Allergies are very common in dogs. Being very common there are also all sorts of allergies among dogs. Different types of allergies are diagnosed differently and must also be treated differently. There are many different things your dog may be allergic to, and in this article we’ll discuss how to diagnose the allergy, and properly treat it.
About 10% of dog allergies are food-based allergies. Food allergies are much more common among humans, and just because your dog has an allergic reaction it shouldn’t be assumed that it’s with their food.
If your dog is allergic to their food there are many food providers who have made foods especially for dogs who are sensitive to allergic reactions from food. Hill’s and Nature are one of the top food providers for dogs suffering from allergies.
They make all kinds of foods with ingredient that your dog’s allergic to being kept out. Whitefish, lamb, and rice are a few of the available foods for dogs. The main thing in being able to rule out allergies to food is to make sure they don’t put anything but food in their mouths.
Make sure your dogs eats out of a stainless steel bowl, and not only change their diet, but also stop giving your dog treats. Eliminate chew toys and other things they may put in their mouths. Anything that makes contact with your dog’s mouth that isn’t food may make your diagnosis invalid.
Environmental allergies are much more common than food allergies among dogs. Most dogs that suffer from allergies are allergic to more than one antigen. Dogs that are allergic to pollen may get reactions from inhaling the pollen and also from making contact with the pollen.
If your dog has a bag allergic reaction to grass then you’ll have to wash your dog after every time they make contact with grass. Even just rinsing your dog goes a long way in preventing any more allergic reactions. Dogs suffering from environmental allergies can really be miserable animals if they aren’t treated properly. If you have a dog who is allergic to something year round (unlike pollen which is only an issue in the spring), then you should consider trying allergy injection treatments.
Food and environmental allergies are the two main types or allergies among dogs. Both are similar, but should be diagnosed and treated differently. Often times food allergies can be cured by simply changing your dog’s diet, while environmental allergies can be a bit more complicated. Always consult a professional before deciding how to treat your allergy-prone dog.