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What to Do for Dogs with Allergies
Pooch seem a bit sad and sniffly? Or a little extra itchy and scratchy? There's a good chance she has some allergies. Yep, dogs can have them, too.
Here's what owners ought to know about allergies: Read Previous Tip
Who gets 'em: Any dog can, really. But certain breeds, including pugs, setters, retrievers, and terriers seem more prone to developing them.
What causes 'em: Many of the same substances that set off human sneezes, like grass, weeds, pollens, molds, dust mites, and dander are also known to cause canine allergies. Other culprits include common items such as perfumes, cleaning products, prescription drugs, flea remedies, and certain food ingredients.
How to spot 'em: The telltale signs can vary from dog to dog, but sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and irritated eyes and skin are among the most common. Persistent scratching and pawing are also definite red flags. If it's a more severe allergic reaction, your dog may experience diarrhea or vomiting.
What to do about 'em: If you think your dog may have allergies, take her in for a vet visit. A full exam with blood work and skin tests should pinpoint any offending substances. Once identified, your vet can offer advice for avoiding triggers and determine if medication or allergy shots would be beneficial.
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