Dog Eye Allergies: Causes and Home Treatments of Dog Eye Allergy

July 20, 2010 | Dog Health | 1 Comment |

Causes of Dog Eye Allergies

  • Dog eye allergies can be caused by environmental issues, dust mites,  trees, mold, mildew, or food.
  • Drainage from dog’s eyes typically is related to an allergy of some sort.
  • Do not assume an eye allergy automatically.
  • Conjunctivitis can exhibit similar symptoms as glaucoma.  You want to be sure not to overlook more serious issues like glaucoma. Delaying professional help can mean permanent blindness in some cases.

    Consult a vet for really unusual symptoms.

  • Pollen is generally a seasonal allergy whereas mold, mildew, and dust mites occur throughout the years.
  • Inhalant allergies can cause a conjunctivitis called follicular conjunctivitis. This is common with allergies. Both eyes are generally affected. Additional symptoms of decreased appetite, lack of energy and fever may also be present.
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Home Remedies and Treatment for Eye Allergies in Dog

  • Home treatments for eye allergies caused by inhalants or food can be easily administered by you and family members.
  • If dogs do not develop food allergies in their first year of life, they usually don’t develop until after 5-6 years old.

    If you suspect food allergies switch your pet to a simple diet with limited foods.

  • Start giving proteins he doesn’t usually eat like fish or lamb. Add a carbohydrate and stick to the special diet for at least 8 weeks before adding ingredients slowly. Stay away from fillers which are a common instigator of allergies.
  • If possible, cook home cooked foods for your pooch. At least that way you can be sure of exactly what ingredients are going in his meals. Add foods slowly.
  • Air purifiers help with inhalant allergies. Over the counter antihistamines can give some relief. The dose is usually 1 mg per pound of your pet. Check with the vet for specific doses for your breed dog. Keep in mind that it may take up to 2 weeks for antihistamines to take effect.
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Causes of Dog Allergy

  • Common dog allergies are due to food, contact irritants or environmental irritants
  • Dog allergy symptoms depend on their causes.
  • Seasonal allergies symptoms usually last 3-4 weeks and occur during the spring and the fall. The symptoms are sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose. The symptoms arrive with allergy seasons and go away when the allergy season ends.

Common Symptoms of Dog Allergy

  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Home Treatments of Dog Allergy

  • During allergy seasons, keep your windows closed as much as possible and limit outdoor adventures to give your pet some relief.
  • If you spend a lot of time outdoors, shower and change clothes upon entering your home to prevent bringing allergens in to your dog.
  • Inhalant allergies come from dust and mold issues. They have the same symptoms of seasonal allergies EXCEPT the symptoms do not go away when allergy season ends.
  • Air purifiers in the home and dehumidifiers can assist in humidity issues by decreasing moisture and combating mold growth.
  • Clean exhaust fans regularly. If at all possible, avoid carpets where dust and mold can build up. Areas that are smooth are easiest to clean and dry. Wood and tile floor surfaces are best.
  • If you have carpet and upholstered furniture, steam clean regularly and invest in a hepa filter to prevent dust from polluting the air again as you vacuum.
  • Food allergies are usually caused by corn, wheat and soy products. Some of the symptoms can be itching, vomiting, diarrhea, and hair loss.
  • Food allergies require time and patience in changing the diet to simple, select items, usually foods the dog doesn’t normally eat. Slowly and gradually add items one by one.
  • This process takes diligence and requires that while you are eliminating foods from the main diet, you don’t give other treats or use flavored toothpastes, or give new toys. Doing so can throw off all your hard work in finding out what food the dog is really allergic to.

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