Treating Allergies In Dogs

 
Allergic reactions are every bit as problematic in dogs as they are in humans, especially through months where there is a high pollen count. So how can we treat dogs suffering from allergic reactions?

 
Symptoms

Look out for the following symptoms in your dog which may be signals of an allergic reaction:

  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 
Causes

Allergic reactions are a result of the body interpreting everyday substances as threats, for example, pollen. Pollen allergy is also common in humans and often referred to as “hay fever”. As the body tries to rid itself of the foreign substances, a number of physical symptoms manifest. Because almost anything can cause an allergic reaction, it can be difficult to pin down the exact cause, though vets may carry out an test to discern substances which your dog reacts negatively to.

 
Diagnosis

If you suspect your dog is suffering from an allergic reaction, you may decide to take your dog to the vet for an allergy test. Typically, small areas of your dog’s skin will be exposed to common allergens (such as dust mites and foliage) alongside a control substance which should always produce a red mark. Areas that become red signal an allergic reaction to that particular substance.

 
Treatment

There are many anti-allergens on the market which you can buy OTC (or receive as a prescription from your vet) to treat allergic reactions in your dog. These drugs are typically anti-histamines, which surpress your body’s natural reactions to relieve the symptoms of allergies. A vet may advise you to give your dog:

Remember not to use any medication unless it is approved by your vet.