There is currently an estimated one in every seven dogs that suffer from some type of allergy. When your beloved companion has this problem it is hard for both you and your pet to cope with. There are many dog allergies treatment options you can provide to your pooch.
When the body comes in contact with a substance that triggers an excessive reaction it is referred to as an allergic reaction. This substance is called an allergen and can be eaten, inhaled, or a item that comes in physical contact with the skin. As the body tries to rid itself of this agent it creates allergic symptoms.
An overactive immune response can manifest in a large array of different symptoms which may affect the digestive or respiratory system or inflame the skin. Common signs are intense itching, sneezing, diarrhea, or vomiting. Owners also complain of their pet loosing hair, chewing at their paws, having watery eyes, uncommon snoring, are a behavior change.
Humans and dogs share the same ability to be allergic to a number of different substances. Allergic reactions are associated with four basic forms. Canine atopy, food, contact and flea dermatitis.
Food allergies and flea allergies are self explanatory by the name they are given. Contact dermatitis is the result of an irritant touching the skin. An allergy to inhaled substances such as mold, pollen, dust mites, and many other items is referred to as atopy.
The assistance of a veterinarian may be needed when dealing with an allergic reaction. To handle a inflammation it may be necessary to give your dog steroids, an antihistamine, shampoo, or possibly a topical or oral antibiotic. A canine can develop an anaphylactic reaction which requires immediate emergency attention.
There are also a number of different natural herbal remedies that can be used to help tame the allergic reaction. These can include peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and rose to treat the intense itching. Before using oral herbs you should speak with your veterinarian to prevent health complications for your pet. Many oral herbs used to address the symptoms include alfalfa, aloe, Echinacea, garlic, and many others. Care should be used when using herbal remedies for any condition.
In some cases the best way to treat and prevent a problem is to get rid of the allergen that is causing the problem. In the event dermatitis is the result of fleas the best response is to eliminate the infestation. A problem involving contact dermatitis can be addressed in the same manner, by getting rid of the substance that is the causative agent. Food allergies can be tricker to contain since it will take time and the use of a elimination diet to determine the ingredient causing the reaction.
Some owners may find dog allergies treatment to be a stressful time as the correct therapy is determined. You should work closely with your veterinarian to discover the allergen and control the symptoms. The goal is to prevent future breakouts and decrease the severity of the reaction.
Jennifer is a family pet health professional who specializes in skin allergies in dogs.