Allergies in Peekapoo Dogs (Peekapoo Health)
If there was one short phrase that would sum up a Peekapoo dog, then that phrase would be Super Cute!
But not only are they super cute, they also have a long history compared to other designer dogs.
Interestingly, the very first Peekapoo breeders had a clear goal in mind. That goal was to breed a dog that would have minimal shedding to help people who suffer from dog allergies.
But what about Peekapoo dog’s and the allergies that they can personally suffer from?
That’s the very question I’ll be walking you through in this post.
Let’s take a look!
What Allergies Can Peekapoo Dogs Suffer From?
Despite Peekapoo dog’s being excellent for people suffering from dog allergies, the Peekapoo dog breed itself is not so allergy-free.
The Main Allergy Groups to Watch Out for In Your Peekapoo
- Flea Allergies
- Contact Allergies & Seasonal Allergies
- Dog Food Allergies
The main indication that your Peekapoo may have developed an allergy is by seeing increased and very persistent itching.
When I say, increased and very persistent, I don’t simply mean that on one day your Peekapoo is having an itching day. I mean that day-after-day your loyal little buddy is scratching with no sign of him stopping any day soon.
Paw-Licking and Paw-Chewing in Peekapoo dogs Is Another Sign to Watch Out For.
Skin irritation in Peekapoo dogs caused by an allergy often affects the entire body, or at least multiple parts of the body.
However, since a dog is unable to reach every part of his itching body, he will often only lick or chew the parts that he can easily reach. The paws fit into this category very well.
Another tender area is the armpit area. Any dog breed with an allergy will frequently be seen scratching in this part of the body.
Dog Food Allergies Can Also Cause Itching, And In The Same Parts of The Body as Described Above
It would be a great deal easier if each type of dog allergy caused your dog to scratch a different part of the body. At least you’d then be able to tell what kind of allergy he as. But unfortunately this is not the case.
If you see your Peekapoo itching like crazy, then the cause of the allergy could be any of the ones mentioned. Plus, it could also be one that I will be covering in the following section.
Dog allergies are very tricky to isolate the allergen source.
Peekapoo Flea Allergies
All dogs can be allergic to flea bites and the Peekapoo is no exception. In fact, the allergic reaction can be so aggressive that just one flea bite can be enough to trigger allergy symptoms.
This means that even if the flea has left your dog, the allergic reaction to the bite can remain.
Flea Bite Allergy Signs and Symptoms in Peekapoo Dogs Include:
- Your Peekapoo may be seen to lick and chew affected areas of the body, legs, and paws.
- Persistent and frequent itching on the neck and ears.
- Red rashes on any exposed skin.
- Pigment color-changes in the skin which can become lighter or darker in color.
- Scabs on the skin.
Flea allergies tend to focus on the rear end of the dog on the back near the tail, thighs and lower back. This can then further develop to include the neck, ears and abdomen.
Recognizing that your Peekapoo has a flea allergy may sound fairly straightforward given the specific details listed above. But almost all types of allergies in dogs can produce similar symptoms.
If you suspect that fleas may be the cause of your dog’s suffering, then it’s time to turn detective and try find their fingerprints (not literally, they’d be really tiny!) :)
But out of all the allergies that dogs can get, flea allergies do at least leave traces of evidence.
The first stage of your detective work simply involves running a flea comb through your dog’s fur. Clearly, if you find any fleas then you have the answer.
Keep in mind though, that fleas are very small (around 1 mm to 2 mm in length). So, if like me you normally wear reading glasses, then wear them for this operation.
If you don’t find any fleas using the flea comb, then it could be that there are not many fleas to find. As I mentioned earlier, just one bite from one flea can be enough to cause an allergic reaction in your Peekapoo.
If your search found nothing, then look at any fleshy areas of your dog and look for very small black spots.
The black spots are the feces of the flea. Rubbing the spots with some white tissue will leave rust-colored markings on the tissue. If that is what you see, then fleas are very likely present.
Fortunately, flea allergies are one of the easier allergies to combat, as all you have to do is rid your Peekapoo of the offending critters.
The best solutions are the spot-on type of liquids that you place on the back of your dog’s neck. The liquid is placed there to prevent your dog from licking it off.
Flea collars are also very effective. Once again, a dog is unable to lick its own collar area, so it’s a safe location to have something that contains chemicals.
Peekapoo Contact Allergies & Seasonal Allergies
Contact allergies and seasonal allergies in dogs are possibly the most difficult to identify.
In fact, vets will often exclude flea allergies and dog food allergies first, and then conclude that if neither of those are the source, then it’s highly likely to be a contact or seasonal allergy.
Between contact allergies in your Peekapoo and contact allergies, seasonal allergies just edge slightly to the front in ease of identification. After all, if your dog only has symptoms in summer, then it’s a safe-ish bet that it’s a seasonal allergy.
Seasonal allergies in your Peekapoo will include the following symptoms:
- Watery eyes.
- Ear itching and infections.
The watery eyes and sneezing are very similar to humans suffering from hay fever. And in effect, that is what your dog is suffering from.
Various grasses and airborne pollen can affect your Peekapoo just as badly as it can affect a hay fever sufferer.
If you have noticed that your dog only suffers from allergic reactions in summer, then speak to your vet and some antihistamines can be prescribed. Do not be tempted to give your dog human antihistamines.
Contact Allergies in Peekapoo Dogs
Now here’s where dog allergies get really tricky!
Contact allergies are exactly what they sound like. Your dog has developed an allergy to something that it has touched.
The ‘something’ is the tricky part!
Dogs can be allergic to so many different materials such as:
- Metals (nickel being a common one).
- Shampoo or soap.
- Carpet fabric.
- Carpet cleaner.
- Home cleaning products.
- Floor polish.
The list actually goes on and on, but I think you get the idea. There are many possible substances that dogs can be allergic to.
Yet, despite the almost infinite list of items that your dog can be allergic to, you do have one small ray of hope in deciding if your dog’s allergy is a contact allergy.
Contact allergies chiefly affect areas of your dogs’ body with little or no hair.
Such areas of the body include the lips, nose, feet, chin and tummy.
And this makes sense, because a contact allergy develops because something has come into contact with the skin.
Dog shampoo is a slight exception as by its very nature, it is going to come into contact with your dog’s skin – but via the hair.
A complete allergy test carried out by your vet is possibly the only real way to identify the actual allergen or allergens.
I wish you and your Peekapoo the very best of health!