f you're looking for a dog or a cat that will not create an allergic attack on your susceptible family members here are my top five.
1. Chinese Crested- This allergy friendly dog is very rare, and I heard it may be endangered, but I recently saw in the directory of Pet Insurance expressive of a great deal of interest for this breed.
2. Kerry Blue Terrier- One of my favorite breeds is the Kerry blue terrier. It is single coated and comes in many colors. They don't shed but are said to be hypoallergenic.
3. labradoodle- I have previously mentioned my love for labs, but I have found recently that the labradoodle is especially entered into allergy free dogs. Why? It is said that this specific breeding tends to suppress allergies in addition to increasingWEB (white blood cell count). previously the only breeds to suffer from skin allergies was the lab, but now other breeds including the shepherd are equally afflicted.
4. imported america flea-free- This is a cross of agenic dog at the Austin show in 2007. Not a true allergy free dog, but a cross is a cross and I am sure the breeder cared enough to include it.
5. bichon- This is a small dog, but not as small as the bichon frisé, and not as tiny as the chihuahua either. I have seen images on the web that show this dog. Nothing on the web references to health problems, but the person who originally posted the image (who appears to be the owner of this dog) does give you this description: "My bichon had skin problems all her life that were never resolved. I finally found a solution after I resolved it for myself. The health problems are treatable and my little girl is healthy and happy."
A dogs skin problems are of various types, and what may seem like a skin problem to you, could be a symptom of something much more serious. Not to alarm, but your dog's skin and coat may be overly dry, itchy, prone to flaking, crusts and parasites.
You may not even be aware that this may be the reason your dog is scratching, unless you are specifically looking for it. In general, you will need to consult with your Veterinarian to determine the allergen and whether it is actually a food allergy, as opposed to a skin allergy. Typically, the allergy can be pretty debilitating, and will have your dog scratching and licking a specific area on its body. Different food allergies have different ingredients, and as such, your dog may not be able to tolerate one type of meat. For example, something specific to corn might be a problem, or your dog's flea collars maybe allergic to the flea Crystals.
If you suspect a food allergy, you can try putting it on an elimination diet to determine what is the problem. You will want to try a elimination diet in order to rule out physical origin of the allergy, like a contact allergy. There are topical ointments, tablets, shampoos and medications to treat this problem, but before you start down this path, you will want to talk to your Veterinarian. There are prescribed treatments for this problem, but those can be expensive and may not be available for every dog. Your Vet may suggest one of the many homeopathic treatments for treating allergies, like zingiber, to help you relieve your dog's symptoms.
The important thing is to always talk to your Veterinarian about what you are using to treat your dogs skin problems, as they will be better equipped to weed out the inappropriate treatments from the ones that are needed. Your dogs skin problems may be linked to its diet, but it may not always be the cause. If you typically feed your dog a particular brand of food, but then stop doing so, there may be a problem.