Like humans, even our pets are prone to allergies. Though it is very common, few of us know and understand what allergies really are.
Allergies are simply adverse reactions by the immune system to anything they perceive as a threat. So, something which is seemingly harmless says, chicken or fish may end up causing an allergic reaction to your dog.
To know if your dog has an allergy or not, look out for some of the symptoms- commonly on each body part being affected differently. For example, the ears will become red with waxy discharge and yeast infections.
Also, the face will show signs of redness too with hair loss and swelling of the muzzles and there will be discolorations of the paws with inflammation and hot spots around the paw area. You will also notice a bad odor, scaly skin and discoloration of the hair coat due to licking and sores.
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, make sure to consult your vet immediately and get the allergy diagnosed and to find a perfect treatment for it.
In dogs, there are mainly three major types of allergies, flea dermatitis, food allergies and environmental allergies. As the name suggests, food allergies are caused by foods that the body see as a threat.
The surprising thing about food allergies is that even if you have been giving your dog a food for many years, he may develop an allergic reaction to it. The best way to get rid of food allergies is through an elimination diet. Here is the comprehensive review of the best dog food that can really help you choose the right food for your dog.
Flea dermatitis and environmental allergies are likewise caused by fleas and environmental factors like dust and pollen etc.
The best way to treat allergies is to get rid of allergens and if you are wondering how to do so, you are at the right place. Have a look at our detailed infographic on allergies in dogs, their symptoms, causes, and treatments.