Does Your Dog Have Allergies?
Many people don't realize that their dogs, just like human beings, can suffer from allergies. In fact, about twenty percent
of the dogs in the United States alone suffer from one allergy or another, with flea allergy dermatitis being the most common form
of allergies in dogs. Other types include atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and inhalant allergies.
Signs and symptoms of dog allergies may vary but are often marked by persistent itching and discoloration of the skin (most
common in skin allergies), coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and mucus discharge (most common in inhalant allergies), and nausea,
lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea (common to food allergies and other ailments.)
Over-the-counter preparations and treatments for common dog allergies exist and may be purchased at any good pet supply
store, but care should be taken when choosing such treatments. Consultation with a vet is the best first course of action for
several reasons. First of all, what you think is an allergic reaction may actually be signs of a more serious ailment and a
vet should be the one to determine whether that is the case. Secondly, if the allergy is severe enough, over-the-counter
treatments may not be sufficient to treat the symptoms and a prescription strength treatment may be required. There is also
the chance that the dog does not have an allergy at all. The last thing you want to do is medicate your pet unnecessarily.
If you do think your dog has some type of allergy, consult your vet. The doctor will be able to perform tests to determine
whether an allergic condition exists, how severe it is, and what the proper treatment will be. If the dog has an allergy to
certain foods, it will be imperative to restrict the animal's diet to eliminate those items that cause a reaction. The vet's
testing methods can help to determine whether this type of allergy exists as well. If the dog has flea allergy dermatitis
(an allergic reaction to the saliva of fleas, rather than to the insects themselves), an extreme flea prevention regimen will be recommended.
Just like humans, dogs that suffer from various allergies can live comfortably with them if they are detected and treated
properly. It is important to keep in mind that this is not a time to "play doctor" by attempting to diagnose and treat a possible
allergic condition yourself. Only your veterinarian is qualified to determine whether your dog is suffering from allergies and what course of action to take.
This article may be published in it's entirety provided an active (clickable) link to http://DogBlog.thynke.com is
included along with the "About the Author" resource box.
Mike Nalbone is the publisher of The Dog Blog at: http://DogBlog.thynke.com
PET CARE NEWS & INFORMATION resources updated Thu. May / 23 / 2019
Exotic Animals Don't Make Good Pets JSTOR Daily
They might be cute, but animals like otters are difficult to take care of. Plus, there are ecological concerns inherent in removing them from the wild.
Pets of the week for May 21, 2019 Duluth News Tribune
Ash is a 1-year-old tan American shelter dog who is available for adoption through Animal Allies in Duluth. Ash is an energetic and friendly guy who would ...
Summer safety tips for pets WOAI
Pets need sunscreen? Keep your pets safe this summer. Did you know your pets need sunscreen too? Their noses, nostrils, and even their ears can get burned.
Pet of the Week - Reptar News8000.com - WKBT
Reptar is an affectionate, active guy who loves being around people. He's about 1 year old, neutered, and up to date on vaccinations. His ideal home would be ...
Pets need adopted Hiawatha World
Brown County Humane Society, 2393 Mallard Rd., Hiawatha, KS, 785-742-1976, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please come out and see all the super ...
Exotic Pets Startle Firefighters in Tamaqua WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
TAMAQUA, Pa. -- A fire Sunday night in one part of Schuylkill County ended up revealing much more than expected. When fire officials arrived, they found the ...
Who has the lowest prices on pet food? KHOU.com
Pet food is getting more and more expensive each year -- and if you have multiple pets you can multiply those costs, paying more than a hundred dollars a ...
Allergy Season And Pets NBC 6 South Florida
While most people don't associate South Florida with seasons, there is one in particular that is currently plaguing both pets and people: allergy season.
House fire claims lives of five family pets FOX 29
A family is grieving the loss of five family pets after fire ravaged a Northeast side home. At approximately 6:35 Friday evening, the fire department was called out ...
'Paw-pet-ual' Shedding Cottage Grove Sentinel
Over the years, our Persians and I visited an out-of-town friend, Syd, whose home had brown rugs. The cat's four-inch-long fur is white (Persians purr-pet-ually ...
Austin Pets Alive! Pet of the Week: Valeria Austin Monthly
Austin Monthly is proud to have a partnership with Austin Pets Alive! to help rescued animals get adopted. Each week we showcase a different cat or dog with ...
PET WEEK: Meet Bernard WOAI
Pet Week – Meet Bernard! Bernard is looking for an active outdoor family. Bernard loves the water. He's a 5 year old St. Bernard mix. Bernard has been at the ...
Pet ownership, spending going strong American Veterinary Medical Association
The American Pet Products Association reports that about two-thirds of U.S. households own pets, and spending on pets is increasing.
Office Cubicle Outlet
Office desk Outlet surplus
Surplus Office Supplies