido can develop allergies at any point in his life, and to a variety of substances. Mold, mildew, pollen, dust, and dander are some of the most common ones. Your furry buddy could also react to certain fumes, such as perfume or cigarette smoke, or to ingredients in his food or doggy shampoo. Some pets are allergic to specific fabrics or materials, while others may react to insect bites.

Treatment

Allergies can’t be cured, but they can be managed. If your pup has any of the symptoms listed above, take him to the vet for some testing. If food allergies are suspected, your vet may put Fido on a special diet to pinpoint the culprit. Once the results are in, you’ll be able to move on to discussing treatment options. These will be offered on a case-by-case basis, but may include medication, a special diet, and/or a specific home care regimen.

Home Care Tips

There are some things you can do to keep your pooch comfortable at home. First, vacuum and dust regularly. We also recommend getting a good air purifier and washing your dog’s bedding regularly, using hot water and unscented detergent. Wiping your canine buddy’s paws and belly off after he comes back inside can help, by removing dust and pollen from his coat. You may also want to start tracking pollen counts, and limiting Fido’s outdoor time when levels are high.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Russellville, KY vet hospital, today!

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