Dog Allergy Symptoms

January 30th, 2013

Are you allergic to dogs? Click on the link if you are. The article below is for dog allergies, and how to treat them, not being allergic to a dog.

Dog allergy symptoms

Just like humans, dogs can also experience allergies – in fact the number of dogs experience allergic reactions have been increasing rapidly. According to the stats, about 1 in 7 dogs will will show allergy symptoms. It would require at least two exposures to the same allergen for the dog to react to it, causing the allergic reactions. Here are some common allergy symptoms in dogs:

Intense itchiness: Very commonly, dogs who experience allergic reactions cannot stop themselves from scratching and this causes a lot of dogs to be very miserable. You may see your dog scratching it’s ears, chew it’s paw, rub itself against against the floor or some furniture or lick it’s own body. Having an itchy tail or itchy back is very common of flea allergies. Intense levels of scratching may lead to reddened or dry skin. Along with the itchiness of the skin, dog allergy symptoms also include red, itchy and watery eyes.

Sneezing and Runny noses: If your dog experiences persistent sneezing and runny noses which lasts longer than several hours, then it is likely that this could be an allergy. The nasal discharge from allergies should be clear and runny, however, in severe cases, it might experience nose bleeds. If the discharge is thick then this could mean your dog is sick and has an infection (likely caused by bacterial or fungus).  Usually this type of sickness will also cause coughing and colored discharge.

Wheezing: This may be an alarming for dog owners because the wheezing sounds of dogs sound very severe, but in most cases it is not as severe as it sounds. Allergies are one of the most common causes of wheezing in dogs because allergens can irritate a dog’s airways and affect it’s breathing. Allergens can range from pollen, cigarettes to pesticides or household chemicals. You may also hear a dog snoring and this is also due to the allergy.

Vomiting and Diarrhea: In more severe cases of allergies, your dog may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. It is recommended you contact your vet if this happens because this can be mistaken for food poisoning.

There are much more symptoms of allergy in dogs, but these are the most common ones. For more information on allergies in dogs, click below:

 

 

 

The best home remedies for dog allergies

September 28th, 2013

Home Remedies for Dog Allergies:

Some people will never get adjusted to the dog and suffer from dog allergies they feel sneezing and coughing when the dog is there nearby them. The best way is to keep the dog away from your environment but in many cases no one will be ready to keep their pet away from them. But in many cases what happens is, because of dogs allergy human or the people get affected with allergies so first better you have to prevent the allergy of the dog.

Home remedies for dog allergies

Many people say that the allergy will be caused due to dog hairs but the real fact is the allergies are caused because of the dog saliva and dog dander. If the dog is causing your family members to fall sick then you should focus on the nutrient that you feeding your dog, make sure your dog is getting good quality food.

The first step is to change the food of the dog. This is the best remedy that works most of the time, because sometime the main cause for the allergy of your dog is due to food. Some brands that supply foods for dog contains the offending ingredients in it. But it’s a very difficult task to determine which brands offer the quality food for your dog. This will prevent your dog far from allergy. Provide your dog with food which is rich in omega 3 and 6 vitamins.

The next well-known remedy that can help you to prevent the dog from allergy is a colloidal oatmeal bath. This remedy can really help and will be very effective in preventing the dog allergy; this will help in faster cure and reduce the itching of the dog. Before that make sure that the water you use is cool water. Give a bath for your dog with salt water so that it will be free from allergy.

Brush your dog out of the room or the home, the person who is not allergic of dog should do this work. If a person allergic of dog is brushing then better wear a mask on the face, use long sleeves and gloves. Don’t wash your dog with in-expense chemical shampoo it will increase the allergies of dog and because of that member of your family also suffers.

After reducing the dander produced by the dog, then you should clean your home to remove the dander from your home. It’s commonly done by vacuuming and cleaning with allergen reducing products. These products will be available in the market. You can follow this home remedies for dog allergies to keep you and your dog far from allergies.

The primary cause of allergy is a dog and if the dog is affected by allergy then it’s common that the people around the dog also will suffer from allergy. Instead of spending time and money for treatment first make your dog free from allergy then automatically you will also be detached from it. Most of the time people will not concentrate on the dog they will just be busy in taking a remedy for themselves which is really a waste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Types of dog skin allergies

September 20th, 2013

Allergies, whether in dogs or humans, are hypersensitive reactions our immunity system has on allergens. When a foreign particle, known as allergen, comes in our body, the immunity system responds in its own way to fight it off, which causes the scratching and rashes on skin. However, it is said a particular breed of dogs are more allergic to things in environment than the rest. Nonetheless, while we talk about skin allergies, it is agreed that this allergy is hereditary linked, and can affect any breed of dogs.

