Dog allergy: how to recognize it - veterinarian recommendations
What is a dog allergy
Allergy is a “wrong”, excessive reaction of the human or animal immune system to certain substances. For the most part, we are dealing with a hereditary predisposition. If ordinary people or animals simply remove these substances from the body, allergic people develop an inflammatory process.
The allergy is specific, i.e. it is a “response” to certain substances and usually only slightly depends on the amount of this substance. If this is a food allergy, then a tiny piece is enough to start the process.
In dogs, 3 types of allergies are most common:
On the environment
Flea on the saliva
Unfortunately, the initial stage of allergy in dogs often goes unnoticed. And in the future, this can cause complications. When the amount of allergen in the body reaches the maximum amount, symptoms appear.
Dog Allergy Symptoms
As a rule, allergy symptoms are similar in all animals. The most common:
Extremely dry skin.
Bad smell from wool.
Redness, rash in the ears.
Redness of the eyes.
When it comes to food allergies in dogs, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting are also possible. But in the first place, severe itching always manifests itself. The dog itches, worries. Then other signs appear.
As soon as the dog begins to itch, it must be shown to the veterinarian! This is the only way to avoid complications.
Hereditary manifestations of allergic reactions are possible. In animals, this is called "atopy." There are breeds that are most prone to allergies (for example, terriers, Dalmatians, boxers and some others).