What causes allergies?
Whether we are talking about people or pets, the culprit is an overactive immune system. The immune system is intended to protect us, but when it mistakes non-harmful environmental substances (allergens) as threats, and then allergic reactions arise. For example, if your dog emanates across rye grass or ragweed, and the dog’s immune system views it as a threat, an allergic reaction occurs. We at Ambassador Animal Hospital serve your pets with treatments that will surely make your pets stronger and healthier.
What are common things dogs may be allergic to?
Common environmental allergens comprise dust mites, fleas, molds and pollens from grasses, trees, weeds, and flowers. Pets may also have food allergies or food intolerance to certain ingredients, such as beef, chicken, fish or soy.
Symptoms of Food Allergies
Many owners may not instantaneously suspect their dog has a food allergy because it can take years for their dog to grow an allergy to the food it is fed every day. Food hypersensitivity can occur at any age in a pet’s life.
Some of the symptoms which veterinarians in Windsor provided are as follows:
- Frequent ear infections,
- Diarrhea and itchiness that can lead to self-trauma such as hair loss, scabs or hot spots
- Gastrointestinal issues are typically symptoms that are precisely connected to possible food allergies.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Food Allergies
Your vets in Windsor will likely want to start with a review of your pet’s dietary history. It’s significant to comprise the foods that make up his daily meals as well as any treats. Our team of experts vet will suggest eradicating certain proteins and substituting them for a novel protein, or a protein source that the dog has not been showing to, such as duck, fish or kangaroo.
If your dog does well and shows no signs of an allergic reaction, you can slowly add in other kinds of food. But if he shows no sign of progress, regardless of the food source, it may be time to ponder that he could be suffering from a seasonal allergy which should be treated accordingly.
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