While your Poodle may not be causing you to have allergies… over 20% of dogs suffer from allergies.
This is a high percentage and some owners do not know, that their dog is experiencing this, as symptoms can vary so greatly. In addition, when a dog is having an allergic reaction, it can surprise some owners since canines can grow into or out of allergies. This can develop at any age.
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Let’s take a closer look at the ways that a Poodle can be allergic to elements, signs to look out for, ways to decrease the triggers and treatment options for each particular type.
What a Poodle May Be Allergic To
There are 5 main categories that can trigger allergies to a Poodle. Due to certain Poodle clips, some are much more obvious with this breed. For Toy Poodles, others are much more severe. The culprits will fall under 1 of the following:
- Bacterial (rare but possible)
When a dog is allergic to something, he may show symptoms in externally, internally or both. Recognizing the signs is the first, important step to helping your Poodle.
Poodles and Contact Allergies
- Grooming products- This includes anything that is applied to the coat, whether or not it is rinsed out. Many Poodles are sensitive to the harsh ingredients found in inexpensive shampoo or conditioners
- Carpeting – When a Poodle lies down on the floor it can be the carpeting itself or carpet cleaner that causes a reaction
- Laundry detergent – Anything washed with the detergent can cause the allergy; this includes your clothing, pillow sheets, the covering on a dog’s bed cushion, etc.
- Infection – Without treatment or elimination of the trigger, sores can quickly become infected
- Sores – As the itching continues, a dog will instinctively scratch and this can cause sores to appear
- Itching – As a Poodle is touching something that irritates the skin, itching (sometimes quite severe) can occur
- While many do not mention this, another sign of contact allergies is eye discharge and/or nasal discharge. One reason that this may be overlooked by many is due to the fact that eye discharge may be chalked up to normal discharge and nasal discharge is often missed when a puppy or dog licks their nose.
- Stopping the use of carpet cleaner and switching to a water steam cleaner
- Use only hypoallergenic canine shampoo and conditioner
- Change your laundry detergent to a hypoallergenic one with no fragrance added
- Be sure to wash and wipe the bathtub or sink very well before giving your Poodle a bath to rid the area of any human soap, shampoo or conditioner
- Rub Vitamin E oil onto any dry, scaly skin (once any infection has cleared)
Poodles and Flea Allergies
Many owners of indoor dogs do not realize the importance of using flea prevention treatments. A flea can jump up to 6 feet, therefore a dog can catch fleas from the vet’s office, grooming salon, passing by another dog when walking, etc. When a Poodle is allergic to fleas, it is actually the flea’s saliva that causes a reaction. While any fleas will cause itching, dogs that are sensitive to the saliva can have very severe allergic reactions.
Signs – Amazingly, only 1 bite from 1 flea can cause a Poodle to have such severe itching that it causes uncontrollable itching. This can lead to areas where the hair has been chewed off and skin will develop sores. As with contact allergies, those sores can become infected.
How to Help – Treatment is 2 fold, you will want to get rid of the fleas and provide immediate treatment to your Poodle’s skin. If there is a flea on your dog, there are fleas in your home, even if you do not see them. The most common resting place for them is carpeting…you can test this out by walking across the floor with deliberate hard steps while wearing clean, white socks. You would then see small black specks on the bottom of your socks.
Getting rid of fleas is not always easy, particularly in hot climates where fleas hatch every 2-3 weeks. However, all surfaces of the home should be treated, this is most effectively done with a fogger.
Your Poodle must be washed with an effective flea shampoo and then receive flea protection. Be careful in regard to bathing your Poodle and applying protection. Many products will stop working if the dog is given a bath one week after treatment. For this reason, if you do choose topical flea protection, wait 2 weeks before giving your Poodle a bath.
To offer immediate relief to your Poodle, seek treatment at the veterinarian’s office where a steroid shot can be given to decrease swelling and put a stop to the intense itching. Sores will be check for any infection. Vitamin E oil can be rubbed into un-infected sores to soothe the skin. A hypoallergenic oatmeal based canine shampoo can provide cooling relief as well.
Poodles and Inhalant /Seasonal Allergies
- Weed pollen
- Grass pollen
- Tree pollen
- Dust mites
- Mold/ mildew
- 2nd hand cigarette smoke
- Eye and/or nasal discharge – As with contact allergies, these symptoms can be overlooked. Many Poodles quickly lick nasal discharge before an owner can notice it and eye discharge may occur intermittently and be chalked up to normal eye discharge.
- Itching – This is the #1 symptom and can be quite severe in many cases, leading to scratching, which can lead to sores and then ultimately infection of those sores
- Breathing difficulties, wheezing, coughing
Poodles and Food Allergies
- Signs of having an upset stomach; wanting to rest alone, not wanting to be touch, not wanting to run around)
- Weight loss (and accompanying weakness)
- A dull coat
- A bloated stomach
- Dry skin
- Trouble breathing