Allergy in Dogs: Triggers and Treatment
Also dogs can develop allergies. Allergic reactions can have various causes and can lead to extremely unpleasant symptoms.
How does an allergy develop?
Allergies are triggered by an overreaction of the immune system. The immune system classifies normally harmless substances as a supposed threat and therefore tries to fight them. This leads to allergic reactions in affected dogs, which can manifest themselves in different ways.
Common allergies in dogs
There are various allergies that can occur in dogs. Especially widespread are atopic dermatitis and flea saliva allergy. In addition, however, in recent years more and more dogs have been suffering from food allergies in which they react allergically to certain components of their food.
Atopic dermatitis in dogs
Atopic dermatitis is also called environmental allergy. It occurs quite frequently in dogs and can be caused by contact of the skin with very different substances in the environment of the quadruped.
Some of the allergens most often responsible for atopic dermatitis in dogs include pollen from grasses and flowers and house dust mites. If the dog's allergy is triggered solely by pollen, the symptoms occur only seasonally.
Atopic dermatitis in dogs primarily manifests itself through reddening of the skin and severe itching. Both can occur both locally and on the entire body of the four-legged friend. The itching leads to dogs affected by the allergy often biting and scratching themselves. Over time, this often leads to hair loss and skin flakes.
Flea saliva allergy in dogs
Among all allergies that can occur in dogs, flea saliva allergy is particularly common. It is sometimes also called flea bite allergy or simply flea allergy.
As the name suggests, this allergy in dogs is caused by fleas or certain protein compounds in their saliva. It can occur in any dog that suffers from fleas.
The typical symptoms of flea saliva allergy include very severe itching, which in many cases is restricted to the back of the body. In addition, affected dogs often suffer from purulent inflammation and reddening of the skin.
Bellfor Vermin Health for dogs with fleas
It goes without saying that you need to do something about your dog's fleas. This is especially true for dogs that suffer from a flea saliva allergy and therefore have particularly unpleasant symptoms.
For this purpose, we recommend that you rely on Vermin Health from Bellfor. The chemical-free dog shampoo with margosa extract and insect fat is ideal for gently counteracting fleas on your dog.
Food allergy in dogs
Feed allergies have become a major problem that more and more dog owners are facing in recent years. Such an allergy in dogs is mainly caused by animal proteins in the feed.
However, in addition to common protein sources such as beef or dairy products, wheat is also known to cause intolerances and feed allergies in dogs in many cases.
The symptoms of a feed allergy include skin rash and itching. In addition, affected animals often suffer from massive digestive problems. Furthermore, food allergies can cause ear infections in dogs.
Treatment of an allergy in dogs
In order to treat an allergy in the dog and to eliminate the symptoms associated with it, the best way is to completely avoid the responsible allergens. For example, if your dog suffers from a food allergy, you can do this by consistently switching to a hypoallergenic dog food.
In the case of a flea saliva allergy, on the other hand, you should pay particular attention to avoiding infestation with fleas. However, the treatment of the allergy is somewhat more difficult if your dog suffers from atopic dermatitis. After all, in reality it is hardly possible to prevent contact with pollen in spring, for example.
In order to get your dog's allergy under control, you can have your vet perform a desensitization. In the process, your pet will regularly receive small amounts of the allergen, which will gradually increase. This should ensure that the dog's organism gets used to it and that allergic reactions are largely avoided in the future. The chances of success of desensitization are about 70 percent.
Bellfor dog food for allergic dogs
As a rule, a so-called exclusion diet is carried out for dogs with food allergies. The aim is to identify the ingredients of the food responsible for the dog's allergy so that they can be avoided in the future.
This may work well, but in practice it proves to be extremely time-consuming. We therefore recommend switching directly to a food with hypoallergenic ingredients instead.
With hypoallergenic dog food from Bellfor, you are opting for particularly high-quality products made from natural ingredients. The insect protein contained in the larvae of the black soldier fly is very easily digestible.
It also has a high biological value, so that your dog is optimally supplied with valuable proteins despite his allergy.
Support for the kidneys of your allergic dog
The kidneys have the task of filtering metabolic waste products and harmful substances from the dog's blood so that they can be eliminated from the body with the urine. In dogs with food allergies, the kidneys are put under particularly heavy strain, which can lead to overloading in the long term.
To avoid this, it is advisable to support the dog's kidneys with a suitable food supplement such as Bellfor Nierenkraft. This easily digestible powder contains a special herbal mixture that helps to stimulate the natural detoxification processes in the kidneys.
Allergies stress the dog's immune system
If your dog suffers from an allergy, this places a considerable strain on his body and his immune system. For this reason it is important that you strengthen the defences of your four-legged friend.
For this purpose we recommend a dietary supplement with Bellfor Immun. This natural preparation consists of easily digestible ingredients that provide your dog with valuable nutrients and can thus help to support the immune system that is stressed by the allergy.
Products for dogs with food allergies at a discounted price
We have put together different sets for the appropriate feeding and care of your nutrition-sensitive four-legged friend, which you can buy in our shop at a discounted price.