When one considers skin problems they most likely think of those years as a teenager where pimples such as acne swelled up in the most unfortunate places. We were all victims to it, too. Getting that terrible pimple right before school picture day or the big dance was a high school kid’s worst nightmare. However, when one thinks of skin problems they probably are not focusing on the different types of allergies out there. And, if that’s the case, then they are certainly not focusing on dog skin allergies.
Only, dog skin allergies are really just as severe as a human’s problem and can be a burden.
Not to mention the fact that dog skin allergies have symptoms that might actually just appear to be regular dog behavior. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you looked suspiciously at a dog scratching its ear? With all that hair covering up their actual layer of skin, it can be a difficult game to detect rashes.
Sad to say, that is exactly how it works for dogs. One day a dog can be amid a terrible reaction and no owner could possibly understand. It would just appear like an odd act of a dog.
However, dog skin allergies are brutal to attend with and unbelievably common overall.
First of all there is the ever popular intrusion of fleas. These usually cause the greatest form of scratching for a dog. As well, this is the assumed problem for most dogs. That said, one might just go ahead trying to treat an allergy problem as if it is just another flea problem.
Next, we have the weirder, less obvious allergens that come in from dust mites left behind, weird bugs in the grass, or just regular pollen. There is no telling what they can do at an exterior level considering dogs don’t have to ingest a potential allergen for it to cause a serious reaction.
With the latter under one’s belt, they must also consider the food option. Was the dog fed a scrap of table food they were not supposed to get? Or, did they simply not like their new brand of dog food. Dog skin allergies are not picky enemies.
Now, this is simply a plain survey of what one should look out for in terms of possible allergens. One should also know that symptoms go beyond scratching, resulting in swelling or hives. So always look out for that.
And that’s it. Now, we know this means you have a whole other can of worms to work with, but it is for good measure. By having a handle on dog skin allergies, one can hopefully prevent distress for their dog and bolster the kind of life he or she leads. We think that is something that counts.
Jennifer is a canine health expert who specializes in all natural pet skin products.