Allergies

KNOWN HEALTH ISSUES
WITHIN the ENGLISH SETTER BREED
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Allergies

General
If your pet scratches excessively they may be allergic to something. Some pets are affected continually and other only at certain times of the year, while others have problems only occasionally. Pets may be allergic to such things as Insect and flea bites, grasses, molds, pollens, trees, wool, tobacco smoke, certain foods, and even other pets. No matter what the allergen, the main symptoms are excessive scratching and chewing of the skin, which may result in extensive skin damage. Once the skin has been damaged it is then highly susceptible to bacterial infection. If you suspect your dog might have allergies or an allergic reaction contact your veterinarian for treatment.

Food
Allergic reactions in dogs may manifest as itching and in some cases diarrhea. About 5 to 10 percent of all allergic reactions in dogs are attributed to Food allergies. Diagnosis of a food allergy requires strict dietary management to make sure no allergy-triggering food is ingested by your dog. This dietary management process is a very demanding diagnostic process. Because food allergy symptoms resemble those of other canine allergies – and because effective treatment depends on pinpointing the specific allergen affecting your dog – diagnosing food allergies is challenging for both owners and veterinarians. It takes more than one exposure to a food ingredient to incite an allergic reaction so iIf your pet has an immediate adverse reaction to a diet change, the reaction is probably not an allergy.

The most common signs of a food allergy is inflamed, itchy skin, usually around a pet’s feet, face, ears, armpits, and groin. The inflamed, itchy skin leads to scratching and biting which can lead to secondary bacterial skin infections and ear canal infections.

Some food-allergic animals experience vomiting and diarrhea instead of /or along with – skin problems.

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Lone Star English Setter Club
strongly suggests that you contact your veterinarian
if you suspect your English Setter might have
any of these or other health issues.