Dog Allergies

 

Dog Allergies

Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your Dog's Health problems please consult your Canine Veterinary Specialist immediately, their diagnosis will be based on far more experience and knowledge than a fellow dog owner or a friend!

Health Issues - Description of Dog Allergies
One of the most common and diverse health issues are dog allergies. Both dogs and humans suffer from allergies so we easily sympathise with many of the dog allergies that can inflict our dogs.

 

 

Description of Dog Allergies
What are Allergies? Definition: Allergies are abnormal reactions in which the immune system of a dog over reacts to common, everyday environmental substances. Examples of such substances are bacteria, food, pollens etc. These substances are called allergens.

Dog Allergies - Allergens
Allergens cause allergic reactions upon exposure by:

  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion
  • Skin contact.

Allergies - Types of Allergens
There are many kinds of allergens, some of which include the following:

  • Chemicals
  • Bacteria
  • Food
  • Fleas
  • Pollens
  • House Dust

Types of Allergies
As with humans there are lots of different types of allergies that can affect dogs but they can be categorised into the following groups:

  • Bacterial allergy
  • Food allergy
  • Flea allergy
  • Contact allergy
  • Inhalant allergies aka Atopy

Health Problems - Symptoms of Bacterial Dog Allergies
The most common problem in this instance is Staphylococcus (Staph) bacteria. Canine Allergies relating to Staph bacteria can include the following symptoms:

  • Areas of hair loss and skin crusting that look like ringworm
  • Lesions

Treatment of Bacterial Dog Allergies
Bacterial Allergies must be treated with antibiotics

Health Problems - Symptoms of Food Allergies
Proteins from chicken, milk, eggs, corn, wheat, soy and especially beef cause this type of problem. Allergies relating to food can include the following symptoms:

  • Non-seasonal and excessive scratching
    • Dogs respond poorly to cortisone type medications
  • Digestive disorders
  • Respiratory distress

Treatment of Food Dog Allergies
Allergies caused by food must be treated by with drawing the offending foodstuff from the dog's diet by process of elimination.

 

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Dog Health Problems - Symptoms of Contact Allergies
Allergies relating to contact with items such as flea collars, plastic feeding bowls, shirts or sweaters and wool bedding and can include the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Hair loss

Treatment of Contact Dog Allergies
Contact Allergies are treated by identification and removal of offending items by process of elimination

Dog Health Problems - Symptoms of Inhalant Allergies - Atopy
Inhalant Allergies, Atopy, are caused by dust, mildew, moulds and pollens and can include the following symptoms:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from the eyes
 

Treatment of Inhalant Dog Allergies - Atopy
Inhalant Allergies are treated according to the root cause and include controlling the environment with dehumidifier and air cleaners. Dietary supplements and medicated shampoos. Prescribed Corticosteroids and Antihistamines.

Dog Health Problems - Symptoms of FleaAllergies
Allergies caused by fleas can include the following symptoms:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Lesions and sores
  • Hair loss

 

Treatment of Flea Dog Allergies
Flea Allergies must be treated by removing the dog from the source of the fleas and prescribed Corticosteroids.

Dog Health Advice
We hope that the canine health information and dog health advice has been of some assistance. But please remember that if you are in doubt about your Dog's Health please consult your Canine Health Specialist.

Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
The sole purpose of the Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems is as a reference manual to provide useful information to dog and puppy owners. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat sick dogs or as a substitute for obtaining professional veterinary advice.

 

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