Beagle Allergies

Beagle AllergiesJust like in other dog breeds, beagle allergies can be worrisome for pet owners.  Your pet can suffer through a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe, which can lead to health complications.  The good news is that there are many types of treatments available for dog allergies depending on their causes.  Indeed, information is empowerment for both pet and human when it comes to understanding how to deal with potentially harmful dog Beagle allergies.

Symptoms to Look Out For

The symptoms of allergies in beagles depend on the type of allergy being experienced with many of the symptoms manifesting themselves in both types.  Your dog may experience either an internal or an external allergy with signs and symptoms that include the following:

  • Loss of fur either in small patches or in large areas of the scalp.
  • Dull, dry coat
  • Dry, itchy scalp particularly on the belly – often compulsive licking, biting and scratching can be observed
  • Ear inflammations and excessive eye discharge
  • Upset stomach as manifested by diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy as well as less appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing noise
  • Coughing

We must emphasize that the abovementioned symptoms of beagle allergies may also be signs of other illnesses.  As such, it is best to get your beagle to a veterinarian to secure a definitive diagnosis and, thus, start appropriate treatment.

Identification of Possible Causes

Generally speaking, dog allergies are caused by a specific type of allergen.  When the allergen has been identified, the allergy can then be classified as either internal or external.  The treatment options can then be discussed depending on the type of allergy.

First, internal allergies are typically caused by foods and substances that have been ingested by the beagle.  The most common of these allergens is dog food although anything from dairy products to wheat and especially chocolate can be the culprit, too.

Second, external allergies are usually caused by contact with the allergen.  It may be fleas and ticks; dog shampoos and other dog products; home products like laundry detergent, carpet cleaner and air freshener; and environmental elements like dust, mould and secondhand smoke.

Indeed, beagle allergies can be caused by anything in the dog’s environment.  You must take note of the most common allergens where your beagle is concerned and try to keep these triggers away from your pet.

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Adoption of Appropriate Treatments

When the type of allergy and the allergen has been identified, you and the veterinarian can take the necessary actions to treat it.  The following treatments may be undertaken:

  • Change the brand of dog food
  • Remove the food allergen from the diet (Most common allergens are soy, corn, turkey and wheat)
  • Lessen, if not eliminate, the environmental allergens like cigarette smoke, mould and dust from making contact with the beagle
  • Prescribe medications like corticosteroids and antihistamines
  • Undergo immunotherapy or allergy shots
  • Increase the amounts for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

You may also treat the symptoms while the abovementioned treatments for beagle allergies are being administered.  For example, cool baths relieve dry and itchy skin. With the proper care, your dog should be healthy again in no time.

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