Your dog is scratching again, just days after you bathed and de-flead him. You can’t face going through all of that again. But the expression ‘as sick as a dog’ is there for a reason. Nothing manages to look quite as miserable as a dog that isn’t feeling great. And it usually comes down on you to do something about it.
But before you get too irritated with your dog, remember that our canine friends, just like people, can also be allergic to certain foods, insect bites and stings, as well as things in the environment, such as pollen or pollution.
An allergy is an overreaction by the dog’s immune system that identifies a foreign substance as an enemy.
So how do you tell if your dog is allergic to something?
Like in people, a dog’s skin often shows up an allergic reaction first. Itchiness, redness, swelling, poor coat, chewing of the coat, and scabbed patches are all signs that something is wrong. Most food allergies cause itchiness around the paws, ears and eyes. And then of course, there is diarrhoea and vomiting, which you will know all about as you are usually the one who gets to clean it up. Sneezing and runny eyes often point to pollen allergies or could be a reaction to something else in the air. If you sneeze constantly in the spring, there is no reason why your dog shouldn’t do so as well.
Vets can do an allergy test, and usually a specific course of action is taken which involves eliminating the irritant from the dog’s environment, or changing its diet. A serious allergic reaction can cause death, but this is very unusual in dogs. They tend to be a little more robust than people – it comes from scavenging in the wilds for hundreds of thousands of years.
But there is something simple you can do to make life easier for both yourself and your scratching dog: Zesty Paws Allergy Immune Bites. They will help with your dog’s digestion, and boost its immune system, enabling your four-footed friend to have a healthy response to food, and to fight skin, seasonal and environmental allergies more efficiently.
What’s more, these bites are delicious, so you won’t struggle to get your dog to eat it. Within weeks you could have a happy, healthy dog that no longer scratches constantly – and doesn’t land you with ongoing sky-high vet bills. Give these a try – you won’t be sorry.