An allergy is a condition that results when the immune system reacts to a substance in the environment. Dogs can suffer from allergies just like people, and some of the most common allergens in dogs are environmental allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and fleas. If your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction, take him to our vet, Dr. Cindy Marcum of Sea Paws Veterinary Services in Kemah, TX, for diagnosis and pet care. There are many ways to manage dog allergies, so don't despair if your pet is suffering from an allergy.
Types of Dog Allergies
Here are some common types of dog allergies:
Allergens commonly causing skin allergies may include pollen, mold, dust mites, and fleas. Skin allergies can cause your dog to itch and scratch and may lead to secondary infections.
Food pet allergies can be a problem. Some common food allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, and chicken.
Respiratory pet allergies may result from allergens such as pollen, mold, and dust. They can cause symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and wheezing.
Symptoms of Dog Allergies
When your dog is allergic to something, they will typically have symptoms that affect their skin, ears, and digestive system. They mainly include:
- Excessive scratching
- Rubbing their face on furniture or the ground
- Red, inflamed, or watery eyes
- Ear infections
- Hot spots
Diagnosing Dog Allergies
If you think your dog may be allergic to something, the first step is to see your veterinarian. Our doctor may ask about your dog's symptoms and medical history and may also recommend allergy testing.
Our veterinarian can test for allergies in order to find our exactly what is causing the problem.
Treating Dog Allergies
There is no cure for pet allergies, but there are ways to manage them and keep your dog comfortable. They can include:
Avoiding the Allergen
You can avoid the allergen that is causing your dog's allergies. This may mean at-home vet care, changing their food, using special shampoos, or avoiding areas where the allergen is present.
There are several medications you can use to treat dog allergies. They include antihistamines and corticosteroids.
Allergen-specific immunotherapy is a treatment that involves exposing your dog to small amounts of the allergen over time. This helps their body build up a tolerance to the allergen and can reduce their symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Pet Care
If you think your dog may be suffering from allergies, please call us at (281) 614-9504 to schedule an appointment for at-home vet care or a visit to our clinic. Our experienced vet, Dr. Cindy Marcum with us at Sea Paws Veterinary Services in Kemah, TX, can work with you to develop a pet care plan that is right for your dog.