Allergies, unpleasant though they are, feature as much in dogs as in us, humans. Especially here in Malaysia, with our tropical weather and dense city air, allergies among dogs are especially getting to be more of a rampant menace.
How do you know if your dog has an allergy?
Here are some telltale signs:
- pacing and anxiety
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- Sneezing or a runny or stuffy nose.
- Facial pain (from nasal congestion)
- Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
- Watery, red or itchy eyes.
- Skin rash or hives.
Since we've learned about hard times that a dog can achieve while suffering allergy, let's find out what specifically is causing problems and in what way exactly must they be solved.
What is an Allergy and how do we manage Allergies?
In both, dogs and humans, when the immune system considers certain everyday substances as dangerous, it shows an extreme reaction to them. Whether a dog inhales, eat or simply touch substances it is allergic to (allergens) it's body starts fighting back by producing a protein called IgE. This protein essentially sticks itself onto mast cells located in the skin and that is how the release of various irritating chemicals begins. Ergo, the initial symptoms appear on the skin, progressing onto the paws, armpits, ears, eyes etc. Allergies can be year round or seasonal.
What do I do if my dog has allergy symptoms?
Don't hesitate, take a deep breath and do the only right thing that can be done - make an appointment and visit your vet doctor.
Why is it so necessary to ask for professional help? Because symptoms of allergy are so similar to yeast, bug bites and an amount of other diseases symptoms.
At the vet's
At the clinic, the vet will ask you some questions about the time when the rash began, whether it occurs all the time or seasonally and if it's linked to a specific environment or event. He might also want to know about any treatments you night have tried so far, like medicated shampoos. So it would be helpful if you make marks about your pet's life in a diary. In some cases, blood tests might be necessary and if it's so, you will need to be sure that your dog hasn't been given any steroids or other medication in the last month.
Anti-Allergy Kit Supplies?
Here are some simple things that can help you and your dog get rid of allergy discomforts:
1. Allergy injections
2. Antihistamines (consult your vet first)
3. Fatty acid supplements, special shampoos, and sprays containing oatmeal, aloe, and other natural products
4. Immune modulating drugs
5. Flea-preventing products
6. Frequent baths
7. Foot soaks after a walk
8. Anti-inflammatory diet
It's important to understand that while allergic reactions are very manageable in the current day and age, they can't be allowed to turn into a recurring thing in your dog's life. This usually has very serious ramifications and can significantly shorten a dog's life.
Although there's no cure for dog skin allergies, things are not that bad as they may seem to be. Just by practicing an adequate management and control over food, supplements, and way of living you can help your pooch feel as happy and contented as any.