Even Pets Have Allergies
Allergy season is never any fun, and with the pet dander, dust, and the pollen still floating around it is definitely rough goings. Your pet feels the exact same way. Dogs, cats, birds, any mammal has allergies the same as any human does, and they just can’t tell you that they do. If the reader follows the most recent and up-to-date ABC report, it clearly points out that pets are affected, on average, the same as any human is. The symptoms that a pet suffers are almost identical to what a human being feels. The itchy, watery eyes, the constant nasal drip, the headaches, sneezing, scaly and itchy skin, it all is just as bad for them as it is for you. Just as any human needs medication to feel better a pet does too and there are a ton of products out there on the market. Some pets actually need specialty services because their allergies get so bad. For example, the little dog breeds will chew their hair off, biting right into their skin and creating bleeding, oozing, scaly patches that can lead to infection if not taken care of. Some of these little animals do well with items such as air purifies in the home. Some veterinarians do recommend treating them with local antihistamines. They calculate the dosage based on their weight and their age so these over the counter remedies are safe. We have compiled a list with specific symptoms and treatments below to help you with determining exactly what might be causing the problem.
Dry/Itchy Skin with Constant Chewing: Dogs or cats, and perhaps even smaller mammals can suffer with this condition just like people. It is eczema, which is common among humans. For little dogs, this can come from foods that they are allergic to, or it can come from normal seasonal allergies. It can also start from their body temperature not adjusting to seasonal changes inside and outside fairly quickly. Anytime they get too hot or they get too cold they have a tendency to have a reaction from it. There are quite a bit of breeds that will scratch until they’ve broken the skin and drawn blood, which is never a good thing. More common treatments for this are Benadryl over the counter, along with Neosporin to help heal the wounds. The most adverse issue with this is the possibility of developing some skin infection, or other bacterial infection which can make them very sick. Some other common allergy symptoms are:
The itchy, scaly skin that appears very red and might begin scabbing over
The incessant scratching and chewing
Itchy eyes which often have drainage
Itchy tail or back
Possible nausea and vomiting
Snoring (yes dogs can snore) coming from a very dry and inflamed throat
Quite clearly, the signs and the aggravating symptoms are not easily suppressed and it can take a couple of days for some alleviation once the right over the counter medication has been found to ease your four legged friends discomfort.
Treating Dog Allergies
Treating allergies for dogs can be trial and error, but once you hit on the right mixtures then stay with those. Veterinarians highly recommend Benadryl as it has been used quite a bit in treating small dog allergies. If the allergic reaction is coming from flea bites (because you know fido has to get in the grass) then the first step in helping him is removing them from his environment. That means cleaning all the bedding and spraying it with a safe, non-toxic flea killer so that he won’t have the same problem again.
Dust Mites as the Culprit: when it is being caused by dust and various other dust irritants then again, cleaning the pets bedding by vacuuming it out and then shaking the excess free outside at least once every week. You want to also thoroughly clean around your pets area to remove dust and dander there too
A Weekly Bath: This can make the allergen infected pup feel heavenly. The soothing bath (make sure you use a product with aloe in it) will help remove the excess toxins in his coat and skin. Often times the veterinarian can recommend some of the best quality products at the local pet store or local animal retail shop.
Food Allergies: Reactions to specific types of food are commonly the culprits to some of the most severe pet allergies. Some dogs simply can’t tolerate wheat products at all, and it makes them itch uncontrollably. If food is the problem then you’re going to have to go through a simple trial and error until you find a product that won’t go against your pets system. Many dogs and cats suffer from food allergies, just like people do. One of the best diets is the hydrolyzed protein diet when trying to determine what foods your pet is allergic too. Sometimes some animals have to go on a strictly home cooked base diet altogether.
The best thing to do is watch your pet for any signs of discomfort as the seasons change. Spring is the worst for many people, and it is for animals too, with summer following a close second. When you figure out what is bothering your pet, remove it from their environment so that they can begin to feel better. Give them their medications, and prepare them the right kinds of food. This is just about all that you can do.