How Did My Dog Get Allergies?

by tessa

Like many ailments dog allergies are generally often genetic or inherited.

The first year a typical dog with allergies starts with a short period of biting and chewing . This may be mild and hardly noticeable – at first. With repeated exposures to the offending allergens, the dog gradually experiences prolonged periods of discomfort and the signs of allergy ailment become more pronounced and severe. These offending allergens come in many shapes and sizes although the more common allergens such as house dust mites or mold spores will produce signs of allergy year round, while allergies from plants that pollinate during warm months only happen at that time.

Food based allergies can happen independently or it may be a component of an overall allergy problem. Because of the complexity of allergy diagnosis, the combination of patient history, physical examination and allergy signs in the pet are all important in making an accurate diagnosis.

Can allergies in my dog be prevented?

Unfortunately since allergies are inherited, there is no absolute way to prevent them. However allergies can be controlled. The best control is to avoid the cause of the symptom inducing allergen, so if, for example, your pet is allergic to fleas, it is better to prevent flea infestation. But allergens like dusts and mites are virtually impossible to avoid resulting in the need for alternative allergy treatments.

How do I know if my pup has allergies versus something else?

If your dog is persistently chewing its feet, its rump or scratching at its face, allergy may be a possible cause. Unfortunately, there are no specific signs for allergy so you will need to rely on your pet’s vet to make that determination.

Allergy diagnosis requires eliminating other causes for your dog’s clinical signs. This involves taking a detailed history of your dog’s signs, a complete physical examination and some preliminary lab tests. If it is found that an allergy is the likely cause, your vet may recommend allergy testing to confirm the diagnosis.

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