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All About Yorkshire Terrier Allergies!

From:
Sharda Baker, 11.30am   

Dear Friend,                       

During the last two weeks I have had; the gas heating breakdown, the fan in the oven burn out,  a little accident running into the rear of another car (no-one was hurt),  and now a nasty flu.   

    Things are bound to soon get better and to be honest I can’t complain.

    There are many of you who have had, are suffering or recovering from a serious illness of some sort.  I wish you all the best in your recovery.

    Anyway, down to business......This month I thought we should try and understand a bit more about Yorkie allergies.

    Owning a Yorkshire Terrier     means having a constant companion to bond and play with.

 Aside from the joy and laughter that a dog can bring to your relationship, he can also bring health problems that can bring discomfort to you or your dog.

    One of the most common health problems that a Yorkshire Terrier   encounters  is allergies.

    Below is some information to help you better understand this common and troublesome problem.

    Of course, it is recommended you see your vet to discuss a proper management plan to suit your Yorkshire Terrier     .

What are Dog Allergies?

    Dog allergies are usually caused by changes in the dog’s food or environment. These allergies are distinguished by how the body reacts to unusual stimulus triggered by different factors. These are known as allergic reactions.

    If your Yorkshire Terrier   shows signs of allergic reaction, you need to find out what is causing it. A veterinarian can help you verify the problem and then help you determine how to resolve it and strengthen his immunes system.

    Dogs can react differently to allergies, even if it is caused by the same allergen. These allergens can at times be in the dog’s body, causing it to react against itself, as in the case of auto-immune diseases.

    Some dog breeds may seem less susceptible or even prone to allergies, but in actuality, no dog is immune to them.

What Causes Dog Allergies?

    There are many causes of dog allergies. For example, a dog might inhale grass or tree pollen. He could develop a reaction to dust granules. Maybe he’s allergic to flea saliva.

    Or, he could even be allergic to an ingredient found in his commercial dog food.

    You will learn more about the different types of dog allergies later in this article.

6 Common Symptoms of Dog Allergies

    Dogs exhibit different signs as a result of having allergies. Here are six of the most common symptoms to watch for:

1.      Skin problems

    The most obvious sign of skin problems is when your Yorkshire Terrier   itches—more than normal—for an extended period of time. This excessive itching is dangerous because pustules can erupt and become infected. You may also notice redness and  swelling of the problem area.

If he has fleas, then the allergy situation can become   more severe.

2.      Hair loss

If your dog loses an excessive amount of hair, he could possibly have allergies.  

3.      Digestive problems

Excessive diarrhea and/or gas is a sign that your dog could have allergies.

4.      Vomiting

If your dog vomits, it could be due to stomach and intestinal problems caused by allergies.

5.      Foul odors

If you notice foul smelling odors, they are most likely due to infections in open sores on the skin.

6.      Ear infections

Scratching or tilting of the head can be signs of an ear infection caused by allergies.

Pay close attention to your dog’s behaviors—and the duration of the “episode.” These could be important clues to determining your dog’s health problems.

What are the Types of Dog Allergies?

There are three basic types of dog allergies:

1.      Flea Allergy

2.      Inhalant Allergy

3.      Food Allergy

Inhalant Allergies

    The environment contains allergens which can cause mast cells in the skin and basophils in the blood to release antibodies containing histamines, leukotrienes, and serotonin.

These are what cause the dog’s allergy symptoms.

Causes

·            If your Yorkshire Terrier  inhales grass pollen or ragweed pollen, he could show signs of allergy.

·        Your dog will show signs of dust and pollen allergies by scratching himself, biting himself, licking his paws, shaking his head and rub his face on the ground when pollen is in the air.

·        Some of these inhalant allergies are only seasonal. For example, some dogs  may deal with grass pollen only in the spring and summer.  Whereas, ragweed   pollen could be a problem in late summer and early fall.

·        When pollen grains are in the air and the inhalant allergies occur, the dog will  bite and scratch his body, shake his head, lick his paws, shake his head, and   rub his face on the carpet or grass for relief.        

·        Inhalant allergies can also be caused by household dust, mold spores, and other irritants. In these situations, the inhalant allergy is not seasonal, rather year-around.

Prevention and Treatment

·            You can treat your Yorkshire Terrier  of inhalant allergies by giving him cool baths with shampoos or rinses with the ingredients aloe vera, eucalyptus, or oatmeal. These ingredients are soothing to the dog’s skin. His skin will begin to heal as the allergen goes away.

·            You can also alter your dog’s diet by including more Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Read the dog food’s packaging labels to ensure these are included. Giving your dog a healthy diet containing vitamins and minerals will help improve his overall health, including his coat and skin.

·            In more extreme cases of inhalant allergies, there are antibiotic and drug therapy treatments that can be given. Talk to your vet about what options are best for your dog. 

·            Also, be sure to keep your home—and especially the areas of the house where your dog spends most of his time—very clean. Vacuum the floors and furniture frequently and dust everything. Also make sure that you keep his bedding clean and fresh at all times.

