Ways to Reduce Allergies

51 Ways to Reduce Allergies

51 Ways to Reduce Allergies

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Flea allergy dermatitis

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is a condition caused by a hypersensitivity to flea bites. A dog with FAD is allergic to flea saliva, so a flea bite becomes sheer torture. Itching is immediate and can last even after you get rid of the fleas. FAD is the number one allergy in dogs.

Allergies

Allergies are on the rise in dogs, just as they are in humans. Many allergies manifest themselves as skin and coat issues with dogs. That's why they're so important to understand. Allergies are reactions of a dog's fur or skin to certain substances either through contact, ingestion, or inhalation. When exposed to an allergen (the substance that causes the allergy), a dog's body produces an immune-system response to it. Because I deal primarily with problems of the skin and coat in the sections that follow, I talk about allergies and how they relate to skin problems.

Food allergies

Food allergies are a big problem because dogs can be allergic to many things, including chicken, beef, various poultry, corn, rice, wheat, milk, soy, or other foods in their diets. The tough part about food allergies is that they can show up weeks, months, or even years after the dog has been eating the same food (or food with some of the same ingredients). So your dog may look a mess, but there's no apparent cause for it. Don't confuse a food allergy with a food intolerance. With a food allergy, the symptoms tend to manifest themselves in the skin and coat. In a food intolerance, the dog can't digest the food properly and has diarrhea or vomiting as a result. Think of people who are lactose intolerant (in fact, dogs can be lactose intolerant, too) they're not allergic to milk they just can't digest the milk sugars. So, how do you find out whether your dog is allergic to his food Contact your veterinarian first for help determining what your dog may be allergic to. Your vet will...

Allergic reaction

The most serious allergic response is an anaphylactic reaction, in which the dog stops breathing. The other, more common type of allergic reaction involves simple redness and itching. In the more common, less serious type of allergic reaction, you'll see redness of the skin, hives, and itching, and the face may swell up however, you won't see the respiratory (breathing) distress. Whenever your dog suffers from an allergic reaction, remove as much of the offending substance as you can from the dog if she hasn't experienced any respiratory distress. Contact a veterinarian to find out how much antihista-mine to administer. Benadryl is a common one used for less serious reactions. In any event, you need to seek immediate veterinary attention for your dog. You may be wondering how serious an allergic reaction can be for a dog. In some cases, it can be so severe and so immediate that it can cause death in a matter of only seconds. The problem is that dogs (and people, too, for that matter)...

Certain Breeds Are Hypoaergenic

The popular myth that only certain dogs' coats are hypoallergenic and won't affect human allergies to dogs only recently started its rounds. This myth has become quite popular with the advent of designer dogs, that is crossbred dogs that come from two different breeds Poodle + Labrador Labradoodle. So is this one truly a myth or is it factual Well, yes and no, but peoples' allergies are far more complex than that. Here's why hypoallergenic coats are a fallacy i Because people with dog allergies react differently to different dogs, those people may be allergic to certain dogs and not allergic to other types of dogs. No one breed of dog, however, is hypoallergenic. If you find that you have dog allergies, you need to work with an allergist, so that you're better able to cope with the grooming tasks you need to perform on your dog. If the allergist says that you shouldn't have a dog, you can always argue that he doesn't tell people not to have trees or grass in their yards when they're...

What are the most common health problems seen in Labs

Some of the most common Lab diseases include gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat), hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and atopy (skin allergies). These diseases occur in other breeds as well. Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and atopy are inherited diseases diseases that can be passed from the parents to the offspring. Other inherited diseases that occur less frequently in Labs include progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, muscle diseases (myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy) and epilepsy.

Cooling Down Those Hot Spots

Hot spots are a form of moist dermatitis that's red and can be extremely painful. The symptoms are reddening and oozing skin and hair loss. Hot spots can occur because of allergies, mats (one more reason to keep your dog combed out and clean ), external parasites, and anything that can cause moisture and dirt to get trapped near the skin.

