Canine Allergies - Does your dog have an Allergy? Did you know that your dog can have allergies, just like you?
The most common dog allergy is itching of skin. Their respiratory tract can also be affected causing them to wheeze, sneeze, and/or cough. You may even notice a discharge from their eyes and nose. In some cases, digestive system can be affected which will cause them to vomit or have diarrhea.
In United States around 20 percent of dogs suffer from some type of allergy. Some of allergies might be allergic to fleas, atopic dermatitis, allergies to food, allergies to some thing in air, allergies to some thing they come in contact with or a bacterial allergy.
This canine allergy is caused by dog’s immune system hypersensitivity to common substance around them, such as dust mites or mold. Atopic Dermatitis is an allergic skin disease that usually appears within first two years of a dog’s life.
Watch your dog for grooming excessively, by licking or chewing his back legs, paws, and abdomen, these are signs that he may suffer from atopic dermatitis. Another way to check is to see if his ears are reddened and hot to touch.
There are signs that are not as noticeable like in armpits, groin, and between toes of his paws. Saliva staining is another sign of atopic dermatitis. It appears as a reddish brown stain. If case becomes severe, skin may change color, especially abdomen, from a pink to a dark red to a very dark black.
It can be difficult to diagnose because flea allergy, food allergy and parasitic infections have some of same signs. After you have ruled out three above allergies from you list you may then need to have your dogs skin tested for allergies such as dust mites, pollens, and mold. After your vet has determined cause of atopic dermatitis he can recommend treatment. Flea Allergy
No flea is not real allergy here, it is fleas saliva. Your vet can perform a skin allergy test to determine if your dog is allergic to flea saliva. If he is then a regular strict flea control regimen is required to reduce your dog’s symptoms. But, be sure to use chemicals with caution, as some can harm your dog. Inhalant Allergy (allergies to some thing in air)