Did you know that dogs can develop allergies, just like people? Allergies are certainly no more fun for Fido than they are for us. In fact, they can make your beloved pet quite uncomfortable! Below, a Lansing, MI vet discusses canine allergies.
Fido can develop allergies at any point of his life, from puppyhood to his golden years. Dogs can be allergic to many different things, including trees, dust, pollen, mold, dander, cigarette smoke, perfume, and fleabites. Some of our canine friends are allergic to certain materials, such as rubber. Your four-legged pal can also react to a specific ingredient in his food, such as wheat; the laundry detergent you wash his bedding with; or something in his doggy shampoo.
Allergies can make Fido quite itchy! Your pooch may lick, bite or chew himself, or rub his head or face against things. Red, runny eyes can be a sign of allergies, as can burping, snorting, wheezing, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Allergies can also cause skin problems in our canine pals, and are sometimes the cause of stubborn, recurring ear infections. Call your vet immediately if your furry buddy has any of these symptoms.
Before you can treat your canine friend’s allergies, you’ll need to find out what he is reacting to. Your vet may need to run some tests. If your pooch has food allergies, he may be put on a specific dietary plan to identify the culprit. Once you know what is causing your pet’s reactions, you and your vet will be able to discuss specific treatment options. These could include medicine, a restricted diet, or some changes to Fido’s care, but it will really depend on the type and severity of your dog’s allergies.
There are some things you can do at home to keep Fido more comfortable. Vacuum and dust often, and change your air filters out regularly. You’ll also want to wash your canine buddy’s bedding frequently. Use hypoallergenic detergent and hot water, and dry them on the hottest cycle. Last but not least, wipe your furry friend’s paws and belly down with a damp cloth after he’s been outside, especially during peak pollen times.
Do you think your dog may have allergies? Call us! As your Lansing, MI animal clinic, we are here to assist with all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.