Originally Posted by Helena54
My allergic dog's nose has been dripping,so I put him on Piriton's twice a day and it's stopped now, so I'm sure dogs can get hayfever just like us humans can and the pollon must be rife at the moment in all this heat. Try a Piriton twice or once a day and see if there's any improvement, but make sure you use the cheaper ones that DO make you drowsy, you can't use the other ones on dogs! They're quite safe, I have been instructed by my vet to use them on my dog for his hundreds of allergies!
You're very right. Dogs can be alergic and have reactions to a lot of things. Just like humans, they have an active imune system. That system doesnt wait for an infection. It is always on the look-out for something that shouldn't be there.
As many know(not all) when you get a mosquito bite, it itches(Basically, you are alergic to their numbing agent they use before they puncture your skin). That's caused by your imune system releasing Histamine. I bet that triggered a memory from Health Class. Humans have drugs, available from their Dr or local pharmacy, called Anti-Histamine. These drugs(when taken) float around the body and tell your imune system not to produce these histamines. Therefore you don't get your body doesn't react to them giving you hayfeaver, runny nose, watery eyes, etc.
Well, guess what. Our beloved pets get the same problems. They are alergic to a lot of things as well. Also, just like humans, these ALERGIES can develope as time goes on. So a dog, or cat, that you've had since it was born and has always been fine with your houseplants, and yard, might suddenly develope an alergy to them, or it. Just like people, these things develope over time.
The only recourse is to take the animal to the vet, get it prperly diagnosed and get a prescription for some Anti-histamines for your critter. Any time you take your pet to a vet to see if it has a new allergy, always take a sample or any plants, or any other new materials you have acquired at the time the new problem occured. It could be anything, but most likely it is something new. Take a leaf from a new plant, a new silk shirt, some desiner jeans made of some foreign material. Anything that you got at the time of and shortly before the problem started. Gather it all up and take it to your VET. They will be able to determine much easier if they know what they are dealing with at home.
They are, as so many of us consider them, people too. They have their Dr's and we have ours..