Yes, it is possible that your dog may have allergies. It may seem awfully strange and you might not notice your dog sniffling, but they can develop reactions to various allergens. These can include runny noses, itching, and even snoring that may be the result of allergy induced throat problems. There also can be other allergic reactions that are not pleasant at all for the animal. The allergens could be the same things that affect humans such as pollen, dust, and cigarette smoke among others. Allergies to food are perhaps some of the most serious and allergic reactions can cause your pet to be absolutely miserable. The best way to be able to treat the allergies is to have the animal tested first.
Testing can be done by a veterinarian or a pet dermatologist. There are two ways of checking to see if the dog is experiencing allergic reactions. Intradermal skin tests will require some antigen to be injected into the animal. A reaction to the antigen should occur shortly. The results can help the veterinarian or dermatologist to create a list of those allergens that may be causing severe reactions in your pet. Allergy shots can then be prescribed. A blood test will attempt to determine if there are any antibodies in the blood that may have been caused due to the presence of allergens. While not as accurate as the intradermal skin test, the blood test doesn’t cost as much and the intradermal skin test will require more complicated administration than a simple blood draw. Either way the possibility that your dog may be allergic to something can be narrowed down and treated.
An immediate benefit of knowing what your dog is allergic to is that treatment can commence right away. The process of the allergy shots is nearly the same as those administered to human beings. Some allergen is injected and the body’s immune system can then begin to work to develop antibiotics, and reduce the reaction that the allergens may have caused. This is not a one-shot only treatment by the way. It is quite possible that allergy shots will be needed over a period of time in order to build up the immune system. This can be several months of treatment. It is quite possible that a lifetime of injections is going to be necessary, and an owner may decide that a veterinarian should administer all the shots. They are happy to do that for the sake of the animal.
Some people may balk at the idea of having a dog go through what could be lifelong treatment that may cost hundreds of dollars a year. The decision can rest on the dog’s place in the owner’s life. If it is the family pet, it can be very difficult to stand by and watch that little guy suffer. With information about the cause the allergic reactions, owners can take a proactive stance and reduce the presence of the allergens. Allergies to fleas can be controlled with the advice of the veterinarian regarding the right products to use. Your dog’s bed may be a breeding ground for dust mites. Having the bedding cleaned on a routine basis can reduce the problem. You might also want to do more vacuuming in the house, getting rid of any dust collecting on the carpet or even the curtains. Bathing has always been prescribed for itching relief. Because the wrong type of shampoo can cause its own problems (i.e. dry skin) the veterinarian should be asked to recommend a product. Food allergies mean your little furry friend has to have a prescribed diet. That might not be cheap, but the health of the dog is safeguarded from allergic reactions.
The testing exposes what the allergies are that helps you and your
veterinarian develop a program of prevention and allergic immunity shots for your dog. It is true that you are going to be spending some money for your dog’s health, but after all it is your dog. It is unfortunate that some pet owners could care less and the suffering of an animal is not a problem for them. However, the relationship you develop with your dog may be extremely close. You would not want one of your children to suffer from allergies; the same should hold true for your dog. That faithful friend can give you years of loyalty and unconditional affection. Those same years shouldn’t be wracked with discomfort brought on by allergies.