Many of us humans get allergies, and so do our Boston Terriers. As a matter of fact your Boston and you can be allergic to the same things, and sometimes (though rarely) to each other. Depending on what the sufferer is allergic to, managing your Boston Terrier allergies can be overwhelming emotionally and financially.
Your Boston Terrier can be allergic to a number of things. Allergies happen when your Boston Terrier is exposed to allergens and antigens. Their immune system will react extremely to this foreign substances or matter. The overreaction will show itself by itching (in one place or all over), nasal or eye discharge, and the last, because your Boston Terrier has a very sensitive stomach, he will constantly vomit and there will be a disruption of his digestive system.
There are several types of Boston Terrier allergies. Your Boston Terrier's allergies may be triggered by one or several of the following: inhalants, food, contact, fleas and bacteria.
Boston Terrier allergies that are caused by inhalants are called atopy. Boston Terriers are allergic to the same things we are, like all types of pollen, scents, dust, mildew, molds and dust mites. Atopy will be discernible when your Boston is about one to three years of age. Unlike us, Boston's will not have respiratory problems when he inhales something he is allergic to. Instead, your Boston Terrier will have generalized or localized itching. Due to this itching your dog will scratch himself terribly that his skin will become inflamed or have sores and then he will lose some of his hair. Do not mistake your Boston Terrier's itching for fleas because it could be allergies.
The reason for food allergies is that the Boston Terrier becomes allergic to the protein element of the food that you are usually feeding you dog. The Boston Terrier's reaction will be to itch a lot, have gastrointestinal problems, get chronic ear infection or have respiratory distress.
Boston Terrier allergies can be sparked off by inhalants and the dog will get irritated by something floating around in the air. But unlike us, dogs won't get runny nose, sneeze or allergic rhinitis. They will scratch themselves when they inhale something they are allergic to. The best way to prevent this is to keep your house clean. Vacuum and tidy up your place everyday, especially your Boston Terrier's bed. While doing this though, keep your dog in a separate place room or something.
Remember how your mom fusses over you? Well you really have to fuss over your Boston Terrier to prevent his or her allergies from acting up. If your Boston Terrier is female, take that worrying up a notch because female dogs usually get more allergies than male ones. Keep your house and your pet's living area clean. Bring your Boston Terrier to a veterinarian regularly.
Because Boston Terriers are very expressive and doting, people and families love having them for a pet. For this reason it is important to take proper measure to ensure that your Boston Terrier will be healthy and live a happy long life.
Wendy Caples owns a Boston Terrier rescue center and is an advocate for proper Boston Terrier care. A veterinarian can teach you the right way of going about Boston Terrier care . When you know how to choose a vet for your Boston Terrier , then will have no problems taking care of your Boston.