Allergies in butterflies

Papillons, also known as butterfly dogs, get their distinctive butterfly-winged ears with fringed hair. They are delicate and peculiar-looking dogs with abundant silky and flowing fur. They have no undercoat and their hair is quite long. Although they are not as sensitive as other toy dogs, when it comes to allergies, papillons can still suffer from it and even cause it to their owners. Owners should always be on the lookout for any allergic symptoms that their pets may present.

Symptoms that your butterfly is having an allergic reaction can include excessive scratching, itching, and licking of the ears, muzzle, paws, or other parts of the body. Other symptoms can also include hair loss, recurrent ear infections, and changes in bowel movements. A daddy experiencing an allergic reaction could also salivate and start licking his body, dyed orange or red hair is a sure sign of allergies in dogs. Difficulty breathing is a symptom more experienced by humans than by dogs.

Allergies don’t always start at birth, some butterflies get them well into maturity. Allergic reactions can come from food, parasites, insects, molds, pollen, changes in the weather, weeds, and fall seasons. Knowing what your dog is allergic to does not have to be a trial and error experience, as with humans, there is a test available to determine the items or foods that dogs may be allergic to. Knowing is winning half the battle by helping butterflies avoid such allergens. There are some basic allergens that dogs can be susceptible to, these include;

Flea and Bacterial Allergies – This is more common, especially in furry dogs. Dogs can become extremely itchy at the site of the bite, causing redness, hair loss, and sometimes even sores. The flea is actually not as dangerous as your saliva that passes through your pet and causes the allergic reaction. Flea bites are harmful to both dogs and humans and can be treated with proper grooming and cleaning and a medicated shampoo if necessary. Garlic added to dog food is known to repel fleas and other insects. You can also sprinkle vinegar water in the dogs’ outdoor living space to get rid of insects. Bacteria can also affect dogs, normally they would also cause severe itching and injuries, this could be a staph infection; If this is the case, immediate medical attention is needed for both the dog and the owner.

Inhalants – Also called atopy or environmental hypersensitivity allergens. Symptoms would include scratching, itching, and salivation causing orange or reddish fur. This would include those that can be inhaled, it may come as a surprise to new dog owners, but they may also be allergic to pollen. Other inhalants include cigarette smoke, mold, fungus, dust, and dust mites. This is usually treated with antibiotics, shampoos, and antihistamines. Hypersensitivity or gradually exposing your pet to the allergen to activate the immune system of the papillon is often used as a last resort.

Food allergies: this type of allergy is usually easy to detect, since you can have an immediate reaction. Food allergy can be differentiated from intolerance judging by the symptom. Intolerance often causes diarrhea or an upset stomach, while allergies can show symptoms similar to atopy. Dogs can often be allergic to specific foods like beef, dairy, eggs, chicken, lamb, and fish.

With allergies, prevention is always better than cure, and it is important to know what your Pap smear is allergic to. Although butterflies are generally healthy dogs, they are fragile and severe allergic reactions can be fatal to them.