Allergies in Dogs

Allergies in Dogs

Do you suffer from allergies? Even if you don’t have allergies yourself, you probably know someone who does. Allergies can also affect our canine friends . . . and they’re no more fun for Fido than they are for us. Read on as a local Sayville, NY vet discusses allergies in dogs.

Common Allergens

Dogs can develop allergies at any time, and to a wide variety of things, including dust, mold, pollen, plants, trees, insect bites, and/or flowers. Fido can also have reactions to strong fumes, such as cigarette smoke, or to something in his food or shampoo.

Symptoms

Itchiness is one common sign of allergies in dogs: your pup may bite, lick, or chew himself, and may rub his head against things (including you) to reach a hard-to-get-to itch. Fido may sneeze or cough a lot, and his eyes may be red and runny. Allergies can cause many skin problems in Man’s Best Friend, and they are sometimes the culprit behind stubborn, recurring ear infections. Your pooch may also snore or burp, and he could have gas. More serious symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, seizures, and, on rare occasions, even coma or death.

Treatment

Allergies are not curable, but they can be treated. If you think that your canine pal may have allergies, schedule a veterinary appointment ASAP. Your vet will most likely run some tests to determine exactly what your pooch is reacting to. If food allergies are suspected, Fido may be put on a special diet. Once your dog’s allergens have been identified, your vet will be able to discuss specific treatment options with you.

Home Care

There are some things you can do at home to keep your canine buddy more comfortable. Dusting and vacuuming frequently, and changing your air filters regularly, will reduce the amount of pollen, dust, and dander in your home. We also recommend washing your pup’s bedding weekly, using hot water and a hypoallergenic detergent. Wipe your furry pal’s paw’s and belly down with a damp cloth after he’s been out can also help by removing pollen and dust from his fur. Last but not least, keep an eye on pollen counts, and limit your pet’s outdoor time when they are high.

Do you know or suspect that your furry buddy has allergies? Contact us today! As your local Sayville, NY animal clinic, we are here to help!

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