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Common allergies in dogs

Imagine this: your beloved dog, a picture of playful vitality, suddenly starts scratching incessantly, develops red, watery eyes, or suffers from persistent sneezing fits. These could be signs of common dog allergies, an often overlooked but significant issue affecting our furry friends. In this blog, we’ll delve into the world of canine allergies, uncovering the triggers, symptoms, and treatments that can help you restore your dog’s comfort and happiness. Whether it’s seasonal pollen, certain foods, or unexpected environmental factors, understanding and addressing these allergies is crucial for the well-being of your loyal companion.

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Can dogs get allergies?

Yes, dogs can get allergies, just like humans. But what exactly is an allergy in dogs? An allergy is simply an overreaction of the immune system to a typically harmless substance, known as an allergen. When the body encounters an allergen, it mistakenly identifies it as a threat and produces antibodies to fight it off. This immune response results in various symptoms that can range from mild to severe.

Canine allergies manifest when a dog’s immune system reacts to specific substances in their environment, food, or other factors. These allergic reactions can cause significant discomfort and health issues for our furry friends. So recognizing the signs and types of allergies in dogs is essential for managing their well-being effectively.

Symptoms of dog allergies 

Dog allergies can present in various ways, often making them challenging to diagnose. Here are some common symptoms to watch for:

  • Itchy skin: This is the most notable and common of all dog allergy symptoms. Manifesting through frequent scratching, licking, or biting at the skin, itchy skin can often lead to redness and irritation.
  • Skin rashes and hives: While similar to regular itchy skin, rashes and hives present more as red, inflamed patches on the skin. Typically these are a result of exposure to a specific allergen.
  • Chronic ear infections: Does your dog shake its head or itch their ears often? This could be as a result of an ear infection. Recurring ear issues are often associated with discharge and odour and are often directly related to some type of allergic reaction.
  • Runny nose and watery eyes: Just like humans, dogs who suffer from allergies often have runny noses and watery eyes. The clear discharge from the nose and excessive tearing is usually as a result of inhaling an allergen or sniffing too close to one.
  • Paw chewing/licking: Itchiness from allergies is not selective just to the skin – it can impact a dog’s paws, too. If you notice your dog persistently licking or chewing at their paws, they could very well be experiencing allergies.
  • Digestive issues: Symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems are often directly related to a food allergy. Pay close attention to your dog’s reactions and notice if these digestive issues appear right after eating. If so, they likely have a food allergy.
  • Behavioural changes: Humans with allergies know all too well how uncomfortable these symptoms can be. The same is true for dogs. Increased irritability, restlessness, or lethargy are all common changes in behaviour for dogs who suffer from allergies. 

Recognizing these symptoms early can help you seek appropriate treatment for your dog’s allergies and prevent further complications.

Types of dog allergies

Dogs can suffer from several types of allergies, each with its own set of triggers and symptoms. Understanding the type of allergy affecting your dog is crucial for effective management and treatment. Here are some of the main types of dog allergies:

  1. Food allergies: While food allergies are the least common of canine allergies, they can still cause severe issues. Reactions to specific ingredients in their diet, such as beef, chicken, dairy, or grains, can lead to digestive problems, skin irritations or other allergic symptoms. 
  2. Environmental allergies: Sensitivities to pollen, mould, dust mites, and other airborne allergens are some of the most common causes of canine allergies. While most dogs are impacted seasonally, indoor allergens can cause year-round allergies as well. 
  3. Skin allergies: If you’ve noticed any hot spots or bald patches on your dog, they are likely suffering some type of skin allergy. Often caused by flea bites or other direct contact, your dog will itch with such frequency it will result in flea allergy dermatitis.
  4. Contact allergies: Did you know dogs can be allergic to certain shampoos, fabrics or cleaning products just like humans? If you notice your dog itching a lot after coming in contact with a new product, refrain from using it to be sure you don’t cause any continued allergic reactions.

Breeds more susceptible to allergies 

Certain dog breeds are more prone to allergies due to their genetic predispositions and body makeup. Breeds like golden retrievers, bulldogs, pugs, boxers, and terriers are all dogs that are particularly susceptible to allergies. Factors such as breed-specific skin characteristics, immune system variations, and common hereditary conditions contribute to their increased risk of developing allergies.

For instance, bulldogs and pugs have more skin folds, which can trap allergens and moisture, leading to skin infections and allergic reactions. Whereas golden retrievers and boxers often have genetic predispositions to food and environmental allergies. Knowing your dog’s breed-specific risks can not only help you take preventive measures but also allow you to seek early intervention from your vet when needed.

Creating an allergy-free zone at home 

Maintaining an allergy-free environment is paramount for dogs suffering from allergies. This involves regular cleaning of their spaces to reduce allergens such as dust mites, pollen, and mould. Does your dog sleep in your room or find a sanctuary in their dog den? Using air purifiers near these spaces and keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons can help alleviate the allergens. Frequent bathing with hypoallergenic shampoos can also help minimize skin irritation and remove allergens from your dog’s coat.

Omlet’s line of dog beds can be an invaluable addition to your allergy management toolkit. Ingenious designs such as the Topology dog bed and Cushion dog bed come with easy-to-remove, machine-washable covers that help keep allergies at bay. Additionally, Omlet offers elevated dog beds that keep your dog off the floor, reducing their exposure to dust and other allergens commonly found on the ground. By incorporating Omlet’s dog beds into your home, you can create a cleaner, more comfortable space for your allergy-prone pet.

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we understand the unique needs of dogs and strive to design products that enhance their well-being and comfort. Our commitment to quality and innovation is driven by our desire to make life with your pet as joyful and hassle-free as possible. Whether it’s providing easy-to-clean dog beds or safe haven dog dens, Omlet is dedicated to improving the bond between you and your furry friend. Explore our range of products today and discover how we can help you and your dog live a healthier, happier life together.

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