With allergy season in full swing, many dog owners fail to realize that their pets can suffer from allergies just as easily as humans can. Common allergens that affect dogs are things that can be inhaled, such as mold, dust mites and pollens, as well as different foods and skin irritants.
To help dog owners provide allergy relief for their pets, the American Kennel Club offers the signs of allergies and how to treat them:
Common signs of allergies in dogs:
-- Red, inflamed skin
-- Dry skin
-- Loss of fur
-- Eye irritation
-- Excessive licking of paws
-- Go to the vet: Have your veterinarian evaluate your dog to find the best treatment plan for them. They may be prescribed cortisones, antihistamines or medicated shampoos. The vet may also recommend giving your dog Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, all of which will ease the suffering of allergies.
-- Food testing: Oftentimes, your dog may be having reactions to something in their food. Try giving your dog an “elimination diet” – feed them just one protein type at a time to try to figure out what is triggering an allergic reaction.
-- Skin treatments: If your dog is suffering from skin allergies, you may want to try aloe vera on the irritation to provide relief. Make sure to consult your veterinarian prior to applying any type of skin treatment to be sure it is safe for your dog and not another cause of irritation.
For more information on responsible dog ownership, visit the AKC website at www.akc.org.
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