Dog allergies and allergic reactions are a lot more common than pet owners might think, and some symptoms are more severe than others. Determining what could be causing certain dog allergies can be tough to nail down, but the good news is that there are ways to boost your dog’s immune system and make sure they are as comfortable as possible when it comes to different types of allergies.
Different Types Of Dog Allergies
There can be a variety of triggers that flare up allergies in dogs to look out for.
Fleas and ticks are common dog allergies, particularly if you live in a rural area or somewhere with a lot of nature and grasslands.
Flea and tick allergies are pretty easy to detect for the most part as your dog will be itching like crazy! It is believed to be the flea’s saliva that is believed to be the main allergen that causes itchiness, otherwise known as flea allergy dermatitis and there is an allergy testing available for this through your veterinarian clinic.
Thankfully most dog wellness plans and pet health insurance will include coverage for treatment of flea and ticks. Along with two annual vet visits covered by a wellness plan, many pet owners get their money’s worth with flea and tick care and preventative care alone.
Environmental allergies in dogs are usually a bit harder to pinpoint. Your dog can inhale triggers, such as pollen or dust. They can also get irritated from the outside, like the laundry detergent you wash their favorite blanket or towel. Skin allergies are also quite common and dogs can also become irritated from grass and pollen similar to many human allergies.
If your dog is acting a bit off and you are wondering, does my dog have an allergy, look for these common allergy symptoms and let your vet know:
- Itchy or inflamed skin
- Watery eyes
- Pawing and biting at their skin
- Ear infections or irritated skin inside or out of the ear
Dogs can be similar to humans in that they get seasonal allergies. Keep note of their symptoms and when they seem to be the most bothered. Many vets will be able to offer you preventative care or medication when required. Wagmo’s pet wellness plans can cover two vet visits a year as well as different routine tests including bloodwork, that can help the vet determine a pet’s allergies and how to best treat them.
There are a lot of different ingredients in dog kibbles or wet food that could potentially be causing some harm or allergy flare-ups. Dogs are carnivores and designed to eat mainly meat, so if your dog is eating highly processed kibbles they could develop a sensitivity to the other filler ingredients like:
It is also common for some dogs to have a sensitive stomach towards different meats, especially if they are on a few-fed diet such as:
- Beef / Bison
Determining if your dog has an allergy to their food can be a bit difficult as symptoms can vary. Some dogs experience upset stomachs with vomiting or diarrhea and gas. While other dogs might be showing their symptoms with itchy skin or general irritability. No matter the symptoms, you will notice that your dog is not feeling their best and that they should visit a vet to help determine which protein might be causing this and to avoid it moving forward. Kangaroo meat is becoming increasingly popular as the safest and best option for hypoallergenic foods for dogs.
How To Treat Dog Allergies
If you know what your dog’s allergy is then it is important to get them regular treatments if required, get the right vet-recommended food, and maybe incorporate some small lifestyle adjustments.
This can include getting them groomed regularly with hypoallergenic shampoo. Keeping their dog bed (and your house) as clean as possible with pet-friendly and organic detergents. Wiping them down when they come in from outside with a warm wet towel. And moving them to another room while you vacuum so they don’t inhale any disturbed dust or allergens.
A lot of dog allergies can be treated with antihistamines. This helps alleviate symptoms similar to how they do in humans, but should only be given after consulting with your vet on the proper dosage.
However, it is important to try and get to the root cause of the allergy first. While bringing your dog to the vet to have a bunch of tests done might sound scary and expensive, it can help pinpoint the cause and reduce further health complications in the future for the affected dogs.
A Wagmo Pet Wellness plan can help cover the vet visits and different tests to help determine the allergy. A Wagmo Pet Insurance plan can cover any prescribed medications, x-rays, or any emergency costs. Wagmo also allows you the option to mix and match wellness and insurance coverage to ensure your pet has everything they might need and allows you to find the right price for your budget.
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