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Allergies in Dogs

Do you have allergies? Even if you don’t, there’s a good chance you know somebody who does. Allergies are definitely no fun! Just like people, dogs can also suffer allergic reactions to certain items. Read on as a Rancho Bernardo, CA vet discusses allergies in dogs.

Signs of Allergies

Fido can’t tell you if he has allergies, so it’s up to you to watch for symptoms. Some common ones include red, runny eyes; sneezing; burping; snoring; and flatulence. Recurring ear infections are another red flag. Allergies can also cause itchiness, so your canine buddy may rub against things and/or bite or chew himself. Fido may develop skin problems, such as hot spots, crustiness, redness, or flaking. Allergies can even cause vomiting and diarrhea. Once in a while, dogs have more serious reactions, such as fainting, seizure, and coma, but luckily these incidents are rare.

Common Allergens

Man’s Best Friend is often allergic to the same things as people are. This includes mold, grass, pollen, leaves, dust, dander, and plants. Strong fumes, such as cigarette smoke, can cause reactions as well. Fido could also be allergic to something in his food or shampoo, or even your carpet fibers.

Treatment

Allergies cannot be cured, but, with proper care, they can be managed. However, before your vet can offer a specific treatment plan for your canine friend, he or she will need to run some tests to pinpoint the culprit. If food allergies are suspected, this could mean putting Fido on a special diet. Once the allergens have been identified, you’ll be able to look at different treatment options. These may include medication and/or specific diet or care requirements. Ask your vet for more information.

Home Care

In addition to the treatments your vet recommends, there are some things you can do at home to keep your pup more comfortable. Vacuum and dust regularly, and get a good air purifier. Monitor pollen counts, and limit your dog’s outdoor time when they are high. You may also want to wipe your furry pal’s paws and belly down with a damp cloth before you bring him inside. This will remove dust and pollen from his coat. Last but not least, we recommend using hypoallergenic detergent on Fido’s bedding.

Do you know or suspect that your pooch has allergies? Contact us, your local Rancho Bernardo, CA pet hospital, today. We’re here to help!

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