Your lifestyle and the right breed A checklist

*Do you suffer from allergies or asthma If so, avoid long- haired, double coated breeds such as St. Bernards and Collies that shed a large portion of the year. If you have asthma, there is a long-standing belief by many people that Chihuahuas don't cause as many flare-ups. Poodles are also credited with a lower incidence of asthma related complications because of their low shedding rate.

All About Omega Fatty Acids

Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce triglycerides. A triglyceride is the form in which most fats exist, both in food and in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the possibility of developing certain cancers and tumors. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in menhaden (a member of the herring family) and plants like flax. Some veterinarians prescribe fatty acids for conditions like heart and kidney disease, allergies, arthritis, and some skin problems.

Spaying Neutering and Breeding

This questioning has come about because dogs do not seem to be living longer, even with increased veterinary care. More dogs seem to be suffering from allergies (including allergic reactions to the vaccinations themselves) and immune system disorders, and many more are dying of cancers at younger ages. Although these disorders have not been linked directly to over-vaccination, dog owners, breeders, and veterinarians are concerned.

Stocking up on important routine supplies

I Shampoo for dogs This shampoo needs to be pH-balanced for dogs (shampooing your dog often with human shampoo can harm her coat and skin). Ask your vet to recommend a shampoo appropriate for your dog's coat, or look for a professional-grade grooming shampoo, which almost always works better than the grocery store varieties. You can get them in several varieties scented (in all sorts of wonderful smells), hypoallergenic, antifungal, specifically for white or black coats, tearless (a great option for beginning groomers), waterless (for cleaning up your dog in between baths), and so on. Unless you have a specific problem that you're trying to address (ringworm, hot spots, and allergies), you're better off staying with a good dog shampoo that cleans the coat but isn't medicated. You can pick one that smells really nice, too. Cost is 10 to 60 per gallon.

Kibbles and Casseroles

Casseroles are nice complements to kibbles. You can mix together a bit of each, just as you would mix commercial kibble and canned cat food. The recipes in this chapter use an assortment of protein sources, but for variety, or if your cat has allergies, you can substitute other proteins, such as fish, beef, chicken, turkey, or lamb.

Chapter Caring For Your Chow Chow

8 Skin, hormonal problems and allergies Your Chow Chow can also suffer from skin and hormonal problems. Often congenital, these problems are hardly ever obvious to the naked eye in pups. Once again, therefore, you will have to Skin and hormone problems include hot-spots and allergies. If your pet scratches himself a bit too much or has irritated skin that looks red and infected, show him to the vet immediately.

If your dog is outside because a family member is allergic to him He needs a different home and you need a different

Allergy sufferers are usually better off choosing an adult dog rather than a puppy. With an adult, you can tell fairly quickly whether the dog is going to bother you or not. Whereas if you start with a puppy, his puppy coat might be okay, but when the adult coat comes in many months later, it may NOT be okay. Then you've spent all that time getting attached to him, and he to you. Sometimes a rescue organization will let you adopt one of their dogs on a trial basis so allergy compatibility can be checked out.

Fleas and Ticks The Big Small Problem

Nothing can cause as much discomfort as fleas. These tiny pests can hop onto your puppy unobserved to feed on its blood and lay eggs, producing yet another generation. Fleas can make life miserable for people and pets alike with a vicious cycle of biting and in some dogs cause scratching and flea allergy dermatitis or anemia. The most common canine pest, the flea is actually highly adaptable.

Fleabite Allergic Dermatitis

This is an allergic reaction to fleabites. It can occur at any time in your dog's life even if she previously had no reaction to flea bites. Symptoms include intense itching and reddened, swollen, hot skin. If your APBT becomes allergic to fleabites, she will continuously scratch, lick, and even bite at the affected area. Prompt veterinary treatment is important to relieve the allergy symptoms and prevent secondary infections in the spots where your APBT opened her skin in an effort to relieve the itch.

