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Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Labrador Health |

Labrador Retriever Allergies

Labrador Retriever Allergies

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Labrador Retrievers, just like other dogs, can develop allergies. And the symptoms are very similar to those found in humans. For example, you may notice excessive sneezing, itching, red skin, coughing and/or watery eyes. Since Labs can’t talk, you need to always be on the lookout for these symptoms so you catch them before they get worse.

Common Labrador Retriever Allergies

Labrador Retriever Allergies 225x300 Labrador Retriever AllergiesThe most common allergic reactions in Labrador Retrievers are redness of the skin and itching. If you notice that your Lab is scratching a part of their body more than usual, check it for any red spots. Don’t just let it go because this scratching can cause cuts which (if allowed to get dirty) can get infected.

The most common cause of itching is fleas, which, believe it or not is due to allergies. But the fleas aren’t what the dog is allergic to. It’s their saliva. After fleas finish feeding themselves on your dog, the saliva they leave behind prevents the blood from clotting. That causes the cut to remain open and extremely vulnerable to bacteria. So make sure you protect your dog with some flea prevention treatment.

Food allergies

Certain foods can cause Labrador Retrievers to have allergic reactions as well. It’s difficult to pinpoint these though since they’re different for every dog. The good thing is if your Lab has a healthy diet, especially if it’s a raw food diet of mostly meat, there’s a very low chance of them having a food related allergic reaction. But, if your Lab vomits or has diarrhea, start eliminating parts of their diet to see what’s causing the reaction. If the problems continue, take your dog to the vet.

In addition to the above, Labradors Retrievers can be allergic to pollen, dust, hairs and even detergents. If your dog has a pollen allergy, you may notice typical allergy symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes. But your dog may also lick their paws to try to get rid of the pollen.

Just make sure you watch out for allergy symptoms so you can take care of them as soon as possible.

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein

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