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A Primer On German Shepherd Allergies

Jun 19, 2008
Any living thing is going to develop allergies of some type and German Shepherd allergies are just as common as any other dog allergies. Many German Shepherd allergies are treatable with simple medications from your vet or a simple diet change, while others require more drastic measures. Some of these German Shepherd allergies are inherited from the dog's previous generations while others can be exclusive to your dog as the first to have them. Either way you should get your dog looked at if it begins to display signs of German Shepherd allergies.

On common skin allergy among German Shepherds is an allergy called atopy. Atopy can cause such symptoms as excessive cleaning especially in the armpit area, excessive biting of the foot, or even a loud wheezing noise as the dog is breathing which can indicate a difficulty in being able to breathe. Sometimes something as simple as a diet change can help in this condition but ask your vet to have a look at your dog and tell for sure how to treat this condition.

Another in the list of German Shepherd allergies is potential food allergies. Sometimes a German Shepherd is not able to digest some proteins or other nutrients properly and this can cause an allergic reaction. The symptoms are biting at the coat and any kind of digestive symptom such as vomiting, diarrhea or both. If you notice that your dog just cannot keep its food down the contact your vet, as your vet will need to put a program in place that tries to narrow down and identify the nutrient that is causing the problem and then adjust your dog's diet accordingly.

Many people think that chocolate having a fatal effect on dogs is a myth but I am here to tell you that it is not a myth and it is a one of the very real German Shepherd allergies that can potentially kill your dog. Some dogs are able to tolerate large levels of chocolate and others cannot tolerate any at all and since the result is usually death it would probably be a bad thing to experiment to see which end of the spectrum your dog falls into.

If one of the German Shepherd allergies that your dog has is an allergy to fleabites then you will be able to tell this by finding what is known as hot spots. If there is an allergy to fleabites then there will be patches on the skin that are warm to the touch and may even be oozing a liquid in some cases.

A good bath is not always the answer as the problem may be more complicated than that so if you find hot spots on your dog then be sure to get to the vet as soon as possible.

Every living thing has the potential to develop allergies and the problem with your German Shepherd is that they cannot open their mouths and tell you what the problem is.

Whether the solution is a change in diet or medication your dog needs to have attention from the vet as soon as possible.
About the Author
Jan Ryan is a passionate lover of the German Shepherd and owns a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved German Shepherd. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about German Shepherd Allergies plus a whole lot more.
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