Pet Allergies

Dog Allergies Make Pups Miserable

Did you know that, like humans, dogs can develop allergies? As it turns out, pet allergies are not at all uncommon. Though fairly widespread, determining the cause of irritation to your pet can be difficult. As a good pet owner, you want your pet to live a comfortable life. Therefore, it's up to us to recognize common allergens, avoid them, and respond to our pets’ reaction. Responding to the reaction can look different for every case. Sometimes, you’ll just need to eliminate the cause. In addition, sometimes you’ll need to use medication or test your pet’s blood or skin to discover what it is that they have an allergy to.

How Can I Tell That My Pet Has An Allergy?

Usually the allergy will manifest on your pet’s skin. You’ll notice that their skin is overly itchy, red, or flakey. Maybe that’s normal of your pet. Moreover, your dog could just be in itchy dog. That’s why it’s important to know what is and what isn’t normal. At the same time, it’s also important to know that, just like with humans, animals can develop allergies later in their life.

Allergic reactions are not solely restricted to just showing up on your pets’ skin. They’ve also been known to an also show up in your pets breathing, causing them to sneeze or wheeze. You’ll notice that their breathing has becoming more labored. In addition, dog allergies can give your pet gastrointestinal issues. Generally, food allergies are the cause of a gastrointestinal issue. In this case, your pet will suffer from uncommon consistency in stools, and more flatulence than is typical.

What’s Causing My Dog's Allergies?
The most reported allergens of pets are:

  • trees
  • grass
  • dander
  • cigarette smoke
  • dust mites
  • shampoo
  • fleas
  • mold
  • medicine
  • cleaning products
  • woods
  • weeds

How Do I Treat My Dog's Allergies?

The best plan of action is avoidance or elimination of the allergen. If you know that your pet is allergic to a certain tree, don’t let them near it. If your pet is allergic to smoke, don’t smoke around them. If you haven’t been able to figure out what the cause of the allergy is, you need to check in with your vet to testing to determine what the allergen is. Dog allergies are no fun. It’s a good idea to check in with Cimarron Animal Hospital anyway, just in case the issues your pet is experiencing are something more serious. 

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