What is an allergy and how it affects our Yorkie?
One of the most common health problems affecting our doggies are the allergies. When your Yorkie suffers from an allergy, its immune system reacts too sensitive to foreign substances (allergen and antigens) that have contact with him.
This hypersensitivity is evident in three conditions. The first and most common one is the skin rash. It can be local (at a particular place) or overall (affects the entire body of the Yorkie).
Another condition can influence the respiratory system. In that case, you may see a cough, sneezing, and difficulties with breathing. Also, you may observe some secretion coming out from your Yorkie’s eyes and nose.
The third usual allergy appearance affects the digestive system, and the general symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea.
What types of allergies exist?
Five types of allergies are officially known – caused by contact, from fleas, from food, from bacteria or medicines.
Each type has a common appearance with the others, and at the same time, each has its own form.
The immune system of your Yorkie reacts negatively to a particular food or food ingredient.
What are the types of food that usually cause food allergy?
All kind of food or food ingredient can cause a negative reaction. However, the most common causes are the proteins in the dog food.
Mostly, the proteins which you can find in the dog food are extracted from beef, chicken, lamb and horse meat.
Is it true that the dog food made of lamb is hypoallergenic?
A few years ago you wouldn’t be able to find a dog food with lamb on the market.
But then the producers claimed that this ingredient must be included because it gives the best results on the allergy tests.
That is why the dog food with lamb has been accepted as hypoallergenic.
And here we want to mention ones again, each dog and each Yorkie have different organisms and react differently to the various foods, medicines, and ingredients.
Therefore we cannot accept all statements by the experts as true in every case. It is your responsibility to take care and observe your Yorkies reactions to the various substances.
You should be aware that Yorkies are not born with their allergies. They rather suffer from them after the regular consumption of particular foods.
Most often, allergies occur as a result of high quantities of proteins in the nourishment.
The food allergy happens with all the clinical conditions we’ve mentioned above, including couch, eating disorder, problems with the respiratory system, etc.
If you notice some of these symptoms with your Yorkie, we suggest an immediate food allergy test. The tests are made by specific hypoallergenic diets.
Your Yorkie’s organism will need about four weeks to be cleaned up from all the substances he consumed, and the diet will continue between four and eight weeks (and even more if needed).
If the sweetie is getting better, your vet will give you instructions on how to proceed.
If you don’t follow the diet strictly and continue giving some leftovers from the table or sweets, you will not see the desired results.
That is why you should completely restrict them during this period.
If the water in your area is not clean enough, think about installing a special filter on your sink.
Another way to clean up the water is to boil it, but it takes a bit more time. If you consider the water not – drinkable for you, then it is not – drinkable for your Yorkie too.
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