The dog is an animal that, in some aspects, is very similar to the human being. It has diseases similar to those that we can have, and it can also have some kind of allergy, a condition that can prevent you from fully enjoying nature, home or food, depending on what causes the reaction.
But sometimes it is not so easy to identify them in the can, so we will explain how to know if my dog has an allergy.
Flea Bite Allergy
There are dogs whose fleas saliva causes an allergic reaction. If your friend has, you'll see that It scratches a lot due to the intense itching, red eyes, and it can get to nibble some areas of your body getting injured in severe cases.
Fortunately, the animal You can make a completely normal life if you put an antiparasitic, such as pipette, collar or spray.
There are certain foods, such as cereals, that can cause hairy allergy. The main symptoms are: pruritus and hives. To avoid them, the first thing to know is what is that food that causes a reaction, and for this unfortunately only one thing can be done: discard, being highly recommended start giving a high-end feed that does not carry cereals or by-products, or natural food such as BARF or the Yum Diet.
Signs that your dog has an allergy
The signs or symptoms that your dog has an allergy can be several. Depending on the type of allergy it will be one or the other or sometimes several at the same time.
- Ears. If your dog is allergic to something, the ears may show redness, itching or even hives.
- Skin. As in the ears, it can show redness, itching, hives and also scales and loss>
Research has been done that shows that it is more or less the same things that can cause allergies in dogs, although that does not mean that there are no more than we will name next. Therefore, if you see symptoms of allergy in your animal even if it is not eating any of these foods or is not near any of the objects listed below, please take your dog to the veterinarian.
These are the most common objects or foods that can wake up allergy in your dog:
- Mold, dust, pollen. These can be found in your home, your garden or any nearby and also in the park or the place where you walk your dog.
- Any insect with which your dog has contact, such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks or other types of parasites.
- Foods like him Corn, chicken or flour can cause allergy in your dog.
- Medicines. Like humans, you can wake up allergy to a drug or a component of this in dogs. You should have cu>
Like dust, pollen, chemical that we use to clean the home. This type of allergy is the most difficult to control, but you can do some things to make the animal breathe better:
- Replace the broom with the mop or vacuum cleaner, since they trap dust faster> Contact allergy (contact dermatitis)
If the dog comes into contact with any product or substance, it may also have an allergic reaction. The symptoms are: reddened affected area and may be inflamed, burning. The most advisable thing in these cases is to try to keep away from it any product or chemical substance, and in the case that it could not be avoided, Clean the area well with water and shampoo for dogs and take it to the vet if you see that it gets worse.
We hope that with these tips your friend can be calmer 🙂.
What to do if your dog has an allergy?
If you are practically sure that your dog has an allergy, the first thing you should do is think about what he has. You may have noticed strange reactions in your dog that make you believe he has an allergy, but you are not sure what the cause is. You should think about what has changed in your home or around it or your animal's diet that could have caused this reaction.
For example, if you have never had flowers in your home, and one day you buy a bouquet and suddenly your dog shows signs of allergy, you know what the cause is.
If you have a garden at home, you should do a thorough examination of no pesticides that can cause allergy in your dog. So too you should make sure that there is as little dust as possible in your home.
It is important that you take your dog to the veterinarian so that he can do the relevant tests, such as blood or skin. These will help determine what type of allergy your animal has and what is the best treatment to follow. So There are likely to be things you will have to get rid of, but we are sure that the love you feel for your dog will allow you to do so.
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What food should our dog have if he is allergic?
It is important that you keep in mind that an allergy of this type can cause the death of your pet, so if your dog has any of these disturbances go and resort to the opinion of professionals, it is a very serious issue and your pet is something very important. A food allergy is an issue that affects the immune system of our dog and triggers a reaction that can be quite harmful to our dog.
It is important to know, and especially to take care of the feeding of our pet, since this is no joke, if our dog presents some type of food allergy all its feeding, like its eating habits should change, since not doing so may cause major problems in our dog. Therefore, dogs that have this type of allergy will have to have a hypoallergenic diet throughout their lives, in addition to buying special feed.
Intolerance is not the same as allergy
First of all it is important to know that it is not the same as our dog suffering from an intolerance than an allergy. And is that if a dog has eaten and has itching in some parts of its body such as the legs, chest or ears, it can be a food allergy.
That your dog is allergic to a food does not mean that it feels bad, but quite the opposite, just as if a food feels bad for your animal we know that we are facing a case of food intolerance.
A study has shown that some foods are more likely to cause allergy than othersAmong them is dairy, lamb, chicken, corn, wheat, fish, chicken eggs. Therefore, we must avoid giving this type of food that contains these components or the product itself. It is of paramount importance that we avoid at all costs that our dog does not rummage through the trash so that we can avoid allergies and consequences.
When detecting if our dog suffers from any type of food allergy we must take into account the itching that is causing the skin, which usually begins on the face and extends throughout the body.
Other symptoms are related to hair loss, and may even affect the number of bowel movements our dog makes per day, since if normally a dog performs about 1 a day, if you are being a victim of an allergy you will make a greater number, doing up to 3 a day.
It can also happen that our dog presents ear problems, which may be caused by fungal infections, it may also be that our dog has moderate or severe skin problems, such as too strong itching that does not remit with a steroid treatment, so we must have our pet very well monitored .
Treatment to follow
Once the food allergy has been detected, which will be carried out by means of a specialized blood test, since by means of a current analysis no type of allergy that our dog can have is detected, the veterinarian is in charge of choosing the most convenient type of diet for the.
The elimination of food that damages the health of our dog is the best option so that the health of our pet is not too damaged, so you must introduce in your diet antihistamines, steroids and fatty acids.
But if you opt for a diet prepared at home you will have to introduce new foods to it in order to determine what are the foods that cause your allergy, in this way you can identify them and thus eliminate them from your diet.
It is essential that the homemade diet is balanced and that the amounts we supply to our dog are correct for in this way ingesting the necessary nutrients that your body needs. Although certainly going to the vet is the best option so that our dog develops in a healthy and correct way.