The most common symptom of allergies is an itching sensation on the skin. In addition, the allergies may affect the respiratory tract system as well. The common symptoms of respiratory tract allergies may include sneezing, wheezing and coughing. The Shih Tzu can have almost all the same symptoms that humans do. They have discharge coming from the nose and eyes just like when they suffer from a cold or the flu. Allergies may also occur that effect the digestive system and may suffer from the common symptoms including diarrhea, watery stools and vomiting.
In practice, there is a great variety of allergies that may affect the Shih Tzu. For instance, flea saliva may cause the Shih Tzu an allergic reaction. In order to understand whether a Shih Tzu is being affected by flea saliva a skin allergy examination is essential. In the case of a positive result, the owner must use an effective flea control program. But using safe products must be ensured in order to avoid any possible harm to the dog.
Many humans have an allergic tendency towards certain types of foods. The Shih Tzu is also susceptible to food allergies.. In fact, there is a whole host of foods such as fish, beef, soy products, milk, wheat, eggs, chemical preservatives and artificial sweeteners that may function as allergens to a Shih Tzu dog. Non-verified foods should be strictly avoided for the Shih Tzu. If commercial dog foods are served to Shih Tzu instead of homemade food, it lessens the possibilities of developing a food allergy.
Molds and dust mites, the most common forms of environmental substances, may also lead to the development of allergic reaction in the Shih Tzu. These types of Shih Tzu allergies occur due to a hypersensitivity to the immune system in the presence of these substances. The condition is known as atopic dermatitis. It becomes evident that the dog is suffering from atopic dermatitis when you find them licking and chewing different areas of the body including the paws, abdomen and rear feet. Atopic dermatitis may strike areas like the armpit, central areas of the toes of the paws and the groin.