How To Recognize And Treat Yorkie Skin Allergies

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Hey, Everyone. Today we are going to take a look at how to recognize and treat Yorkie skin allergies. Allergies affect up to half of all American dogs.There are three major allergens that cause most of the trouble. Fleas, inhaled substances like pollen or dust, and food.

Yorkie dogs are not as vulnerable to skin conditions and allergies as most other breeds.Their longer, silky hair allows for good air circulation against the skin. This reduces the danger of secondary bacterial infections.

Yorkies are nevertheless, capable of having skin, food or respiratory allergies.

The good news about Yorkie skin allergies is that they can usually be treated. The bad news is that it normally takes a while to figure out just what they are allergic to.

Thorough monitoring of the food, environment, and activities that your Yorkie uses to can help figure out what your dog is allergic to.

How To Recognize And Treat Yorkie Skin Allergies

The Symptoms


Constant scratching, licking or biting at the skin or hair on the legs, feet, belly, and flanks are a sure sign of an allergy. Yorkies often rub their heads and faces against their bedding or the carpet in response to an irritant.

Your little dog may experience hair loss in small patches or even larger areas, depending on how much she's scratching and biting. Yorkies will often sneak off to lick and scratch themselves if they are being constantly corrected for the behavior.

Hot spots can develop on your dog's skin. These inflamed areas quickly become oozing crusty lesions. These lesions will often become infected by bacteria, further contributing to the hair loss and heat produced in the affected area.

Routine checking of the skin during grooming or bathing may show red or flaky patches on the skin's surface.

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Yorkie skin allergies are usually accompanied by other symptoms including;

  • Discharge of tears from the eyes
  • Congestion or a runny nose
  • Diarrhea or a reduced appetite

How Skin Allergies Are Caused

Yorkie skin allergies begin when your dog breathes in or eats offensive substances.

These are usually triggered by laundry detergent, a cleaning solution, rubber plastic or dust particles.Causes of other allergies are insect bites, air fresheners, chemicals and commercial dog food.

These issues are often the result of allergic reactions to flea bites.


Food Allergies

Food allergies are the most difficult Yorkie skin allergies to identify. This means that cooperating with your vet is a must.It will probably take a little time of trial and error.

Once the food allergen has been identified, treatment is usually simple. Many of the cheaper brands of dog food have coloring and chemical preservatives that can cause Yorkie skin allergies.

Your vet may recommend a change to hypoallergenic dog food.

Your Yorkie needs to get enough oil in his diet. Try adding some fish oil.

House Dust And Mold Allergies

A Yorkshire Terrier that has a pollen allergy should be treated with a combination of medication and reduced exposure to pollen.

House dust and mold allergies may appear all year round but are often worse when humidity is high. Keep your Yorkie dog away from the freshly mowed lawn. Clothes may help protect your dog from allergens coming into with her skin.

If you discover a specific plant or weed that triggers Yorkie skin allergies remove every trace of it. Make sure that he doesn't come in contact with it when you're walking the dog.

Sting And Bites

A Yorkie can experience a serious, allergic reaction from wasp stings bites by ants. In chronic cases, your doggy could have an anaphylactic shock, targeting the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system and leading to possible early death.

If your little associate seems to have difficulty breathing, take him/her to a vet as soon as you can.

Fleas, Lice, And Ticks

Allergies to flea bites are common but can be treated. Get rid of the fleas, with a spot-on product like Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for 5-22 Pound Dogs and Puppies, 3-dose.

You will need to deal with fleas in the house.They live in carpeting and furniture and just use your dog for meals.

Fleas will lead to excessive licking, especially around the tail. This may cause hair loss and sore areas.

Wash your dog's bed every week to ten days to get rid of flea eggs and larvae.

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Allergy Testing


If your Yorkie suffers from chronic allergies and other treatments haven't eased the symptoms, your vet may suggest an allergy test. The test will determine exactly what your little is allergic to. This can make sure that he can receive a vaccine against that specific allergen.

Skin Test

A skin, or intradermal allergy test, involves shaving off a patch of fur and injecting your dog with a small amount of various potential allergens in a grid-like pattern. The veterinarian then checks to see if your dog's skin reacts to the injections.

This is the most common and reliable type of allergy testing now available. Prices vary from clinic to clinic. The cost of the test averages $200.

Blood Test

Blood testing is not as reliable as skin testing. The cost is about the same, with blood tests averaging around $200.

Remedies For Yorkie Skin Allergies


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Remedies are usually symptomatic and will most likely include giving your Yorkshire terrier an antihistamine, cortisone, fatty acid supplementation, medicated dog shampoo or a change of diet.

Allergy shots are an effective way to deal with irritating symptoms. These are a good option for those who may have had unpleasant side effects from other sorts of Yorkie health issues.

God Bless

Richard S.

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