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Allergy Oddities.

DoctorDog.com 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 Shampoo) and 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.

 

 


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