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Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs
There are different symptoms of allergies in dogs. A dog that goes into anaphylactic shock will have a drop in blood pressure, which is very different from a skin condition.
The following symptoms could be a sign of an allergic reaction.
There is a Swelling of the face and other parts of the body.
The skin is red.
There is a disease called diarrhea.
There is a There are chronic ear infections.
There is a Constant licking.
Some of the symptoms could be a sign of something else. To get an accurate diagnosis and to help your dog start feeling better, make an appointment with your vet.
Diagnosing Allergies in Dogs
If you have ever undergone allergy testing, you know that it can be difficult to diagnose allergies.
Any other condition that could be causing your dog’s symptoms should be ruled out by your vet. If your doctor feels that an allergy is a likely cause, he or she may suggest allergy testing to try and determine the cause of the reaction. It may not be possible to determine the cause of an allergy with testing.
An elimination diet can be used to diagnose food allergies. A dog is fed a novel source of food for 12 weeks.
The easiest allergy to diagnose is flea allergy. It is usually diagnosed by identifying fleas on your dog’s body and applying a product that kills fleas before they bite to see if that fixes the issues.
Treating Allergies in Dogs
The best way to treat an allergy is avoidance. This may or may not be possible. It depends on your dog’s allergy. The best way to treat flea allergy is to kill the fleas, whereas the best way to treat a food allergy is a change in diet.
In addition to any lifestyle changes that might be necessary, your veterinarians may also prescribe an allergy relief medication for your dog that will help control the signs associated with the allergic reaction, such as itching and any secondary skin infections that might have developed as a result of the irritant.
If your dog has a severe allergic reaction, the best course of action is to get him to an emergency veterinary hospital.
The most common type of allergic reactions in dogs are skin allergies. Dogs have three main causes of skin allergies.
There is a Flea allergy.
There is a Food allergies.
There is a There are environmental allergens.
Flea allergy is caused by flea bites. Some dogs have an allergy to flea saliva. This causes dogs to be extremely itchy, especially at the base of the tail, and their skin may become red. You can see signs of fleas, such as flea dirt, or even the fleas themselves.
Food allergies and sensitivities can cause itchy skin. The most common places for dogs with food allergies to itch are their ears and paws.
Dust, pollen, and mold can cause allergic reactions. You may only notice your dog itching during certain times of the year, because these allergies are seasonal. The paws and ears are the most common areas affected by food allergies.
The risk of secondary infections is posed by all skin allergies. As your dog scratches, bites, and licks at his skin, he risks opening up his skin to yeast andbacterial infections that may need treatment.
According to Dr. Jerry Klein, true food allergies may not be as common as people think. True food allergies result in an immune response which can range from skin conditions to gastrointestinal signs or a combination of both. Similar to severe peanut allergies in humans, a severe reaction can occur in some rare cases.
What about the dogs that are on special dog food diet?
What most people mean when they say that their dog has a food allergy is that their dog has a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities, unlike true allergies, do not involve an immune response and are instead a gradual reaction to an offending ingredient in your dog’s food.
Dogs with food sensitivities can present with a number of symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea, poor skin and coat, and chronic ear or foot infections.
The best way to diagnose and treat a food allergy is to work with your vet to manage your dog’s symptoms and discover the ingredient causing the reaction.