Dogs have many of the same problems which humans have including illness and allergies. The kinds of dog allergies you will need to be aware of will depend on your dog. While there are certain kinds of things like chocolate and raisins which no dog should be ingesting, there are other risk factors which are individual to the particular dog.
There are some problems which you will be able to identify with as being part and partial to the kind of dog that you have. Breeding within the same litter tends to also produce offspring which has more allergies. It is a genetic disposition and is often considered to be a mutation. Since this occurs when breeding occurs between siblings, this is not shocking that pets which have been interbred will have more problems.
The common reactions that your pets will display when reacting to allergies include:
- More scratching than usual
- Irritation in paws
- Watery eyes
You will be able to notice if your dog is itchy the easiest. This is because they will be using a frantic style of scratching which is not common in pets. They will also switch between scratching with their feet and biting with their teeth. If they are trying to cover their entire body, it is generally a sign that they are having an allergic reaction to which they have itching all over their body.
Fleas are the most common kind of allergy which dogs have. This is due to the saliva of the flea as it is biting. The saliva is meant to cause a numbing effect on the skin so that the flea can start sucking blood while being undetected. The bite will not generally become infected, but there will be a rash which develops around the bite due to histamines attacking the area of the skin.
Food allergies can also persist including wheat and gluten allergies. Gluten allergies are more common than most pet owners know. Using food which is high in protein and low in wheat will help to obviate this problem.