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Italian Greyhounds can develop allergies. Owners need to be aware of possible allergens (causative agents), symptoms and possible treatment. The following are some things that owners should be aware of:
Many dogs are allergic to red dyes (commonly found in many pet foods and treats including some rawhide chews!). Make sure the food you are feeding does not contain red dye.
Sometimes a change of food can provide the simple avenue to allergy relief. Some common allergic reactions are triggered by: corn, soy, and wheat. Read the label of the pet food (even canned food and dog treats). Feeding food that does not contain these ingredients can often relieve dogs that suffer from allergies. Sometimes the condition of a dog's eyes can give an indication of possible allergies. Eyes that tend to tear or contain excess mucous can sometimes indicate an allergy. Mucous in the eye is something that should be checked by a vet for the possibility of an eye infection also. Cigarette smoke can also trigger allergic reactions in dogs...so just consider this another incentive to quit smoking! Even if an owner is careful about not smoking around pets, the nicotine and smoke that is retained on the skin and clothes can cause possible reactions in a dog. Dogs can also be allergic to some of the same pollens as humans. Ragweed, timothy weed, tree and grass pollens not only only cause problems for humans but also for our canine companions. Mold spores and dust are yet other possible allergens. Some pet owners have resorted to Hepa Filters or Space Guard Filters attached to the central air conditioner or furnace in an effort to keep dogs comfortable. Frequent cleaning of furnace air ducts is also recommended for the elimination of allergens. Just remember that runny eyes can indicate pollen or other airborne particle allergy, food allergy or infection. Runny eyes should always be checked by a vet. To help soothe eyes Saline solution can be used. This needs to be applied as a gentle rinse. However, please be careful of using anything stronger than saline solution without the express approval of a vet. If the eye is damaged (usually cannot be seen without staining the eye) using antibotic cremes can do more harm than good.
Do not be misled and immediately think "allergy" if a dog develops dry skin. Sometimes dry skin can copy-cat allergy reactions. Adding a vitamin E or Omega 3 vitamin to a dog's diet can help combat dry itchy skin. During winter, running a furnace or heater can also dry out a dog's coat. Adding vitamins to the diet can also help with this (along with a humidifier).
A healthy, quality feed and fresh foods can many times prevent allergic reactions in dogs. Dogs that are maintained on a maximum of good food enjoy greater overall good health and general good health can fight allergic reactions.
PLASTIC food bowls have also been implicated in canine allergic reactions. (They can also cause your dog to have stains around the mouth. This usually looks like the white around your dog's mouth is dirty.) Some say it is the oils in plastic food bowls that cause allergic reactions. It is better to feed dogs in stainless steel or ceramic food bowls than in plastic. Water should be not be placed in plastic food bowls either.
If a dog experiences an allergic reaction the usual remedy is Benedryl. HOWEVER CONSULT A VET FOR PROPER DOSAGE!