Anaphylaxis In Dogs

For an anaphylaxis to occur, the dog must have been exposed and developed antibodies to the allergen already. Anaphylaxis occurs without any warning. It is an extreme hypersensitive reaction of the animal’s immune system to a specific allergen. The reaction can be localized or widespread. 

The most common triggers of anaphylactic reactions include food proteins, vaccines, insect bites, chemicals, and medications. Dogs having a anaphylaxis exhibit the following the symptoms:

  • Digestive upsets --vomiting and diarrhea
  • Excessive salivation or drooling
  • Hives (skin has red swellings)
  • Face and/or muzzle appears swollen
  • Extreme itching
  • Mucus membranes appear bluish or cyanotic 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Collapse

The last 3 symptoms are characteristic of anaphylactic shock which is considered a medical emergency. Take your pet to the nearest veterinary clinic New Orleans, LA ASAP.


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