From dust mites to household cleaners and even essential oil diffusers – there are all sorts of things in our homes that can trigger allergies in our canine chums. Plus, find out how you can minimise allergens in your home...
Posted: 09 February 2020
Allergies can be a common and unwelcome problem for humans – an immune system overreaction to substances that are usually harmless which can cause sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and itching. Allergies can also affect our pet dogs. Our four-legged friends can be allergic to all sorts of things, from chemicals in cleaning products to pollen, dust, fleas and even smoke from cooking.
Some dogs can have severe reactions to things such as insect stings and certain foods. Sudden, extreme allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, can include:
If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, get them to the vet immediately. Anaphylaxis can be fatal.
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Your vet can investigate your pet's allergies and offer tailored advice. They will start with a complete health history and physical examination and ask you questions about your dog’s diet and environmental factors.
If your vet is able to determine the cause of your dog’s allergies at your first visit, they will prescribe a simple treatment plan. If things aren’t quite so straightforward, your vet may refer you to a veterinary dermatologist for more extensive testing. The dermatologist will conduct an intra-dermal allergy test (similar to the human ‘scratch test’) or blood tests to identify allergens and lead to more effective treatment.
If your dog’s allergies are more severe, the vet may recommend further intervention to treat symptoms. Common treatments include:
Once the cause is established, you can help your pet avoid triggers in future. For example, if your canine chum is allergic to grass pollen, avoid walking them through fields when the pollen count is high. When they return from a walk, brush any dust or grasses off their coat or rinse them off. Here are some more simple steps you can take:
PDSA Vet Care has a range of products to help dogs with allergies that you may like to try, including:
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Sources: pdsa.org.uk, petmd.com, vets4pets.com, county-vets.co.uk, rover.com