Preventing Allergies in Poodles

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Poodles are a breed of dog that is prone to suffer allergic reactions. Seasonal changes, dust, and mold can make us sneeze and get itchy eyes, but they can also induce allergies in Poodles, which may become a real problem.

Five main categories will trigger allergies in your poodle.

  • Contact – an outside source that has touched their skin, eyes or paws
  • Flea – bites, and reactions make Poodles itch
  • Food – common due to many allergens that can be present in nutrition
  • Inhalant – Pollens, dust, and mold
  • Bacterial – rare but possible

Toy poodles seem to be more susceptible to allergies than their larger counterparts, but all sizes seem to be affected more than most other breeds. Poodles who have allergies in any of the five categories can show symptoms both internally and externally. If you know the signs, your poodle has, and what is triggering them, this will help in preventing allergies altogether.

Poodle Reactions

An allergic reaction is an immune response to something that has made its way into your poodles’ body, and their body is signaling that it shouldn’t be there. The allergen, be it food, spore or bacteria, is a foreign body and your poodles’ immune system wants to get rid of it, which then causes the allergic reaction.

A reaction in your poodle can lead to external symptoms such as irritated eyes, nose and ears and/or minor skin problems such as eczema or other rashes. Your dog can also experience internal symptoms too, meaning their reaction is causing something like digestive upset.

All these symptoms are not only irritating and uncomfortable for your poodle but can become serious if they aren’t addressed. Secondary infections can happen if itching and rubbing are left on their own, and excessive digestive issues can mean dehydration and nutritional deficiencies.

Preventing Allergies in Poodles

Contact Allergies

Contact allergies are prevalent in poodles and happen when they react to something they touch. It can cause itching anywhere on their body or, in one particular area such as their paws. It can also cause eye and nasal discharge. Preventing this type of allergy is important as the itching can lead to sores from constant scratching that can be followed by an infection.

Things that can cause this allergic reaction are:

  • Carpets or fabric covered furniture – certain textiles or the cleaners used on them
  • Grooming products – many shampoos, conditioners, or hair products can bother your Poodles skin. They can also irritate if they aren’t rinsed out of their coat properly
  • Laundry detergent – Anything washed can be problematic if your pup is allergic to the soap used

You can prevent these allergies by:

Flea Allergies

Flea Allergies come from a reaction to a flea’s saliva after they bite your poodle. Although this bite will make all dogs itch, those with an allergy can have a severe reaction. Uncontrollable itching can lead to bald patches and sores which can become infected. Prevention and treatment are crucial to ending this reaction.

You can prevent this through:

Food Allergies

Food allergies can be difficult to diagnose with as some dogs as they don’t show external signs of reaction like itching. However, they may have other symptoms that are internal such as diarrhea or stomach upset.  Many food elements can cause both internal and external reactions, and it can be difficult to narrow it down. Your poodles’ veterinarian can make a diagnosis.

Once you can have them tested or are able to figure out what the particular allergen is, then you can choose an appropriate food. Foods with grains, poultry, or eggs can all be triggers.

Preventing food allergies means offering foods such as:

Inhalant Allergies

Inhalant Allergies or seasonal are common in poodles. Triggers can include:

  • Tree pollen
  • Grass & weed pollen
  • Mold/Mildew
  • Dust Mites
  • Smoke

While some of these allergens can be reduced to prevent reaction such as smoke, many cannot. Not being able to remove the allergen means that your poodle must be treated to stop their reaction. Prevention through allergen removal is difficult, so it becomes prevention through medication. Their veterinarian will look at giving them:

Bacterial Allergies

Bacterial allergies in poodles are rarer than regular allergies. These allergies are actually reactions to bacteria that infects your pup. The dog’s own body triggers this.

The immune system fights a Staph bacterium which is naturally occurring in your dog. It causes skin irritation and needs antibiotics or desensitizing to keep it away. Prevention comes from keeping your poodle healthy overall, so their immune system doesn’t try to fight these bacteria. Good health allows the bacteria to remain at normal levels in your pup.

Final Thoughts

Allergies are hard on your poodle, especially if they lead to secondary issues that make them feel miserable. Serious skin or digestive problems can multiply and affect their quality of life. Finding an environment that is healthy for them and being proactive in preventing allergies is important.

You want to work with your dog’s veterinarian to find ways that you can alleviate the issue through either removing the allergen or creating a scenario that lessens its impact. Less irritant and reaction means a happier and more content pooch.

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  1. Saundra Mortenson

    I had a Labradoodle with severe allergies-always had upper respiratory congestion and testing found that he was allergic to many things. Desensitizing did not help at all nor did medications. It was very expensive as well. He was miserable. I now have a Maltipoo and she is doing the ‘reverse sneezing’ too. If poodles are so prone to allergies it would seem prudent for breeders not to breed any that do have bad allergies. The dogs are miserable through no fault of their own.

    • Chyrle Bonk, DVM

      Hi Saundra!

      You’re absolutely right and most responsible breeders won’t. Always search for a breeder that does pre-breeding screenings, such as OFA’s, that look for hip and elbow dysplasia. The reason behind this is that many of these screenings can’t be done until the dog is two years old, giving that pup enough time to show other issues, such as allergies, that could be detrimental and, therefore, should not be bred. Unfortunately, many breeders may truly be in it for the money and won’t think about breeding dogs with these issues, or they just aren’t educated about them. My advice is always do your research on what to look for in breeding dogs and choose a breeder that has done the background work to ensure that their breeding stock is top notch.

      Dr. Chyrle Bonk, Poodled Vet 🙂

      • Saundra Mortenson

        And then there are rescues.. no idea of the history. And you’re right that people seeing pets as commodities don’t care about inherited health issues.

  2. Diane jones

    Will an air purifier help with the allergies

  3. petdii

    I now have a Maltipoo and she is doing the ‘reverse sneezing’ too. If poodles are so prone to allergies it would seem prudent for breeders not to breed any that do have bad allergies. The dogs are miserable through no fault of their own


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