Your dog is made up of the same materials as your own body. Your dog can catch diseases just like humans. And they can even have allergies just like you. Your bet can have allergies to anything a human can like food, dust, pollen, and mold. How your dog reacts to these allergies is where they differ from you.
There are 2 kinds of canine allergies. The first kind is Atopic Dermatitis. The second is food allergies. These two kinds have different reactions. Part 1 of this article will discuss Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Allergies.
Atopic allergies are the most common type of allergy. It is the result of a dogs reaction to various substances. These include mould, pollen, house dust and fungi. It affects dogs usually from age 1 to 3. Certain breeds seem more susceptible than others. Pugs, Labrador Retrievers, golden Retrievers, Boxers, Llasa Apsos, Dalmatians and Shih Tzus are more prone than other breed to atopic allergies.
This skin problem most often starts with a rash. There are several things you need to look out for like
discoloration of the skin
darkening of the skin pigmentation
This may be hard to diagnose because many other kinds of skin problems look like this. The pattern of the disease helps to identify it. Atopic Allergies start off as a seasonal rash or itch. It will be around for a month or 2 before going away. But it returns and progresses as it goes untreated until it becomes a year round problem.
At the onset you may only notice your dog itching and scratching. Your dog may develop a hot spot, a sensitive area of skin that your dog will not leave alone. The skin looks pink and moist and is very sensitive. Your dogs salvia will discolor the skin to a bronze like color. And it will stay inflamed.
The problem may come in the company or precede other health problems. There may be yeast infections. The dog may also suffer from chronic ear infections.
There are a few ways to battle these allergies. Some owners take a conventional approach and some look for alternative measures. Some owners combine the two for the ultimate allergy fighter. This can be combining herbal therapy with conventional medicine.
Hypo sensitization - vaccinating the animal with a diluted allergen
Topical treatments with frequent applications of shampoo and conditioner
Proper diet with nutritional supplements to build up the immune system
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Nutrition may play a big part in aiding your pet. Diet alone can not cure these allergies but can ease allergies and possibly prevent more reaction. The correct diet avoids overly processed foods. With the proper more whole diet and nutritional supplements can help strengthen a weakened immune system.
Atopic allergies are curable. But there is no overnight cure. The longer you ignore your dogs allergies the harder it will be to clear up in the end. The sooner you talk to your vet or start experimenting with regiments the sooner your pet will be happy and allergy free.
Atopic allergies are curable. There is simply no quick fix. This is particularly true if you let the condition linger and worsen. The sooner you and your vet discover your dog has allergies, the better chance your dog has of being cured.
Information written by Joseph Cheney of www.ohmydogsupplies.com, check out our complete selection of dog collars & leashes online.
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