If you are one of the many people who suffer from allergies you know how uncomfortable it can be.
Imagine how hard it must be for your dog to suffer with allergies. She cannot complain and she cannot ask for help. So as responsible dog owners it is up to us to figure out when she is having an allergy outbreak and to provide her with medicine as soon as possible.
Similar to humans, dog allergies are usually passed through genetics from parents to puppies.
Various factors can trigger an allergic reaction in a dog. The more common dog allergies include dog food allergies, protein allergies, allergies to pollen, and dog skin allergies. The good news is that they are all treatable with proper treatment and monitoring. For dog food allergies you can try and change her food until you find one that is fine for her to eat. You should be able to find other treatments for other types of allergies.
If you believe your dog has allergies then schedule a vet appointment. You vet can examine her and then recommend the best course of treatment.
The easiest way to indentify dog allergies is to know your dog. Know what “normal” looks like for her. That way, you can probably tell when something just doesn’t seem right. This can be helpful not only in identifying potential allergies, but it can help to identify the start of other illnesses as well.
There are many dog allergy symptoms that can help you to figure out that your dog may be allergic to something. She may be scratching constantly, or even gnawing at her skin. There is no sure set of symptoms that you can use to identify your dog’s allergies since there is no telling how a dog will exactly react to something.
Behavioral changes are a great reason to look deeper. Try to find out what is causing the change in your dog’s behavior.
Dog allergies should be indentified and treated as soon as you can. This can help you poor little dog to avoid additional pain and discomfort and bring her some relief to her allergy suffering.
If you got your dog from a breeder then it is quite likely that they can tell you if her parents had dog allergies too. That may make it a bit easier to pinpoint what she may be allergic to.
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