Allergies are a very common problem in our canine companions and can make them truly miserable. Itching, scratching, licking, chewing, and sneezing are signs that your pet needs our help.
For example, flea allergic dogs may present with “short pant pattern,” itching only in the areas that would be covered by your dog wearing a pair of shorts. Food allergy pattern can sometimes show as “ears and rears,” with the dog having an itchy face, especially the ears and licking under their tail. Not every dog presents with such classic patterns and as the disease progresses, all of this is subject to change.
Some allergic dogs, especially those allergic to food, may in addition to itching, have soft or more frequent stools.
Causes of allergies in dogs include:
- Fleas – even if your pet is on prevention, one bite can cause an allergic reaction
- Environmental indoor and outdoor allergens (pollens, house dust, molds, etc.)
- Food (usually the protein source)
- Contact allergy (carpet, cleaners, shampoos)
Treatment for your dog depends on the cause. We will work with you to first make your pet less itchy and then to help you determine what may be the underlying cause and how to reduce episodes.
If you think your dog may be suffering from allergies and would like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 504-467-6431.