Shiba Inu skin allergies are a prevalent condition in these dog breeds. The itching from this condition can be so severe that it leads to canine atopic dermatitis, a type of itchiness that affects the whole body. This blog post will go over the causes and symptoms of Shiba Inu skin allergies and treatment options for both types of conditions.
Shiba Inu allergies can be a big problem for owners. If your Shiba has been scratching and licking excessively, there is a good chance that he or she could have an allergy.
Many different types of allergens can cause skin issues in these breeds, including pollen and grasses and food items like eggs, soy, beef, dairy, chicken, and corn. The symptoms vary from itchiness to lesions that may become infected if not treated properly.
Millions of people suffer from skin allergies every year. Skin allergies are a type of allergic reaction caused by contact with an allergen, which may be anything from natural substances like tree or grass pollen to artificial substances such as latex, nickel, and formaldehyde.
Shiba Inus have been known to develop skin allergies, too – especially those who live in homes with carpets or upholstery.
What are Shiba Inu skin allergies
Shiba Inu skin allergies are allergic conditions caused by reactions to food, pollen, or even household dust.
The allergy can be more serious when it spreads from Shiba Inu’s paws and legs all over their body. This causes them to itch so much that they scratch themselves raw or develop sores on their skin.
The itching can be so bad that it leads to a condition called canine atopic dermatitis, which is when the Shiba Inu’s skin becomes inflamed, and they are constantly scratching themselves.
Symptoms of a Shiba Inu allergy
The most common symptom of a Shiba Inu allergy is itching. Shiba Inus will start to scratch themselves until they either create sores on their skin or the skin starts oozing and bleeding.
Sometimes, the Shiba Inu’s paws may become infected with bacteria and all the scratching, leading them to develop more intense symptoms like redness, swelling, and pus.
The worst part is that the itching can be so bad, it leads to a condition called canine atopic dermatitis, which causes the Shiba Inu’s skin to become inflamed, and they are constantly scratching themselves.
The symptoms of a Shiba Inu’s allergy will depend on what he is allergic to. If they are sensitive to pollen, their skin might become itchy and inflamed and cause lesions or hair loss in patches.
Shiba Inus with food allergies can have diarrhea or vomiting after eating, leading to weight loss if left untreated.
Other signs include an itchy ear canal (otitis), excessive licking of paws and feet due to a fungal infection (pyoderma), and dermatitis from fleas.
Some Shiba Inus may even experience seizures, for example, when they’re exposed to allergens such as cat dander.
What could cause Shiba Inu allergies?
Several things could potentially cause a Shiba Inu to develop allergies: diet, environment, and genetics.
- Diet – the most common allergens include beef, chicken eggs, dairy products like milk or cheese, and wheat. It’s important for owners who have an allergic Shiba Inu to make sure they do not feed them any of these items.
- Environment – a Shiba Inu’s environment includes the area they live in, their bedding, and anything else that comes into contact with them, such as clothing or toys. Potential allergens could include dust mites, mold, or pollen from flowers, for example. It’s important to keep your Shiba Inu away from any potential triggers, so it doesn’t exacerbate his/her condition.
- Genetics – genetics plays an important part in determining whether a Shiba Inu will develop allergies or not, but there is no known way of predicting who might be at risk before they are born.
Treatments for a Shiba Inu allergy
If your Shiba Inu is experiencing a skin allergy, you might be able to treat it by switching their food.
Find out what ingredients your Shiba Inu’s new diet doesn’t have in it and slowly transition them over from one that does contain these allergens.
It may take some time for this remedy to work, but other options are available, such as medicines or injections, if they seem worse after making this change.
For those who suffer excessively from allergies, an immunotherapy treatment can help reduce symptoms and even lead to remission (of sorts) of the condition.
These treatments involve exposing your pet gradually to small amounts of common triggers until they become used to them – reducing their reaction when exposed again later on.
There are many different variations of this treatment, so it’s always best to visit your veterinarian and discuss the different options.
Prevention and treatment options for future occurrences of the allergy
The best way to prevent flare-ups is by reducing the number of allergens your Shiba Inu comes into contact with.
If your Shiba Inu already have an allergy, it’s a good idea to consult a veterinarian about immunotherapy (allergy shots) or antihistamines like Benadryl. These can be used individually or together for maximum effectiveness.
Many over-the-counter treatments can also help ease symptoms: coconut oil, oatmeal baths, and liquid Benadryl drops are all great ways to soothe irritated skin when allergies arise! It may seem as though these remedies take time, but if they seem worse after making this change, then there are other options available such as medicines or injections.
For those who want to avoid meds, you might want to consider trying a canine diet. Allergy symptoms can be caused by food, and some people report that their pets no longer have any allergic reactions after changing what they eat.
How to prevent your dog from getting an allergic reaction in the first place
Many different things can cause a dog’s allergic reaction. You may not know exactly what your Shiba Inu is reacting to, but there are some steps you can take to help prevent an allergy from developing in the first place:
- Reduce allergens: reduce the number of things your Shiba Inu comes into contact with – avoid dogs and cats, stop vacuuming around them daily, use natural cleaning products that don’t contain fragrances or chemicals.
- Supplements for allergies: high-quality oatmeal baths and coconut oil provide soothing relief for itching. At the same time, liquid Benadryl drops will give temporary relief when used regularly as long as it’s given before scratching starts.
- Alternative treatments for allergies: try essential oils containing lavender, chamomile, and bergamot as an alternative to antihistamines.
In the event of an allergic reaction, be sure to keep your Shiba Inu in a cool place for as long as possible and call their veterinarian immediately.
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