Types of Allergic Reactions in Dogs

Types of Allergic Reactions in Dogs

It is miserable for a pet parents to see allergic reactions in dogs.

Allergic reactions in dogs takes place when the immune system of the dog overreacts to a harmless substance known as an allergen. The immune system protects the body from viruses, diseases & infections. Substances such as pollen, certain foods, certain products, dust mites, insect stings, certain medications and vaccines are allergens that trigger the production of antibodies.

"When a dog is exposed to certain allergens he's allergic to, it will cause swelling of the face, the throat, lips, eyelids and ears."

The following are the types of allergic reactions in dogs and what you can possibly do to help prevent them and ease the symptoms.

THE TYPES & WHAT CAUSES ALLERGIC REACTIONS IN DOGS

Anaphylactic Reactions

Anaphylactic reactions are potentially severe and dangerous allergic reactions. Have you ever seen a person suddenly die from eating peanuts because he was deathly allergic to it? Or somebody suddenly rushed to the hospital after he has eaten a lobster because he was allergic to seafood? These are examples of anaphylactic reactions.

In dogs, anaphylactic reactions occur when your dog is stung by a bee or a wasp or due to to a certain medication or allergic reaction in dogs after shots. This can bring a dog's body into a shock with a dropping blood pressure.

Hives and Facial Swelling

When a dog is exposed to certain allergens he's allergic to, it will cause swelling of the face, the throat, lips, eyelids and ears. An exposure to an allergen also causes hives in dogs.

Skin Allergies

Skin allergies in dogs is also another type of allergic reaction. It can either be caused by the dog's diet, fleas/ticks, and environmental actors. Your dog may react to specific ingredients in his diet like chicken; may react to the flea saliva/tick bites on his skin; or may react to allergens in the environment like pollens, dust, etc.

SIGNS OF ALLERGIC REACTIONS IN DOGS

For anaphylactic reactions

  • flushed skin
  • paleness
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • weak but rapid pulse
  • sudden loss of consciousness
  • shock

For hives and facial swelling:

  • swelling of the face, ear flaps, eye lids, or throat
  • batches of red or skin-colored welts (wheals)
  • itching

For food allergies

  • itchy skin
  • flaky skin
  • diarrhea
  • inflamed skin

HOW TO MANAGE ALLERGIC REACTIONS IN DOGS

Tests and Avoidance

Dog

The best way to manage a dog allergy? Is through proper identification of the cause of allergen and avoidance.

There are certain tests on what is possibly causing your dog's allergic reaction - skin test to be able to recognize what substances are allergens for their dog, a blood test to check if their dog's antibodies are triggered by allergens or a saliva test to determine if their dog is sensitive to or intolerant to - and if you have already identified them, consider taking the allergen/s away from the dog or the dog away from the allergen.

Allergy-fighting Supplements

Treatments for allergic reactions in dogs vary, depending on the causes and the symptoms. Providing allergy-fighting supplements is a remedy to any allergic reaction symptoms. Allergy-fighting supplements have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that alleviate the symptoms of these allergic reactions.

TLC

It is unpleasant to see your dog going through a rough patch and giving them extra love, care and support will help them recover faster.

Allergic reaction in dogs can be too tough to deal with and can be exhausting!

But know that whatever is causing those allergic reactions.

There are always treatments and efficient ways to manage it - so you and your dog can go on living a happy and healthy life!

"Allergy-fighting supplements have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that alleviate the symptoms of these allergic reactions."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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