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A Guide To Bulldog Allergies

Jul 11, 2008
There are hundreds of different breeds of dog that you can choose from, but the Bulldog is by far one of the most popular. This is really no surprise, considering that both the appearance and personality of the Bulldog are so favorable. There are certain aspects to the breed that you will want to be aware of before purchasing one however, and in particular this refers to Bulldog allergies.

Bulldog allergies are one thing to be concerned with, and, especially if left untreated, they can get to be quite severe. There are actually five specific types of allergies that a Bulldog can develop, which are food allergies, flea allergies, bacteria allergies, contact allergies and atopy. The food allergies are particularly common, especially since there are so many different dog foods on the market and so the chances of your dog being allergic to one or more of the ingredients in the food you choose are relatively high.

Bulldog allergies can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms associated with them are often so general and subtle. They are often confused as being symptoms of another condition, and during this time the dog's allergies continue to worsen and can even become potentially dangerous.

Isolating the allergen causing the allergy is going to be the first step here, and this is never easy because the dog is usually only allergic to one specific ingredient in the dog food.

Therefore, the only real way that you can figure out what they are actually allergic to is by using the process of elimination. You will need to read the list of ingredients on the dog food you are using and then begin giving the dog these ingredients, one by one, until you have established which ingredient is causing them problems. Keep in mind that there are some dogs that are allergic to more than one ingredient in their food.

Once you have determined which ingredients in the dog food are causing your Bulldog allergies, it is obviously going to be important for you to keep these foods away from your dog in the future. If you are still not sure afterwards which foods your dog is allergic to, you may want to speak to your veterinarian for more information, and they will be able to perform some routine tests to figure out just what your dog is allergic to.

Flea allergies are also very common Bulldog allergies, and you should know that allergies to fleas are actually not caused by the flea itself but rather is caused by the flea's saliva.

The most common and noticeable symptom of flea allergies is scratching and so if you ever notice that your dog is itchier or more annoyed than usual, you may want to have them checked for fleas, and you can either have this done by a professional such as your veterinarian or you can do it yourself.
About the Author
About the author: Bobby Callahan is a passionate lover of the Bulldog and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bulldog. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Bulldog Problems plus a whole lot more.
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