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Labradors Have Allergies Too

labrador health, labradors and health, training labradorsYou might be surprised to know that your Labrador can suffer from allergies just like humans. If you notice Scooter scratching or shedding in large clumps, you may want to consider what possible allergies your dog has. What is interesting about dog allergies is that they all create the same symptoms.  This means determining what your dog is allergic to is a lot more difficult than figuring out what you are allergic to.

First, let’s talk about the symptoms that dogs suffer from.  Primarily, dogs with allergies suffer from itchy skin. Take some time to carefully check out your Labrador Retriever’s skin, especially if  the dog has been shedding in clumps.  If the skin is red you likely have a problem. Another common symptom is a persistent ear infection.  Ear infections can be very painful for all dogs, causing the dog to rub the infected ear against furniture or the floor regularly. If you notice either of these symptoms, you should bring your pet into the vet to determine if an allergy is the underlying problem.

Your vet will engage in a series of elimination tests to determine what, if any, allergies are present.  Commonly, food is the culprit.  Luckily, a food allergy is easily remedy by removing the trigger from your dogs diet.  Your vet will present you with information about what is causing your dog’s allergies and how to treat both the allergy itself and the manifestations. Antibiotics may be prescribed to labrador health, labradors and health, training labradorsaddress chronic ear infections, and the vet may suggest specific grooming techniques to address any skin and coat problems.

You know how painful and aggravating allergies can be in humans.  Don’t let your Labrador suffer the same fate.  Instead, seek the help of a vet to determine what is causing your pet’s problem.  By removing the allergy causing substance, you can help keep your Labrador Retriever healthy and happy.

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