Much like people, dogs are susceptible to allergies and the problems they can present. While most of the common allergens are harmless, prior knowledge of preventative measures and recognition of symptoms can go a long way.
Whether inhaled, ingested or through skin contact, dogs commonly have extreme reactions when it comes to allergies. This can cause skin, digestive and respiratory problems. Research has found that no breed is particularly susceptible to allergies, but that is not to say they don’t exist, so pay special attention to your dog’s health in the spring months.
The most common allergens come simply from being outside in the backyard or at a park. Tree, grass and pollens, much like they do in humans, can cause sneezing and runny eyes, among other reactions. Be wary of your dog itching him or herself more than normal, as it is often a telltale sign of allergies. Products, used for flea control or shampooing, can also be the root of the problem. If you recently switched to using a different brand or product, make sure to be conscious of how your pup is reacting to it.
Prevention is the best treatment for allergies. If your dog is experiencing severe symptoms it is best to go see your vet. Medications are available that can help control an allergic reaction, since certain substances cannot be removed entirely from their life and environment. Prevention can come in many forms with sprays and supplements, but ideally you will develop a routine and lifestyle that uniquely caters to your dog’s health.
For a complete list of allergies common in dogs go to: Pets MD
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