Golden Retriever Allergies – How to Spot them
Perhaps you have personally dealt with golden retriever allergies since they are a common condition to the breed. Common allergies for golden retrievers include flea bites, food allergies, seasonal allergies, and contact allergies. Just like people, your veterinarian can do allergy testing on your dog to see what exactly he or she is allergic to.
When human think of allergies, they think of sneezing, watering eyes, and a running nose. However, dog allergy symptoms are quite different than humans, for instance, if your dog has an allergy to flea bites, the hair where the bite occurred will fall out. The dog may scratch his skin until it bleeds, which is why if your dog has allergies to flea bites, you need to do everything you can to ensure that you use flea preventative measures.
Another common golden retriever allergies is with their food. Many of the grocery store brands of dog food are full of preservatives and are corn based rather than meat based. Additionally, they may include dyes, all of which can cause an allergic reaction. Food allergies for dogs typically include scratching and biting of the feet and ear infections. Continually ear infections in dogs can lead to further complications as they age, and you can tell when your dog has an ear infection because the ear may be draining (excess wax), redness, swelling, and smell foul. This of course, needs to be treated immediately so that it does not turn into a worse condition.
Ear golden retriever allergies are common because they have the drooping ears that do not get a lot air, therefore, when your dog has an allergy to something in his environment, it can cause ear infections, biting on the feet. In severe cases, such with flea bites, loss of hair, and hot spots, which are unsightly and truly cause a lot of pain and misery for your dog.
When it comes to dog allergy symptoms, they are as individual as those of people, meaning some dogs may have only mild allergies, where others will have allergies so severe its skin is inflamed, bleeding and even infected. Needless to say, the worse the condition of your dog’s appearance, the more you need to seek treatment from your veterinarian. Many times, skin antibiotics and an oral antibiotic is needed in order to get the dog’s inflammation under control.
Knowing the exact cause of your golden retriever allergies will also help you and your veterinarian devise a plan that can help keep the dog’s condition under control. Lastly, consider having an allergy test performed on your dog so that you know exactly what the problem is and this will make both you and your dog happier.