Common Terrier Allergies—Tips from Our Pet Allergy Specialists
Terriers are friendly and active canine companions that can bring you a lifetime of joy and entertainment. However, many terriers have a tendency to have certain allergies—particularly atopic dermatitis. Our practice is dedicated to dermatological issues in pets, so if your terrier seems to be suffering from inhaled or contact allergies, here’s what you need to know from our veterinarians in Vancouver and Richmond about terrier allergies.
Which Types of Terriers are More Susceptible to Allergies?
Short-haired and hairless breeds tend to have more allergy issues with the most common sufferers falling in the Jack Russell, Hairless, Cairn and Bull Terrier categories. However, any pet can fall victim to the discomforts of allergies. Most often these allergies are due to contact dermatitis and atopic varieties that can cause discomforts such as asthma. Food allergies and airborne allergies can be problematic for terriers, particularly in smaller breeds. Most dogs will exhibit allergy symptoms by the age of five if they ever do present themselves.
Triggers and Symptoms of Terrier Allergies
Common triggers for terrier allergies are known to include certain foods, dust, mold, grass, insect bites and inhaled allergens. This can source signs of atopic dermatitis, but every dog may have different symptoms expressed as hyperactive immune systems will have various reactions. Some of the most common signs of allergies in terriers include:
• Redness of the Skin
• Visible Hotspots
• Excessive Chewing and/or Licking Paws or Skin
• Skin Infections
• Ear infections
• Hair Loss
• Over Pigmentation
• Sneezing and/or Watery Eyes
Testing and Diagnosing Terrier Allergies
Intradermal allergy testing for pets is one of the best methods for testing for canine dermatological allergens and issues. This allows our veterinarians in Vancouver and Richmond to directly test skin where any allergic responses seem to be appearing. However, your dog needs to be removed from antihistamines for two weeks before testing and also free of steroidal compounds for a month prior to the exam. We will put your put under a mild anesthesia and proceed to test them 60 or so allergens. The results from this short procedure begin coming in within minutes, and pets often have no side effects from the testing.
Contact Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver and Richmond, BC for Terrier Allergies
As the first clinic that’s wholly devoted to animal dermatology in Western Canada, we have the skills and expertise to accurately help you diagnose and treat your animal. Beyond finding prescription medications to help their symptoms, we may recommend dietary and lifestyle changes that help pets avoid triggers.
Contact our Vancouver location at 604-558-3376 or call our Richmond office at 604-270-6163 to schedule an appointment for your terrier or other pets suffering from allergic symptoms.