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Allergies in Dogs

Did you know that dogs can get allergies, just like people can? Man’s Best Friend can develop allergies at any point in his life, and sometimes for no apparent reason. In this article, a Diamond Bar, CA vet discusses allergies in dogs.

Typical Allergens

Just like people, dogs often react to airborne allergens, such as pollen or dust. Your canine pal can be allergic to mold, leaves, dander, or insect bites. Sometimes our furry friends become allergic to specific vapors, like perfume or cigarette smoke, or to certain materials, like rubber. Your four-legged buddy can also react to ingredients in his pet food or doggy shampoo.

Signs of Allergies

If Fido has allergies, he may sneeze, and his eyes may become red and watery. Allergies can also make your pup snore or burp, and they can cause flatulence. Other signs of allergies include skin problems, recurring ear infections, respiratory issues, vomiting, and diarrhea. More serious reactions—which are fortunately rare—can include fainting, seizures, coma, and even death.

Treatment

Allergies can be treated, but first you’ll need to find out what your furry buddy is reacting to. If you suspect that your canine companion has allergies, contact your vet right away. Fido will need some tests to pinpoint his exact allergies. Once your vet has found the culprit, you’ll be able to discuss treatment options. The method of treatment will really depend on what your four-legged pal is reacting to. Your pooch may need to be put on a special diet, or use specific doggy products. Some dogs need medication or customized care regimens. Ask your vet for more information.

Home Care

There are some simple things you can do to keep Fido comfortable at home. Vacuuming and dusting regularly will reduce the amount of allergens in the air. (Bonus: You’ll also find less pet fur on your clothes and furniture.) It can also help to wipe your dog’s paws and belly down whenever you bring him inside. This will help remove dust and pollen from his coat. Washing your pup’s bedding regularly will be beneficial as well. Use hot water and unscented detergent. Last but not least, keep an eye on pollen counts. When they are high, limit your canine buddy’s outdoor time.

Do you know or suspect that your pet may have allergies? We can help! Contact us, your Diamond Bar, CA animal clinic, today!

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