Allergies in Dogs

Did you know that, just like people, dogs can suffer from allergies? Allergic reactions are no more fun for our pets than they are for us! A local Northwest Columbus, OH vet discusses canine allergies in this article.

Symptoms of Allergies

The signs of allergic reactions in Man’s Best Friend can vary widely. Skin problems are a common one: if Fido’s skin looks crusty, scaly, or flaky, he may have allergies. Dogs with allergies often feel itchy, so you may notice your pet licking or chewing himself, or rubbing his head against things. Some other symptoms include sneezing, snoring, burping, and flatulence. Vomiting and diarrhea can also be signs of allergies, as can red, runny eyes and/or stubborn ear infections. Occasionally, dogs have more serious symptoms, such as seizures, fainting, or even death, though fortunately these occurrences are rare. Ask your vet for more information.

Common Allergens

Fido can be allergic to many of the same things as people, including dust, pollen, dander, and mold. Your pooch can also be allergic to flea bites, or to certain vapors, such as cigarette smoke or perfume. Food allergies are another possibility. Some dogs are allergic to specific materials, such as fibers in your upholstery or carpet, while others may react to ingredients in their shampoos.

Treatment

Although there is no cure for allergies, they can be managed. If you know or suspect that your pet has allergies, contact your vet immediately. Your vet will need to run some tests to determine exactly what is disagreeing with your canine friend. In the case of food allergies, this may mean putting Fido on a restricted diet for a while, and then reintroducing things slowly to see what causes a reaction. Once the culprit has been found, you’ll be able to discuss specific treatment options.

Home Care

There are some things you can do at home to keep your furry buddy more comfortable. Vacuuming and dusting regularly will reduce the amount of pollen, dust, and other airborne allergens in your home. A good air filter will also help. If your pup is allergic to plants, pollen, or dust, get into the habit of wiping down his paws and belly with a damp washcloth after he’s been outside. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you know or suspect that your dog has allergies? Call us, your Northwest Columbus, OH pet clinic, today!