Humans are not the only ones to suffer with allergies. Unfortunately our four-legged friends do too.
Allergies can be caused by many different environmental factors and, depending on the cause and your dog’s reaction, can be managed in various ways.
Food allergies in dogs
Food allergies can develop in dogs of any age and typically occurs with a food they’ve been fed for some time (ie not a ‘new’ food).
Symptoms of food allergies
Symptoms can vary, but typically result in one or more of the following:
- itching all over the body
- itching in specific areas (eg face)
- passing blood or mucus regularly
How are food allergies treated?
If your vet suspects that your dog is suffering from a food allergy they will suggest a diet trial.
Your vet will usually recommend a special food to feed your pet for between six and 12 weeks and they must have no other food at all during this time, including dental chews and treats.
While feeding the special diet, your pet may show improvement from their symptoms. Towards the end of the trial you can arrange a recheck appointment so you can discuss the next steps with your vet.
Flea allergies in dogs
If your pet has not received regular flea treatment, your vet may be concerned about flea allergies.
Flea allergies typically cause intense itchiness and sore skin around the base of their tail, back and thighs. Sometimes you will see evidence of fleas, or flea dirt.
An allergy to fleas will mean being especially cautious when it comes to flea treatment, not just for your dog, but for all dogs and cats in the household. It’s also important to treat the house too, as the fleas don’t just live on your pet’s fur.
Treatment for flea allergies
- Flea treatment all year-round for your dog and other dogs and cats in the household
- Treatment for your house; deep cleaning carpets, bedding and other surfaces within your home
- Household flea spray (take care to follow the directions carefully as it can be harmful to fish and birds if you have these)
- Speak to your vet about any concerns and advice regarding further treatment if you’re concerned