While allergens do not show their symptoms the very first time, it takes twice to realize your pet has gotten allergic, and which may include appearing at any time of their life. Skin allergies are distinctly more irritable for an animal, and are divided in four types; Nutritional Dermatitis, Atopic Dermatitis, and Parasitic and Neurogenic Dermatitis.

Coming to the first type of dog skin allergy, Nutritional Dermatitis is shown with the symptom of long, red rashes that start to appear beneath all the fur of your pet. Since the hair makes it difficult to realize sooner, the allergy can likely grow deeper. The veterinarians have stated the cause of this type of allergy coming from giving poor quality of food, meal which is deficient in nutrition and is processed with poor ingredients. The solution to this is to buy dog food labeled products and watch out for the measure of nutrition in its diet. Better give it high quality food than watch it squirm in pain with a nutritional dermatitis.

Atopic Dermatitis has been stated as the most common skin allergy among dogs of younger age. The symptoms may appear, but once again go unnoticed by as itching is the very first sign. After a little more time, the allergy, that is caused by your pup inhaling dust, molds or pollen, will make your doggie lick and nibble its paws and scrape at its eyes and ears. That also may go ignored. Eventually, the poor thing would start chewing its skin from the itching and rushing to the veterinarian for treatment will be the wisest thing to do.

Parasitic Dermatitis is caused when your pooch battles with the fleas, and results in a skin allergy on his part. While the dog may scratch at its skin and paws, it would even show the symptom of excessive itching, blistered skin and appearance of small crusts by being affected by a certain type of parasite, known as Sarcoptic mite. Demodex mite is another that might strike at your pooch, along with gnats and chiggers; hence take frequent visits to the vet for avoidance.

Lastly, Neurogenic Dermatitis is caused by no real cause, but from merely licking and chewing of your doggie in an intensive manner. Where the cause is not defined, it can be said that frustration and bounding of the dog may lead it to gnawing at a certain part and getting the neurogenic dermatitis. Therefore, watch out for his happiness, and see the vet twice every week!

Precautions, symptoms and solutions to dog food allergies

September 17th, 2013

Just like human beings, dogs also have their likes and dislikes. And surprisingly, while we can have food allergies from some particular type, dogs can also get food allergies from among so many types of food we put in front of them. Therefore, while you know the frustration of getting a food allergy and knowing the urge to get it treated, think the same for your pet who even has the exception of not voicing his pain.

Therefore, to keep your puppy safe and sound, you must have a clear idea of what things to let him eat, and what symptoms appear for allergy. Before letting anything befall the poor thing, read the brief details of types of food, symptoms and the solutions.

What type of food can cause your dog allergy?

While we think animals really are not the selective type when it comes to food, it is actually the other way round. Dogs can be allergic to dairy products and grains. Moreover, it is also wise to keep them away from few particular ingredients including wheat, eggs and com, pork and lamb as well as fish. While these are the few ingredients in a dog-food that your pup might have a problem with, but in general, all dogs can get allergic chocolates and grapes, and even processed foods.

What are the symptoms shown?

Many dogs have the same symptom of scratching themselves vigorously and quite frequently when they get the allergy. Hence, that being the first and most common sign in all varieties, you should start to get the inkling of something being wrong with them. Moreover, this is not the single symptom he may show, but it shall come more gradually to oozing from nose and eyes, wheezing more than usual, having difficulty in breathing and denying food to eat as in loss of hunger. Other includes coughing and vomiting, as well as losing the silky fur.

In dogs, neither sex nor age nor variety matter when it comes to them being allergic to certain foods. With that in mind, you should take the general precautions in giving them lunch.

What is the solution?

As we know scratching comes off as the first symptom to food allergies in all dogs, the solution to each should be different, and must be based on their variety and nature. As each pooch is different, find the best solution for him. There are many other things, other than food allergies that can make your pup scratch unusually. It might be due to living indoors, and could be the heat getting to him. Or there can be a deficiency of Omega 3 in their bowl that makes their skin dry. Therefore, the reason can be anything and it’s up to you to efficiently find the real problem, and working accordingly.

