Caring for a Dog That Has Allergies
Do you know or suspect that your canine buddy may have allergies? Dogs can develop allergies to many different things, and at any point in their lives. Although allergies cannot be cured, they can be managed. Read on for some great tips from a local Pickerington, OH veterinarian on caring for a dog with allergies.
If you suspect that your canine friend has allergies, have a vet examine him right away. It’s important to find out exactly what your furry companion is reacting to. This may require some tests. Once your vet has pinpointed Fido’s issues, you’ll be able to focus on treatment. Treatment options are always offered on a case-by-case basis, but could range from medication to special diets to specific care instructions.
Limit Pollen Exposure
Just like people, pets are often allergic to pollen. If you have a smartphone, download an app that can help you monitor pollen counts. When levels are high, limit Fido’s outdoor time, and try to walk him in the mornings and evenings, when counts are a little lower. It will also help to wipe your furry pal’s paws and belly down with a damp cloth when you bring him inside, to remove dust and pollen from his fur.
Dust and dander be very irritating to both people and pets with allergies. Vacuuming regularly can help reduce the amount of airborne allergens in your home. We also recommend getting a good air purifier.
Wash your four-legged buddy’s bedding regularly. Use unscented detergent, and the hottest cycles your washer and dryer have. This will help remove dust, dander, and other irritants. (Bonus: it will also help fight fleas.)
Choose The Right Food
Sometimes dogs are allergic to ingredients in their food, especially fillers, like corn and wheat. If your pup has allergies, he may need to eat specific types or brands of food. Fido may be put on a special diet for a while, to narrow down what he is reacting to. This usually entails giving your furry friend very plain, basic foods that he doesn’t have reactions to, and then reintroducing other things one by one, to see what causes problems. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.
If you think your dog may have allergies, please contact us, your local Pickerington, OH pet hospital, anytime. We provide excellent veterinary care!