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Allergies in Dogs

Did you know that dogs can suffer from allergies, just like people can? Fido can develop allergies at any time of his life, and to a wide variety of substances. Read on as a Cincinnati, OH vet discusses doggy allergies.

Common Allergens

Dogs can be allergic to many of the same things as people can. Dust and pollen are two common culprits. Fido can also react to mold; leaves; trees; insect bites; strong fumes, such as cigarette smoke; specific foods; ingredients in his shampoo; or even certain materials.

Symptoms

Allergic reactions can cause a variety of symptoms. Some common ones include sneezing; red, runny eyes; and snoring. Allergies can also cause skin and coat problems, such as scaling, inflammation, redness, scabs, and bald spots. Fido may also get pretty itchy. He may constantly lick or bite himself, or rub against things. Other warning signs include vomiting, diarrhea, and flatulence, as well as ear issues, such as discharge, foul odors, and/or stubborn infections. Although fortunately these instances are quite rare, allergies can also cause more serious issues, including fainting, seizures, and coma. In extreme cases, they can even be fatal.

Treatment

If you suspect that your canine companion has allergies, the first thing to do is bring Fido to the vet for an official diagnosis. Your vet will need to run some tests to determine exactly what your furry pal is reacting to. If food allergies are suspected, you may need to put your pup on a very bland, restricted diet for a while. Then, once symptoms have subsided, you can reintroduce individual foods slowly. This can help pinpoint what your pet is reacting to. Once the allergens have been identified, your vet can advise you on available treatment options, such as medication.

Home Care

Home care is also important. You may want to download a pollen count tracker, and limit your furry buddy’s outdoor time when levels are high. Wiping Fido’s paws and belly down when you bring him in may be beneficial, as this will help remove any dust or pollen he may have picked up. We also recommend dusting and vacuuming regularly, getting a good air purifier, and washing your pup’s doggy bed regularly with hot water and unscented detergent. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you know or suspect that your canine pal has allergies? Contact us, your Cincinnati, OH vet clinic, today!

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