What’s the main cause of allergies?

Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes non-harmful environmental substances as threats. It designed to protect your pet. For instance, if your dog comes across ragweed, and the immune system detects it as a threat, an allergic reaction appears.

Are all breeds susceptible to allergies the same way?

In recent years, a study published by “veterinary Dermatology” shows that susceptibility varies among geographic locations. A study on atopy shows that allergic skin diseases due to environmental allergens are more common in German shepherds and golden retrievers.

What are the common symptoms of allergies?

Probably the most noticeable sign of allergies is itching. Dogs show itching through scratching their skin with their feet or by licking and chewing it. Belly, ears, feet and armpit region are all common areas that could be affected.

What are common things that may cause allergies to your dogs?

Some of the common allergens include grasses’ pollens and molds, weeds, trees, flowers and dust mites. Some dogs may develop allergies toward certain types of food such as fish, soy, chicken and beef.

How can allergies be treated?

You should keep in mind two things. Environmental allergens can’t be cured but they can be managed and re-check is very important for assessing response to treatment. The following is suggested treatment options:

Corticosteroids: they are very effective to dogs that suffer from environmental allergens. Depo-Medrol is an injectable long-lasting product which must be used carefully for it is not recommended continual use.

Antihistamines: histamine is the primary cause of itching. This product can help in some cases. Vets usually combine it with corticosteroids.

Cyclosporine: in most cases it shows to be effective. It has fewer side effects than corticosteroids but it can cause stomach issues. This product is somehow expensive than other products.

Allergy vaccines: they can be effective and help reduce the symptoms of certain allergies. The treatment can last from months to years.

Shampoos and conditioners: these products are vital part of therapy.

The symptoms are so many. So, you need to see the veterinarian as soon as any sign of itching or chewing appear. These symptoms can lead to infection therefore they must be treated seriously.

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