You may not realize it but dogs can suffer from allergies just as much as humans can. In many cases, however, the symptoms of allergies in Rottweilers look very different. To protect your Rottweiler against allergies you first need to learn everything you can about them – their causes, symptoms, and treatment options are all outlined here below.
What are the Causes for Allergies in Dogs?
Dogs like the Rottweiler can potentially develop allergies at any time in their life. Some of the most common allergens affecting dogs include grass, pollen, mold, dust, dander, feathers, smoke, perfumes, cleaning products, certain fabrics, and certain materials. Dogs can also develop an allergic reaction to flea bites and flea control products as well as certain food ingredients. Grains like corn, wheat, and soy ingredients are some of the most common food allergies, though things like beef, chicken, pork, and dairy are common allergens as well.
What makes allergies in dogs so confusing is the fact that the symptoms do not always suggest an allergic reaction. For example, food allergies in dogs are more likely to cause a skin reaction or recurrent ear infections than any kind of digestive problem. Some allergies do, however, cause vomiting or diarrhea. The most common symptoms of allergies in Rottweilers, however, are skin-related – things like itchy skin, redness or inflammation, hot spots, runny eyes, and chewing or licking the paws. In some cases, dogs also develop secondary bacterial or yeast infections which compounds the effects of their allergy and may contribute to additional skin problems.
Treatment Options for Rottweiler Allergies
The best treatment for your Rottweiler’s allergies will depend on the cause for the allergy. If your dog is allergic to fleas, you need to be extra careful about protecting him against flea bites. A topical flea preventive is generally the best option – just make sure to choose a reputable brand. For inhalant allergies (things like smoke or perfumes) your veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines – you should also make sure to limit contact with the allergen, of course. Contact allergies can sometimes be relieved with topical ointments or medicated shampoos.
When it comes to addressing food allergies in Rottweilers, the treatment is a little bit different. Depending what you are feeding your dog, it may be obvious what the allergen is. In many cases, however, it takes time to determine what the allergen is. The first step is to switch your Rottweiler over to a Limited Ingredient Diet – a diet made with novel sources of protein and carbohydrate (something the dog hasn’t eaten before).
You keep your dog on this diet for 12 weeks until all signs of the allergy have cleared up and then you have the option of introducing potential allergens one at a time until you identify the culprit. Then, you can switch your dog to a diet free from that ingredient or you can simply keep him on the Limited Ingredient Diet.
Diagnosing allergies in Rottweilers sometimes takes a little detective work so pay attention to all of the signs and symptoms, no matter how insignificant they seem. The more information you can give your bet, the easier it will be for the two of you to find out what is wrong and to start the proper course of treatment to give your Rottweiler the relief he needs.
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