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Helping Your Dog Deal with Allergies

Humans aren’t the only ones who have to deal with allergies. Dogs can have severe reactions to particles in the air, like pollen, as well as various other substances including dander, dust, and mold. Your Rapid City veterinarian tells you how to help your dog below.

How Do I Know if My Dog Suffers from Allergies?

The major symptoms of allergic reactions in dogs are itchy skin, increased scratching, sneezing, and an increase in licking and/or paw chewing. In more severe cases, scabbed skin, vomiting, or diarrhea could result. Call your veterinary professional to have your dog examined if you notice any of these symptoms.

What Can Dogs Be Allergic To?

Like humans, dogs can be allergic to a variety of things, including but not limited to pollens, dander, dust, mold, smoke, certain drugs, flea-control products, certain household products, and food ingredients like chicken or pork. Your veterinarian will run tests to determine exactly what your dog is reacting to.

How Are Allergies Treated or Controlled?

The specific treatment for your dog’s allergic reaction will depend on the substance your dog is allergic to. Sometimes, it can be as simple as removing the allergen from the environment. For example, if your dog is allergic to a certain perfume you use, switching perfumes should take care of the problem. If dust and dirt is the issue, regular cleaning of your home and your pet’s bed may reduce symptoms greatly. Bathtime once a day could remove allergy-causing pollen or dander from your pet’s coat.

In the case of airborne allergens, such as pollen, medication will have to be prescribed since you cannot remove the allergen from your pet’s environment. Antihistamines, supplements, and prevention medications are available for pets—ask your Rapid City vet if these products are right for your dog. With some help from your veterinarian, your pet can control his allergy symptoms and go back to a normal, healthy dog life!

 

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