Strange as it may sound to some people, dogs, like humans, do suffer from allergies and in fact, the allergies have similar symptoms. If you have a Poodle in your home or are intending to have one, it is important that you understand the different Poodle allergies to help your dog remain in good health and avoid extra medical expenses. We will talk about the common allergies that your poodle can suffer from and their causes.
Poodles will suffer from Food allergies. Of the known Poodle allergies, this is the most unfortunate one as food is something your dog cannot live without. If your dog is allergic to a certain type of food, all hope is not lost as you can substitute this meal with the help of a trained dog nutritionist. The most common symptoms of food allergies in Poodles include skin irritation which leads to scratching, licking and chewing. If your dog is constantly chewing themselves then you need to pay attention as this might be as a result of allergic reaction to a certain type of food in their diet. Some other symptoms include, nose and eye discharge, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and sneezing.
Your dog will be allergic to a specific ingredient in their diet and so treating food related Poodle allergies should include the separation of the allergen from the diet. Start with feeding your dog with basic meals and start adding the ingredients gradually. Add an ingredient every two weeks so that you get time to observe the reaction to that particular ingredient. When you notice any abnormal behavior towards a certain type of food, take it out of your dog’s diet completely. If the reactions are extreme, you will have to take your dog to the vet for more treatment.
Atopy is another type of Poodle allergies and is the most common one. This type of allergy is caused by things such as pollen, feathers, house dust, molds and dust mites. The reason why this allergy is common is because all these are environmental factors and because your dog will spend a lot of time outdoors, they will easily encounter these factors. Symptoms of atopy include, excessive scratching at their face, paws, armpit, genital area and abdomen. There might be a reddish brown stain on areas that are scratched regularly. It is not easy to diagnose atopy because the symptoms are too similar to other types of allergies. The treatment includes an elimination method that will rule out fleas, contact and food allergies. It is only then that the vet can start treatment.
Poodle allergies include allergic reactions to fleas. The dog will not be allergic to flea bites; it is the flea’s saliva that will cause the reactions. Common symptoms include hair loss due to excessive scratching. The best way to avoid this kind of allergy is to ensure that your dog is clean. There are product that will help in eliminating the fleas and keeping your dog clean and healthy.