Care Guide for Italian Greyhounds: Italian Greyhound Allergies

About 10% of Americans are likely to have a reaction to close proximity to dogs due to allergens. Dogs such as the Italian greyhound, however, hardly shed; therefore, people who suffer from allergies can happily keep them as pets. Due to their miniature size, Italian greyhounds tend to be prone to allergies more than their counterparts.

Are Italian greyhounds hypoallergenic?

Italian greyhounds are categorized as a hypoallergenic breed because their short coat is odorless and hardly sheds. The term hypoallergenic refers to below average or slightly allergenic. It implies that the Italian greyhound, in this instance, is less likely to trigger an allergic reaction in people who suffer from allergies.

How to navigate owning an Italian greyhound and allergies

A dog’s hair doesn’t exclusively cause allergic reactions. Some are caused by protein in their saliva, urine, or dander. Consequently, it is possible to have a reaction even to a hypoallergenic breed such as an Italian greyhound. If you suffer from allergies and desire to keep an Italian greyhound, it is advisable to:

  • Talk to an Italian greyhound breeder about your allergens and arrange for scheduled visits with the IG you intend to take home. This will help determine if the hound triggers any allergies before carrying them home. A good breeder may also include a clause in the sales document that allows you to return the dog should thing’s not work out.
  • Consult your allergist or doctor about your decision to bring an Italian greyhound home. There are over-the-counter medications and shots that can keep infection at bay depending on an individual’s allergies.

Ideal ways to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction from your Italian greyhound if you are highly prone to allergic reactions include:

  • Daily, rub down your Italian greyhound outside. Wear a mask or have another family member carry out the task.
  • Choose to control the mild reaction with some over-the-counter medication or shots such as antihistamines. 
  • Change furnishings to hard floors and blinds. Wash throws and covers weekly advisably at 60°. Soft furnishings attract and accumulate pesky particles that trigger allergies.
  • Wash your dog’s toys regularly to get rid of saliva that may cause adverse reactions. When putting your dog’s toys away, put on some gloves or immediately wash your hands. 
  • Use air filters to get rid of dander and allergens that may lead to an allergic reaction to both you and your Iggy.

Italian greyhounds Allergies

Like all dogs, Italian greyhounds suffer from allergies. It is crucial to be aware of all the potential allergies your Ig may suffer from. Repeated exposure to allergens for extended periods of time can compromise your Iggy’s immune system. Italian greyhound allergies reduce your pet’s quality of life and pose challenges to a pet owner. Here are allergies you should keep an eye out for:

Seasonal allergies: These are caused as a result of exposure to airborne substances found in the atmosphere during certain times of the year. Familiarize yourself with the seasonal allergies your pet is prone to suffer from and put in measures to manage exposure. 

Flea allergy: An IG may develop an allergic reaction to a flea bite. This reaction is known as flea allergy dermatitis, which is common during the warm weather in summer. This allergy infection affects a dog’s depending on the level of exposure and their immune response.

Airborne allergens: Generally, it is hard to establish whether an Italian greyhound’s allergies are the result of airborne allergen or other factors. Keeping a log of when the reactions occur is a smart idea. A visit to the vet can also help narrow down the source of the allergies.

Food allergies: Your Italian greyhound may also have a reaction to a food they may have eaten. If your dog consumes certain human food, your dog’s body may consider it harmful and mistakenly produce antibodies that may cause a range of symptoms. Such reactions are often to a specific ingredient rather than the whole meal.

Medicated shampoos: Italian greyhounds have sensitive skin and often react to some shampoos. A common symptom is skin irritation, but it can get severe. You should be careful about the choice of shampoo you use to clean your dog.

Sign and symptoms of an Italian Greyhound allergy infection

Just like in people, when a dog is continually exposed to certain conditions, their bodies develop a reaction. Here are signs you should look for to find out whether your dog has been exposed to any allergens that may be causing a certain reaction:

Itchy skin

You may notice your Italian greyhound is scratching itself orbiting to relieve a persistent itch. This may be due to outdoor allergens such as pollen, trees, and grass. A quick bath using shampoo will offer your hound relief. If the situation isn’t resolved, seek the expertise of a vet.

Snoring

Snoring is a normal body function in dogs with fat mass and more muscles. However, IGs are not known to snore unless they are playing in an unusual position. If your IG is regularly snoring, it may be a sign of an allergen infection. 

Inflamed and infected skin

Skin allergies are a common side effect of allergies. The symptom isn’t very common, but once observed, rush your IG to a vet immediately. The infection may be observed as red, inflamed itchy skin. Mild cleaning products and ointments such as shampoos help soothe the skin.

