The first problem with allergies is that sometimes, they are hard to detect, especially in the early stages. That’s because if there are no behavioral symptoms, then dog owners can only rely on visible physical symptoms to detect any allergies that the dogs might have.
One good way to detect any signs of allergy early, is to regularly inspect the dogs for any signs of allergies such as flaking skin, sore skin, excessive losing of fur and so on. Such inspections can take place any time. For example, inspect the dog after play time, during a bath, or when you get back from work. The key message here is, it definitely helps to pay close attention to the physical condition of the dogs.
Sometimes, dogs may give out behavioral signals that they are suffering from some form of allergies. They may manifest more irritable or aggressive behavior, or they may scratch a particular area excessively. A sharp dog owner will immediately recognize these signals as something out of the ordinary and investigate further. Should allergies be suspected, seek professional help immediately to verify that it is indeed an allergy so that the affected dog can be treated as soon as possible.
But detecting dog allergies is just the beginning of the problem. The most difficult part of the problem lies in accurately diagnosing the cause of the allergy. Like most allergies, dog allergies can be caused by a wide variety of factors such as exposure to an excessively unhygienic environment, bitten by an insect, food, plants and so on. It’s actually very difficult for vets to come to an accurate diagnosis without the help of the dog owner. After all, the dog owner is the one who spends the most time with the dog, and knows where the dog has been, what it has done recently, and what it has eaten. So be sure to furnish such important information to the vet when seeking medical help. Such information will surely help to narrow the scope of the cause of the allergies, and the vet will be in a better position to treat the allergies.
For instance, if food allergy is suspected, you may be advised to stop using the same brand of food or to stop the current diet completely and change to a new one. In such a situation, it may take a few weeks to determine if the allergies are really caused by the current diet. If the allergies go away after the diet is changed, then the food may be the cause of the allergies. If not, you may have to revisit the vet again and let him or her know that it doesn’t help.
Finally, remember that sometimes, allergies can be very difficult to diagnose, and therefore time consuming to treat. So give your vet and yourself more time to deal with the allergies, and above all, shower lots of love and attention on your dog. You dog will have a much better chance of recovering from the allergies quicker.