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Pug Dog Allergies

Overview

Perhaps your canine companion is showing some strange behavior or symptoms; you may be baffled about what could be wrong. There can be odd symptoms... itching skin, hot spots...upset stomach...it can be chronic or come and go mysteriously... 

Your vet may even be having a hard time diagnosing the problem.

With more than 20% of all dogs having some type of allergy, Pug dog allergies may be the answer.

Knowing what type of allergy is at play, will then lead you in the right direction of removing the element that is causing the symptoms and bringing your Pug dog back to feeling great.
When someone thinks about allergies, the first thing that comes to mind may be hay fever: an allergic reaction to the pollen that is released into the air. Many people will suffer from this type of seasonal allergy. Second place to that, people have certain food allergies. 

This type can cause everything from hives to wheezing and a quick ride to the emergency room. Your Pug dog is no different. Reaction to certain triggers are many times the answer when a dog is showing strange symptoms that are not immediately recognized as a specific illness.

One of the problems is that a dog can be allergic to more than 1 element... With feeding for example, it may have seem apparent that a dog was showing signs of an upset stomach after ingesting treats that were highly dense with artificial coloring....You cut that right out of the menu, he seemed to be getting better...And then, the vomiting and diarrhea starts up again... It may take another week or so to then see that eggs are not agreeable to his digestive system as well. 

The same goes for plants & pollens... You may have gotten used to the fact to expect symptoms on high pollen days due to ragweed, but as the season ends and you are anticipating less reactions, your Pug suddenly seems to be getting worse...Little did you know that he was also sensitive to orchard trees that have strong pollination in the autumn months. 
Internal Symptoms

If your Pug is vomiting and or having diarrhea, you may think that he or she ate something they were not supposed to. While this may be true, and you should certainly check to see if anything was touched that could have been hazardous, there is a good chance that your Pug is having an allergic reaction.

Internal allergies in dogs will be a reaction such as vomiting or diarrhea because of something your Pug ate. In some instances, the very element that a dog is allergic to is the element the owner gives to him to keep him alive: his food.
Pug dog outside on autumn day
Just about 10% of dogs that have allergies have an intolerance to their food. Even if you are buying high quality dog food, there may be an ingredient that your dog can not tolerate. Therefore, if your Pug is showing these reactions, a change to his or her dog food can be the solution.

For puppies under 6 months old, the change should be gradual, done over the time period of 1 month.

It will be difficult to determine the exact ingredient that is acting as a toxin to your Pug; therefore it is suggested to switch to a hypoallergenic food or better yet, home cooking. By home cooking, you can find the culprit by the process of elimination. While your Pug is recovering from an uncomfortable reaction, you should limit exercise and offer plenty of water for him to rehydrate. 
Other Symptoms

If your Pug is sneezing, coughing or wheezing do not take it lightly. This will mean that your dog is having a difficult time breathing and this is serious, particularly for this breed. Of course, the occasional sneeze is normal; this can be from dust or a twitch just as a human will have. However, a deep cough and/or wheezing are serious signs that something is wrong.

Working with a veterinarian, the trigger(s) can be found. Blood testing can pin point some allergens, although it is not 100% accurate. This goes for intradermal skin testing as well
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The allergy may be to almost any element (usually contact or inhaled); this can include pollen, the detergent that you use to wash the dog bed, pollen, ragweed...anything a person can have a reaction to.

An owner may not happen to be sensitive to ragweed for example, and therefore have no idea that it is in the air and causing their dog to have breathing difficulties.

If you are outside with your Pug when this happens, bring him inside right away. If you determine that he does not need immediate vet attention, you should give him or her a bath to wash off any possible contact allergies that are triggering the reaction. 

In many areas, on high pollen count days, cars are covered in a yellow dust each morning... It's a bit like it there was a small snow shower overnight, but it is happening in warm weather... If that much falls within 8 hours, a good amount will be in the air and will be inhaled during just an hour of outdoor play. 

Common are what is known as hot spots. They are areas of dry, irritated skin. They can be as small as grouping of freckles... Or as large as 4 or 5 inches in diameter. The dry, itchy skin causes the dog to paw at and chew at the area. When doing so, it only becomes more sensitive and irritated. If it breaks open, infection can set in.
You should always check with your Pug's veterinarian; but offering cool baths with an oatmeal based canine shampoo can help; alternatively the vet may prescribed a medicated soap that soothes the skin. Omega 3 supplements have been shown to help in many cases; it works to keep both skin and coat healthy.     
       
Outside allergens are often brought inside, and can cause confusion since the dog is showing symptoms to elements normally found outside....

Grasses, weeds, any outdoor air pollutant can be filtered somewhat with air conditioners. Additionally, vacuuming the house with a HEPA certified vacuum cleaner can pick up the microscopic spores.

Owners should take a step back to notice where the Pug goes and what he does during a typical day...What does the dog come into contact with? Making a few changes can eliminate the trigger.

Laying down soft baby blankets that have been washed with hypo-allergenic detergent can be helpful for dogs that have sore spots on legs, elbows and stomach.
Just having a soft padding between him and the floor can ease discomfort. 

Anti-inflammatory and/or antihistamine medication will be given to those with moderate to severe symptoms. They are often used temporarily for those with seasonal allergies.

In cases where the trigger is something that you do not have control over and it cannot be eliminated from your Pug's environment, a serious of shots to build up immunity is an option, as opposed to having to take medication year round. 
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