Excessive shedding

As discussed, Italian greyhounds experience minimal shedding. However, if you notice your Iggy is having unusual hair loss and increased shedding, then they are reacting to something. The reaction may be observed as increased scratching, which may lead to increased hair loss. 

Sneezing

When an Italian greyhound starts snoring, it is usually due to some dust, allergens, or even smoke that they inhaled. A sneeze or two are harmless, and it is best to avoid the trigger and avoid it. When sneezing is combined with pawing at the face, watery eyes, and patches on the skin, then your dog needs some allergy tests to identify the triggers.

Reverse sneezing 

Italian greyhounds regularly reverse sneeze. The reason is normally an irritation caused by an allergen or built-up fluid in their nasal passages. It may sound scary to an IG owner when they first hear their hound reverse sneeze. Other possible causes could be a sore throat or a cold.

Other signs and symptoms to watch out for include licking the bum region, paw licking, face swelling, chronic ear infections, lethargy, diarrhea, loss of appetite, a runny nose, vomiting, and depression.

Remedies for your Italian Greyhound’s allergic reactions 

It is your duty as a responsible pet parent to care for and protect your Italian greyhound. In the face of an allergic reaction, it is crucial to know the necessary steps that can help your pet relieve pain and discomfort. Different allergic reactions require different remedies. Here are tips on how to manage allergic reactions:

Eliminate the triggers

First, identify the source of the allergy, then eliminate it or avoid it. If you cannot identify the trigger, consult a vet. A vet can also help you create an effective allergy prevention program. This may include frequent vacuuming around certain areas, frequently washing your pet’s bedding, and using flea control products.

Check your dog’s diet

Most dogs often react to certain foods, which results in allergic reactions. Food allergies are often caused by proteins such as beef, eggs, milk, or soy. With the help of a veterinarian, clearly establish the culprit and settle on a diet that avoids those foods. Consult your vet about adding fish oil and essential fatty acids to your Iggy’s diet. A dab of canola oil or olive oil promotes your dog’s skincare, thereby reducing the instances of dry skin that cause dander. 

Regular Baths

If your Iggy is prone to an allergic reaction, certain measures should be taken to manage these reactions. Begin by reducing exposure to the source of the allergen. Another measure you can put in place is having your Italian greyhound take regular baths. Bathing washes off allergens that may set off an allergic reaction. 

Natural home remedies

There are effective home remedies that you can use to get rid of your Iggy’s allergic reactions. However, before adopting any of these methods, it is important to discuss them with your vet. These remedies include:

  • Aloe vera: Aloe is famous for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. It is effective on itches, burns, and hotspots when applied to the skin. Its cooling effect alleviates discomfort.
  • Oat baths: An oat bath is very soothing and helps reduce itching. Boil oat straws in water and mix them in with your Iggy’s bathwater. If the itch is the result of a yeast infection, do not use oat. Oat consists of carbohydrates which makes yeast thrive. 
  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil has many health benefits. It helps decrease the production of yeast, suppress inflammatory response and reduce itchiness due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It also aids with digestion and boosts your hound’s immune system. 
  • Mushrooms: Not long ago, scientists discovered that medicinal mushrooms helped with cancer and dog allergies. A fiber found in mushroom cells known as beta-glucan has immune-modulating properties. Never feed your dog raw mushrooms, instead dehydrate or cook them. Later add them to your dog’s food with the option of using it as a broth. 
  • Quercetin: This is a flavonoid found in veggies and fruits that has antihistamine, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce itching, treat respiratory issues and reduce inflammation. These supplements come in capsule or pill form. Inquire from your vet about the dosage. Usually, to calculate the dosage, we multiply the dog’s weight by 1000mg, then divide the total by 125 to find the required dosage. 
  • Plain sugar-free yogurt: Yogurt is rich in protein and calcium, making it not just a great treat for your dog but also a remedy. It contains probiotics that help fight yeast infections and skin irritation. Feed your dog a teaspoon of yogurt to also improve their gut health.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Organic AVC is an inexpensive remedy that naturally soothes skin and wards off fleas. It can be used to rinse off your dog’s paws when they come from outside to get rid of allergens and pollen. Another alternative would be to put a diluted solution in a spray bottle and spray it directly on your hound’s itchy parts. After a good soak, rinse off their coat with some water. 

Dealing with your Italian greyhound’s allergies can be frustrating to you and your dog. However, acute powers of observation are the first step towards managing allergies. The above tips will help you ensure your hound enjoys a comfortable and happy life. Have your IG wear a sweater and booties if you want to be more cautious of allergies. Keep your dog’s skin clean and free of debris.

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