Allergies in Dogs
If your dog asks for a “belly scratchin” and you see she’s covered in red hives, she probably has an allergy. While it may seem funny to think of allergies in dogs, it’s not uncommon at all. Allergies are just the immune system overreacting to some substance. Most allergens are proteins from plants, animals, foods and insects.
Different allergens produce different symptoms in your pets. A common symptom of allergies in dogs is itching, either in one spot or all over. If your dog seems to be chewing on her paws frequently or scratching more than normal, it could be from an allergy. Other allergy symptoms in dogs may include: “coughing, sneezing, and/or wheezing. Sometimes, there may be runny discharge from the eyes or nose. In other cases, the allergic symptoms affect the digestive system resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.”
Most dogs have what is referred to as an “inhalent” allergy. This means that they inhale the pollens or proteins of a partciular allergen. That causes an allergic reaction. Since this reaction often involves itchy skin, special shampoos can help. Inhalent allergies can also be treated with anti-inflammatory medicines.
Also, if you think your dog has a food allergy, the first step is an elimination diet. This will help narrow down the particular foods your dog might be allergic to. Sticking to a very strict veterinarian approved diet helps determine what your pup is allergic to. Once this is done, you can find appropriate foods at stores like ours. We stock a variety of limited ingredient foods.
Finally, if you have questions about any allergy products or limited ingredient foods to help treat allergies in dogs, come see us! Our pet professionals can to use your veterinarian’s advice. We’ll find you the perfect products to help with your pet’s allergy symptoms.