Dog Skin Allergies

August 1st, 2013

Your afternoon nap is getting disturbed because Freddie your dog stretched out next to you bed is constant licking his paws or scratching his ear.  The itching in his ear quite likely is caused by some kind of dog skin allergy.  It is believed that dog skin allergies are the most common reasons for visits to a vet in the country.

 

From simply being an irritant, allergies can lead to dangerous infections.  While allergies can be hereditary and certain breeds are more susceptible to allergies, any dog can suffer from it.  These allergies are very difficult to cure completely.  But with care they can be managed.

 

Causes of dog skin allergies.

 

The first step in treating skin allergy in a dog is to identify the cause.  Many different types of irritants can cause allergic reactions in dogs.  There are 4 broad causes of skin allergies in canines.

 

  • Canine atopy is by far the most common kind of allergy suffered by dogs.  It is caused due to dog inhaling things like pollens, dust mites, molds etc.
  • Flea Allergy is caused by fleas and other insects that bite the dogs.
  • Food allergies are caused by food the dogs eat or occasionally by medicine given to them
  • Contact allergies are caused by direct contact to skin.  Amongst other things these could be caused by soaps, shampoos, certain ointments

Treating allergies

 

You start the process of elimination to arrive at the cause of allergies.

 

Dog food allergies can be cured by figuring out which foods bring about allergic reactions and eliminating those foods from dog’s diet.  Protein, especially beef and dairy products are believed to be major cause of allergy in dogs.

 

You may try to change the shampoos and soaps you use for the dog to eliminate that as a cause of allergy.

 

The first thing to take care of in case of flee allergy is to ensure cleanliness in your home.  While you work at eliminating flee and other bugs as well as parasites from your dog’s body, you need to ensure that they do not come back again.  If necessary you may disinfect the areas where the dog normally sits.  Along with this your veterinarian may suggest some medication that will help get rid of the allergens that are cause of dog skin allergy.

Dog Eye Infection

July 26th, 2013

dog eye allergies

After a lot of convincing your mate you have got a pet pooch in the house.  Adorable as he is, he is also quite susceptible to various infections.  Amongst them eye infection is quite common in dogs.  Dog eye infection can also be quite painful to your pet.

 

Signs to watch out for

 

  • Excessively watery eyes.
  • Discharge from eyes the way you have not seen before
  • Squinting eyes to avoid light.  Sensitivity to bright light
  • Red or swollen eyes
  • General listlessness of the dog

 

These signs can be accompanied by the dog rubbing his eyes.  Any of these can be a pointer towards dog eye infection.  It is time to take medical advice.

 

Likely causes

 

These could be caused by fungi, bacteria or virus.  Lyme disease and dog eye allergies to pollution in the air are also occasional causes of infection in dogs’ eyes.

 

Different kind of infections

 

Conjunctivitis or pink eye is one of the most common kinds of infections.  If eyes are inflamed red – and really not pink – accompanied by some thick, sticky discharge from eyes is a sign of conjunctivitis.  It can be caused by bacteria or viral infection.

 

Clean his eyes with soft cotton ball dipped in warm water by removing the discharge.  If eyes are swollen you can help him with warm compress for about 5 minutes to reduce the swelling.  Your vet can prescribe some antibiotic drops.

 

Dry Eyes:  Medically known as Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca is a serious condition of eyes.  In this condition the tear glands in the eye would have stopped producing tears.  It is this tear which not only keeps eyes moist, but ‘flushes’ out dust and other foreign particles that come into the eyes.  Dry eyes can be caused by diseases or some issue with tear glands.  The first line of treatment is artificial tear drops.  Oral medication may also be prescribed based on the suspected cause of the condition.

 

Glaucoma: Like in humans this is a serious condition that can lead to blindness if not treated.  Glaucoma is caused by excessive fluids produced in the glands in the eye which in turn put extra pressure on optic nerve and retina.  Glaucoma can be hereditary or caused by other dog eye infections like uveitis.  It needs to be medically treated.  Keeping in mind the possibility of blindness you must follow your vet’s instructions carefully.

 

Some of the other more common dog eye problems are

 

  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Cherry Eyes
  • Entropion
  • Uveitis

 

If you find any discharge from your dog’s eyes that does not resolve itself soon, do contact your vet to take care of any possible dog eye allergies/infections.

