If your dog has taken a recent down turn in health, which has been attributed to an allergic reaction, depending on the symptoms and of course the exact allergy this will have a direct bearing on the proposed action in respect of treatment options.
Some allergies are very straight forward to treat; removing the offending source can do the trick resulting in a swift and full recovery.
Below are some of the more common allergies and some simple solutions to offer the animal relief.
Fleas tend to be in abundance during spells of hot weather but can be present year round if the environment permits,
Fleas are fairly easy to spot or diagnose by inspecting the animals skin, you may see the flea itself or its dirt, when the flea bites or feeds on the dog the saliva is usually what causes the reaction which is compounded by the dog itching or biting at irritated areas.
Treatments include flea collars, shampoos, baths and sprays these items do work to a degree but fleas are resilient and usually they will reoccur if not monitored, a medicated dip can have the quickest and longest lasting effects as traces usually stay with the dog for a few weeks eliminating the re infestation.
Always remember to treat the dog’s bed, and probably the carpets of the home as well this is easily done by an aerosol spray.
As the name suggests this is a reaction to a specific food or an ingredient used in the manufacture of food, This type of allergy usually occurs if a change of diet has happened, If diagnosed fairly early on then treatment would be of trial and error to remove the offending product from the diet and things should settle back down.
As the name suggests the contact allergy is exactly that the dog has suffered a reaction to something that its come into contact with, this could be very simply a new bed, been out for a walk a ran in long grass.
Again similar to food allergies it’s about carrying out an elimination process to find the cause, the most obvious place to start would be an specific and recent changes in routines IE dog being walked in a new location and being exposed to different plants or grasses etc.
The inhalant or atopic allergy is generally caused by the dog being in an environment where by exposure to Dust, Mildew, Mould and Pollens are a concerned,
Symptoms could include watering eyes with a discharge, sneezing, coughing and scratching.
Treatments vary depending on the actual cause, if this was specific to the home environment a dehumidifier or air purifier may be utilised but other things such as dietary aids and medicated supplements would offer relief however prior to the administration of medications prescribed or otherwise seek the appropriate advice.
A bacterial allergy tend to be more of an internal issue and requires the appropriate medical input, things associated with this type of allergy include ringworm and similar parasites.
Bacterial allergies are treated with antibiotics.