Dog Allergies 101
Cairn Terriers from responsible breeders are not "prone
to" or "known for" skin or allergy problems. However, we hear from people
across the country, most of whom have purchased Cairns from "indiscriminate"
breeders or pet stores, asking for advice.
If you have a dog with skin/coat, allergy or ear problems, begin by:
- Ask your breeder if other dogs have had problems and how they were
- See your regular veterinarian
- Follow-up with a visit to a veterinary dermatologist
Your dog could be reacting to anything from flea bites, outside vegetation,
carpet fibers, soap used to wash his bedding to soap or sprays the groomer uses
to name a few. Worse case scenario, he could have an auto immune disorder. A
veterinary dermatologist, working in conjunction with your regular veterinarian,
are better equipped to help you get to the source of the problem and treat it.
Don't assume your dog's food is the culprit, especially if you are feeding a
Note that premium foods are not sold through grocery or
Allergies and Food Studies reveal, and many veterinary dermatologists
believe, that only 10 percent of allergic reactions in pets are to food.
However, pets can react to additives in the food and preservatives, hormones and
insecticides that exist in the ingredients. For this reason, we feel it is
important for owners of problematic dogs to find a BALANCED premium food from a
manufacturer sensitive to its ingredient sources. Don't be influenced by dog
food manufacturers claims that their dog food eliminates or prevents allergic
reactions or skin disorders. Many veterinarian dermatologists are outraged with
such claims because, unless your dog requires avoidance of specific dietary
items like proteins or grains, the imbalance could have a detrimental long-term
affect on your pet's health. Don't feed the special "vegetarian" or "bison"
diets unless specifically recommended by your vegetarian.