Miniature Medium and Standard Fleece Coat and Wool Coat

German Munsterlander

Labrador Retrievers are great family dogs. They will bark when people approach the house but are not watchdogs or protective. Puppies are boisterous and rambunctious and need to be taught to be gentle with young children. Older kids will enjoy the Lab's willingness to play. Most Labs are also good with other dogs and can learn to live with small pets, although interactions should be supervised. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, knee problems, eye problems, and allergies. Lhasa Apsos are first and foremost companion dogs and are not happy when left alone too much. They are excellent with single adults who live by themselves. Lhasas can be good with children who treat them with respect, but they will not tolerate rough play or handling. They are watchdogs but are not overly yappy. Health concerns include eye problems, kidney disease, and allergies.

Erect Ears and Dropped Ears

The Mi-Ki does not do well when left alone for many hours each day he does best with an owner who is home a lot and wants a tiny canine shadow. Although normally good with children, the Mi-Ki is too small for rough play. Health concerns include luxated patellas, eye problems, and allergies.

Smooth Coat and Plush Coat

Small Munsterlander Year Old

A well-trained Shiloh Shepherd can be a wonderful family dog. She can be great with children, although puppies can be rambunctious. She can also be good with other family pets when raised with them. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, torsion, and allergies.

Munsterlander Pointer

This breed needs an owner who can establish leadership without being rough or harsh. Although adult Wheatens are usually good with children, puppies can be rowdy. Most Wheatens are good with other dogs but some can be scrappy. Health concerns include eye problems, kidney disorders, Addison's disease, and allergies.

Staffordshire Terrier

The ancestry of Am Staffs includes dogs who were bred to fight and sometimes to fight other dogs. Because of this, Am Staffs often do not get along with other dogs, especially dogs of the same sex. Although early socialization can often temper this reaction, interactions with other dogs should always be closely supervised, and those who show aggression should no longer be allowed to socialize. To prevent potential problems, all exercise should be on leash or within a fenced yard. Am Staffs are excellent watchdogs. They are also gentle and affectionate family dogs who are tolerant of children's rough play. When raised with other pets, they can be gentle and patient. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, allergies, and thyroid problems.

Lamb and Rice Is a Good Food for Coats

The lamb-and-rice good coat myth is interesting in that it started when vets prescribed lamb-and-rice-based dog foods for dogs whose owners were looking for relief from skin allergies for their pooches. At the time, the lamb-and-rice diet was a novel protein and carbohydrate source to which dogs were not allergic. Suddenly hot spots disappeared, and all the skin conditions went away. So, breeders and pet owners began believing the lamb-and-rice combination was the miracle dog food for coats. Dog food companies naturally complied with the demand, providing lamb-and-rice dog food for consumers. A lamb-and-rice diet isn't any better for your dog than any other dog food. The reason it worked so well at the beginning was because the ingredients were novel dogs never had eaten the lamb and rice in tandem before and therefore hadn't had a chance to develop any allergies to it. Guess what happened when lamb and rice went mainstream Dogs were fed the lamb-and-rice diet for generations, and...

Are You Sure He Doesnt Have the Plague

What Color Should Dog Gums

Who are affected with IBD vomit frequently as their main symptom while others go through diarrhea, loose stools, more frequent need to defecate, weight loss, and even anemia. The particular intestinal cell that is inflamed by your dog's case of IBD dictates the actual diagnosis and disease name. Your veterinarian may want to examine your dog's intestines or perform a biopsy to more accurately pin down the condition, but one of the main factors in almost any case of IBD is a food allergy. Your vet will probably recommend a hypoallergenic diet and may also prescribe antibiotics to help calm the allergens in your pup's body. The chart on the next page will give you a more accurate look at the types of IBD, their symptoms, and their specific treatment courses. Ulcers are actually somewhat common in dogs, as they can be caused from overuse of various medications. If your pup has had another terminal condition, she may be prone to developing a stomach ulcer. They can also be caused by...

