Allergies In Dogs – What Are The Symptoms And Treatments?

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Ahhhhh…chooooo God Bless You Fido

Poor Fido’s eyes are running and he can’t seem to stop itching. Allergies in dogs are as common as they are for humans. There are five known types of allergies that dogs are susceptible to:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Flea allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Bacterial allergies
  • Inhalant allergies

These allergies can be hereditary or acquired. The most common allergen to dogs is the inhalant type. The same types of inhalants that affect humans also affect dogs. They are:

  • Tree pollens
  • Grass pollens
  • Weed pollens
  • Mold
  • Mildew

Allergies In Dogs   What Are The Symptoms And Treatments?

As humans when we inhale an allergen we have symptoms of coughing, sneezing, a running nose, and watery eyes. Dogs can experience these symptoms too, however they will also itch, and itch, and itch. Some times they get to the point where they will chew and lick their body enough to cause hair loss and inflamed areas of the skin.

Treating an inhalant allergy with natural holistic therapies can often be an effective way to control the allergy. Omega fatty acids (fish oils), gamma linoleic acid(omega-6 essential fatty acid found primarily in vegetable oils), vitamin A, and E along with natural anti-inflammatorys such as quercetin (a yellow crystalline pigment occurring usually in the form of glycosides in various plants) and bioflavanoids (a vitamin that maintains the resistance of cell and capillary walls to permeation) can usually control symptoms.

Dogs with just seasonal inhalant allergies should be put on a year-round fatty acid supplement program. A year round treatment will help manage the symptoms before they become severe, which is usually in the spring and fall.