Help your dog beat allergies this season

American Kennel ClubJuly 14, 2014 

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CHRIS WARE — MCT

Humans aren't the only ones that suffer from allergies. Many dog owners don't realize that their four-legged friend can have allergies too. Common allergens that affect dogs are things they inhale (molds, dust mites, pollens), the type of food they're eating and skin irritants. Here are the signs of allergy and how it can be treated so dog owners can provide relief for their pets.

Common signs of allergy in dogs:

- Itching

- Red, inflamed skin

- Dry skin

- Loss of fur

- Irritated eyes

- Licking of paws

Treatment options:

- Talk to your veterinarian to find the best treatment plan for your dog. Your vet may prescribe cortisones, antihistamines or medicated shampoos.

- Many times, the allergic reaction is coming from something in your dog's food. Try food testing by putting your dog on an "elimination diet" - feed him one protein type at a time so you can see which one causes a reaction.

- Your veterinarian may also recommend omega-3 fatty acid supplements, especially in the form of fish oils.

- If your dog is suffering from skin allergies, you can use aloe vera on the skin irritation to provide relief.

For more tips on dog ownership, visit the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org.

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