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allergies in dogs

Dogs with Allergies

An allergy is an unpleasant response to exposure to an inhalant, to a food, or to something in the environment. This response is triggered by the immune system. Allergies can affect all breeds of dog. Dog allergies fall into four categories.

4 Types of Allergies

  1. 1. Flea Allergy Dermatitis
  2. 2. Dog Food Allergies (and drug allergies):
    The most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish.
  3. 3. Inhaled Allergies
    Allergens such as grasses, molds, pollens, and dust mites. Dog allergies usually start between 1-3 years of age. Most common breeds affected are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, Poodles, English Setters, Irish Setters, Boxers, Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Wire Fox Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, among others, although any dog may be affected
  4. Direct Contact Allergies
    Some dog allergies are caused by irritants through direct contact with the skin.


Other potential root causes for dog allergies include genetic predisposition, environment, and antibiotics at an early age may cause dog allergies due to disrupting gut ecology.

Flea allergies and irritant allergies are usually more readily identified for the dog and treated by removal and control, but unfortunately is not the case with inhalant allergies and dog food allergies. There are things to look for to get a general sense of the problem and steps to take to improve your dog’s health.

Signs Your Dog Has Allergies

  1. 1. Gastrointestinal problems
  2. 2. Licking of the feet
  3. 3. Excessive scratching
  4. 4. Ear problems
  5. 5. Sneezing
  6. 6. Watery eyes
  7. 7. Hair loss

Reducing Causes of Allergies in Dogs

Obviously if you have identified the food(s) that your dog has a reaction to you should remove them from your dog's diet. This can be done through eliminating a suspected food, observing, then reintroducing. If your dog's allergies improve with elimination, and worsens with reintroduction, there is likely a problem.

With dog food it can be hard to distill down to the actual allergen as it may only be a particular ingredient, so you may want to look for options in dog foods that are designed for low allergy potential. Here are some other steps to take nutritionally that will be sure to help:

Steps to Reduce Dog Food Allergies

  1. 1. Variety
    Provide some variety in the diet (especially with puppy’s)
  2. 2. Reduce Grains
    Reduce or remove grains from the diet.
  3. 3. Add Probiotics
    Put your dog on probiotics such as Probiotic Miracle (especially puppy’s, and especially for the first year of life). If you can create a strong gut ecology, food allergies will likely not develop. For those dogs that already have allergies, regular use of probiotics over time should greatly help to abate them.

Reducing Inhalant Allergies

Often these allergies in dogs are in response to those that are inhaled or absorbed through the skin (atopic dermatitis). Here are the following steps to take with your dog:

  1. 1. Treat Skin Problems
    Reduce dog itching and scratching by treating the skin problems.
  2. 2. Improve Living Conditions
    Try to improve your dog's living conditions to avoid the allergens (easier said then done). Keep his sleeping areas clean. When your dog comes in from the outdoors, you can remove pollens by wiping down your dog's paws with a damp towel or cloth
  3. 3. Introduce Essential Fatty Acids
    Dogs respond well to essential fatty acid formulas such as Celavin fish oil as they can reduce the inflammatory response (the severity)
  4. 4. Provide Antioxidants
    Dermix contains anti-oxidant compounds as beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process.

Final Note

Often, allergies in dogs are are misdiagnosed and the real problem is just a poor diet. Probiotics make a huge difference in yeast overgrowth and allergies in dogs.

Natural Treatment for Dogs with Allergies

Nusentia natural pet supplements have been helping dogs support the symptoms that come with dog allergies. Our products are manufactured with the highest quality ingredients for maximum absorption and efficacy.

  1. 1. Omega-3 Fish Oil to your dog's diet.
    Fish oil provides essential fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation caused by dog food allergies and inhalant allergies. Celavin™ is an ultra-pure omega-3 fish oil for dogs.
  2. 2. Use Dermix™, a nutrition formula (Allergy, Skin and Coat)
    Contains anti-oxidant compounds, such as, beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process.
  3. 4. Probiotics to support
    Support your dog's immune system. When your dog's suffers from dog food allergies or inhalant/direct allergies, the immune system becomes weak. The immune system is primarily supported in the gut, which is why it is vital to supplement with probiotics. Our probiotics are guaranteed to be able to pass through the hostile environment of the stomach to seed in the intestine and benefit your dog.
  4. 5. Switch to Nusentia's Raw & Grain-Free dog food.
    The dog digestive system is not equipped to digest the complex proteins in grain, so the result can be a food intolerance or food allergy. The canine body will see those complex proteins as an enemy invader and counter with a negative inflammatory response. Eliminating grains by using Nusentia's Raw & Grain Free™ ensures that your dog gets whole, high-quality nutrition.

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* Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the site owner, unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of our experts and community. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions for your pet based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified veterinarian or health care professional.

Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from animal to animal. It is your responsibility to discuss this information with your vet and make sure it is appropriate for you pet's health. The information is not a substitute for an examination, checkup, or treatment when your pet has a health problem.