The Schnauzer is considered to be a healthy breed. There are three types, the giant, standard, and miniature schnauzer. Skin allergies are a common problem in this breed.
Types of Allergy
Allergies can be divided into:
- Skin allergy
- Food allergy
- Environmental allergy
Causes of Allergies and symptoms
As the schnauzer spends time outdoors, they may develop allergies to grass, plants, pollens, and molds. When indoors, your pet may become allergic to the household chemicals or fabrics, causing skin allergies. Most canines are allergic to the saliva of the flea that causes excessive itching. Certain foods also trigger an allergic reaction in dogs.
- Skin irritation
- Hair loss
- Raw, tender and oozing skin
- Watery eyes
- Ear infection
The cause of an allergic reaction can be determined by recognizing when they most commonly occur. If the itching is all year round, it may be due to dust or mold. If the allergy is seasonal, then it may be caused due to the pollens in the environment. Food allergies are one of the major issues faced by schnauzer. The food allergy may cause irritation in the feet, muzzle, diarrhea and vomiting. The Schnauzer is found to be allergic to soy, corn, beef, wheat, fish, and dairy products. If your pet is sensitized to a particular allergen, then they can develop a lifelong allergy. An allergy is not curable but it is preventable. No treatment is available to cure allergies although symptom relief is possible.
Allergies can be prevented by identifying the substance that causes the allergy and ensuring that your pet avoids coming into contact with this. As a pet owner you should pay careful attention to determine the specific allergen. If your pet is allergic to a food substance it may occur after introducing a new food type or brand into your pet’s diet. There are also tests which can be conducted to identify the cause of allergy, although these can be expensive. In this case, the first step is typically keeping a diet diary, and experimenting by changing food brands to see if your pet’s symptoms resolve.
Allergies can make your pet very irritable and miserable. Very often an ear infection is the underlying cause of an allergy. The Schnauzer does not shed their coat, but discoloration of the skin with hair loss may be due to an allergy. When grooming your pet, pay attention to the symptoms or any changes that you may observe in the skin or in your pet’s behavior. This will enable you to identify what your pet is allergic to and give them the appropriate treatment to alleviate the symptoms. If after some of these steps you are still unable to identify the allergen or resolve the symptoms, visit your veterinarian for a full examination.