  • Some dog owners treat their pet with antihistamines such as diphenhydramine  (Benadryl), clemastine (Tavist), or chlorapheniramine                     (Chlortrimetron). However, NEVER give these to your dog unless you have spoken with your vet  about the proper dosage.
  • If you go this route, it is important to point out that your dog’s allergies may   not fully recover from these options. Therefore, you may have    to  experiment   to find the solution that works for him.  
  • In extreme cases, when nothing else seems to work, a vet may recommend prednisone (or other type of steroid). This will interfere with the immune  system so the dog’s body won’t consider the allergens as invaders.
  • Steroids should only be used according to the vet’s recommendations.  

Excessive use of steroids can cause liver problems for the dog. For older dogs, it

can create a form of Cushing’s disease.

Other side effects of steroids are that it can cause the dog to have an increase  in appetite and thirst. This can lead to frequent urination, which can cause more aggression for some dog.

Flea Allergies

    Constant scratching can be a clear sign that your Yorkshire Terrier  has a flea bite allergy. This irritability can be so intolerable for the dog that he may actually chew himself raw while trying to ease the pain.

Causes

·        Flea allergies can occur when a dog is allergic to the flea saliva. If the dog is  bit by a single flea, the dog could begin chewing frantically.

He will chew most around his tail, inside his hind legs, and on his   stomach in an effort to relieve the pain.

 

Prevention and Treatment

·        To help prevent your Yorkshire Terrier  from flea allergy complications, provide him with regular grooming. Have him cut as close to the skin as possible.

·        This way, you can easily detect fleas and their droppings.

·        Also be sure to regularly apply flea prevention treatment to your dog. Your vet-

erinarian will have a good supply of high-quality flea products.

Flea prevention treatments range from once-a-month treatments, pills, sprays, and shampoos.

There are even premise foggers that contain  growth  regulators and pyrethrins.

Talk with your vet about which prevention  treatments are best for your dog within your environment.

A word of caution: Don’t let price be a factor in your flea prevention decision. The better flea preventative products are usually more expensive, but they are much more effective.

·        Many Yorkshire Terrier  owners prefer to go the “natural” route in preventing fleas by using plant products such as garlic and brewer’s yeast.  However, there is no solid proof that these actually deter fleas.

·        Other dog owners surround the dog crate or doorways with herbs such as southern-wood, pennyroyal, or wormwood.

·        Others, swear by herbal flea   collars.            

·        Then there are dog owners who brush lavender or eucalyptus oil throughout the

dog’s coat—usually weekly.

·        Others sprinkle rosemary, dried lavender leaves, or eucalyptus into the dog’s bed.

While these are all safe and resourceful ideas, it is not known for certain  if they can really prevent fleas. 

Food Allergies

    If your Yorkshire Terrier  shows signs of allergies, but you are quite certain it is not from inhalants in the environment, fleas in his coat or other health problems, your dog could suffer from food allergies. 

    It is sometimes difficult to determine food allergies, especially when the dog faces other allergies. It can also be a timely process as you experiment with different foods, trying to isolate the food allergens.

     These food allergies can cause your dog discomfort with severe intestinal and stomach problems. The most obvious signs of food allergies are diarrhea and vomiting, but it can also lead to ear infections.

 

Prevention and Treatment

 

·            If you suspect your Yorkshire Terrier   has food allergies, take him to the vet immediately. Your vet can prescribe a new diet that is high in protein, carbohydrates and other nutrients that your dog may not have been receiving from his previous diet.

·            Some vets recommend a home-cooked diet for dogs with food allergies. This could include protein combined with rice or potatoes, which is a healthy, hypoallergenic meal.

·            To do this, boil all the ingredients and serve the same amount as your dog’s normal diet. After the food has been cooked, you can package meals in individual portions, freeze them, then thaw as you need them.

·            (Caution: This diet should only be fed for a short period of time—one or two months at the most because it is not a well-balanced diet. It is only a test diet.)

·        Once your dog is on the new prescribed diet, don’t feed him anything else until you see some improvement. You are trying to isolate the  food allergen.

·        If you notice that  the   symptoms go away, you can gradually bring new food into  his diet to try and identify which ingredient is the cause for the allergies.

·        If the   symptoms do not go   away within four weeks, you can try another hypo-allergenic diet.  

 If the symptoms   still do not go away, your vet will   need to run more tests.              

 

When You Are Allergic to Your Dog!

    Approximately 15 percent of dog owners suffer from some sort of pet-related allergies. These allergic reactions can be mild or quite severe. Allergies can be caused by dander, saliva, skin or hair proteins, or fur.

How do these allergies affect the body?

    People can develop an immune reaction to a particular protein that is found in the sebaceous glands of the dog’s skin.

    Dogs are continually shedding, so when he releases these tiny scales of dead skin—dander—allergens are also being released.

    A dog can also have allergens in his saliva and even urine. These allergens get trapped into his fur and when he licks himself, he is spreading them.