Kibbles and Bits and Bits

Kibbles And Bits Bag Feeding

Honest and frank with him or her, he she can't adequately treat your dog. If you can't leave the office without being given a sales pitch for the newest line of top-quality food, ask exactly what it will do for your dog and why you need it. Older dogs with more brittle bones or a lack of energy may benefit from specialized food, many pups have food allergies that prevent them from eating store brands, and some more minor conditions can actually be alleviated through higher-quality food.

Short Coat and Long Coat

Long Haired Jackrussles

The Saint Bernard needs an owner who doesn't mind grooming the dog, is willing to do the training needed to create a good companion, and doesn't mind that these dogs drool. Although puppies can be rowdy, most Saints are excellent with children. They are usually good with other pets, too. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, allergies, epilepsy, and a sensitivity to heat.

Improper diet

Diet can be responsible for a variety of behavior problems, including hyperactivity, difficulty in housetraining, and slow learning. Not all dogs can tolerate corn, soy, wheat, etc., or beef, chicken, or lamb. You also need to consult your veterinarian to find out whether your dog has allergies to substances contained in his food. Allergies can range from chemical additives and food coloring to one or more of the main ingredients in the food. Your dog may also have nutritional deficiencies that require special supplementation.

Dry Skin Care

Causes of this affliction can include allergies, a dry house or diet. But whatever the cause, a simple solution is rinsing your dog with a bit of chamomile tea. Just boil up the kettle, make the tea, allow it to cool down and pour it over your dog. This will sooth your pup's dry skin without leaving any oily residue that other dry skin treatments can leave. If your dog has severe dry skin, rub some olive oil into the affected area and then towel him off with a paper towel.

Find a good vet

Breeders, especially backyard breeder and pet shops highlight the good points of any particular breed. They will not want to bring up the problems high occurrence of epilepsy in Belgium Tuvereens, deafness in Dalmatians, skin allergies in West Highland White Terriers, hip dysplasia in almost all the large breeds, progressive retinal atrophy in poodles, the high numbers of Boxers who develop cancer or the collie eye anomalies in Collies. Many small breeds such as Yorkies, Dachshunds, Schnauzers, Poodles and such will require regular dental hygiene as well as actual dental scaling and polishing by a veterinarian. The dental procedures for cleaning the teeth can run between 100 to 150 dollars.

Dr Kevin Says

In the United States, lamb was originally introduced as a substitute for beef or chicken, often combined with rice, for dogs with allergies. The use of a previously unfed protein is how veterinarians typically determine the presence of a food allergy. Lamb is no longer effective in isolating food allergies in dogs because it is now found in most commercial dog foods. Today we have lamb, fish, duck, sweet potato, and several other interesting foods to choose from when feeding our pets. Here is a homemade lamb kibble recipe that your dog is sure to love It will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container.

Ulldog

Living with Bulldogs can be a challenge. They snort, snore, and grumble they drool and most have trouble with flatulence. They are affectionate with children and are usually very good with other pets. Some males may challenge other male dogs. They do not breathe well in hot, humid weather. They are prone to many health problems, including allergies, breathing difficulties, and reproductive problems.

Oykin Spaniel

The Boykin is not a city dog the breed does best in a rural environment, preferably one where her owner likes to hunt. With plenty of exercise and room to run, she is also a good family dog and is very tolerant of children. She should not be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia and allergies.

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In addition to irritations caused by fleas, lice and ticks, dogs are often plagued by chronic or acute skin conditions and disease. There are various causes of skin diseases, among them mites, fungi, faulty metabolism, poor diet and allergy. Veterinarians probably treat more cases involving the skin than any other single disease. Generally, skin conditions are considered to be of parasitic or nonparasitic origin. The parasitic conditions include those caused by insects, mites and minute plants. Fleas and lice are examples of parasitic insects. Ticks and mange mites are parasitic mites. And the fungi causing ringworms and favus are examples of the parasitic plants. The nonparasitic skin conditions include those caused by micro-organisms, faulty metabolism, poor diet, mechanical irritation (rubbing and scratching, for instance) and allergy to chemicals, pollen, plants, etc.

