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Allergies in Pugs

It is hard to believe that your sweet little Pug could be suffering with allergies. Just like humans, Pugs can be affected by allergies that are caused by a variety of issues. Allergies are hard to pinpoint and even veterinarians have a difficult time finding the exact source. Learning the signs and causes of the allergies in Pugs will help you get your dog the help he or she needs.

Possible Causes of Allergies in Pugs

Food is the most common allergen source in Pugs. At times, a change in diet and food will trigger sensitivities and cause your dog to experience allergic symptoms. The environment is another popular cause due to the changing seasons and exposure to pollen and other elements in the air your Pug breathes. Shampoos and flea medication are common skin irritants that cause allergy symptoms in Pugs.

Symptoms of Allergies in Pugs

Your Pug may exhibit allergy symptoms such as diarrhea, upset stomach, itching of the skin, sneezing, wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may appear and disappear, have a quick onset, disappear quickly or be long-lasting. If your Pug experiences any of these symptoms it is best to contact the veterinarian immediately.

Hot Spots in Pugs

Pugs are prone to getting hot spots due to their double coats of fur. You will notice sores that have a bloody appearance on your Pug’s back or neck. These hot spots appear due to allergic reactions from food, shampoos and other sources in addition to moisture lying close to the skin under the bottom coat for a long period of time. Hot Spots are an easily treatable skin issue that can be solved with a quick visit to the veterinarian office.

Finding the Source of the Allergy in Pugs

Keeping a journal of your Pug’s daily experiences is one of the most helpful ways to pinpoint the source of the allergy. For example, you may note that your Pug was playing outdoors during Spring when the plants are blooming, then suddenly that evening he or she began experiencing allergic symptoms. It is also helpful when making changes to your Pug’s diet. Jotting down the day and ingredients in the food will help the veterinarian narrow down the possibilities. Just as with humans, wheezing and signs of difficulty breathing in Pugs is a serious allergic reaction and veterinarian attention is required. The veterinarian will help provide solutions to your Pug’s allergies as well as help determine the cause. Once you understand what is causing your sweet pooch to have allergies, it is wise to remove the cause from the environment or daily diet as soon as possible. Veterinarian care will help your Pug live a happy life and keep his or her allergies under control.

If your Pug suffers from allergies during specific weather seasons you may have to take precautions and limit his or her access to the allergen such as the outdoors. Try your best to keep the cause of the allergy away from your Pug at all times. If it is something as serious as breathing the Spring air, you may have to take measures to keep your dog indoors during certain times of the year. Discuss inventive ways to provide a healthy lifestyle such as a good diet and exercise for your Pug with the veterinarian.

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