- Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system mistaking non-harmful environmental substances as threats.
- Common allergies include fleas, dust mites, trees, grasses, flowers, molds, pollens, beef, chicken, fish and soy.
- Telltale signs of reaction include incessant itching, scratching and licking around the feet, armpits, belly, face and ears. Symptoms can also include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, discharge and digestive issues.
- German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers have shown to be more susceptible to allergy issues, but allergies span across all breeds and geographies. Most allergies start showing up as early as 6 months with the majority showing up by 1-2 years.
- Current treatment options include: Flea Meds, Corticosteroids, Antihistamines, Cyclosporine, Allergy vaccines, shampoos, hyposensitization or desensitization therapy, and elimination diets, depending on the type of allergy.
** This important blog post was written by our Lead Trainer: Mark Dunlap