Boxer Allergies – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Is your Boxer sneezing, scratching, licking, rubbing their head against furniture, suffering from nausea, diarrhea or vomiting? If so then they may have developed an allergy. Normally a robust breed, Boxers tend to suffer from allergies due to dust, pollens, food, fabric, or detergents.

Boxer Allergies
Canine allergies can be classified into five types:
Food allergy

Food like chicken, beef, egg, dairy products, corn or soy, may cause allergic reaction. Put your pet on a special diet to determine what is causing the allergic reaction. Eliminate that food from the diet.

Dog flea allergy

Most dogs are allergic to fleas. The saliva of the flea causes the allergy. Control the flea infestation by cleaning the coat after your pet has been outside. Control flea multiplication as one single female flea can infest the household. Clean the carpets and soft furnishing by vacuuming to remove the eggs.

Bacterial allergy

The canine’s skin has staphylococcus bacteria which causes no problem for dogs with a strong immune system. If the immune system becomes weakened, then these bacteria may cause allergic reactions which cause skin problems.

Inhalant allergy

Environmental factors like pollens, dust mites and mildew, when inhaled may cause allergies. If your pet suffers from seasonal allergies then you can prevent this by shielding them from these environmental factors.

Contact allergy

This is not that common but is found amongst some pet Boxers. This allergy is caused due to carpets, fabrics or detergents and cleaners that are used in the home.

Boxer exhibits various symptoms to an allergen. These are:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Scratching
  • Licking
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomit
  • Nausea
  • Abnormal discharge from ear or eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Breathing problem
  • Flatulence
  • Hair loss
  • Crusty skin/tender skin
  • Rashes or red bumps

Internal and external factors cause allergies in Boxers.

External factors

  • Flea saliva is the most common allergen that causes allergy in canines and which manifests as excessive itching. Free your pet of fleas and remove fleas from the
  • Most pets develop sensitivity to chemicals like carpet shampoos or detergents. Some pets may be allergic to plastics or other materials

Internal factors

  • Certain ingredients in food may cause allergies. Identify the food and remove it from the diet. If you are unable to identify the food, take your pet to the vet who will carry out tests
  • Dust and pollens cause seasonal allergies to your pet. Also eliminate dust mites and avoid taking your dog outdoors during seasonal changes when pollens are floating in the atmosphere

Allergies are not curable but symptoms are treatable. Allergic reactions can make your pet miserable and highly irritable. Identifying the cause and treating this can alleviate the symptoms, making your pet comfortable and free of misery.

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