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Boston Terrier Care Guidelines

Jun 26, 2008
Many of us humans get allergies, and so do our Boston Terriers. As a matter of fact your Boston and you can be allergic to the same things, and sometimes (though rarely) to each other. Depending on what the sufferer is allergic to, managing your Boston Terrier allergies can be overwhelming emotionally and financially.

Food allergies are usually triggered by the protein component of dog food. Your Boston Terrier may be allergic to chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lamb or horsemeat. Because Boston Terriers have very sensitive stomach and suffer from intestinal gas, their digestive system goes hay wire when they eat something they are allergic to. A simple diet change will help you in the step to curing your dog's allergy. Switch your dog to a low antigen diet, preferably something he hasn't eaten yet like potato, rabbit, venison or duck.

Perhaps the most common health problem of a Boston Terrier is allergies. Boston Terriers can be allergic to food like beef, chicken, wheat or corn. Boston Terrier allergies can also be triggered by inhalants. Kind of like some people who are allergic to pollen and the smell of detergent. Boston Terriers can also have contact allergies. When a Boston Terrier is allergic to something, their immune system reacts excessively to the allergens and antigens they were exposed to. There are five common types of Boston Terrier allergies including inhalants (the most common), food, contact, flea and bacterial allergies.

Some Boston Terrier allergies are triggered by inhalants. Boston Terriers can be allergic to the same things as humans are, like all types of pollens, mildew, molds and dust mites. Most dogs develop these allergies from spring until fall. Unlike us, Boston Terriers don't get runny noses when they inhale something their allergic to. Instead they get really itchy. They'll scratch, chew and lick every area of their body including their feet.

Another allergen is fleas. Dogs commonly get fleas, but woe to the Boston Terrier who is actually allergic to fleas. The fleabite will itch to high heaven. Imagine that the allergic dog will react to just one flea bit, and where fleas are concerned there definitely isn't only one. When the problem is quite severe your veterinarian will typically immerse your dog in a medicinal bath to kill off the fleas.

If allergic to mites or fleas and get bitten, the area of the bite will swell up and become really red. The itching will also be more intense for a dog that's allergic to fleas or mites. For Boston Terriers, this is called the demodectic mange. Demodectic mange is a kind of mite that is present in the hair follicles of a Boston Terrier. Boston Terriers that have these usually has a weak immune system that is genetic. This Boston Terrier allergy can cause hair loss, hyperthyroidism, diabetes and even cancer.

Remember how your mom fusses over you? Well you really have to fuss over your Boston Terrier to prevent his or her allergies from acting up. If your Boston Terrier is female, take that worrying up a notch because female dogs usually get more allergies than male ones. Keep your house and your pet's living area clean. Bring your Boston Terrier to a veterinarian regularly.

Because Boston Terriers are very expressive and doting, people and families love having them for a pet. For this reason it is important to take proper measure to ensure that your Boston Terrier will be healthy and live a happy long life.
About the Author
Wendy Caples is a passionate lover of the Boston Terrier and has a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Boston Terrier. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Boston Terrier Allergies plus a whole lot more.
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