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Skin Problems and Allergies in a Boston Terrier

If you own a boston terrier, you probably know that one of the health issues common to this breed has something to do with the skin. This breed is prone to skin problems and allergies triggered by inhalant, food, contact, fleas and bacteria.

Inhalant allergies are caused by substances such as pollens, dust mites and molds. If the reaction is seasonal, the dog may be affected by inhaling pollens. On the other hand, if the allergy is somewhat year round, your boston terrier is probably exposed to household dust, mold spores and other irritants. With this kind of allergy, your boston terrier will soon start to scratch and bite his body, lick his paws, shake his head and rub his face along the carpet. Feet, flanks, groin and armpits may itch severely while ear flaps may become red and hot.

Bath using shampoos or rinses containing aloe vera, oatmeal and eucalyptus can be done but provides only temporary relief. Drug therapy such as corticosteroids and antihistamines can be used as well as natural anti-inflammatory agents such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It is also important that the area where the dog spends time is clean and dust-free.

Food allergy is another type of canine allergy. Symptoms include itchy skin, anal itching, shaking of the head, ear inflammations, licking, rubbing the face on the carpet and in some cases vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, sneezing, behavioral changes or seizures. Food allergy is often difficult to find out. The first step to diagnose the main cause of this problem is to eliminate all possible allergens such as beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, fish, corn and preservatives. Feed only homemade diet containing protein and starch. Feed your boston terrier with this diet only for a short period of time. If the symptoms improve, go back to original diet. If the symptoms return, go back to the trial diet and add new ingredient gradually until you discover the allergen. Remember to seek your vet’s advice before starting with the trial diet.

The boston terrier breed may be prone to skin problems and allergies but with proper care and prevention, you never have to worry of these allergies.

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