Dog Allergies Diagnosis Can Be Expensive
Trying to diagnose
This can be very expensive and is not guaranteed as I discovered when I took my pet to the vet for a swab test. Being an optimist I expected a diagnosis and a cure. Unfortunately I received neither of these when the vet told me the test was negative and to add insult to injury promptly charged me £160! Well I didn’t know whether to be pleased or disappointed thinking at least the test was negative although the pessimistic side of me seemed to be taking over with me thinking the test was a waste of money!
What Are Dog Allergies?
- Severe Reactions
This type of
One of the most irritating
Fleas can bite your dog and provoke an allergic reaction anywhere. One of the fleas’ favorite places is the base of your dog’s tail so if your dog is scratching in that area it’s a pretty good indicator that he has fleas.
A food allergy is bad news for you and your dog. If your dog is unfortunate enough to have an allergic reaction to the food he eats he is likely to experience a range of symptoms from itchy paws and ears to sickness and diarrhea.
Pollen, dust, and mold are the cause of most airborne allergic reactions. Like people some dogs can experience a strong allergic reaction to pollen at times of the year when the pollen count is high. They can of course experience an allergic reaction to the other two allergens at any time.
A typical reaction to these allergens is skin rashes or dermatitis which if your dog scratches too much can expose his body to other infections that may need treatment from your vet.
These skin rashes can be found on any part of your dog’s body.
Dogs can experience an allergic reaction to a food with symptoms like skin conditions and sickness and diarrhea. Like humans they can also experience the much more serious anaphylactic shock.
Dogs over time can also develop
Food intolerances can be difficult to trace and then eliminate from your dog’s diet and the symptoms are much the same as for other allergic reactions e.g. sickness, diarrhea, skin dermatitis, lackluster coat and ear and foot infections that are very difficult to eradicate.
Dogs can develop food intolerance to a variety of ingredients such as chicken, beef, fish, eggs, wheat, and of course many dogs are lactose intolerant so it’s probably best to avoid giving your dog milk or cheese just in case.
These chances of your dog experiencing anaphylactic shock are slim and most extreme reactions will not result in this and instead can be effectively treated by your vet using antihistamines.
Once again the symptoms here are akin to humans with swelling of the face, eyes, throat and lips.
Dog Allergies – The Signs
Here are the signs to look for:
- Ear infections
- Itchy ears
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Inflamed skin
- Licking constantly
- Swelling anywhere on the face
Diagnosing Dog Allergies
From personal experience and the experience of other dog owners, I’ve spoken to allergy testing can be complicated and costly. The average cost of a vet’s allergy test without any guarantee of success is around £160. In the past the only action you could take was to go to your vet. Nowadays you can easily administer an
The EasyDNA Dog Allergy Test is wide-ranging covering 150 different allergens. Find out more about the