It is not only human beings who suffer from allergies. Dogs do too. In fact, many people are not aware that there are about 20% of cases in the United States where dogs suffer from severe allergy reactions caused by different types, such as flea allergy, food allergies, inhalant allergies, and atopic dermatitis.
The same with human beings, dogs suffering from allergies experience similar signs and symptoms. Cases usually vary but they are normally marked by the following:
• Discoloration of the skin
• Persistent itching
• Mucus discharge
Some people ignore when their dogs develop some signs and symptoms such as above; however, dog allergies are serious conditions which should be taken cared of. If these are not properly addressed, it can be fatal to dogs, just like how human allergies can be life-threatening to people.
Treatments and Consultations
There are some over the counter medicine preparations which can be used for treating allergy conditions. You can normally purchase such from any pet supply shop. However, in most cases, it is a wise move if you consult the right person first before you give your pet any medications or treatments.
First, some of the signs relating to allergic reactions can actually be symptoms of other serious ailments. Second, if allergic reactions are severe, over the counter preparations maybe insufficient or not the proper one to treat the condition and may even trigger more serious health problems of the dog.
Therefore, bringing it to a trusted veterinarian is the best course of action that you can take before anything else. Veterinarians should know what really is happening with your dog. Though the above symptoms and signs are related to suffering from allergies, there are some chances that your dog does not suffer the same condition.
Even if you are sure that your dog is suffering from allergies, you still want to medicate it properly and only the veterinarian can give you that. They can perform certain tests to prove if it were really allergy conditions, how serious they were, and what proper medication or treatment should be applied. These tests will also be the right method to identify what type of allergy exists with your dog; therefore, will be recommended only the right treatment and strategies to avoid them from occurring again in the future.
If the dog is found to be allergic to some foods, it will be the veterinary who will know what and how to restrict your pet’s diet to abort foods that trigger the reaction. Also, if the dog has developed flea dermatitis condition, this will be provided with proper treatment and preventative measures. Similarly, the veterinarian will be able to give your dog the right prevention methods to avoid inhalant allergies to be triggered.
Dogs are like humans that have the desire to live comfortably and healthily. In the same note, dogs do suffer the same condition and can be deadly if not properly addressed with. But when certain conditions occur, and you know what to do, your pet will live a happy and long life with its masters and friends. Playing doctor each time allergies happen always never makes a wise decision.
Because the only persons qualified to diagnose, determine, and provide medications are the veterinarians, just what the qualified physicians are to the human beings.