Canines, the perpetually loyal man's best friend, can suffer from severe allergenic problems. These problems can cause anywhere from slight discomfort to debilitating problems that can make your dogs extremely uncomfortable. There are primarily five different kinds of allergies that can effect your canine. There are also a few different choices for treatments for these varying allergic symptoms your dog may be experiencing. Luckily most of these treatments can be found cheaply online.
Canine allergies happen to dogs just like our allergies effect us. They can develop at any time in the animals life regardless of if they have ever had any problems before. Most people will scold their dog when it scratches at its body with its claws or teeth (sometimes this can cause some severe problems). Usually this is not a behavioral problem and what is required to correct it is not scolding but a treatment for an allergy. This is kind of an unethical practice to begin with, the dog is only trying to cope with their problems.
The main canine allergies that effect dogs are skin related allergies. These can be caused by a few different things. When looking for symptoms of your dog having allergies you may notice cigar shaped mites attached to sweat glands or hair follicles on its skin. A mite is similar to a tick, in that it is a acarina. A invertebrate group of creatures that are a form of parasite and are usually microscopic. The mites or ticks, which can also be a problem for dogs, will latch onto its skin and slowly steal nutrients through the blood stream. Some mites have even been known to burrow under the skin. It will leave saliva behind which has protein based allergens in it that can cause irritation on the dogs skin.
The primary symptoms your dog may experience from an allergy is red blotchy dry skin. This can go along with red bumps, known as papules or pustules(which actually may be more comparable to a pimple), pus pockets, and hair loss. Your dog might also begin to act differently doing things such as itching, biting, or face rubbing. These problems can usually be fixed by products such as soaps or shampoos. A food allergy can easily be solved by switching foods. Extreme cases of bacterial canine allergies or In some cases parasitism may require more extreme measures such medications or antibiotics. Blood tests would be required to find some of these problems.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a professional veterinarian, dog trainer or pet care professional