Yorkshire terrier – Allergies – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Allergy or atop, is a condition in which your pet reacts to a substance known as an allergen and which creates an allergic reaction. Your pet Yorkie can suffer from allergies that may lead to internal or external reactions and which are triggered in several ways.

Contact

Contact means when the skin/coat of your pet comes in physical contact with the allergen. The Yorkshire Terrier is commonly allergic to detergents, carpet cleaning solutions, carpets, fabric, dog shampoos, and fleas. If you find that your pet shows signs of an allergy to any of these substances, try removing and or replacing these for another brand and be sure to clean their bedding fabric also. Most canines are allergic to the saliva of the flea and so preventing flea infestation can keep your pet itch free.

Yorkshire Terrier Allergies

Inhaled

Allergies can be caused when your pet Yorkie inhales an allergen. Observe whether the allergy is seasonal or year round. Usually weeds, pollens, and grass cause allergies at certain times of the year. If you are a smoker, your pet may be allergic to the smoke or even the air freshener that you use and try to keep your pet out of contact with these

Ingested

The Yorkshire Terrier may be allergic to certain foods such as beef, chicken, soy, corn, and dairy products which may cause an allergic reaction when ingested. Canines exhibit the same symptoms for all allergies so it is difficult for the owner to identify the exact case of the allergy. Changing your pet’s diet may help you to identify the cause of the allergy. There are also certain tests that your vet can carry out but these can be expensive. Once you have identified the allergen, find an alternate for that food substance, and ensure that your pet avoids coming in contact with the food. After a few months you may try to re-introduce the food when your pet becomes an adult, as puppies can grow out of their allergies.

Symptoms of Allergy

Itching: The itching can be mild or severe. Your pet will scratch with his paw or rub himself against the carpet, furniture or even your leg. In the area that your pet has scratched there may be hair loss, red or broken skin which is prone to other infections.

Hair loss:  Your pet may lose hair, thereby exposing the tender skin. The hair generally falls from the region where the skin is thin.

Congestion: Your pet may suffer from a blocked nose or a runny nose.

Sneezing/coughing:  This is usually caused by inhaling the allergen.

Ear infection: An ear infection may be the underlying cause of an allergy. If the ear infection persists, the vet should be able to identify the actual cause of ear infection and the allergen.

Difficulty in breathing: Your Yorkshire Terrier may experience difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath.

Discharge: There may be excessive discharge from the eyes or ears.

Vomiting/diarrhea: This is typically associated with the digestion of allergens.

Allergies cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be managed with avoidance, appropriate medications, and treatments.

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