    Additionally, as the fur dries out, there are microscopic particles that flake off and get into the air. When this happens, you can breathe in the particles.

    These allergens can stay airborne for hours at a time and can stay potent for weeks—making it very uncomfortable for you.

Symptoms of Allergies

    If you find yourself sneezing and wheezing, or you discover itchy rashes, chances are you have allergies. If this is the case, you will want to consult with an allergist. He or she will be able to determine if your allergy symptoms are pet-related.  

    If you find that you are allergic to your dog, the allergist can help alleviate the irritating symptoms by creating a treatment routine. This could include medication, allergy shots, and/or alternative therapy.

15 Helpful Tips for Controlling Allergies

Unfortunately, there is not a cure for allergies. However, there are several things you can do to make life with your dog more comfortable:

1.      Wash your hands frequently.

 

·        Wash your hands with soap and hot water immediately after handling your dog.

·        If you are unable to wash your hands right away, avoid touching your hands with  your

face—especially  your eyes, nose, and mouth.

·        If you have severe allergies and are in close contact with your dog, you may  need to take frequent showers and change your clothes  throughout the day.

2.      Feed your dog a well-balanced diet.

Your dog’s diet should include some natural fat. This fat helps to make your  dog’s skin less dry, resulting in less shedding. Talk to your vet about his  recommendations on how to   safely add fat to his diet.

3.      Don’t allow your dog in the bedroom.

 

 

·        This tip takes a lot of discipline, but it does make a big impact on your reaction to  allergies.

·        Keeping your bedroom door closed is ideal because it keeps airborne particles away.

·        Sleep on mattresses and pillows with hypoallergenic polyester fillings. Also, as an extra precaution, cover your pillows, mattresses, and box springs with plastic,  zippered, allergy-proof covers.

4.      Brush your dog often.

·        It is ideal to brush your dog daily. However, if you suffer from allergies, you’ll need to give another family member the responsibility of brushing  the dog. If    possible, the dog should be brushed outdoors.

·        If you live alone with your dog, consider taking him to a professional  groomer.  You could wear a dust mask and gloves for brushing him in  between grooming visits.

 Bathe your dog regularly.

 

·        Check your dog’s current shampoo. It should preferably be a hypoallergenic or oatmeal  based shampoo. If it’s not, try switching brands.

·        If your allergies can’t handle  the bathing, have another family member be  responsible for giving baths. Or, have your dog visit a groomer.

6.      Wash your dog’s belongings.

·        Get into the habit of washing your dog’s bed, blankets, and toys on a weekly basis

 

either by hand with a safe soap or in the washing machine.

7.      Check your vacuum.

 

·        Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Air)  filtration system. 

This type of system will help pull up and trap more of   your   dog’s dander from the floor.

Note: vacuuming is recommended over sweeping because sweeping can stir the dander  into the air, rather than trapping and removing it.

8.      Have carpets cleaned regularly.

·        Even though you use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filtration system, it is important to still have your carpets steam-cleaned throughout the year.

Try to   have this done at least quarterly.

9.      Dust often.

·        Use a damp cloth to wipe down surfaces such as tables, shelves, window sills, wall

hangings, lamps, and other furniture and accessories.

If necessary, wear a   dust mask as you clean.

10. Keep the air fresh.

·        Use an air purifier one that contains a HEPA. This type of system will help eliminate dander from the air.

11. Wash walls often.

·        Wipe down your walls, baseboards, and wall accessories. Do this according to  how severe your allergies are.

12. Stay away from heavy upholstered furniture and curtains.

·        These heavy materials can attract tiny allergens and trap them. If you have these  heavy  fabrics, be sure to vacuum them often. For curtains and pillows, have them  professionally dry cleaned.

13.Change filters often.

·        Replacing air filters for central heating and cooling systems, the furnace, and humidifiers can help control and remove allergies.

14.Circulate the air.

·        Use exhaust fans and open the windows and doors to keep the home well- ventilated.

15.Don’t smoke.

·        If you smoke, you are not only lowering your tolerance to the allergens in your home, but  you are also aggravating your lungs that are already sensitive.

 

Conclusion

 

    You want life to be as comfortable as possible for you, your family, and your Yorkshire Terrier. By educating yourself on the common dog allergies, paying close attention to your dog’s behaviors, and keeping your home clean, you can minimize allergy problems before they get out of control.

    Of course, it is recommended you see your vet to discuss a proper management plan to suit your doggie, or in the case of human allergies see your doctor

 

Here are some web links to some web sites with more information for you.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?dept_id=0&siteid=12&acatid=394&aid=74

http://www.canismajor.com/dog/allergy.html

http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/dogdiseasesa/a/dogdiseasealler.htm

http://www.vetinfo.com/dallergy.html

 

PS. Please note if any of the above website links do not work when you click once on them you can try the following;

Try copy and pasting them (one at time) directly into your internet web browser and then push the enter key on your keyboard.

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