Allergies are a common problem for many dog breeds, and Beagles are no exception. In fact, Beagles are one of the most prone to allergies of any breed of dog. Owners need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of allergies in their beagles and know how to treat them if they occur.
Allergies can cause various symptoms in Beagles, from mild to life-threatening. The most common allergy symptoms include itching, scratching, licking, chewing, and red or inflamed skin. More severe symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, and tongue.
If your Beagle is showing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Most Common Causes of Beagle Allergies
The exact cause of allergic reactions is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetics and environment. Beagles are more likely to develop allergies if they have a family history of allergies. Allergies can also be triggered by exposure to certain substances called allergens. The most common causes of allergies in Beagles include:
1. Pollen Allergy:
Beagles are especially prone to allergies caused by pollen. Pollen is a fine powder that is released into the air by plants. Beagles can be allergic to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Pollen allergies are more common in the spring and summer.
If your beagle is allergic to pollen, you can try to avoid exposure by keeping the dog inside during peak pollen hours. You can also give the dog a bath after spending time outside.
2. Insect Allergy:
Some beagles are allergic to insect bites like ticks, mites, and fleas. This can cause the dog to scratch and bite at the affected area resulting in swelling, and red and itchy skin.
If your beagle is allergic to insects, you can try to avoid exposure by keeping the dog away from areas where insects are likely to be found. You can also use a tick and flea preventative to help reduce the risk of bites on your dog’s skin.
3. Food Allergy:
Beagles can also be allergic to certain dog food. Corn, wheat, soy, beef, dairy, and chicken are the most common allergens. Egg-related food allergies are caused due to sensitivity toward egg proteins. A fish or seafood allergy has been reported in breeds like Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, and Springer Spaniel. Symptoms of food allergies in beagles include vomiting, diarrhea, and itching.
If your beagle has food allergies, you will need to work with your veterinarian to find a food that is safe for the dog to eat.
4. Environmental Allergies:
Beagles can also be allergic to certain environmental factors, such as dust, mold, and chemicals. These allergies can cause symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
If you suspect your dog may be allergic to something in his environment, remove the allergen from the dog’s environment.
5. Contact Allergies:
These are allergies to substances that come into contact with the skin, such as certain fabrics or cleaning products like shampoo and perfumes, etc. These allergies can cause the dog to itch and scratch. Beagles with contact allergies may have red, inflamed, or dry skin.
If you think your beagle may be allergic to something he’s coming into contact with, try to identify the allergen and remove it from the dog’s environment.
6. Medication Allergy
If your beagle has an allergy to medication, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs. it is important to know what the allergy is and what medications your beagle can and cannot take. It is also important to know how to treat the allergy and what to do if your beagle has a reaction to the medication.
Treatment: You should stop giving the dog medication and contact your veterinarian. You can also give the dog antihistamines to help relieve the symptoms.
7. Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies in beagles are caused by the dog’s immune system reacting to substances in their environment during specific seasons. These substances can cause an allergic reaction only during that season, which is why they are called seasonal allergies.
Treatment for seasonal allergies typically involves avoiding exposure to the allergen and/or using medication to relieve the symptoms.
8. Exercise Allergies:
These types of allergies are caused by strenuous exercise. They can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
For example: Walking outside in unsanitized parks or dumping grounds etc.
Treatment typically involves avoiding strenuous exercise and/or using medication to relieve the symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms:
The most common allergy symptoms include itching, scratching, licking, chewing, and red or inflamed skin moreover
- Swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- Itchy eyes
- Itchy skin
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction)
Keeping your beagle healthy is the key to avoiding allergies in the future. if you are worried your beagle may have an allergy, it is important to get them checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. In the meantime keeps an eye out for symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and itching skin. These medicines can be used to treat Beagle allergies:
Antihistamines can help to relieve symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itching.
Corticosteroids can be taken orally or injected to reduce inflammation.
Immunotherapy involves exposing your Beagle to small amounts of pollen over time. This can help to build up their tolerance and reduce the severity of reactions.
Allergy shots are another form of immunotherapy. They are usually given once a week for several months, and then the frequency is decreased.
If your Beagle has a severe reaction, it may need emergency treatment. This may include oxygen therapy, IV fluids, or epinephrine (a medication that helps to open the airways).
There is no way to completely prevent allergies, but there are some things that you can do to reduce your Beagle’s exposure to allergens:
Keep them indoors:
Keep your Beagle inside as much as possible, especially when pollen levels are high.
Bathe them regularly:
Bathe your Beagle regularly to remove allergens from their fur.
Wash bedding frequently:
Wash your Beagle’s bedding frequently in hot water to remove allergens.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are beagles high allergy dogs?
The research showed that the Beagle is not a good dog breed for people with pet allergies or sensitivities because it has one of the highest levels of dander production among small breeds.
How do I know if my Beagle has allergies?
Signs that your Beagle may be experiencing an allergic reaction include itchiness (particularly around the ears, face, paws, and underarm areas), red or inflamed skin, excessive licking or chewing, hair loss, and hot spots.
How are beagle allergies treated?
Treatment for allergies in beagles typically involves avoiding exposure to the allergen and/or using medication to relieve the symptoms.
For Example, Antihistamines can help to relieve symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itching. Corticosteroids can be taken orally or injected to reduce inflammation.
Are beagles hypoallergenic dogs?
No, Beagles are not hypoallergenic dog breeds.