Signs Your Dog is Having an Allergic Reaction
Humans are well used to having, and dealing with, allergic reactions. Whether it is to pollen, perfume, something we’ve touched or something we have eaten, almost all of us have experienced an allergic reaction to something or other at some point during our lifetime. However, it might surprise you to know that your canine best friend is just as likely to have allergies as you are! Understanding when your dog is having an allergic reaction is important, as it will help you to identify what your furry pal is allergic
What is an allergic reaction?
An allergic reaction is a reaction that your pet’s body has to a particular substance or food – known as an allergen. When his body comes into contact with this allergen, it triggers his immune system to fight against it, despite the fact that it isn’t really harmful
Symptoms of an allergic reaction
The symptoms of an allergic reaction can vary widely, largely depending on the degree to which your dog has been exposed and what the allergen is that has caused the reaction. However, typical symptoms include:
- Watery, itchy eyes
- A skin rash
- Intense itching/scratching, particularly around the ears, anus
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Persistent licking
- Hair loss
- Swelling – this could be around the eyes, on the face or on part of the body
- Breathing difficulties
Many of the above symptoms can seem
Breeds with a greater risk of allergies
Allergies can be present in any breed or age of
Types of allergies
There are many different types of allergies, and your dog can experience a reaction to exactly the same types of allergens that humans can. These include:
- Outdoor allergens: there
- Parasites. Parasite infestations can cause a range of allergic symptoms. In fact, flea allergy dermatitis is the single most common allergy seen in canines in the U.S. Preventative treatments are now widely available and can help protect your furry friend from these types of allergic reactions.
If you are worried that your pet has an allergy, the best thing that you can do is to contact and seek the advice of Flamingo Pet Clinic's veterinarian. Allergies can be difficult to identify, and having a professional at hand to help you diagnose the cause of your dog’s symptoms is essential. Only then can you find the best treatment to alleviate his discomfort and know what allergens to avoid in the future.