In todays environment, more and more animals suffer from food allergies, to seasonal as well as environmental allergies. Just like in humans, some dogs will have saviour symptoms, other barely show any and sometimes we dont connect the symptoms to allergies. Here are a few different type of allergies and the symptoms you should look out for.

Food Allergies

Food allergy is the most common among dogs. It is also quite uncomfortable and painful for the dog and very difficult to cure. The components of the canine diet, which often cause allergies are, specific meats and offal, such as pork and some fats. In addition, various kinds of ready-made dishes containing eggs or heavily processed ingredients. While others have an allergy to grain and dairy products.

The symptoms of food allergy are quite different with each animal.  Often it causes persistent itching and scratching by the dog in large areas of the skin, leading to the appearance of wounds. There is also hair loss around the eyes, feet, and sometimes ear infections.

More common symptoms in the main are stomach problems, with diarrhea occurring irregularly. These symptoms may be mistaken for a number of different diseases, which is why an allergy is not always the first suspect.

To make sure that the symptoms stem from a food allergy, put the dog on an elimination diet; serve only foods based on meat, fish, rabbit, beef or lamb. It is good to exclude grains like rice, and replace them with properly prepared potatoes.

Seasonal Allergies

Every year we see an increasing affect of seasonal allergies on more pets; just like people they are allergic to various types of pollen, dust mites, moulds and fungi.

Allergy inhaled can cause a rash, itching, respiratory problems and asthma attacks. In the case of this type of allergy, it is recommend to get allergy tests done, which indicate specific factors your dog is allergenic to.

However, it is impossible to eliminate the factor from your dogs environment sometimes, but there are several ways to heal allergies; desensitisation to certain allergens, the administration of appropriate drugs and non-steroidal support dietary unsaturated.

Note, with this particular type of allergy, it cannot be cured and so you have to be aware of his or her relapses and the fact, that it can regularly appear in your dogs life.

Contact Allergy

Contact allergy also known as contact dermatitis is a skin disease that can occur when a dog or cat makes physical contact with a chemical or other irritating substance and has a negative reaction.

In animals it frequently occurs when in contact with various antiparasitic formulations, whether in the form of a collar or liquid drops. For this reason, vets recommend regular changes of product, so the body does not consider them an allergen.

When we are dealing with a contact allergy in a dog, the main symptom is persistent itching and scratching, frequently a rash. The best way to heal this condition is to remove the allergen and wash areas with water. This will give relief from the symptoms faster. Sometimes if your dog has a strong reaction a vet may prescribe appropriate medication.

 

Dog and Flea Allergy Dermatitis

This type of allergy is a very common disease for both cats and dogs. Who can often encounter an allergic reaction to the feces of fleas left on them. This is the result of living in bad conditions, or were there has been frequent exposure and strong contact with fleas.

The symptoms are usually itching, persistent scratching and in further stages a severe rash. In the case of this type of allergic reaction, it is necessary for you to visit a vet, who will prescribe the appropriate medication, mainly steroidal anti-inflammatory as well as medicated flea shampoo to bathe the dog in and also protect him or her from flea infestation.

It is also important to remove fleas and their larvae from the environment, such as dog bedding, carpets in the house and all the places that the dog has had contact.

 

Whether your dogs show symptoms of allergies or not it is a good idea to have him or her tested, especially now allergy testing is really simple and relatively inexpensive. You can order the online kit, provide a sample of your dogs hair as well as a saliva sample and you will receive a detailed report containing food and environmental allergies.

Just because your dog does not show any symptoms, this does not mean he or she is not sensitive to some foods or environmental products. It’s always a good to know what to avoid to keep your pets healthy and happy. See links below:

http://allergy.avactaanimalhealth.com/

http://www.nutriscan.org

www.heska.com/allercept/allercept-testing.aspx

www.testmyintolerance.com

A Dog friendly Garden

Its that time of year again! We finally get to set up our veggie and fruit gardens and plant beautiful flowers. The gloom of winter has passed, and were almost through the rainy season. Its all uphill from here!

Our four-legged friends love to romp around in the garden and as dog owners, we want to know that the fruits and vegetables that we grow are safe for our best friends. The only hard part will be making sure your pooch doesnt eat all your fruits and vegetables before you do!

To create a great dog-friendly fruit and vegetable garden; choose a sunny location and use raised beds so that he or she doesnt trample the new plants, but can run and play in.

