Just like humans, dogs can contract allergies from miscellaneous sources. They are equally vulnerable to allergens in the environment as much as we are. We as humans can atleast take precautions and necessary measures to safeguard ourselves. Whereas these poor little munchkins don’t even have any other companions other than us to take care of their health. Because they are completely dependent on us for their well-being, it is our responsibility to understand as to what can be bad for our pet, what can trigger an allergic reaction in them and how we can combat that. Better if we take preventive measures to avoid our furry friend from such misery.
Allergic reactions occur in pets when their immune system is compromised. And it is evident that the pet is suffering from a reaction if he is found itching every now and then. Inflammed skin causes severe itching and to relieve that, dogs constantly bite the affected area which results in bald patches of skin. Increased sneezing, face scrubbing, rashes, nasal discharge and uncontrollable belly or paw licking are some of the other major symptoms of an allergic reaction in a pet.
Allergy causing agents in pets are primarily categorized into four types: Food Allergy, Flea Allergy, Contact Allergy and Air-Borne Allergies.
FOOD ALLERGY: It is the most common kinda allergy in pets. Foods like milk, wheat, fish, meat, soy or corn can prove to be allergic to some of the dogs. When their system shows aversion to such products, it comes out in the form of vomit, diarrhea or excessive gas passing. The only way to test if the food is allergic to your pet, is to conduct a food test. If there is any reaction, it means you need to change the brand of the food product to the one that has lesser amount or no allergic food at all. Do consult the vet to treat your dog and get a diet plan for him.
FLEA ALLERGY: There are new cases of flea allergic reaction in dogs every day. It is the most prominent allergy of all and is caused when the flea bites the pet’s skin and leaves its saliva on it. As a result, the pet suffers from severe itching, uneasiness, vomiting and diarrhea. The most effective way to treat him from this reaction is by administering Frontline Plus. Use flea comb to remove any eggs or flea stuck in the tangled fur. Daily grooming regime must be maintained so as to avoid the flea infestation in the first place.
AIR-BORNE ALLERGY: Allergens in our environment can cause air-borne or atopic dermatitis in pets. Main culprits are wild grass, molds, dust mites and pollens. The best way to avoid this allergy is by keeping the house and the surroundings clean and immaculate. Vacuum regularly and wash the beddings thoroughly. Cleaner the surroundings, lesser would be the chances of your pet to contract this kind of allergy.
CONTACT ALLERGY: It could happen when the pet comes in contact of things like cleansers, shampoos, plants or any random thing that causes irritation and redness of the skin. You can figure it out only through reliving your pet’s regular routine. Just try to keep your Fido as clean as possible and keep him away from those products or things. Consult the vet if he has already contracted the allergy.