Updated: Feb 20, 2021
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There are very few things in life, outside of an illness, serious injury, or heartbreak, that can make us feel as miserable as allergies. At the time it happens, it seems like life can't get any worse. Itchy watery eyes, constant sneezing, stuffy nose, the itch that never seems to ends, or God forbid an allergic reaction to a medication or food. Most of us have experienced one or more of these at least once in our lives. And all too often, dogs experience them too. Most of the time it's easy to spot because they scratch consistently. But sometimes it isn't as noticeable as that. We as pet owners need to know what to look for and what could be causing it so we know how to react. Here are the top five most common allergies to look for in your dog.
1) Flea Allergies
Fleas allergy is the most common skin condition seen in dogs. The sting of only one or two fleas a week is enough to cause the infected dogs to itch. Flea saliva is thought to be an allergen that induces itchiness.
2) Seasonal/Environmental Allergy
Often known as atopy, seasonal or atmospheric allergies are caused by chemicals that reside in your house, garden, and everywhere else, your dog spends its time.
These allergens can be ingested, as with pollen, as well as consumed through the skin when the dog touches them. Popular causes (allergens) for these adverse reactions include pollen, plant or animal fiber, dust mites, and mold spores.
3) Food Allergy
These are also classified as adverse food reactions. Dogs may develop an allergy to a certain food at any point in their lifetime, regardless of whether they have consumed certain brands or food types in the past.
4) Acute Allergic Reaction
Perhaps the most troubling of all forms of allergies in dogs is sudden allergic reactions. Dogs, like humans, may suffer an anaphylactic shock if they have a serious allergen response. If not handled, this can be fatal.
Bee stings and vaccination reactions, among other factors, can induce an anaphylactic response in certain dogs. That is why it is often a safe idea to keep a close watch on your dog after every new medication, medicine, or food item has been administered. Fortunately, anaphylactic symptoms are rare in dogs.
5) Contact Allergy
Contact allergy is the most common form of allergy in dogs. It results from close interaction with allergens, such as pyrethrins present in flea collars, chemicals used in lawns, grasses, fabrics such as wool or synthetic materials used in carpets or bedding, etc. Touch allergies can grow to nearly anything and at any age.
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Note: The information given here is not intended to be any kind of medical diagnosis. We are not doctors, but we are fellow dog lovers. Any information given in these articles are meant to be for educational purposes only. As with anything, we advise that you try any new product in a small amount and see how your pet reacts. Pets are living biological beings just like humans, so they may not necessarily react the same. It is possible for a pet to have an allergic reaction. Please don't load them up with a new product without paying attention to how they react.