Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed of canine in the United States. However, it is also true that our lovable friends, the yellow lab and the chocolate lab, are just as susceptible to suffering from allergies as other breeds. While many of the allergy symptoms that affect labrador retrievers are similar to other breeds and mainly consists of skin allergies, such as scratching, chewing, and licking, labrador retrievers can actually exhibit worse symptoms due to a predisposition to certain allergens. Symptoms can manifest such as losing fur from their beautiful coats as well as patchiness and spotting. None of us want to see our labrador retrievers in distress from dog allergies, so if you observe symptoms such as the above, be sure to make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
The vet will want to perform an initial allergy test, which will be the most effective means of diagnosing your labrador retriever. If you wait too long and your labrador retriever is left to his own devices and remedies, such as scratching and chewing, the labrador retriever runs the risk of exposing himself to a bacterial infection, which could become a serious health risk. Another symptom your pet will show is a predilection for rapidly twisting, turning, and shaking his head and neck. This is a sign that your labrador retriever is in distress and is uncomfortable due to the dog allergies. Additionally, keep a watch on the color of your dogs inner ear tissue and note the color and hue. If it is anything besides the normal healthy pink, you should begin to become concerned.
Your job as the human best friend and owner of a labrador retriever is to keep your eyes peeled for the symptoms of your dog’s distress. If you notice the scratching, gnawing, head shaking, or fur loss, as discussed above, immediately take your labrador retriever to the veterinarian for a comprehensive allergy test. Once you know exactly which dog allergy your labrador retriever is suffering from, you will be armed with the knowledge to effectively implement a treatment plan involving medications, and possible minor behavioral and dietary modifications. In the mean time, keep your labrador retriever on a healthy, clean canine diet and try to avoid feeding him human foods.
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