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Your Dog and Allergies

If you’ve ever suffered from allergies or hay fever, you know that they can make people quite miserable. But did you know that dogs can also have allergies? Allergies are no more fun for Fido than they are for us! Here, a Cedar Rapids, IA veterinarian discusses allergies in dogs.

Common Allergens

Just like people, dogs can be allergic to a wide variety of things, including pollen, dust, mold, and certain trees, plants, or flowers. Fido can also react to insect bites; fumes, like perfumes, cigarette smoke, or aerosols; or even to ingredients in his food or doggy shampoo.

Signs of Allergies

Fido may have red, runny eyes if he has allergies. He may also get quite itchy, and could develop skin problems, such as hot spots, flakiness, or redness. Allergies can also make Man’s Best Friend snore, sneeze, or burp, and can be the cause of stubborn ear infections that just won’t go away. More serious symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and, in rare cases, seizure, coma, fainting, or even death.

Treating Fido

While allergies can’t be entirely cured, they can be treated. The first step is to take your pooch to the veterinarian, so his allergies can be properly identified. As one might suspect, this will require some testing. When your veterinarian has pinpointed what Fido is allergic too, you’ll be able to discuss specific treatment options. These are always presented on a case-by-case basis.

Keep That Tail Wagging

In addition to getting Fido proper veterinary care, there are some things you can do to keep him comfortable at home. Dusting and vacuuming regularly will reduce the amount of dust and allergens in the air. We also recommend getting a good air filter. If redecorating is in your near future, consider getting floors instead of carpets. Your veterinarian may also advise you to wash your pet’s bedding regularly, using hot water and unscented detergents. Another thing that may help is wiping your canine buddy’s paws and belly down with a damp cloth after he has been outside. This will remove any dust or pollens from his fur. Last but not least, download an app that monitors pollen counts, and try to keep your pup indoors as much as possible when levels are high.

Do you know or suspect that your dog has allergies? We can help! Contact us, your Cedar Rapids, IA animal clinic, today!

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