St. Pete Dog Walking Professional Shares What To Do If You Think Your Dog Has Allergies

Here are a few tricks of the trade that I learned as a pet owners myself of two terriers (which is one of the breeds that is more commonly known to develop allergies) before you go to the vet and pay a hefty price for testing:

  • First think of any recent changes you might have made to your dogs food, treats, flea medicine, detergent soaps on their beds, or shampoo. Any minor adjustment or change even just a brand or flavor change and your dog can begin showing signs of an allergy
  • If your dog has not yet made the switch to Limited Ingredients Diet food such as Natural Balance, then you may consider the switch if you’ve identified your dog’s food as the source.
  • A vet once told me one of the greatest tips – use blue Dawn soap, yes the dishwashing soap, to bath your dogs. It is the same soap that is used on dogs before they undergo surgerical procedures because of it’s bacterial killing ability. This has greatly improved the coat and allergy signs on our terriers.

If all else fails, go to your vet and after taking a complete history and conducting a physical exam, he or she may be able to determine the source of your dog’s allergic reaction. If not, your vet will most likely recommend skin and blood tests or stool testing if diarrhea is a main symptom, or special elimination diet, to find out what’s causing the allergic reaction.

Exerpts gathered from ASPCA Website: www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-allergies.aspx

Your St. Pete pet sitting in home professional is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. By hiring a professional pet sitter from your local area gives you access to information about how to have a happier pet from puppy to adult dog. Regal Pet Services LLC provides dog walking, pet sitting in home, dog running, and other pet services in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde, Madiera Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater.

Just ask your St. Pete professional pet sitter when you call to set up your FREE inital meeting if you have any other questions you would like your St. Pete pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

St Pete Pet Sitter Shares Substances that Your Dog Can Have an Allergy To

As a professional pet sitter in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Madiera Beach, and St. Pete Beach it is common to see dogs or developing puppies beginning to show signs of allergies. This post is to alert you as the pet parent what are some common substances that could be causing such reactions:

  • Tree, grass and weed pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat, or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas and flea-control products (the bite of a single flea can trigger intense inchiness for two or three weeks!)
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials

Dogs can also be allergic to food and it often takes some detective work to find out what substance is causing the allergic reaction. Dogs with food allergy will commonly have ichy skin, breathing difficulties or gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, and an elimination diet will most probabaly be used to determine what food he is allergic to.

If your dog is specifically allergic to chicken, for example, you should avoid feeding him any products containing chicken protein or fat.

Note that food allergies may show up in dogs at any age so just because your dog is a young puppy or a dog that has lived a long life clear of allergies doesn’t mean they are in the clear.

 

Information Gathered From ASPCA Website: www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-allergies.aspx

Your St. Pete pet sitting in home professional is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. By hiring a professional pet sitter from your local area gives you access to information about how to have a happier pet from puppy to adult dog. Regal Pet Services LLC provides dog walking, pet sitting in home, dog running, and other pet services in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde, Madiera Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater.

Just ask your St. Pete professional pet sitter when you call to set up your FREE inital meeting if you have any other questions you would like your St. Pete pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

St Pete Pet Sitting In Home Guide To Identifying Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

Here are some general symptoms of allergies:

  • Itchy, red, moist, or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Allergenic dogs may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs, or crust on the skin.

 

Information Gathered From ASPCA Website: www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-allergies.aspx

Your St. Pete pet sitting in home professional is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. By hiring a professional pet sitter from your local area gives you access to information about how to have a happier pet from puppy to adult dog. Regal Pet Services LLC provides dog walking, pet sitting in home, dog running, and other pet services in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde, Madiera Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater.

Just ask your St. Pete professional pet sitter when you call to set up your FREE inital meeting if you have any other questions you would like your St. Pete pet sitter to bring to that meeting…