Providing relief from dog allergies
Food allergies usually cause the dog's skin to become itchy and irritated on and around the face, feet, ears, forelegs, armpits and near the dogs sphincter. Frequent inner ear infections, loss of hair, extreme scratching, hot spots, and skin infections that may respond to antibiotics but return after the antibiotics are completed are all common effects of dog allergies. If your dog displays an increased incidence of bowel movements it may also be a sign of food allergies. In general, dogs have around one and a half bowel movements per day, whereas food allergies usually increase the amount to three or more daily.
Suspected dog food ingredients such as preservatives, additives, peanut butter and tomatoes can cause your dog to have allergic reactions; Peanut butter is sometimes found in dog biscuits, and tomato paste is typically found in many dry dog foods. Protein can also cause dog allergies and is present in such items as chicken, beef, carbohydrates, wheat or corn. A diet of lamb and rice is recommended by veterinarians for dogs with such allergic reactions.
You can prepare allergy free pet food for dog at home. Remember, dogs love fresh vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. Keep in mind that vegetables also provide additional benefits that will help your dog or cat live a longer more healthy life. Be sure to change your dog's diet gradually as to avoid stomach problems.
Many dog allergies are initiated by air-borne and environmental factors. Dogs are often times allergic to trees, grass, pollen and fabrics made of wool or nylon. Other common substances that cause allergic reactions in dogs include plastic, rubber materials, mites, flea bites or insects. After direct contact with these substances, their body responds to these allergens by becoming itchy. Because of the dogs constant scratching they may develop sores which create an optimal location for an unwanted bacterial infection. Dogs sometimes experience symptoms of an allergic reaction yet they did not come in direct contact with the allergen itself. Veterinarians diagnose this as Atopy which is dermatitis caused by inhalation rather than physical contact. This normally occurs as a result of your dog inhaling pollen, dust, mold, or another allergy substance in the air.
Paws, ears, and face are common areas that become inflamed by allergies. Consult with your veterinarian about controlling pet allergies. To heal sores on a dog's body, treatments such as fatty acid supplements, hypoallergenic shampoo and hydrocortisone creams are very effective. Veterinarians use antihistamines to relieve the dogs itching and make life more comfy for your canine friend. There are some side effects to be aware of when using an antihistamine such as sleepiness, hyperactivity, constipation, dry mouth & lack of appetite. Be sure you have consulted your vet before using any medication on your dog.
When dogs have allergies, the allergy usually manifests itself on the back or belly as sores forcing the dog to lick or scratch the area which sometimes causes their hair to fall out. Food and/or environmental culprits can make your dog miserable. Identifying the source of the allergy will make your pet's quality of life 100% better!