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What You Should Know About Dog Allergies by MarijanStefanovic


									What You Should Know About Dog Allergies If you suspect your canine suffers from
allergies, you're not alone. Many dogs suffer from allergic reactions each year. Typically
food is the culprit, however sometimes it may be another cause such as scabies, fleas or a
bacterial issue. The most important thing you can do is recognize the problem so your
dog can get treatment. Read on to learn the symptoms, treatment and prevention of this
problem. Symptoms The biggest misconception about dog food allergies is that it's
caused by changing foods. The truth is your dog can also develop an allergic reaction to a
food they've been eating for a long time. Symptoms of a reaction may include: •
Itching (typically around the face, paws and ears) • Strange odor coming from skin •
Red bumps • Ear infection • Diarrhea (although this is not very common) •
Vomiting If you suspect your dog's symptoms may be an allergy, you should consult your
veterinary as soon as possible. Treatment Your vet will work with you to identify the
cause of your dog's allergy. If it's a problem with food, you will likely need to change
your canine's diet. The most common foods that produce a reaction are beef, chicken,
fish, eggs and milk. In addition to changing food, your vet may also prescribe
antihistamines to help itching. Prevention Although any dog can develop allergies, some
breeds can have a genetic predisposition. Unfortunately, the problem can't always be
prevented, but paying close attention to your dog's health will help identify a problem.
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