Dog Care 101: Tip #156 – Recognizing Your Dog’s Allergic Reactions
Best Bully Sticks hates to admit it, but it’s that time of year again. The itchy, watery eyes and scratchy throat are just a few symptoms that humans go through when the world gets a thin yellow dusting of pollen each spring. Sometimes, allergy season can wreak as much havoc on our dogs as it does us. But it’s not always about pollen. There are a lot of materials and foods that your prized pooch could be sensitive to and it's important to recognize an allergic reaction. Let’s review some allergens that could affect your dog.
A few different sources of allergens can be:
-House dust or dust mite
Sometimes an allergic reaction will have nothing to do with a dog’s outside environment, but their reactions will be similar. For example, your dog can have a reaction to:
-Fabrics like wool or nylon
-Rubber and plastic materials
-Foods and food additives: meats, grains or colorings
Whether by inhalation, ingestion or direct contact, a dog’s immune system will produce proteins called IgE’s. These proteins are located in the skin and release chemicals such as histamine. The chemical reactions and these proteins only occur in large amounts in the skin. So when your dog has an allergic reaction, their body and ears will have an all over tingle. Your dog most likely will react by:
-Chewing on Feet
-Rubbing their face on carpet
-Scratching their body
-Recurring ear infections
Skin symptoms usually result in dry, crusty, red or oily skin depending on the dog. Dogs have this reaction because the allergies are making their skin tingle. In response, dogs chew and scratch vigorously. In extreme cases, a dog will scratch until a lesion forms and a bacterial infection can result.
Ear symptoms result because dog’s ear glands overproduce wax in response to the allergen. Bacteria and yeast can over produce within that excessive wax and debris.
Now that you’ve recognized your pet’s reaction to allergies, you’ll want to treat them. We’ll cover than in our next segment of Dogs & Allergies!