How To Tell If Your Dog Has Allergies

In many ways, dogs are just like humans, and one of these ways has to do with allergies. If your dog’s immune system starts to recognize certain everyday things as dangerous, he will show allergic symptoms. Dogs with allergy problems typically will have extreme reactions to allergens that are inhaled, ingested, or come into contact with their skin, so it is important to know the symptoms of allergic reactions so that you can bring your dog into 5 Points Animal Hospital for treatment. We would like to tell you more about these symptoms as well as what they can be allergic to and how we can help.

What are some common allergy symptoms in dogs?

dog-allergies-image-nashville-tn-5-points-animal-hospitalIf your dog begins to scratch more often than usual, you may want to check his skin to see if it is moist, red, or scabbed. Your dog’s ears and eyes may also be itchy as well. WebMD  lists other symptoms as sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen paws/paw chewing, constant licking, and snoring caused by an inflamed throat.

What could my dog be allergic to?

One of the most common allergy problem causers for dogs has to do with fleas, and they can also be allergic to dust mites, dust, dander, mold spores, and plant pollens. Sometimes dogs can be allergic to the food they eat or to the medication they take to control fleas. Cleaning products like shampoo, fabrics, and perfumes can also cause allergy problems in dogs.

How can 5 Points Animal Hospital help my dog with his allergy problems?

Many times we can diagnose the source of your dog’s allergic reaction after taking a complete history and a physical examination, but if the allergy symptoms persist after our initial treatment, we then may need to take skin and/or blood tests to get to the bottom of the problem. If we feel that your dog is suffering from a food allergy, we will recommend an elimination diet. For 12 weeks, we will prescribe a special diet that will be free of potential allergy-causing ingredients. It is essential that you only feed your dog this diet during the time period. Once his symptoms go away, you can begin reintroducing certain old foods to see which ones are causing the problem. We can help you find the perfect diet for your dog to avoid allergies and promote healthy nutrition. In some cases, we can prescribe allergy reactions, Benadryl, and/or fatty acid supplements.

If you suspect your dog is suffering from allergy issues, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment. We can help determine the cause of the allergies and make your dog feel more comfortable.

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