Canine allergies have seen a dramatic increase in recent years with estimations calculating that 1 in 7 dogs suffer from allergic symptoms with skin problems being the most widely seen. Research has shown that some dog breeds appear to be more allergy prone, and that genetics certainly play a role in the likelihood of allergies developing, but that overall all breeds of dog can be affected.
What is an Allergy?
An allergy describes the reaction induced by either a food stuff, an inhalant, or something in the dog’s environment with the substance which causes the unpleasant reaction known as an allergen.
Prior to a dog experiencing an allergic reaction, the dog must be exposed to the allergen at least twice. The first exposure causes the immune system to manufacture antibodies to the allergen. A later exposure triggers an allergen-antibody reaction that releases histamine, the chemical mediator responsible for the reaction.
The target organ to show signs of an allergen affecting dogs is usually the skin, with intense itching usually being the principal sign.
Dogs with allergies may display behaviour such as scratching, skin sores, swelling and scabs and snappish or dejected behaviour.
How can Dog owners rectify Canine Allergies?
Dog owners can conduct their own 'process of elimination' style investigations reducing exposure to certain shampoos, outdoor environments or a food stuff to help identify the source of the issues. In addition it is wise to visit a veterinarian who can offer skin or blood tests, or a special elimination diet to find out what's causing the allergic reaction.
In terms of your canine’s immunity and ability to recover from a skin complaint or allergic reaction it is important to remember that health comes from 'the inside out' and always ensure the dog's diet is rich in the nutrients they need.
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