Allergies in dogs are more common than some would think. Allergies can affect any dog and it can happen at any point in their life. Some dog breeds are more common to have allergies. Some of these breeds are Retrievers, Terriers, Setters, Pugs, and Bulldogs.
It can be terrifying to see your furry friend break out from an allergy. Some will present with scabbed, itchy, or red skin. Some will show their signs with runny eyes or constant licking of certain areas. Some will have a very itchy base of their tail or back. Some show you they are reacting with ear infections or sneezing. And some will chew their paws, vomit or have diarrhoea.
Some of the most common things dogs may beallergic to are pollens, mold, feathers, dust, smoke (from cigarettes), fleas, perfumes, certain fabrics, prescription drugs, and certain plastic or rubber materials. An extremely common allergen for dogs is found in foods. Some dogs are allergic to soy, beef, corn, chicken, wheat, or pork. It can be extremely hard to pin point what the exact food is that your dog is reacting too. Your dog may develop a food allergy at any time, so even though chicken was fine for your dog for a long time, it may not sit well later in life.
It is always advised to take your furry friend to their vet if you suspect your dog has any allergies. From there your vet can help you diagnose and if there is still doubt they can run tests on your dog to help figure out what is causes a bad reaction in your dog. Sometimes a special diet is needed for food allergies, but often a skin or blood test can provide enough information as to what is causing the issues. Finding out your dog has a food allergy can be hard, this often results in your dog eating as good as the rest of your family as many people decide to make home cooked meals for their dogs. Your vet will help you with the perfect meal plan for your dog.
There are options for treatment of allergies with dogs, but when possible prevention will always be the best way to handle them. Injections, antihistamines, or supplements may be a good option for your dog. Your vet will advise the best way to treat your dog and ensure your dog is as comfortable as possible while dealing with allergies.