Unsafe and toxic plants for dogs

Avocado

Avocado is considered unsafe for dogs, as it contains a toxin called persin. The flesh is known to cause stomach upset in dogs, like vomiting or diarrhea, and the pit can cause major bowel obstruction. Many dogs, who have swallowed an avocado pit, have to undergo surgery to have the pit removed.

Aloe Vera 

Although aloe vera has many healing qualities for humans, the sap of the aloe vera plant is considered toxic to dogs. If ingested, the toxins can cause extreme vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, muscle spasms, and discoloured urine. It is advised that aloe vera is kept far away from dogs, and they should be taken to the nearest vet hospital if aloe vera has been ingested.

Eggplant 

Eggplant, a nightshade related closely to the tomato, contains high levels of oxalate. Which is a chemical that can aggravate existing kidney issues in dogs, and can cause kidney failure if large quantities are ingested.

If your dog is healthy, with no signs of kidney complications, eating eggplant may not have any side effects. However, it is advised that owners monitor their dog while eating eggplant, and only provide them with small amounts at a time. Eggplant is a common allergen in humans, cats, and dogs.

Mushroom 

Some species of mushrooms are known to contain harmful toxins for humans and animals. These five are the most commonly found:

  • Fly Agaric,

  • Jewelled Death Cap,

  • Death Cap,

  • Elfs Saddle,

  • Autumn Galerina

Dogs can have negative reactions to regular household mushrooms as well, and it is advised that dogs are kept away from them. Mild mushroom poisoning can cause vomiting and diarrhea, while moderate to extreme cases can cause kidney and liver failure, or death.

Nutmeg 

Nutmeg is incredibly toxic to dogs, and should be kept far away from them at all times. The toxins in nutmeg cause seizures and even death.

If you believe your dog has eaten nutmeg, take them to the vet immediately!

Potato 

Although baked potatoes can be a good snack for your puppy, raw potatoes can cause some harm. Raw potatoes can cause gastrointestinal issues, as well as stomach or bowel obstruction if not chewed properly.

If you have potatoes growing in your garden, keep a close eye on your dog to make sure he or she doesnt swallow any whole.

Tomato 

Ripe tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins for your puppy, and can be a sweet treat for health conscious parents. However, unripe or green tomatoes can do more harmful than good. Unripe tomatoes contain solanine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, and confusion. The roots, stems, and leaves of the tomato plant are also harmful.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is highly toxic for dogs and should be removed if growing on your property. The leaves are large and appealing to dogs, while the stalks smell sweet. Rhubarb contains high levels of oxalate crystals which cause kidney and liver failure in dogs. Rhubarb is considered one of the most toxic plants for dogs, and it is recommended that the Pet Poison Helpline is called if your dog has eaten some. 01202 509 000

Onion 

Onions, raw, cooked, or mixed with other foods, can be potentially fatal to dogs. Each dog will be affected differently by onions. Therefore one cup could kill a 100lb dog; while one cup might not affect a 10lb dog.

Regardless of the dose, onions are one of the most toxic plants for dogs, which are commonly found in households. Onion toxicity causes anemia, where sometimes the only cure is a life-saving blood transfusion. Many dogs die from onion toxicosis each year.

Garlic

There is a lot of controversy around feeding garlic to dogs, it is advised that this food be omitted from their diet. Garlic can cause the same complications as onions in dogs (see previous point), and can lead to a fatality.

Many vets lump onions and garlic into the same category of toxicity, and suggest taking your dog to the nearest vet if your dog has eaten garlic.

We also advise that any bulbs of plants are toxic to dogs, therefore, dogs should be discouraged from eating stocks and roots as well. 

Here is a list of non-toxic and toxic plants that are good to grow in your dog-friendly garden.

Non-Toxic Plants that you can put in your Dog Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Garden

Asparagus

Blueberries

Blackberries

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Cantaloupe

Carrots

Celery

Cucumber

Green Beans

Lettuce

Peas

Pumpkin

Spinach

Squash

Watermelon

Toxic Plants you will want to keep out of your Dog Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Garden

Avocado (skin, pit, leaves)

Aloe Vera (sap)

Eggplant (all parts but fruit)

Garlic

Grapes (fruit)

Mushroom

Nutmeg (nut)

Onion

Potato (spouts, vines, unripe tubers)

Rhubarb (leaves and stem)

Tomato (foliage, vine, green fruit)