Is your pet on the list of canines who potentially have problems?
Like people, many dogs suffer from allergies. Although the cause of the issue in humans and canines is often uncertain, the body’s reaction to allergens is almost always the same. Simply put, certain substances can trigger an allergic reaction in your pet due to them being inhaled or absorbed in the body.
The places that are most common for allergies to start include the skin as well as the respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal tract. The body produces histamine as a result of the allergen and causes inflammation which leads to redness, swelling, and itching in afflicted areas. An allergy can cause labored breathing and even lead to death in the worst cases which is why it’s important to know the difference between intolerances and allergies.
Intolerances vs Allergies
So, what makes an intolerance different from an allergy? Simply put, one takes place in the immune system and is life-threatening while the other causes discomfort but doesn’t pose a lethal threat. Let’s explore how that works.
An intolerance is normally non-lethal. It does not affect your pet’s immune system. It’s sometimes food-related and cause discomfort in the way of a rash or bellyache.
An allergy, on the other hand, triggers an immune system response that is almost always immediate. Even a small trace of the allergen can kill a pet. The body tries to address the ‘attacker’ aka the food by fighting it with antibodies.
Most Common Causes of Allergies in Dogs
No two dogs are exactly alike meaning that their allergies may stem from different allergens. Many canines are allergic to one or more things in their environment or diet. To better understand which potentially pose a threat to dogs with allergies, we’ve included a list of triggers.
- Fleas. The parasites cause problems with the skin which can lead to biting, licking, itching, and scratching.
- Environmental Aggravators. Chemicals in cleaning products, certain houseplants, and cigarette smoke contribute to pet allergies.
- Food Sensitivities. According to Rover.com, there are seven foods that can be triggering for dogs. They are beef, dairy, wheat, eggs, chicken, lamb, and soy.
Now, learn which breeds are the most susceptible to allergies by reading the next section. There is a good chance that your dog’s breed is on the list.
The Top Dog Breeds Suffering from Allergies
There are at least 123 breeds of dogs with allergies in the United States. Although difficult to list them all, it’s important to introduce at least some of them so that you can understand what triggers an allergic reaction in them. By conducting further research on your own, you’re able to see the magnitude that allergens play in the canine world.
Here are some of the top breeds with allergies:
- Bichon Frise. A hypoallergenic breed for humans, these dogs often suffer from skin problems.
- Boston Terrier. Atopic dermatitis is often caused by food sensitivities to corn and gluten.
- Cocker Spaniel. This breed can experience allergies caused by inhalants, food, and direct contact with certain substances.
- Collie. Food issues and skin problems are prevalent in Collies.
- Golden Retriever. Treatment of skin issues is a lifelong task requiring patience and commitment.
- Greyhound. Pollen, grass, and mold are among the biggest triggers of skin problems in this breed.
- Irish Setter. These dogs can experience skin, environmental, and food allergies or a combination of all three.
- Lhasa Apso. Fleas, inhalants, and food are culprits causing problems for this breed of dog.
- Mastiff. Dermatitis caused by ingredients in food and environmental factors cause terrible skin issues in Mastiffs.
- Rottweiler. Food sensitivities to the aforementioned beef, chicken, and dairy can be problematic for this breed.
- Yorkshire Terrier. Food allergies are rare in the breed but some dogs do show signs of being allergic to food colorings and additives commonly used in pet food products.
Mixed breeds such as Goldendoodles and Labradoodles are also prone to allergies. A simple web search helps you discover the full list of breeds mentioned above. Discussing your dog’s risk factor for allergies with a veterinarian is advisable as it could lead to better care for your pet overall.
What You Can Do to Make Things Easier for Your Pet
Treating your pet’s allergies can be exhausting at first. By identifying the root cause of their health issue, you’re able to make changes to their diet or environment and clear up the problem for good. Working with tools such as the free Petrics mobile app for iOS and Android devices allows you to identify potential problems with your pet’s food by learning which ingredients it contains so you can work with a veterinarian to eliminate the substances from your dog’s diet entirely. Good nutrition and healthy eating habits leads to great wellness and lessens the chances of obesity cutting your pet’s life short.
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