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Allergies That Can Affect Your Golden Retriever

Jun 5, 2008
If anyone asks you why you bought a Golden Retriever there might be varieties of reasons that you would like to consider as a reason. But obviously, one among them must be the beauty and elegance of its golden hair. Unfortunately there are a whole host of reasons that may cause an unusual shedding of hair in a Golden Retriever, and certainly Golden Retriever allergies are most significant of them. Flea allergies, atopy, food allergies and contact allergies are the most common forms.

Flea allergies or skin inflammation may occur from flea saliva. The most common symptom of flea allergies is the formation of papule, a small red growth. This, in time, may change into a crusty patch if left untreated. Lower back, back legs, hind legs, upper thighs and belly areas are the most affected body areas. In addition, the dog experiences an extreme feeling of itching and scratching. If these symptoms occur, you can suspect Golden Retriever allergies.

Golden Retriever allergies for flea reaction are most commonly identified when the affected areas of the dog become hairless, the skin becomes thick and the color changes into a dark shade. If the Golden Retriever is allergic to flea bites, only one or two bites can make things worse. The only available and effective treatment of flea infection includes controlling flea inhabitants, both on the dog as well as in the external environment. Thanks to the advancement of medical science, many products have been formulated which can effectively combat against flea allergies and reduce the incidence.

Atopy occurs as a result of inhalation or absorption of harmful chemicals or substances from the environment. When it occurs, different areas of the dog's body including groin, feet, underarm and face get affected. Common symptoms may include itching and scratching, redness, rawness, skin thickening and crusting. The infection may spread to ear also. Fungal spores, pollen, cat dander, weeds and grasses are the most common factors for atopy. Antihistamines, antibiotics, cortisone, shampooing and spraying are common modes of treatment.

Like any other dogs, the Golden Retriever may experience food allergies as well. Although the symptoms are more or less similar to atopy, the treatment largely varies for food allergies. Beef, wheat, dairy, soy and in some cases poultry are the reasons for food allergies in dogs like the Golden Retriever.

In order to diagnose whether your dog has food allergies or not, you need to change the diet completely. Feed the dog with an alternative diet that contains sufficient among of nutrients. It needs to be continued for at least eight weeks without interruption. Meanwhile you need to observe whether there is any significant reduction in allergic symptoms.

On the other hand, contact allergies are mostly prevalent among Golden Retrievers having other forms of allergies like fleabites or atopy. In such cases, some of the areas become hairless, and the dog attracts a contact allergy.

Paw, underarms and the belly are mostly affected by contact allergy. Different chemicals used in carpet cleaning, grasses, polishes, waxes, and pollens are the common contributors of contact allergy.
About the Author
About the author: Carol Matthews is an avid lover of the Golden Retriever and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Golden Retriever . Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Golden Retriever allergies plus a whole lot more.
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