Identifying And Treating
It is normally not easy to know for sure whether or not a dog is suffering from dog skin allergies, but by closely observing your pet on a daily basis you will have the best chance of discovering what is at the root of his problem.
The main reason behind this is that while humans react to their allergies through the nose by sneezing, a dog's response to an allergen is usually expressed through their skin. These are extremely frustrating and can be difficult to pin down without careful and controlled observation. If you see your dog scratch, bite, chew its feet, rub its face in the carpet or lick constantly, this is a sure sign that your dog is allergic to something that he is inhaling, coming into direct contact with, or is being consumed by him.
If this happens most of the time or all the year round, consult a vet for that. But if it has occurred instantly, try to observe what was used recently that may have caused the allergic response in your dog. As soon as you stop using that thing, your dog will return to normal once it no longer in his system.
Food Related Dog Skin AllergiesWhen it comes to dog food allergies, these are more time-consuming and difficult to pin down. Any ingredient can be the culprit that is causing your dog's irritation and restlessness and it may take a while to isolate the offending ingredient.
Dogs that are fed commercial dog food products are the most at risk to develop allergic responses because many of these foods contain various chemical additives and preservatives. Not only do these chemicals put a huge strain on the kidneys and liver as they work to rid the body of them, but they also have a weakening affect on the immune system and its ability to produce antibodies. The result is some form of sickness in these pets.
If you suspect a food allergy, you may have to eliminate your dog's present food and start your dog on a new regimen that gradually introduces foods into the diet one at a time. This will give you a means of identifying the protein or grain that is causing the problem.
Owners who prepare home made dog food certainly have the advantage of knowing exactly what goes into their dog's bowl, making it simpler to identify the allergen.
So the main thing when you are dealing with dog skin allergies is to find out the cause and then if you can get it cleared up with a home remedy, great! If not, consult a vet as soon as you can and get it treated.
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