So how do you know if your dog has allergies or a yeast infection? Dogs are just as susceptible to allergens as humans are, and sometimes can be even more sensitive them. If it is allergies, it’s a result of your dog’s immune system no working properly, something has attacked it, without you knowing until a health is sue arises. So first, you will need to find out what caused the allergic reaction – whether it be food, a bug bite or something else in the environment. Start eliminating things from his diet to determine what it is. With your dog’s immune system already compromised, yeast can become an issue. There are 3 different kinds of infections: fungal, bacterial and yeast. Sometimes vets can diagnose these wrong, as they exhibit similar signs.
Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs
Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or earflaps
Red, inflamed skin
Chronic ear infections
Itchy, runny eyes
Symptoms of FOOD Allergies in Dogs
Chronic Ear Infections
Red, Brown Or Bronze Nail Beds
Bronzing Around The Lips
Itchy Skin, Red Underbelly And Dull Coat
The skin on your dog’s belly can tell you a lot. Check their genitals and where the legs touch the body where the skin should be almost white, depending on your dog’s color. Pink is another color it should look like.
Possible Causes of Allergies
Flea Allergy Dermatitis: Bathing your dog often will keep fleas down since fleas thrive on dirt. After the fleas are gone, they can still irritate your dog’s skin.
Environmental: mold spores, dust mites, fabrics like wool and cotton, cleaning chemicals, ragweed and other grasses, pollen, cigarette smoke, dander, feathers, insecticidal shampoos, as well as rubber or plastics.
Medications: Prescriptions can be a culprit for allergies
Vaccines: if you over-vaccinate, this can cause allergies in your dog.
Treating Allergies in Your Dog
If you think your dog has allergies, you’ll want to avoid what’s causing them, ie – food, environmental, any medications. Try some home remedies that I’ve found to be quite effective. If things are still not progressing after eliminating things, your vet may prescribe medication. It is possible for your dog to have an allergic reaction, just as in people. If this happens, make sure to get them to an emergency vet.
Yeast in Your Dog
Signs and Symptoms of a Yeast Infection in Dogs
Inflammation around the ears
Redness or swelling
Crusted skin on the ear flap
Loss of hair around the ear
Head shaking or tilting
Loss of balance
Loss of hearing
Walking in circles
Unusual eye movements