Identifying Dog Skin Allergies

How to find and deal with dog skin allergies

Dog skin allergies can cause your dog dreadful discomfort and are sometimes hard to identify. Sometimes the only symptom you’ll notice is extra scratching, so make it a habit to check your dog’s coat frequently to isentify these allergies and treat them early. This will prevent skin injury and possible infection from over-scratching.

If you are dealing with some sort of skin problem yourself, or just reflecting on when you did, you are probably drifting into memories of pubescent life and teenage angst when your face was covered with zits and you were getting nervous about being seen public with them. In a nut shell, worrying about skin problem before major events was mainly confined to high school. Only, you were probably not considering those pimples to be skin allergies. And if that’s true then you definitely weren’t thinking that your family pet could get such a thing, or maybe that dog skin allergies were much like human ones.

Only, dog skin allergies are really just as severe as a human’s problem and can be a real problem to your pet.

Worst of all, while a human’s skin problems are pretty obvious right from the start, dog skin allergies come with multiple symptoms, and are almost impossible to recognize early. After all, a scratching dog is pretty normal and isn’t going to send you searching through their thick coat to investigate their skin.

Unfortunately, this is exactly how dog allergies tend to present themselves. A dog could pick up an allergic reaction from absolutely anywhere while day after day goes by and their owner simply doesn’t realize. Actually, it would probably be stranger for the dog to not be scratching itself. Why should there be anything wrong if this is happening?

However, dog skin allergies are brutal to deal with and unbelievably common overall.

To begin, the most recognized cause is fleas. Fleas are going to be a risk if a dog is outside for any length of time. But, this flea risk can be misleading for someone who thinks they are treating fleas, but actually need to be treating a more serious allergy.

How do these allergic reactions occur? Simple, from allergens in house dust, in pollen outside, or just grass outside that the dog was rolling around in. It’s almost impossible to tell what triggered it.

Lastly, there are your basic food allergens. These can result from the brand of food you are feeding your dog, whether it is wet food or raw food. Or, they can result from giving your dog those table scraps he or she begged so intently for.

Of course, just to give a swift overview of some particular symptoms to these reactions, we’ll mention the big ones. First there is the increase in scratching in a particular spot, possible swelling around the eyes, and lastly hives, which often appear like rashes.

There you have it, a new thing to worry about on your plate. We promise that was not our sole intention, but one needs to understand dog skin allergies so that they can prepare properly for their pet. And that is a mission we are happy to be a part of.

I’m a family pet health practitioner who specializes in treatment for canine food allergies.

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