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Taking Care Of Labrador Allergies

Jun 19, 2008
Before you buy a Labrador you should know that there are certain Labrador allergies that can affect your pet. Some allergies are easy to deal with and involve minimum effort to overcome. One of the easiest Labrador allergies to deal with is a food allergy. Food allergies require a simple process of elimination before you can commence treatment. Once you have found the food that disagrees with your Labrador you can eliminate it completely and make sure you give your dog proper Labrador care.

Without allergy testing a vet will not be able to diagnose the problem and will only be able to medicate your dog to treat the symptoms. This is not an ideal situation, as you don't want your dog on steroids and other medications long term. Plus the scratching, chewing, and licking that your dog does to alleviate the symptoms will only make things worse and expose it to bacterial infections. There are a few things you can do to cut down on exposure to allergens so that your dog is healthy.

Labrador allergies can result from several things including food, environmental allergens, parasites and fleas. All these things can cause your Labrador to break out in hot spots, itchy lesions that appear after your dog has been chewing itself because of severe itchiness. You will be able to recognize the hot spots on your own but the underlying cause for hot spots is harder to find. Your vet will need to do this to give your Labrador care that it needs.

A tell tale sign that your dog has an ear infection is constant head shaking and rubbing of the ear on the floor and furniture. Once the infection gets worse your pet will be whining and in constant pain. Before it gets to this stage you should see a vet immediately to determine the cause of the ear infection.

Certain allergens that cause ear infections can be easily avoided and others may not be, in the latter case your pet may need regular injections to help fight ear infections and other allergies.

If your dog loves swimming then make sure to take off its collar and dry your dog as much as possible as soon as it's out of the water. You should also clean your dog's ears with a cleaning solution from the vet.

Providing the best Labrador care for your dog means avoiding these pet foods. You should also look for the list of ingredients and look out for chicken by products. Labrador allergies are known to be caused by pet foods with chicken by products.

You should also use anti-flea medications to avoid flea infestations and eliminate constant scratching.
About the Author
Brooke Sunderland is a passionate lover of the Labrador and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Labrador. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Labrador Allergies plus a whole lot more.
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