dog allergies

Dog Allergies Treatment 101

Dog allergies treatments explained

There are a multitude of reasons why dog allergies occur and there are also many different physical manifestations of dog allergies. This is why it is important that we, as pet owners, really determine the right dog allergies treatment that can help alleviate how our pet suffers during an allergy.

Relieving the symptoms of allergy is a dog allergies treatment that we can easily apply. If we don’t have time nor the opportunity to bring them to the vet, this is the least we can do for them. Among the most common treatments is to give the dog a regular bath and make sure cool water is used if allergy is suspected to have erupted on the dog’s skin.

Giving them a cold bath is not the only quick remedy for dog skin allergies. In addition to this, you should also be more aware of the shampoo and soap products you use to clean up their skin. This way you can provide soothing relief from all that itching. It is good to use products with aloe vera and eucalyptus in their ingredients.

Aside from focusing on your pet, you can also initiate dog allergies treatment by inspecting the places where your dog sleeps. It would be best to sterilize the area but just make sure that you do not use chemicals that might be too harsh when they come into contact with your pet.

While there is simple dog allergies treatment that you can apply on your own, you should still consider some expert opinion on the matter. Take your dog to the vet at the earliest opportunity. This way the real cause would be identified and the necessary medications would be given to your dog.

There are different types of medications that can be given to your dog. The two most popular are antihistamines and steroids. Because these medicines can be very strong, you should coordinate with your vet strictly when it comes to giving these to your pet.

If your dog has a more major condition, another type of dog allergies treatment may be given. This is known as immunotherapy. In this case, shots would be administered to your dog on given intervals to help develop their immune system against the triggers of these allergies.

Dog allergies treatment come in many different forms and perhaps the simplest and easiest thing you can do is to practice avoidance. Know the real reason behind the allergies so you can correct your dog’s diet and provide a more suitable home environment for them.

I’m a pet health guru who specializes in dog skin care.

Identifying Dog Skin Allergies

How to find and deal with dog skin allergies

Dog skin allergies can cause your dog dreadful discomfort and are sometimes hard to identify. Sometimes the only symptom you’ll notice is extra scratching, so make it a habit to check your dog’s coat frequently to isentify these allergies and treat them early. This will prevent skin injury and possible infection from over-scratching.

If you are dealing with some sort of skin problem yourself, or just reflecting on when you did, you are probably drifting into memories of pubescent life and teenage angst when your face was covered with zits and you were getting nervous about being seen public with them. In a nut shell, worrying about skin problem before major events was mainly confined to high school. Only, you were probably not considering those pimples to be skin allergies. And if that’s true then you definitely weren’t thinking that your family pet could get such a thing, or maybe that dog skin allergies were much like human ones.

Only, dog skin allergies are really just as severe as a human’s problem and can be a real problem to your pet.

Worst of all, while a human’s skin problems are pretty obvious right from the start, dog skin allergies come with multiple symptoms, and are almost impossible to recognize early. After all, a scratching dog is pretty normal and isn’t going to send you searching through their thick coat to investigate their skin.

Unfortunately, this is exactly how dog allergies tend to present themselves. A dog could pick up an allergic reaction from absolutely anywhere while day after day goes by and their owner simply doesn’t realize. Actually, it would probably be stranger for the dog to not be scratching itself. Why should there be anything wrong if this is happening?

However, dog skin allergies are brutal to deal with and unbelievably common overall.

To begin, the most recognized cause is fleas. Fleas are going to be a risk if a dog is outside for any length of time. But, this flea risk can be misleading for someone who thinks they are treating fleas, but actually need to be treating a more serious allergy.

How do these allergic reactions occur? Simple, from allergens in house dust, in pollen outside, or just grass outside that the dog was rolling around in. It’s almost impossible to tell what triggered it.

Lastly, there are your basic food allergens. These can result from the brand of food you are feeding your dog, whether it is wet food or raw food. Or, they can result from giving your dog those table scraps he or she begged so intently for.

Of course, just to give a swift overview of some particular symptoms to these reactions, we’ll mention the big ones. First there is the increase in scratching in a particular spot, possible swelling around the eyes, and lastly hives, which often appear like rashes.

There you have it, a new thing to worry about on your plate. We promise that was not our sole intention, but one needs to understand dog skin allergies so that they can prepare properly for their pet. And that is a mission we are happy to be a part of.

I’m a family pet health practitioner who specializes in treatment for canine food allergies.

Allergies in Dogs can Triggers Skin Infections Commonly Called ‘Hot Spots’

The dog’s skin is the largest organ of the body, however it has a very limited number of ways in which it reacts to trauma. “Hot Spots” or acute moist dermatitis are generally areas on the dog’s skin due to your dog’s itching, biting and scratching and may seem to appear quite abruptly. These places may become rather large and can appear anyplace on the dog. I see it quite often in the spring time when the temperatures are hotter as well as the humidity is higher.

The dogs with the dense undercoat, like Labs, golden retrievers and rottweilers are prone to developing these spots on their face and neck. Frequently, areas found at the base of the tail are very likely as a result of fleas mainly because fleas love to gather in these areas. A number of dogs tend to be so allergic to fleas, the bite of one flea is enough to induce the dog to itch all over. Any sort of trauma can start the process which the dog then exacerbates by continuous chewing and licking which in turn creates a vicious cycle and will cause the hot spot to spread.

The dog commonly has bacteria that lives on their skin and so long as the skin is healthy, the microorganisms rarely result in any trouble. But when an issue happens, such as a fleabite, cut or allergic reactions, the dog starts to lick, bite, chew and scratch which will disrupts the protective layer of the skin. When that takes place, the bacteria on the skin, along with the germs in the mouth, set up housekeeping in the skin. This creates a fast spreading infection which may be rather painful. The spot on the skin is red, raw and seems moist because the wound oozes serum and pus. The hair then mats down over the wound and the infection then spreads beneath the hair.

A visit to the veterinarian is generally called for. Quite often the fur will have to be clipped off to stop the spread of the infection. Sometimes, these hot spots are so painful, the dog may need to be sedated to have the area cleansed and shaved. Antibiotics are given to take care of the infection and follow-up antibiotics are sent home. Sprays, ointments and medicated shampoos may also be prescribed to continue treatment at home.. For some dogs, a special collar may be used to help deter the dog from chewing at the places.

The underlying reason for the insult should likewise be addressed. If fleas are present, then all year round flea control may be prescribed.(over-the-counter flea control is not recommended) Pollen, food, and other allergens can also precipitate an attack. Sometimes specific diets with essential fatty acids and a novel protein source for instance salmon, lamb or venison might be prescribed to help heal the skin. Blood and skin tests can be preformed to help discover what the dog is allergic to and special allergy injections or prescription diets is often offered.

Examine your dog daily for itchy spots and use flea control suggested by your veterinarian year round to help prevent hot spots due to flea allergies. Daily grooming and brushing will keep mats from developing. If your dog is itching continuously, take him to the veterinarian to deal with the itching before the infection can develop.

How to Solve Dog Allergies Dog allergies are a major concern and can result in suffering for your dog and expensive veterinarian visits when all it takes is this diet to solve the problem.