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Dog Allergy Symptoms

How to Treat Dog Allergies?

Dog allergy symptoms often appear on the skin, or with stomach or ear issues. Allergies in dogs are more apparent in some breeds, than others. Find remedies for dog allergies.

The most common canine allergies seem to settle in the skin or ears. Allergies in dogs can manifest as bits of hair falling out of the skin, rough coat texture, bumps (much like hives), or more obviously your pooch gnawing and itching at a specific location.

A number of dog allergy symptoms also include stomach problems; a churning, noisy, and gassy stomach and/or diarrhea is an indicator that something is wrong.

Some veterinarians and researchers believe that allergic reactions in dogs, particularly those that go untreated, may also result in your pet experiencing on-going ear issues (yeast infections being one example).

Allergies can also negatively impact the dog's overall health and well being. Consequently it's important to recognize dog allergy symptoms and then seek out the best remedies for dog allergies based on your pet's problems.

Allergies in Dogs: Observation

Canine allergies manifest a lot like those in humans. You can help your vet greatly by paying attention to when your pooch seems to have allergic reactions.

For example, is it seasonal? If so, you may be dealing with a pollen reaction. Did the reaction happen in conjunction with a change in the dog's diet? If that's the case, then you probably have a food allergy on your hands.

If the problems are year-round then you may have something more environmental to blame; like mold, or the leash, or coat, or dust mites.

Most Common Dog Allergy Symptoms

If you're not sure what to look for, here is a list of the most common allergy symptoms in dogs:

  • chewing at a specific spot
  • biting
  • scratching
  • licking (more than normal cleaning)
  • red spots
  • ear infection
  • unhealthy skin odor

No matter the symptoms, you want to try to give your canine some relief from the discomfort. If you can eliminate the problem by avoiding the allergen, a change in diet, and by monitoring the household environment - great.

Sometimes, however, the source of the problem isn't that simple to isolate. In that case, you'll have to take your canine to the vet for allergy testing so that the right treatment can be administered.

Remedies for Dog Allergies:
How are Allergies Treated?

There are a variety of ways in which canine allergies are treated. Sometimes a simple topical solution provides enough relief that the canine stops itching and biting. Other treatments include:

  • Eliminating the cause of the allergy, if possible (this is usually done by the process of elimination) - if it is a food allergy, then eliminate the food totally from the dog's diet and test hypoallergenic dog food for at least 30 days;
  • Immunotherapy
  • Anti-inflammatory compounds
  • Steroids
  • Antihistamines
  • Dietary supplements (primarily Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids)

Because the various allergy indicators can also actually be the result of other underlying medical conditions, it is always advisable to seek out the advice of your veterinarian in treating any dog allergy symptoms.

Product Recommendations for Dog Allergy Symptoms

Treating the symptoms is not the same as identifying and treating the cause. Once your pet has symptoms you can help them cope better with the itching, swelling, stomach problems and/or other discomfort.

We recommend PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease for treating your dog's symptoms but only start treatment once you have begun to pinpoint the cause of the allergic reaction (as treatment can mask the cause).

Allergy Itch Ease is a herbal remedy that temporarily relieves skin allergies and itch, while you try to find out what your pet is allergic to and eliminate it. Ask the veterinarian about your dog's allergies and treatments before you use natural remedies.

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