K9 Scratching, Itching and Licking, Oh MY!
In our last post, we revealed the plethora of health benefits of turmeric, “the golden spice” for your family K9.
This brand-new blog post is dedicated to a very common problem among dogs, namely allergies. Is your dog overly scratching, itching and licking themselves? It could be allergies.
Join us on a journey about the common allergies caused by many of today’s commercial dog treats and foods and
learn what you can do to protect your dog’s health.
ALLERGIES COME IN DIFFERENT FORMS
Food Allergies: From grains (corn, wheat, rice, barley and oats), chicken, beef, lamb, pork, rabbit and fish, soy, eggs and milk as well as commercial additives
Skin Allergies: From fleas (specifically flea saliva), foods and environment
Environmental Allergies: From dust, pollen and mold; seasonal allergens, bee stings, vaccine, pharmaceutical or steroid reactions
Let’s take a closer look at the first allergy type which is food-related.
REMEMBER, EVERY INGREDIENT COUNTS
When there is constant exposure to the same ingredient over a prolonged timeframe, these ingredients can cause inflammation in the intestines. This inflammatory reaction usually manifests in skin issues.
Dogs can also be allergic to more than one thing at the same time and allergies can develop at any age.
Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances can also create gastrointestinal issues (gas, vomiting or diarrhea) along with:
- Hives and Hot Spots
- Head Shaking
- Swollen Paws
- Red, Itchy, Runny Eyes
- Red, Inflamed or Infected Skin
- Constant Itching and/or Licking
- Poor Skin/Coat and even Hair Loss
- Sneezing, Coughing or Nasal Discharge
- Chronic Ear and Foot Inflammation/Infections
- Facial, Throat, Lips, Eyelids and Earflap Swelling
Whatever the allergic symptoms, it’s critical and time-sensitive to identify – and address - the root cause with the help of your veterinarian. Allergies rarely resolve themselves and could potentially become a lifelong health issue or even life-threatening to your dog.
SUSPECT FOOD ALLERGIES IN YOUR DOG? TRY THIS:
The Dogs Love Kale Treats:
Want MORE great K9 content?
ADDITIONAL READINGDog Allergies: Symptoms and Treatment
Help Your Dog Overcome These 3 Common Allergies
Saliva Testing Pins Down Your Dog’s Food Sensitivities
Caring For a Dog with Food Allergies
Food Allergies vs Seasonal Allergies in Dogs