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Allergies in Dogs: They Aren’t Only Allergic to Baths


We all know that person that is allergic to almost everything. This person can hardly step outside his front door before he’s attacked by all kinds of contaminants that make him sneeze or make his eyes water. When this happens, all he has to do is go to the doctor and tell the doctor what’s going on with him.

“Well, doc, every time I go outside during the Spring to play disc golf with my friends, my eyes start to water and I can’t even enjoy myself.”

At which point the doctor will undoubtedly tell him that he has allergies and prescribe him some sort of medicine to help fight off the sneezing and watery eyes.

But what if you couldn’t tell your doctor this? What if you couldn’t speak to tell him those specific details of when you start to feel bad, and how you feel bad?

This is what your pet is dealing with.

Although the most common pet for someone to own is a dog or a cat, other pets can also suffer from allergies too. Practically all animals have the potential of suffering from allergies, but for all intents and purposes, let’s just assume your pet is a dog.

Let’s say, for instance, your dog becomes lethargic during the hot summer months. All she wants to do is lie inside on the floor underneath an air conditioning vent. You just think she is tired and believe it’s too hot outside to run and play. But what if she isn’t just too hot? What if she is suffering from allergies?

Believe it or not, your pet can be allergic to a lot of the same things you are. Just like you may be allergic to pollen or grass, your pet may be allergic to these things as well. If she is allergic to these things, or other allergens that may be found outside, the first thing that will normally occur is she will begin to scratch. You may not notice that she is scratching more often than usual. If you do not notice, then your pet will most likely scratch a sore on her body somewhere.

Like I said earlier, pets can’t tell you what makes them feel bad. They can’t say, “Mom, that food you gave me earlier made me feel read bad.” Or “Every time I go outside, I get real itchy.” You have to pay attention to her. If you’ve changed her food recently, then chances are she could be allergic to the new food. If the seasons have changed recently, then she may be allergic to pollen or grass. Or, if you’ve moved and changed her normal “play” area, then she may be allergic to her new environment. It could be any number of things, really.

But don’t get discouraged with your pet’s allergies!

If you can’t figure the problem out on your own, take her to your local veterinarian and they can help you find out what is making her sick. Sometimes it can cost quite a bit to keep your pet from suffering from certain allergies.

At this point, I believe my dad gives the best advice when he told me to keep my pet “under the threshold”. What this means is, keep your pet indoors as much as possible, feed them the blandest, healthiest food you can find, never, ever feed your pet table scraps, and try to keep them as healthy as possible.

Basically, you want to keep your pet away from anything that could possibly cause them to have an allergic reaction.

Unlike people, pets can be classified as being known as pets with allergies. For example, certain dog breeds are more commonly allergic to things than other breeds. Here is list of dogs commonly diagnosed with allergies:

  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • German Shepherd
  • Shih Tzu
  • Lhaso Apso
  • Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • West Highland White Terrier

So, keep an eye on your pup, or any of your pets, for signs that they might be suffering from allergies. You don’t have to be a vet to notice when your furry friend is feeling a bit ‘under the weather’.

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