ALLERGY IN DOGS

ALLERGY IN DOGS

Types and symptoms of allergies in dogs
 
Many dogs have allergic reactions to different things. Although allergic reactions can be serious, your veterinarian can help you find ways to control your dog's allergies. This article covers the main symptoms and causes of allergy in dogs, as well as some of the different treatment options open to you.
 flea allergies
 
Any dog ​​can be infected with fleas, but not all dogs experience an allergic reaction to flea bites. Dogs with flea allergies experience a severe itching reaction when flea saliva comes into contact with their skin.
This can lead to hair loss and open sores or crusts on the skin, usually at the base of the tail. You may also see skin lesions on other parts of the body. These wounds can lead to a bacterial infection.
A flea allergy is more serious than a dog with fleas and cannot be resolved by trimming your dog's fur or keeping them indoors. If you suspect a flea allergy, consult your veterinarian for advice on the best treatment.
Your veterinarian can recommend a specialist diet formulated to help manage allergic skin reactions such as PURINA ® PRO PLAN ® VETERINARY DIETS ® Canine DRM Dermatosis.

contact allergy
 
There are many things that can cause a contact allergy in dogs, including flea collars, road salt, wool or plants. In fact, identifying the source can often require very little detective work!
Signs of contact allergy are intense itching, redness or swelling of the skin. These will show which part of the body has come into contact with the allergen. The body parts most affected are the chin, chest, stomach and tail.
To deal with a contact allergy, one option is to avoid contact with the known irritant. Your veterinarian will also advise on other treatment possibilities, including switching to a specially formulated diet such as PURINA ® PRO PLAN ® VETERINARY DIETS ® Canine DRM Dermatosis.
 

Inhalant allergies
 
Like humans, dogs can be allergic to trees, grass and grass pollen, mold and dust mites. In fact, dogs with inhalant allergies tend to be allergic to a variety of substances. Inhalant allergies can start at any age, but most start from one to four years of age.
The main symptom associated with an inhalant allergy is severe itching, especially on the face and ears. However, there are many other reasons why your dog may be scratching more than usual, so it's a good idea to get your veterinarian's opinion.
Your veterinarian will recommend the best way to manage the allergy. This may include switching to a specially formulated diet. Also, frequent washing with a Hypoallergenic shampoo can help reduce the effects of some allergies , as some allergens are absorbed through the skin .
 
food allergies
 
Dogs can later develop allergies to foods they have previously encountered without any problems. The most common cause is a response to a particular protein in food, such as meat or pork.
Food allergy symptoms include itching, digestive disorders, and breathing difficulties. If you see these symptoms, consult your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will guide you through the process to accurately identify the problematic content. The first step is to switch to a special Hypoallergenic diet such as PURINA ® PRO PLAN ® VETERINARY DIETS ® Canine HA Hypoallergenic , usually for 8-10 weeks .
The hypoallergenic diet is scientifically formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. After your dog gets used to the new diet, different items can be gradually reintroduced until the cause of the allergic reaction is found.
Once this has been identified, your veterinarian can recommend the best diet to manage the allergy and help keep your dog healthy and happy in the long run.