While most dogs tolerate rosemary well, some dogs may have severe allergies or sensitivities to the herb. Let’s look at some of the signs that your dog may have a rosemary sensitivity or allergy. These symptoms can happen immediately or over a period of years.
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Symptoms may include:
- Itchy skin: as with most allergic reactions rosemary can cause severe itchy skin in dogs that are allergic
- Dry, flaky skin: this is usually seen in dogs that have a rosemary sensitivity and have been eating food with the herb for an extended period of time
- Hair loss
- Bumps/rash: typical of most allergic reactions
- Chronic ear infections: If your dog has a sensitivity to the herb they may develop recurring ear infections
- Obsessive licking/chewing of feet: this is also a common sign of an allergic reaction in dogs
- Inflamed, red paw pads: most likely due to the excessive chewing and licking
- Gastrointestinal upset: vomiting and diarrhea
- Seizures: This is seen in severe cases
If you are concerned that your dog may have an allergy to rosemary there are two things your vet can assist you with
- A blood test to determine if your dog is allergic to rosemary
- A food trial – which over a period of a couple of months eliminates the possible cause of a dietary allergic reaction by placing your dog on a ‘hypoallergenic diet’
To treat your dog for rosemary allergies/sensitivities you simply remove any trace of rosemary from his or her diet, it’s a pretty easy fix. However, this means keeping a close eye on the ingredient list of your dog’s food and treats as rosemary is often present as a preservative.
Once your dog is off of rosemary all of the symptoms that developed from him/her eating rosemary should go away and any open wounds or scratches should heal easily as your dog won’t be tempted to lick at their skin going forward.
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