 

Dog food allergies

July 25th, 2013

Similar to humans, dogs can be allergic to certain food.  Food allergies manifest themselves when there is a negative response from immune system to certain kind of foods.  Proteins are most likely to cause allergic reactions.You need to understand that allergy is not same as intolerance to some food.

 

How do you detect possibility of food allergy?

 

Skin conditions are the most common – but not the only – signs of food allergies in dogs. The signs could be

 

  • The first sign you are likely to notice is scratching or licking continuously.  You need to be aware that these can be caused due to reasons other than allergy.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Hair loss.  Usually patchy loss on the belly of back

 

Cause of dog food allergies

 

One important thing to remember is that allergy can and usually shows up a long time after your pooch is put on a diet.  Dog can develop allergy at any time in their life and to any kind of food.  If he gets diarrhea when you change his food, either a new brand or a new composition, it may not be allergy.  It is more likely to be intolerance to the new food.

 

Research has shown the following foods to be inducing allergy (in that order}

 

  1. Beef is found to be the most common cause of dog food allergies.
  2. Dairy products are the second most common source of food allergy
  3. Wheat
  4. Chicken
  5. Lamb
  6. Egg and so on

 

Diagnosis and treatment of Dog Food Allergies

 

Once you have decided that it is not food intolerance or any other medical condition that is causing your dog to show signs similar to allergy, you need to start by “elimination trials.”

 

For a period of 12 weeks you will feed your dog home cooked food or certain commercially available therapeuticdiets under instructions from your vet. During this period avoid giving the dog any ‘human’ food or ‘treats’.  Keep record of every activity of your dog besides what and how much he eats.

 

If there is no sign of allergy, vet will instruct you to slowly get the dog back on to his pretreatment diet.  This is when he will be able to identify specific source of allergy.  At the end of the exercise you can arrive at a diet that is suitable for your dog which he will not be allergic to.

 

Can dog food allergy return?

 

Unfortunately your dog can develop new allergy to another source of protein.  It is advisable to have him checked regularly by a veterinarian to keep him healthy.

Dog allergy shampoo

July 24th, 2013

Dog Allergy Shampoo

Your dog is constantly scratching and whining miserably and may snap at you if you try to intervene.  One explanation is that your pet is allergic to something that has caused itching and irritation in the skin.  Dogs try to reduce discomfort by scratching repeatedly at the spot on their skins.  Ask your veterinarian to take a look and prescribe the best treatment for your pet’s allergic dermatitis.

 

Common causes

Vets have seen an increase in the number of dogs displaying allergic reactions and believe that around one in seven dogs is so affected.  A number of causes account for allergies in dogs, one being the dog’s family tree.  If members of the breed actually suffered allergy, the chances of your dog having an allergic reaction is higher.  Some breeds are found to have a higher probability of allergy than others, but it is said that all pedigrees and mixes can become allergic.

 

Your dog can become allergic as a result of being exposed to sprays or other inhalants, food items, fleas, molds, pollen, or anything else in its surroundings.  Your dog’s immune system reacts by producing antibodies to counteract the effect of the thing that caused the allergic reaction, or allergen.  One exposure to an allergen, however, does not lead immediately to allergic reaction, as it takes around two exposures for your pet to become itchy and miserable.

 

Two types of allergies can be found among dogs, one that happens right after being exposed to the allergen, which generally results in hives being seen. The second type, which is usually a delayed reaction to exposure, results in the incessant itch in your pet.  Take note that in extreme cases, anaphylactic shock may occur immediately after being exposed and may result in vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulty or even death if not dealt with quickly.

 

Treatment Options

 

Treating your dog’s allergic reaction depends on the cause or origin of the allergen.  Shampoos work best with allergies that resulted in hives.  If your dog was exposed to fleas, other biting insects or anything that resulted in hives, try to locate the cause and stop any more contact with that allergen.  For exposure to incompatible shampoos, insecticides or other chemicals, give your dog a thorough bath and rinse.

 

Medicated shampoos can also be used to deal with allergic reactions to fleas but care must be taken to ensure that treatment is completing that thorough to get rid of these insects.  An alternative to medicated dog allergy shampoo is a pet shampoo that contains oatmeal; this soothes the discomfort and provides vitamins that moisturize the skin. Treatment of the effect of flea bites, with antihistamines and/or corticosteroids, must continue even if you do not see any flea, as it takes a bit longer for the allergic effects of the flea bite to wear off.

