Breed Allergies and choosing the best dog for your needs.

Dog allergies can be caused by food, allergens and toxic chemicalsWhile it's helpful to read about dog allergies in a generalized way, it would be better to have a list of each allergy for each breed.

Within each section, I will list the problems that have been associated with each breed.

There are hundreds of breeds in the world. 

There are some that are especially helpful for people with allergies to dogs.

 

I will start will the AKC recognized breeds as they tend to have more dog breed allergies than mixes.

In fact a cross bred dog (like a poodle mix) usually are far more healthy than a pure bred canine and have much fewer problems with allergies.

The dog shown is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.  We believe this type of dog will have no problems with allergies and will have a much stronger immune system, helping him fight off disease and skin problems.

Dog  Allergies: Get rid of all that scratching and itching

There are many factors to take into consideration as to why pure breeds have more allergies but many think it is because to concentrate on one trait of a canine and bring that trait stronger there is a lot of inbreeding. 

While this does cause breeds to develop a shorter tail or larger eyes, it also causes the faults to multiply.

The perfect example is the German Shepherd breeds.  If you look at a show quality German Shepherd you will notice that from the shoulder to the tail the back is sloped quite distinctly. 

That has been acquired from breeding so that this trait becomes more distinct.  But it also causes problems with hip dysplasia.  Although this is not an allergy, I mention it because it is a common problem among German Shepherds.. 

Scratching and itching, skin problems and constant licking caused by fleas!   We ask ourselves, exactly what is wrong with our pet?  It’s probably an allergy.

dog Allergy warning signs.

He will display signs of loose bowels, vomiting, itching, hot spots, chewing of the paws, hair loss, dry skin, and bloat. 

The usual course of “treatment” is to change foods until the food is found that your pet tolerates well. 

Some vets will administer Prednisone and other medicines to ease itching and control loose bowels that often come with allergies. 

I don't believe in giving Prednisone as a long term immune system suppressor because it can cause a diseased liver and kidneys. 

Mix a little wheat bran with some cottage cheese and this will stop loose bowels.

West Highland White Terriers along with Scotties and Cairn Terriers are the perfect canine for an allergy sufferer.  Because they don’t shed, they don’t have much dander on their bodies.  But having a Westie comes with a price tag.  They are very susceptible to skin allergies. 

Every Vet in America knows that the Westie is a gold mine.  For them.  Not for the owners.  They see a Westie walk in the door and immediately they want to sell you their proprietary prescription dog food which is just plain awful. 

When a vet makes a snap decision, they are misinformed and too eager to rake in your money.  Should this happen to you, I would insist on making the food for your Westie or other allergic canine. 

Skin allergies are a totally different matter.  Westies do have skin problems, some quite serious.  Staph infections and resistant yeast infections are among the skin problems these dogs tend to have.

Another problem so very common is the yeast infection.  Yeast infections can be caused by either an allergy that has progressed beyond being just an allergy but an allergy with a yeast infection.

Yeast Infections can be caused by your pet always licking his feet, thus never giving the paws a chance to dry out.  Yeast does not like to live in dry areas.  They do, however, love moist spots like the paws of bottoms of their feet. 

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