Seasons come and go; it’s the winter ice, the blazing sun of the summer, the chilly winds of autumn colors and the allergies in spring! Dogs, like humans too, have allergies and just because they are animals does not make them immune. They, too, develop itchy skin and running noses. Sometimes it simply boils down to what you are feeding your dog. And when a dog has an allergy, many dog owners turn to the common allergy medication, Zyrtec.
But before looking at Zyrtec, it’s important for dog and cat owners alike, to find out why pets get these allergies and what we can do to prevent it. When it comes to itchy skin, for instance, some of our pets really suffer – they open up old wounds and scratches which cause bleeding, which can lead to infections as well.
Did you know how important a role diet plays in managing skin conditions and diseases in dogs? Did you know you get dog food allergies but you also get dog food intolerances? Let the vet explain it to you. And our canine friends can suffer from one or both of these. Food allergies can cause digestive problems in dogs, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Harsh skin problems occur too, and even behavioral problems. If your puppy or grown dog is having an adverse reaction to particular foods, and you are wondering about it, you should take him or her to the vet immediately. There are other reasons why a dog gets allergies, apart from food.
It is important to know what dosage to give your dog. Remember, dogs come in all sizes, down from the huge St. Bernard or Great Dane to your tiny Yorkie terrier or Chihuahua. Different sizes, different doses! Speak to your vet, of course, because some vets will treat dermatitis with only a dose of 5-10 mg for a dog for the entire day.
It is also important to note that your dog should not be taking Zyrtec alongside other types of medication that could depress his central nervous system, as this will result in possibly heavier sedation than that mentioned above.
Some breeders and owners of dogs have the view that when you deviate from a dog’s typical ancestral diet, particularly when it comes to certain breeds, you might be predisposing the dog to allergies. Like the magnificent Husky for instance which is accustomed to fish in his diet. Now you want to feed him poultry – will that lead to an allergic reaction? In short, no, because most dogs seem to adapt pretty well to a range of foods, so says Dr. Justin Shmalberg, veterinary nutritionist.
We can go on and on about the effectiveness of holistic treatments for allergies in dogs, which will depend heavily on decisions you take, your willingness, dedication, and patience to achieve a solution for your loyal friend, to reach a happy solution. We’ll say woof to that!
by Grant Withers - Canine Specialist & Writer 3 min read 0 CommentsRead More