As a pet owner you should be aware that dogs can suffer from allergies in many of the same ways that humans do. Ranging from food allergies to insect bites and even sometimes grass; dog allergies range in symptom severity and treatments and may not be detected before an attack. However, there are a few things you can do to be prepared in the event of an unforeseen allergic reaction or ways to treat previously existing allergies.
One very common allergy found in canines are seasonal allergies which may mimic cold symptoms, such as runny nose, slight cough and irritated watery eyes. Seasonal allergies most commonly occur in the spring, but can occur during the summer and fall as well. Most commonly triggered by pollen, dust and molds in the air, certain types of grass may affect your dog differently and exaggerate allergy symptoms. If your dog begins to exhibit symptoms, talk to your vet about things that can be done to ease suffering and prevent severe attacks or respiratory distress. Many times the dog is only slightly bothered by symptoms and may not need any medications to get them though. However, in more severe cases your vet may prescribe a daily allergy medication or may recommend an over the counter product to administer only when your dog is having a rough day.
Over the counter medications recommended by your vet may be kept on hand in the event of a sting or insect bite to which your dog is having a reaction. If planning to bring your dog hiking, camping or to any other remote outdoor activity, it is important to speak to your vet about exactly what to bring in case of a reaction and the proper dosage to administer. In more severe cases of anaphylactic shock brought on by a bee sting, an injection may be necessary from a veterinarian. Signs that your dog may be experiencing anaphylactic shock include trembling, vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing and require immediate medical attention.
Keeping your dog safe and symptom free from allergies is easy if you follow the advice of your veterinarian and are prepared to quickly administer aid in the event an attack occurs.
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