Saturday, October 29, 2011

Treating Dog Skin Allergies

If you are dealing with a sort of skin problem, or just reflecting on when you did, you are probably wandering into memories of pubescent life and teenager angst when your face was covered with zits and you were getting nervous about going into the public eye with them. In a nut shell, worrying about skin problem before major events was high school. Only, you were probably not considering those pimples to be skin allergies. And if that's true then you definitely weren't thinking that your family pet could get such a thing, or maybe that dog skin allergies were much like humans.

And that's the truth of the matter that many do not realize, and that's that dog skin allergies can be just as critical a concern as human's.

Not to mention the fact that dog skin allergies have symptoms that might actually just appear to be regular dog behavior. Let's be honest, when was the last time you looked suspiciously at a dog scratching its ear? With all that hair covering up their actual layer of skin, it can be a difficult game to detect rashes.

That is how dog skin allergies seem to turn up. The dog might attract the allergy from a random source, and then the days go by that he or she is experiencing the effects of the allergy. Only no one exactly notices because there is nothing visible, and there is nothing out of the ordinary about a dog taking its hind leg to the back of the ear. In fact, it could be more alarming if your pet is not demonstrating such a habitual love.

However, dog skin allergies are brutal to attend with and unbelievably common overall.

To begin, the most recognized cause is with fleas. Fleas are going to be a risk if a dog is outside for any length of time. But, this flea risk can be cumbersome for someone who thinks they are treating fleas, but actually need to be treating a more serious allergy.

How did those reactions occur? Simple, from allergens in house dust, in pollen outside, or just grass outside that the dog was rolling around in. It's almost impossible to tell what triggered it.

With the latter under one's belt, they must also consider the food option. Was the dog fed a scrap of table food they were not supposed to get? Or, did they simply not like their new brand of dog food. Dog skin allergies are not picky enemies.

Now, this is simply a plain survey of what one should look out for in terms of possible allergens. One should also know that symptoms go beyond scratching, resulting in swelling or hives. So always look out for that.

And that's it. Now, we know this means you have a whole other can of worms to work with, but it is for good measure. By having a handle on dog skin allergies, one can hopefully prevent distress for their dog and bolster the kind of life he or she leads. We think that is something that counts.

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