Opal is a five year old purebred Shar Pei and a champion show dog. She is one of the top dogs of her breed in the country and also a wonderful family pet. Opal’s owner Sarah inherited Opal after she retired. Opal lives in the same home as Bailey, another of our featured allergy dogs.
Sarah says Opal never showed signs of allergies until she moved from her kennel into Sarah’s house. Sarah isn’t certain what the cause of Opal’s allergies is, but she does know that her symptoms started after she moved indoors. Sarah first discovered that Opal might have allergies when she started scratching her skin until it started to bleed. Opal also suffered from hair loss.
“Even top quality dogs from great breeding can have allergies,” said Sarah. “The key for owners is to find a way to make their dog comfortable.”
When Opal shows signs of allergies, Sarah has found that giving her a Benadryl once a day does the trick. She’ll give Opal two per day if her allergies are particularly bothersome. The Benadryl keeps Opal comfortable and stops the itching.
Allergies aren’t keeping Opal down. Sarah plans to enter Opal in Rally and Obedience next year. Go Opal!
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