How To Recognize And Treat Pug Dog Allergies
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There are three main causes of allergies. The food allergy, flea bite or insect allergy and the airborne allergies. If your little Pug is coughing, sneezing or wheezing pay close attention. Your little dog may be having some difficulty breathing. This can be a serious problem especially with the Pug breed.
An allergic skin disease is totally frustrating for owners and their dogs. There can be sneezing, coughing, skin irritation, runny eyes or inflammation. It normally requires frequent visits to the vet and long-term topical and oral medication that often takes a long time to clear Pug dog allergies.
How Will I Know My Pug Is Suffering From An Allergy?
Your Pug Is Scratching His/Her Ears
If your dog starts scratching his/her ears this may be a signal that there is an infection. Yeast infections are very common and are as a result of an allergy. There will be muck and your dogs ears will smell awful.
Your Dog Is Licking His/Her Paws
If you notice that your pug is continually licking his/her paws then your little friend is probably experiencing an allergic reaction. There can be occasional to frequent and even extreme licking that may lead to biting. Check the skin between the paws for breaking or moisture build up. If there is an infection the skin will be a color ranging from pink to red.
Your Pug Is Scratching Feverishly
Biting or scratching on any area of the body is a sure sign they your dogs suffering from allergies. Common areas will be the neck, insides of legs, chin and tail. This kind of scratching may break the skin and set off an infection. This is known as a hot spot and of left untreated will spread rather quickly.
Your Pug Is Rubbing His/Her Face
Skin irritation often occurs in the wrinkles on a pug’s face. He/she may begin to use his/her paws to rub the face. Pugs suffering from a rash often rub their faces on sofas or carpets.
Types Of Pug Dog Allergies
Actually it’s not the flea bite itself that causes most of the itching, it’s the saliva. Your Pug starts scratching. This often leads to infection. Even a few of fleas on your dog can turn into a serious issue. A constant itch might cause your little associate to take the skin off his/her body. This will cause bleeding, scabbing and bare patches.
Your Pugs skin might be itching because he/she has allergic dermatitis. Your little friend will be biting and scratching at the affected area. The skin will be red and small bumps will appear. The sticky areas may ooze and scabs may develop. There may be scales that look like dandruff and the skin will be warm to the touch.
These Pug dog allergies are usually caused by fleas. Don’t try flea sprays or dip your Pug until you have seen your vet.
The vet will start with anti-allergy drugs and antibiotics and/or anti-viral medications until the cause of the allergic reaction has been diagnosed.
Relieving the symptoms of Pug dog allergies without addressing the reason for the allergy is a short-term fix to a problem that sometimes becomes a life long health issue.
Veterinarians prescribe a range of medication to control the itching caused by allergies. An antihistamine (Benedryl) is often the first drug used when a dog develops allergy symptoms. The problem is that they are only effective in 20% of cases.
Used in combination with other treatments can make them an antihistamine more effective. Omega-3 fatty acids are also very beneficial in the treatment of allergies in dogs. New studies have shown that when omega-3 fatty acids are used in tandem with other treatments, such as antihistamines, the use of steroids can be decreased or discontinued.
For fleas try Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control.
There may be areas of dry, irritated skin known as hot spots. Dry, itchy skin will cause your Pug to paw and chew at the infected area. This only makes it more sensitive and irritated. If the skin breaks open, infection will possible set in.
A Pug that is constantly scratching might have a food problem. Internal Pig dog allergies are a reaction like diarrhea or vomiting because of something your little dog has eaten.
Around 12% of dogs that have allergies have an intolerance to their food. A change to his/her diet can be the solution.
Avoidance is the only way to effectively treat a food allergy. The offending ingredient can be identified in a food trial and eliminated from your dog’s diet. Treatment with antihistamines, and/or steroids can give your Pug a little relief but getting rid of the offending ingredient from the diet is the only real solution.
If you decide to switch to another brand of dog food give him/her the food in moderation and watch for any possible reaction. Look for an increase in the amount of scratching your Pug is doing.
Limit your walks and offer plenty of water so that your dog can re-hydrate until your pug Pug has recovered.
Pug Dog Allergies Caused By The Environment
Pugs, often react to allergens like pollen, dander, mold spores or dust mites. Other Pug dog allergies may be a reaction to household cleaning products, fabrics, perfumes or rubber materials.
Atopy (air born allergy) is by far the most common cause of allergies in dogs. It often begins as a seasonal issue, but it can turn into a year-round problem.
The Pug breeds flat faces make them especially prone to seasonal and other airborne irritants. If your pug is experiencing an allergic reaction to something in the environment you will see skin irritation around the mouth, eyes, and armpits. Your dog may have chronic diarrhea, vomiting and wheezing.
It’s important to discover the cause of this kind of allergy. The longer your Pug is exposed, to whatever is irritating him/her the more the sensitivity and reaction will grow.
How To Avoid The Risk Of Atopy
- Keep your pug out of the room when you are using the vacuum.
- Switch to less toxic household cleaning products.
- Wash your dogs bed well in very hot water
- Avoid dusty dog food
- Your dog’s drinking water should not contain fluoride, heavy metals or other contaminants.
- No stuffed toys
- If possible keep your Pug away from carpets/rugs.
- Run the air conditioner during the summer months.
- Avoid introducing too many house plants.
- Clean and disinfect that humidifier.
- Keep your Pug out of the basement.
- Keep your Pug inside when you are mowing the lawn.
- Keep dogs out of grassy areas on your walks.
Demodectic (Red Mange) sometimes occurs in Pugs aged between 4 and 10 months. The condition is inherited. It’s passed from mother to puppy.
Mange is a mite. Your Pugs immune system keeps these mites dormant until a trauma occurs. When this happens your dogs natural immunity is lowered. This will cause the mites to multiply.
Your Pug may loose patches of hair from the area around his/her eyes. In this case the exposed skin does not itch. In another more serious form, the hair loss is limited to the area around the feet. This form causes infection, accompanied by pain, swelling and some drainage. If the dog is not given an antibiotic the area will crust over and ooze pus.
Treating Pugs Affected By Their Environment
Steroid therapy (prednisone) is often prescribed for Pug dog allergies. This medication does relieve symptoms. Steroids are safe to use in the short-term but the risk from side effects increases the longer a dog is on them.
Topical therapy consists of shampoos, rinses and anti-itch solutions. These offer immediate, but short-term relief. I recommend bathing dogs with these kinds of allergies at least once every two weeks with a colloidal oatmeal or other hypoallergenic dog shampoo.
This infection affects the dogs coat, toenails, or skin. Its caused by fungi transmitted from other dogs or from the dirt. You will notice a fast spreading, round area of hair loss.
To treat this problem its best to wash and disinfect or throw out all of your dogs collars, bedding, leashes and anything else he/she may come in contact with. This will include a thorough cleaning of your home with a strong disinfectant.
Like teenagers, young Pugs may suffer from acne. Small pimples may be seen on the dogs chin . You can use cleaning pads to clean up the area and stop new outbreaks.
Try washing the affected area with an antibacterial shampoo every morning. If this fails to clear the pimples or if there’s no improvement within a week, see your veterinarian.
Wouldn’t be nice if a dog could tell you whats going on?
“Did I hear things, or can that little dog speak?” said Dibbler. “He says he can’t,” said Victor. Dibbler hesitated. The excitement was unhinging him a little. “Well,” he said, “I suppose he should know.” Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures