What a Poodle May Be Allergic To
There are 5 main categories that can trigger allergies to a Poodle. Due to certain Poodle clips, some are much more obvious with this breed. For Toy Poodles, others are much more severe. The culprits will fall under 1 of the following:
- Bacterial (rare but possible)
When a dog is allergic to something, he may show symptoms in externally, internally or both. Recognizing the signs is the first, important step to helping your Poodle.
Poodles and Flea Allergies
Many owners of indoor dogs do not realize the importance of using flea prevention treatments. A flea can jump up to 6 feet, therefore a dog can catch fleas from the vet's office, grooming salon, passing by another dog when walking, etc. When a Poodle is allergic to fleas, it is actually the flea's saliva that causes a reaction. While any fleas will cause itching, dogs that are sensitive to the saliva can have very severe allergic reactions.
- Amazingly, only 1 bite from 1 flea can cause a Poodle to have such severe itching that it causes uncontrollable itching. This can lead to areas where the hair has been chewed off and skin will develop sores. As with contact allergies, those sores can become infected.
How to Help
- Treatment is 2 fold, you will want to get rid of the fleas and provide immediate treatment to your Poodle's skin. If there is a flea on your dog, there are fleas in your home, even if you do not see them. The most common resting place for them is carpeting...you can test this out by walking across the floor with deliberate hard steps while wearing clean, white socks. You would then see small black specks on the bottom of your socks.
Getting rid of fleas is not always easy, particularly in hot climates where fleas hatch every 2-3 weeks. However, all surfaces of the home should be treated, this is most effectively done with a fogger.
Your Poodle must be washed with an effective flea shampoo and then receive flea protection. Be careful in regard to bathing your Poodle and applying protection. Many products will stop working if the dog is given a bath one week after treatment. For this reason, if you do choose topical flea protection, wait 2 weeks before giving your Poodle a bath.
To offer immediate relief to your Poodle, seek treatment at the veterinarian's office where a steroid shot can be given to decrease swelling and put a stop to the intense itching. Sores will be check for any infection. Vitamin E oil can be rubbed into un-infected sores to soothe the skin. A hypoallergenic oatmeal based canine shampoo can provide cooling relief as well.