The Bulldog is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world, and it is really no surprise. They are loyal, friendly and affectionate, and feature a very unique appearance, which sets them apart from other breeds of dog. Although in general this breed does not usually pose many problems, there are a few aspects of the Bulldog that should be understood by anyone interested in getting one for themselves.
There are five major types of allergies that your Bulldog may develop such as food allergies, flea allergies, bacteria allergies, contact allergies and atopy. Each of these different types of allergies has its own characteristics and associated symptoms, and so you should be aware of the ins and outs of each one. Food allergies are the most common, and may be the result of either the dog food you giving your dog or human food if you feed him scraps from the table.
Bulldog allergies can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms associated with them are often so general and subtle. They are often confused as being symptoms of another condition, and during this time the dog's allergies continue to worsen and can even become potentially dangerous.
It is important when you are selecting a dog food that you scan the list of ingredients listed on the label. If you already know what foods your dog is allergic to then obviously you will need to find a food that does not include this particular food as one of its ingredients, and otherwise if you notice that your dog is allergic at least you will be able to figure out which food it is that they are allergic to.
It is important that you isolate the allergen, and you can try doing this with an elimination diet, which basically involves you slowly adding one ingredient to their diet at a time in order to determine which one specific ingredient in the food is causing the dog to react.
Food allergies are not the only type of Bulldog allergies that your dog may develop. Flea allergies are also very common and this occurs when the dog has fleas living on his body. It is important for owners to realize that their dog is not actually allergic to the flea itself but rather to the flea's saliva. As a result of flea allergies your dog may develop crusts on the skin and patches of hair loss due to scratching, especially if their condition is left untreated for an extended period of time.
As most people are already aware, one of the most common symptoms of fleas is scratching, so if you ever notice that your dog is scratching or experiencing hair loss, you may want to have them checked for fleas. Then there are also bacterial allergies that can result in your dog developing crusts on their skin and patches of hair loss due to scratching.
If you ever notice any unusual symptoms in your dog it is a good idea to get them in to the veterinarian so they can perform a few routine tests and determine whether anything is actually wrong with the dog.
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