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PuppyDog Wearing Collar

Dogs are the most faithful companions that a human could wish for, and as a result, they are a very popular pet.  As with other pets, they become part of the family and are treated as such.  Most dogs are so affectionate that owning a dog is just like having a child around and just like children, they suffer from various ailments.  Unfortunately the similarity continues in that dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong with them and some may suffer from dog allergies.

As mammals, dogs suffer can suffer from allergies in just the same way as humans do, but we can only tell that something is wrong if they sneeze or scratch a lot or have runny eyes or noses.  Obviously, not all dogs suffer from allergies, but some breeds are sensitive to outside stimuli.

Unfortunately, it’s only relatively recently that humans have started to realize that dog allergies exist, and now take steps to eliminate the problem by identifying the causes, recognizing the symptoms and administering appropriate treatment.

Causes of Dog Allergies

It probably comes as no surprise to dog owners that many of the causes of dog allergies are just the same as the causes of allergies in humans, but the most common cause is dog food.  Less care is taken over the ingredients used in dog food than in human food, and some proteins, fillers and fibers can provoke an allergic reaction in some dogs.  If your dog is suffering from an adverse reaction to his food, seek advice from your vet who may recommend that you buy a brand of dry food which has been thoroughly tested.

The other causes of dog allergies are dust mites, which affect dogs in much the same way as they affect human beings, causing sneezing, watery eyes and excessive mucus.  For this reason, the same care should be taken in your home as if a human suffered from a dust mite allergy.  Keep the house as dust free as possible, using a damp cloth to wipe surfaces and a vacuum cleaner with a dust filter.  Medication may be necessary to keep this allergy under control.

Fleas, ticks and shampoos amongst many other things can cause skin allergies in dogs. 
Again, you will need to see a vet to determine the exact cause and to get the right medication.

Any of these conditions, left untreated, can cause untold discomfort to your dog and can lead to further health complications.  Dog allergies should be taken seriously and treated immediately.