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Bichon Frise Allergens

Jun 19, 2008
Everyone under this vast blue sky must have seen how beautiful, cute and loving a Bichon Frise is. The experience is really wonderful when you find a soft white fur ball is sniffing you around. They have many things in common to humans such as Bichon Frise allergies. Diet, environmental pollutants, household chemicals and other irritants are the common significant factors of Bichon Frise allergies. Veterinarians are able to diagnose allergies, mostly by the symptoms.

The sensitive skin of the Bichon Frise makes them highly vulnerable towards allergies. If these dogs are badly affected by fleas, they lack their liveliness and oomph. You can certainly prevent fleas by ensuring thorough bathing at least twice in a month. The dog needs to be groomed properly on a regular basis. Regular bathing and grooming are effective preventive measures in order to avoid getting fleas in their body.

When you find your dog scratching, it may imply possible Bichon Frise allergies. It may take some time and effort to find the specific root of the problem. A bad reaction may occur as a result of chemical irritants found in the shampoo or infections caused by fleas or other pests, residing within their hair. So, if you own a Bichon Frise, it is important that you brush your dog every day. If they have already started itching, too much brushing may lead to exasperation of the skin condition.

Many veterinarians prefer to treat the dogs by intervening with the minimum of medications. They may simply suggest changing regular non-medicated shampoo to a medicated one. But not all pet owners are truly sensitive and patient, since they always look for quicker outcomes. In such conditions, veterinarians prescribe steroid medications to the dogs in order to resolve the issue and to find out the quickest possible solution for the problem.

Steroid medications can be administered under certain health conditions when the severity of Bichon Frise allergies is too extensive. But prolonged usage may bring adverse health effects by increasing the risks of certain diseases like Cushing's syndrome.

This condition largely occurs due to the fact that the cortical balance is profoundly affected by the long-term usage of steroids. Since your Bichon Frise is precious to you, think twice before demanding a quick fix method. Try treatments with the fewest or less severe side effects first.

A simple blood test needs to be conducted in most of the cases if the dog is suspected having allergies. If the allergen can be identified an appropriate plan utilizing treatments with the fewest, or least severe, side effects can be very effective.

Even when you know what the allergen is, treatment may still require some experimentation. Your patience and understanding, a good veterinarian and well planned out treatment plan can give your pet a normal healthy life.
About the Author
About the author: Mary Stevenson is a passionate lover of the Bichon Frise and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bichon Frise. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Bichon Frise Allergies plus a whole lot more.
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