Humans and their companionable canines are remarkably alike in many ways. They tend to run in packs, maintain social strata – and fall ill for some of the same reasons, often as a result of allergens, pests, and opportunistic infections. Allergies in dogs can lead anyone’s pet to raw skin, scratching, biting, and unabated licking.
Below is a list of some of the common allergies in dogs, with their corresponding symptoms:
Seasonal and inhalant allergies in dogs
The Zombies’ famous song “Time of the Season” comes to mind when we think of these annoying allergens. Pollen, grass, mold, dust, and the bites of insects borne on the winds of spring and summer are often responsible for signs and symptoms like burning, swelling, and inflammation on select areas of a dog’s body. Since they arrive as quickly as a cool northern draft or summer humidity, try not to lose your hair (or your dog’s) over the symptoms and see a veterinarian.
Bacterial and flea bite allergies in dogs
A strain of Staph and those infinitesimal critters we call fleas can make a dog miserable, especially during the “dog days of summer” (also a movie by the same name). Redness of the skin, significant hair-loss, and pockets of pus represent the effects of a Staph infection.
A myth about fleas is that their bites spread infection and bouts of itching and scratching; in reality, the instigator is the flea’s saliva, which aggravates important skin-related proteins. Flea-bites on a dog are easily distinguishable with the constant licking, biting, scratching, and groaning you’re likely to hear from your pet. These reactions to allergies in dogs arguably represent the most common and treatable.
Contact and food allergies in dogs
Dogs are uncommonly sensitive creatures. Any number of a host of contact and food allergies can spike a nasty reaction. Bedding, repellant collars, carpet tissue and fuzz can fluster your pet with redness, pustules and lesions, even cracks and tears on a dog’s lips and paws.
Food can serve as just a big a problem-maker, bothering the canine stomach and gastrointestinal tract with milk, beef, chicken, soy, eggs, wheat, whey, or other preservatives.
A dog doesn’t even have to ingest household cleaning fluids and chemicals for effects to occur. Easy-to-see effects may include vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, even violent reactions like seizures. See your veterinarian immediately if anything like the latter takes place.