How To Care For A Rottweiler

Dogs have allergies that can affect them the same as humans. Food allergens, flea allergies, bacterial allergens, contact allergens and atopy are the main Rottweiler allergies your dog can develop. In order to provide proper Rottweiler care you should be aware of the particular characteristics of each of these allergens.

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The first of the Rottweiler allergies is food and can be caused by any type of food, so you first need to determine what causes the allergy. If your dog has a food allergy they will likely scratch, chew or lick. Some severe symptoms can develop such as sneezing, coughing, eye and nose discharge, itching around the anus, hair loss, loss of appetite, pawing at their ears or head shaking, vomiting, diarrhea or breathing problems.

Next on the list are flea allergies, which are pretty easy to determine. If your Rottweiler has been scratching their tail or is experiencing hair loss, scabs and sores then you will need to take them to the vet. The vet will determine if your pet has fleas. The saliva from the fleas can be causing your Rottweiler allergies.

Your vet will then give you a flea control product to eliminate this allergy. Your dog’s skin also contains bacteria called staphylococci that can sometimes become an allergy for your dog. If this happens your dog’s skin will develop crusts and lose hair as a result of scratching. If your dog is suffering from this allergy then your vet will administer antibiotics.

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Of all Rottweiler allergies the most rare is contact allergens, but they can happen. Flea collars, plastic food bowls, pet sweaters, plants and grass or wool bedding can cause these types of allergies. Swelling, redness, itching and hair loss are the symptoms of these Rottweiler allergies. To determine which one is causing the allergy you should eliminate all but one on the list and then once you find the culprit remove it in order for your dog to heal.

Rottweiler allergies can also be caused by environmental factors such as dust mites, molds, house dust, human dander, feathers or pollen, which are known as atopy or inhalant allergens. Dogs who have these allergies will often chew, lick or scratch themselves in specific areas like the face, paws, abdomen, armpits or the genital areas. A reddish-brown stain will develop as a result of the itching.

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The area will then have a reddish-brown stain due to the itching. Your vet will do a test and then find the best way to get rid of the allergy, which can be dog shampoos, antihistamines, allergy shots, diet changes or corticosteroids.

When it comes to considering a vet for your Rottweiler you need to remember that your pet has specific problems. Therefore you want to find a veterinarian that is aware of these specific conditions and is familiar with Rottweiler care. The best way to find a good vet is to get recommendations either from your breeder or other Rottweiler owners.

Sharon Davies
Sharon Davies

Sharon Davies is an avid lover of the Rottweiler and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Rottweiler.