Did you know about 40% of dogs suffer from allergies everyday? That’s right, not all allergies are seasonal. Dog allergies can be respiratory, as in humans, but are usually more common on the skin.
The number one difference between human allergies and dog allergies is that your dog has no way of telling you what’s wrong. It is important to monitor your dog for changes in his behavior.
It could be a change in your dog’s environment, a new dog food, or something a little more difficult to determine. Some allergies are very minor, but still require treatment.
Leaving a dog to deal with an allergy on his own could cause serious health issues down the road. There are five known types of dog allergies.
This is the least common allergy in dogs. Contact allergies are when a dog develops a sensitivity or irritation caused by objects that his skin comes in contact with. These things could be every day items such as the wool from his bed or the chrome from his collar. Have you recently given your dog a bath and noticed excessive scratching? It could be from the shampoo you used.
The most common side effects from a contact allergy are redness, swelling and bumps around the lips, muzzle or abdomen.
Fleas themselves are a huge pain for not only for the dog, but for the owner as well. What’s even worse than having a dog with fleas, is having a dog with a flea allergy. Dogs actually cause more damage to themselves than the actual fleas, because of constant itching and scratching.
Contrary to popular belief, a flea bite is not the irritator. A flea’s saliva is what causes the reaction in your dog’s skin.
The most common side effect of a flea allergy is itching or biting on the lower back, right above the tail.
Dog allergies count for about 10% of all allergies seen in dogs. Most times, a dog owner will mistake a food allergy for food intolerance or simply decide they have a picky eater on their hands.
A dog food allergy can develop anywhere from 5 months to 12 years of age. Dogs are not likely to be born with an allergy to food, but rather develop an allergy to food they have eaten for a long period of time.
(This is article is a guest blog post on behalf of Clara Black, #1 resource for dog allergies treatments, symptoms and types at www.dogallergiesresource.com.)