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Common Shih Tzu Allergies

Common Shih Tzu Allergies in Vancouver, BC

Dog skin allergies particularly impact Shih Tzus because they have thick, curly coats and immune systems slightly weakened by rigorous genetic breeding. Pet allergies in Shih Tzus may involve seasonal pollens, food allergies, bacterial infections caused by constant biting and scratching at the skin or fleas.

Veterinarian treating a Shih Tzu.

In addition, systemic diseases such as diabetes or kidney/liver disorders can cause hair loss and skin problems in Shih Tzus. In some cases, you may smell an odd odor about your Shih Tzu, accompanied by flaky, excessively oily skin. This could indicate a bacterial skin infection requiring veterinary antibiotics to eliminate the infection.

Dog Skin Allergies and Food Intolerance

Signs of food allergies often resemble seasonal allergy symptoms--severe itching, bald patches, biting at skin and inflamed hot spots. Sometimes, a Shih Tzu may vomit occasionally or have mild diarrhea if they are allergic to a certain food but not always. To diagnose skin disorders, a pet dermatology veterinarian will examine skin lesions, ask about the dog's diet and possibly initiate skin patch tests to determine exactly what kind of food additive is causing the allergy. Common culprits of food pet allergies in Shih Tzus include artificial additives (flavoring, coloring), chemical preservatives and fillers such as corn or soy.

Seasonal/Environmental Allergies

Along with scratching, chewing and biting, Shih Tzu allergies involving pollen or household allergens can make dogs sneeze frequently, suffer coughing spells and have runny noses. To identify what is triggering an allergy, your veterinarian may perform intradermal skin testing or an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) blood test.

Once a diagnosis is made, vets typically prescribe topical steroids to reduce itchiness and antihistamines to help Shih Tzus breathe easier. If your dog is found to be allergic to household dust, you may need to invest in a HEPA vacuum cleaner or air filtration system to help reduce skin and other pet allergies.

Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Shih Tzus

Signs of a flea allergy include development of "hot spots" (painful, red sores on the skin), constant and vigorous biting and scratching and hair loss. Unless treated, flea allergy dermatitis may produce crusty/oozing sores, swelling and discolored, thick skin, especially at the base of the tail.

Make an Appointment for Allergies in Pets in Vancouver, BC

If your Shih Tzu is exhibiting signs of skin and coat problems, call your Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver today at (604) 558-3376 to schedule an appointment with your pet dermatology veterinarian.


Vancouver:

1316 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 4A3 Canada
(604) 558-3376

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Richmond:

140 - 8040 Garden City Rd.
Richmond, BC V6Y 2N9 Canada
(604) 270-6163

Vancouver Office Hours

Monday:

8:30 am-5:00 PM

Tuesday:

8:30 am-5:00 PM

Wednesday:

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-5:00 PM

Friday:

8:30 am-5:00 PM

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Richmond Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

By Appointment Only

Sunday:

Closed

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