has addressed allergy issues in previous newsletter articles as well as
on the informational pages of our site.
However, there are some issues regarding pet allergies that are somewhat
peculiar. Often these deal with the difficulties
people face in pinpointing the cause of an allergy. Others have to do with
the reaction or treatment of allergy sufferers.
One of the first problems with allergies that can make them hard to diagnose
regards its onset. An animal may be exposed to an allergen for years before
an allergic reaction develops. Since there is not a change immediately
prior to the development of symptoms finding the trigger can be challenging.
For many allergic pets taking a natural approach helps remedy their problems.
Consider things that your pet would not normally come across if living
in the wild; for instance, cleaners, deodorizing sprays, pesticides, even
certain food ingredients such as corn or wheat may cause an allergic reaction.
This is where another oddity occurs. While these are the most common allergies,
a pet can have allergic to just about anything. Fortunately this is rare,
but for the unlucky pet and owner this can be a maddening problem where
certain meats, grasses, and food products need to be avoided. To compound
this problem many of these animals have multiple allergies.
The reactions to allergies can vary from pet to pet. Some symptoms can
also be misleading. For instance, hot spots, which are localized skin infections,
can be a sign of an allergic reaction. However, hot spots also are common
for certain dogs particularly with thick coats. Flaking skin is a very
common allergic reaction; yet this could also be due to skin condition.
A veterinary check can be of great help in diagnosis and treatment, and
is particularly needed in cases food intolerance or respiratory allergies.
Treatments can be another area of confusion. The pros and cons of each
treatment should be weighed. For those with mild to moderate allergies
natural remedies are often effective. Reducing or eliminating the contact
with the allergen along with bathing with a hypoallergenic shampoo (Euca-Loba
itch relieving lotions (Skin
Care for Dogs) can provide great relief with little to no side
effects. For more severe allergies, frequently multiple allergies medications
are suggested. With certain medications symptoms are frequently improved,
but grogginess is a side effect. Finding an appropriate dosage helps. The
effectiveness as well as the side effects can also vary greatly from pet
to pet. Stronger allergy medications can include steroids. This again has
pros and cons. Steroids can be rough on a pets system; however, the benefits
may be worth it. Consulting your vet and monitoring your pet’s situation
can in many cases provide a suitable solution to an aggravating issue.