 

Dealing with allergies in your dog is important if you want to eliminate the discomfort in your pet. Your veterinarian can help you to recommend the right treatment options and shampoos for your dog.

Allergic to dogs? Chin up and beat it!

April 19th, 2013

allergic to dogs

Allergies to dogs are essentially similar to all other allergies, and are equally notorious. They are predominated by the same typical features of stuffy and runny nose, watery and blood-shot eyes, bronchospasm, sneezing and wheezes, along with the endless itching all over the skin if hives take the better of you. Severe allergies may however result in a life-threatening condition known as anaphylactic shock where a person goes into severe hypotension and eventually dies if prompt treatment is not given.

How to treat the condition?

Allergic reaction, when occurs, is extremely uncomfortable and the patient doesn’t find relief unless the offending agent is removed. In addition, symptomatic relief has to be provided to the patient with various drugs. Get the patient away from the site of exposure. This is perhaps the most important and foremost step because without it, the allergen will continue to enter the body and will therefore continue to trigger the release of more and more histamine; the cult of all the disasters.

Administration of relevant drugs is extremely important in order to counteract the effects of histamine already circulating in the body. These include anti-histamines and de-congestants. Antihistamines get rid of a runny nose, excessive lacrimation and itching, while de-congestants ‘open up’ the so called ‘blocked nose’ feeling the patient has.

How to save yourself from trouble?

Although allergies are treatable, the best policy is to save yourself from situations where you might run the risk of acquiring them. First of all, never come close to a dog. Don’t visit your friend who has a dog and don’t get a dog pet no matter what. Especially avoid dogs with long hairs or excessive fur because although the fur is not the only body part that has allergens in it, it is certainly the most common dog allergen to cause trouble.

Because you know you are allergic, it is mandatory that you maintain cleanliness where you live. This is because the basic cause of allergy is the abnormally high IgE level which may respond to more than one type of allergen. Scrub your shelves and books of all the dust, make sure your carpets are free from ticks and mites and get your entire wardrobe dry-cleaned during season changes. Install an air cleaner to ensure that the air entering your room gets filtered of all the unnecessary substances that might in any way risk your usual state of health.

The most effective flea medicine that you should use on your dog

April 15th, 2013

Dog insects are perhaps the most disturbing issues that can occur to your best friend. Not only do they provoke allergic reactions, but they also cause great discomfort that make the animal fail to give the necessary companion for keeping it. Here are some of the most effective chemicals that you should use to especially kill and eliminate completely the fleas.

K9-Advantix Blue

Veterinary reports indicate that K9-Advantix Blue has an effectiveness of 90-100% in killing flea on your dog. This takes place on a short period of only 12 hours and further ensures that your dog is not re-infested for a period of about one month. The chemical is very effective because it also kills ticks and mosquitoes that also attack your dog.

The chemical is available across the counter and you do not require getting a vet prescription. You only need to get to the point of vet sales and buy the quantities you deep right for your animal. However, it is advisable to follow the provided prescription in order to get better results. The chemical is applied on the body and also on the dog compound where fleas hide.

Revolution for dogs’ flea medicine

Because K9-Advantix Blue medicine can be dangerous to cats and alternative medicines such as Revolution dog flea medicine should be selected if the animals share the same compound. This medicine is prescriptive and also helps to solve canine related problems. The medicine eliminates all the warms while still protecting your dog from parasitic worms. The medicine offers higher security for the canine family. Because of multiple purposes effects of the medicine, it is a little costly when compared to others.

Frontline plus

This is a highly effective flea killing chemical that will protect your dog from flea and ticks problems. The periods especially during springs and summer, ticks and fleas are many and will carry diseases from other animals to your dog. They can even affect human beings with Lyn disease. Inform the vet that you need a medicine that will work on a long term consideration and you will get the Frontline Plus because of its effectiveness.

Oral medicines

To get better results, some pet owners prefer to go for oral medicines because they do not litter the compound and their effect can be more distinct while posing lesser danger to other animals. The Sentinel is administered orally and considered better for dogs that suffer from flea allergies. It is however advisable to use this medicine together with others that eliminates fleas from the compound completely. Identify the best fleas medicine for dogs and live a better life with the