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Pollen affects more than just people. Dogs and puppies can suffer seasonal allergies too. The problem with puppy allergies is that, unless they’re severe, pet parents might not even know that their young canine has them. Recognizing puppy allergy symptoms and getting appropriate treatment can help to make his life much happier and healthier through all seasons.
Like humans, puppies can be allergic to many things, including several things they might come into contact with every day. Some common allergens include:
Unfortunately, puppies can’t tell their pet parents that they have an allergy. Several signs can point toward an issue, though. Symptoms of puppy allergies pet parents should be ready to recognize include:
Irritated or scabby skin
Paw chewing or licking
Watery eyes or discharge
When pet parents suspect their puppy has an allergy, one of the very first things they should do is consult a veterinarian, virtually or in-person at a clinic. An allergy test may help to uncover the source of the discomfort of the puppy with allergies. Testing for inhaled allergens is typically more accurate than contact ones. These tests can help pet parents figure out what’s going on so that they can begin providing some relief.
In the case of a food allergy, pet parents may have to try an elimination diet. By removing different ingredients from a puppy’s diet, they may be able to pinpoint the trigger and avoid it in the future. Processed chicken is one of the most common food allergens dogs develop due to lack of dietary diversity.
Concerned pet parents may wonder if there’s anything that they can do to prevent allergies in their puppies. The thought of their pups dealing with perpetual itching and overall discomfort is heartbreaking. No one wants to see their companion miserable.
Unfortunately, allergies are generally a lifelong issue. While pet parents may not be able to put a stop to the actual allergies, they can manage the symptoms and provide ongoing puppy skin and coat care at home with a few simple adjustments. With a good care plan, they can help keep their puppy with allergies comfortable.
A puppy’s veterinarian can recommend an appropriate course of action when it comes to managing allergies, including an ongoing treatment plan to manage or minimize the presenting symptoms of an allergy. Digital or online vet consults can be an easy way for pet parents to find a vet and discuss possible adjustments.
Treatment may involve adding something to the dog’s nutrition and lifestyle, like an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to help alleviate itchiness and improve the puppy’s coat. The vet may also recommend a puppy-safe antihistamine or allergy medication. More severe allergies may require treatment with cortisone or immune-modulating drugs.
At home, pet parents may bathe their puppies more regularly. The use of a medicated shampoo can help alleviate uncomfortable itching and inflammation. They can also use pet-friendly wipes to minimize the amount of dust, pollen, and other allergens that may collect on their pup’s fur when he goes outside. The less time the allergens spend on his fur and skin, the less likely he is to develop inflammation and irritation.
Depending on the source of the allergies, pet parents may also take steps to minimize allergens in the home and improve dog care:
If the problem is dust, implementing a regular dusting and vacuuming routine can help. Pet parents could also invest in an air purifier or filter to remove dust and other allergens from the air inside the house.
If the issue is a fragrance, pet parents might stop using the offending air freshener or body spray. They could also switch to fragrance-free laundry soap. If a pet parent uses essential oils in the home, those may also be a source of allergens to puppies. It is important to review pet safety before using any oil diffuser or scented products.
If the allergy is fabric-related, pet parents should remove the fabric from where the puppy likes to sleep or play and replace it with one that the puppy’s skin does not react to.
Pet parents should also take steps to prevent fleas. Not only are flea bites irritating, but some dogs and puppies can be allergic to the insect’s saliva. Dogs allergic to flea bites could have a severe reaction. Pet parents can help to prevent issues in the first place by administering regular flea prevention.
Allergies can make a puppy’s life miserable. Diagnosing the issue and getting the appropriate treatment is essential. While pet parents can’t eliminate allergies, they can manage them, helping their canine to live a long, happy, healthy life.
Consulting with a vet can help pet parents determine the cause of their puppy’s allergy symptoms and get proper dog health advice, along with recommended treatments to help.
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