My Golden Has Allergies: What Should I Do?

Golden Retrievers are more sensitive to allergies than other breeds.

By Helen T. Redlus

Allergy problems and Golden Retrievers seem to go hand-in-hand. So if you think your beloved dog is suffering from allergies, you came to the right place.

First things first, let’s talk about what are the symptoms of allergies in dogs. While every dog is different, these may be signs of an allergic reaction:

  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Swelling
  • Constant licking of a specific area
  • Itchiness

If your dog presents any of these symptoms, he could suffer from allergies. So, what to do? The very first thing you should do is consult with your veterinarian. Determine whether or not your dog would be a good candidate for allergy testing and subsequently, allergy shots.

Not ready to go to the vet? These tips might help your canine friend:

1.Changing diet to a hypo-allergenic

There are several excellent hypo-allergenic diets available. When you change food, do it gradually by incorporating the new food with the old over a week or two.

Abrupt changes can cause upset tummies and diarrhea. Also, while you are testing for food allergies, do not feed any other food (no milk bones, rawhide, table scraps, etc.). Give only the hypo-allergenic diet.

2. Keeping the dog flea free.

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to keep your allergic dog’s environment free of fleas. This includes the interior of your home as well as the yard and the dog.

3. Frequent baths

Bathing your pet with hypoallergenic shampoo could rinse out allergens that could be absorbed by the skin and hypoallergenic shampoo can give some relief to itchy skin.

4. Keep an eye on your dog

Contact allergy is the least common. but it could happen it is the most difficult to figure out. Watch your dog after being on the grass or on the carpet for a while. This might give you a better idea of the things that could be activating the symptoms.

5- Go to the vet

Please do not give your dog any medication without consulting with your vet. At the end of the day, he is going to be able to give you a better understanding of what is causing the allergies on your dog.

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