Common Labrador Allergies Treated by a Vancouver and Richmond, BC Veterinarian
Pet allergies are a common problem that can cause more than just sneezing. If you have a Labrador, your dog is prone to allergies including dog skin allergies. At the Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver, our pet dermatology expert is able to diagnose and treat Fido's pet allergies.
How Allergies Develop
Your dog may be born with allergies. It's also possible your pooch will develop allergies with age. Allergies occur because your pet's body will overreact to certain triggers. When the immune system reacts, it produces immunoglobulin E, also known as IgE. Immunoglobulin is a protein that'll stimulate the release of histamines that cause itchiness, hives, and other symptoms. Although any type of dog breed may develop allergies, Labradors are prone to dog skin allergies because their bodies produce more IgE than other breeds.
Your pet may have a serious skin reaction to fleas. Your pet could be highly sensitive to flea saliva. It's also possible your pet is allergic to a flea medication. Any kind of chemical that comes in contact with your pet's skin could trigger a reaction. Inhaling allergens in the air can cause your pet to break out in a rash. For instance, your pet might have a reaction to mold, grass pollen, dust mites, weed pollen or tree pollen. Your pet could be allergic to something he or she is ingested. It could be to human food or even pet food. Some of the more common food allergies your Labrador may have include soy, fish, chicken, beef or corn.
How Our Vet Treats Skin Allergies
If you're unsure what's triggering the allergic reaction in your pup, our pet dermatology expert may conduct an allergy test to determine the cause. Our veterinarian may prescribe a topical medication to relieve some of the discomforts. Our veterinarian may also prescribe an oral medication to block histamine. Our vet will also recommend changes you can make at home to reduce your lab's symptoms.