Just like humans, even dogs are susceptible to allergies. Although the same types of allergens might cause allergic reactions in humans and dogs, but unlike humans, the respiratory tract is not the site of allergic reactions in dogs. In dogs, the allergic reactions usually occur on their skin. Therefore, if you find your pet scratching its skin frequently, it is possible that the animal is suffering from an allergy.Types of dog allergies
Several allergens might trigger allergic reaction in dogs. Flea allergy and bacterial allergies are quite common. Flea allergy is triggered by the saliva of the tiny insects that might live on the skin of the animal. The flea saliva deposits on the skin of your pet, triggering allergic reactions. Bacterial allergies are rare. It affects only certain breeds of dog. Sometimes allergic reactions in dogs can develop from pollens, dust, mold, feather and dander. If your pet is extremely sensitive to certain materials, it might develop allergic reactions when it comes in contact with these materials. If your dog is hypersensitive to plastic and wools, it might develop allergy by eating from plastic bowls, wearing pet sweaters and even by sleeping on bedding made of wool.
Symptoms of dog allergies
Frequent itching is the common symptom of allergy in dogs. Your pet might sneeze and cough and might have watery eyes. Rashes might appear on the skin. Food allergy often causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Treating dog allergy
If you notice symptoms of allergy in your pet, take the animal to a veterinarian. Specially formulates shampoos that kill fleas could reduce the symptoms of flea allergy in the pet. To reduce the itching, you can add aloe vera gel to the bath water of the pet. Antihistamine medications can help to reduce the itching. If your pet is developing allergy from plastic food bowls, replace the plastic food bowl with ceramic or steel bowl. If the ingredients of the dog food are triggering allergic reactions in the animal, you should try to detect the exact substances responsible for the allergy symptoms. Avoid giving your pet the foods that can cause allergy. It has been seen that typical dog foods such as chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish and eggs can cause allergy in dogs. Allergies can develop from wheat, soy, corn, milk and dairy products, tomatoes, yeast and food preservatives or colorings.