Does Your Dog Have Allergies?


Many people don't realize that their dogs, just like human beings, can suffer from allergies. In fact, about twenty percent of the dogs in the United States alone suffer from one allergy or another, with flea allergy dermatitis being the most common form of allergies in dogs. Other types include atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and inhalant allergies.

Signs and symptoms of dog allergies may vary but are often marked by persistent itching and discoloration of the skin (most common in skin allergies), coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and mucus discharge (most common in inhalant allergies), and nausea, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea (common to food allergies and other ailments.)

Over-the-counter preparations and treatments for common dog allergies exist and may be purchased at any good pet supply store, but care should be taken when choosing such treatments. Consultation with a vet is the best first course of action for several reasons. First of all, what you think is an allergic reaction may actually be signs of a more serious ailment and a vet should be the one to determine whether that is the case. Secondly, if the allergy is severe enough, over-the-counter treatments may not be sufficient to treat the symptoms and a prescription strength treatment may be required. There is also the chance that the dog does not have an allergy at all. The last thing you want to do is medicate your pet unnecessarily.

If you do think your dog has some type of allergy, consult your vet. The doctor will be able to perform tests to determine whether an allergic condition exists, how severe it is, and what the proper treatment will be. If the dog has an allergy to certain foods, it will be imperative to restrict the animal's diet to eliminate those items that cause a reaction. The vet's testing methods can help to determine whether this type of allergy exists as well. If the dog has flea allergy dermatitis (an allergic reaction to the saliva of fleas, rather than to the insects themselves), an extreme flea prevention regimen will be recommended.

Just like humans, dogs that suffer from various allergies can live comfortably with them if they are detected and treated properly. It is important to keep in mind that this is not a time to "play doctor" by attempting to diagnose and treat a possible allergic condition yourself. Only your veterinarian is qualified to determine whether your dog is suffering from allergies and what course of action to take.

This article may be published in it's entirety provided an active (clickable) link to http://DogBlog.thynke.com is included along with the "About the Author" resource box.

Mike Nalbone is the publisher of The Dog Blog at:http://DogBlog.thynke.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Forbes

10 DIY Hacks To Keep Your Pets From Ruining Everything In Your Home
Forbes
But, admit it, sometimes pets can drive you crazy. From scraping the drapes to chewing on our houseplants, my ninja kitty keeps getting up to mischief whenever he's unwatched. According to a research, 17% of all furniture claims in the U.S. are a ...



Forbes

Animatronic Chewbacca Heads New Line Of Interactive Pets From 'Hasbro'
Forbes
Hasbro unveils four new Furreal electronic pets. Three traditional animals along with an animatronic Chewbacca. Top of the line this year is the Furreal Chewbacca character. He will be available in the Fall for $129.99. The higher price point gets you ...

and more »


Pets of the week: Murray and Sendejo
Billings Gazette
Murray and Sendejo are 9-week-old heeler mix pups awaiting adoption through Rez Dog Rescue of Montana. They are indoor dogs, but need a fenced yard to explore. They are two of six available litter mates. Murray and Sendejo have been neutered and spayed ...



The Mercury News

Keep pets indoors as Bay Area temps dip below freezing
The Mercury News
Extreme cold weather is expected in the Bay Area this weekend and into the week.

and more »


The San Luis Obispo Tribune

House fire in Morro Bay leaves 4 people and their pets displaced
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
No injures were reported in a Saturday morning residential fire in Morro Bay that left one family temporarily displaced. After receiving an emergency call at 2:08 a.m. on Saturday, the Morro Bay Fire Department, with assistance from Cal Fire ...

and more »


KBZK Bozeman News

Veterinarian provides house-calls for pets
KBZK Bozeman News
(HELENA) Pets provide companionship and purpose for many elderly people, but icy and dangerous roads and sidewalks can prevent some from taking their animal to a veterinarian. Dr. Scott Issacson and his wife Amy Isaacson are helping many who are unable ...

and more »


NJ.com

2 men injured and 8 pets killed in Jersey City blaze
NJ.com
JERSEY CITY - Six dogs and two birds died, a man suffered burns and another suffered a leg injury in a 3-alarm fire that ripped through a 3-story building in Jersey City overnight. "They are all dead" said a resident of the building at Neptune Avenue ...



BBC News

Norfolk and Suffolk shellfish 'low level risk' to people and pets
BBC News
Further tests on shellfish have found they continue to pose a very "low level risk" to beach users and pets, a conservation agency has said. Two dogs died of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) after eating washed-up fish on the Norfolk and Suffolk ...

and more »


BBC News

Tenants should have 'default right' to pets - Labour
BBC News
Labour wants to strengthen the rights of tenants to keep a pet in their properties as part of a package of proposed animal welfare measures. Some rental agreements drawn up by landlords insist on no animals. Tenants can seek permission to keep pets but ...
Renters could win the right to keep a pet as Labour bids to become party of animal rightsTelegraph.co.uk
Taxpayers to pay for low-income families' pets under new Labour planThe Sun

all 61 news articles »


Ventura County Star

Pot for pets and other proposed California legislation from the past week
Ventura County Star
Californians have been able to use marijuana as medicine for two decades, and soon their sick pets may also be able to take advantage of cannabis' health benefits. State Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, has introduced a bill that would require the ...

and more »

Google News




PetsFriends.com - the best dating site for singles who are pet lovers!

home | site map
© 2006