Around 10% of dogs have allergies, ranging from intolerances to certain types of food to seasonal allergies. These allergies are just as irritating to your dog as they would be to you, so it’s important that you help to manage their condition. You will also need to make your dog as comfortable as possible when you’re unable to remove the source of the allergy – for example, when it’s airborne, like pollen. Managing your dog’s allergies will help to lessen the irritation so that they are happy, healthy and full of energy ready for long walks and playtime.
Many of the environmental allergens that you have in your home can be removed. Damp and black mold commonly affects dogs. Black mold releases spores into the air, causing breathing difficulties and other respiratory issues. You should check regularly in your home for signs of black mold, particularly in bathrooms and basements, and have any mold removed by a professional immediately. Dust and dust mites in your home can cause problems for dogs, so you should make sure that you are vacuuming every week, and have carpets, curtains and bedding cleaned regularly.
Dogs can sometimes be allergic to the cleaning products that you use in your home, so you should consider switching to natural alternatives instead of using harsh chemicals like bleach. If you think your dog is allergic to something in your home, pay close attention to their symptoms, and consult your veterinarian if you are concerned. Be careful when cleaning your dog’s harness too: Julius-K9 harnesses can be washed easily be hand, but make sure any products you use are tolerated by your dog.
Just as humans can suffer with hayfever, dogs can get seasonal allergies too. Pollen, grass and seeds can irritate your dog, and may particularly be a problem if you are out walking in the country a lot. You may find it helps keeping your dog on his leash and away from long grasses, particularly during early spring.
Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include itching, hair loss, sneezing, skin rashes and puffy eyes. You may find your dog scratching a lot, or rubbing against the furniture or carpets to try and relieve itchy skin. Antihistamines are given as a common treatment for seasonal allergies in dogs. If it is more serious, your vet may consider giving your dog allergen injections, which will help relieve the symptoms.
Food allergies are extremely common in dogs – according to Pets WebMD, 10% of allergy issues in dogs are due to something that they have eaten. An allergic reaction will happen when your dog’s body considers something that they have eaten to be harmful. They will then produce antibodies, which will trigger symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, itching, ear inflammation and nausea. This can be extremely uncomfortable for your dog. If you think that your dog might have food allergies, monitor what they are eating carefully, and keep a food diary. Your vet will probably recommend an elimination diet so that you can successfully identify what is causing your dog issues. You can then cut out that kind of food from their diet. If your dog has a tendency to eat things he finds when you are out walking, then keep him on his harness until you’ve worked out what he’s allergic to.
Allergies in dogs are extremely common. However, many of them are very manageable, and you and your vet can help your dog live a full, happy and healthy life.
Guest article by Karoline Gore