Dermatitis

The term dermatitis means an inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis is another one of those skin conditions with vague and various causes. Some of the causes may be internal, others may be external. The internal causes include food allergy, faulty diet, metabolic disorders and intestinal parasites. The external causes include insect or animal bites, blows, scratches, chemical irritation (acids, alkalis, plant juices, insect poisons, etc.), and burns, scalds, freezing and excessive sunlight.

Atopic dermatitis

A type of contact (and sometimes inhalation) allergy, atopic dermatitis is usually associated with environmental factors such as pollen and grasses. Dogs are itchy and usually scratch or lick their paws when they're affected. You can see where your dog has licked her paws because of the brown saliva stains on them. Dogs can experience worse symptoms of atopic dermatitis, such as redness in the skin, hair loss, skin infections, and even ear infections. Although this allergy is common, it's difficult to diagnose, requiring expensive testing. Most dogs need to be treated either with corticosteroids or antihistamines. Some dogs do well with Omega-3 fish oils.

Shepherd

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A well-trained GSD can be very good with children, although puppies can be quite rambunctious. These dogs are also good with other pets. The breed does, however, have some major health concerns, including bloat, torsion, hip and elbow dysplasia, panosteitis, problems with the pancreas, and allergies.

Nutrition

In many instances, a more natural food is needed, one that includes meats and fish, cheeses, tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams), and fruits. Avoid cereal grains, as these can cause allergic reactions and hyperactivity in many dogs. You can put together a diet yourself or check into one of the dehydrated foods now available. See chapter 4 for more on nutrition.

Smooth

The Smooth Fox Terrier needs an owner who understands the terrier temperament, their love of fun and activity, and their ability to be hardheaded at times. This breed can be good with older children but may be too rowdy for younger kids. She is not always good with other dogs, especially those of the same sex, and should not be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip and knee problems, allergies, and Cushing's disease. This breed can be a good family dog as long as children are not too rough. She can be a great companion for an active senior citizen. Health concerns include knee problems and allergies. Wire Fox Terriers do best in a home where the owner understands the terrier mindset. An active owner can best keep this breed busy and out of trouble. Wires do well with older children but may be too rowdy for very small kids. They should not be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip and knee problems, allergies, and Cushing's disease.

Lumber Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel Allergies Skin Problems

The Clumber Spaniel loves to spend time with the family. Although he can be left alone occasionally, he does not like to be left at home alone for long hours every day. He is great with kids and loves to play games. The breed is also good with other dogs and pets. One drawback to the breed is the drool Clumbers do drool, often in great quantities, especially when anticipating food or treats. Health concerns include hip dyspla-sia, allergies, and eye, ear, and back problems. The variety within this mixed breed applies to many characteristics some Cockapoos are wonderful with children, while others are not. Some are excellent with other dogs and small pets, and others are not. Each Cockapoo is an individual, and that's one of the characteristics many people enjoy. Cockapoos are, for the most part, healthy dogs, but problems can be inherited from both parent breeds, including knee problems, eye defects, and allergies.

Bull Terrier

Miniature Schnauzers can be wonderful family dogs and are usually quite tolerant of children's antics. Rough play should be discouraged, as the dog may protest being handled disrespectfully. These dogs are loyal and attentive to the entire family and will greet friends with enthusiasm. They do, however, have the tendency to bond tightly with just one person. With early socialization, they can be quite social with other dogs but should not be trusted with small pets. Major health concerns include eye disorders, von Willebrand disease, and allergies.

Health Problems

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I'll never forget the story of Buttons, a cute, shaggy three-year-old mixed breed who signed up for one of my obedience classes. Buttons just didn't seem healthy. There was something about the look in her eyes, and she lacked the stamina to work for the whole hour of the class. I expressed my concern to her owner and asked about Buttons' health, including if she was having frequent urination or housebreaking problems. She said no, although questioning did reveal that Buttons had been on cortisone for flea-allergy