6 ways to Reduce Skin Allergies in Dogs
28 March, 2018
Dogs can get skin allergies which are curable but very uncomfortable for our dogs. An allergy can sometimes just happen overnight due to a change in environment or even a new food or treat. There are many ways to get rid of or reduce skin allergies as they occur.
Below are six triggers that could be the reason your dog’s allergies have occurred:
1. Dust is a common cause of skin allergies in dogs
If your home gets dusty, your dog could develop a skin rash. The simple solution is to always keep your house dusted and vacuumed to pick up the extra dust in your home. You can also look into different types of high-efficiency, air and charcoal filters. These filters will help clear the air for you and your dog.
2. Keep your dog clean and well-groomed
Groom your dog more often. You can bathe your dog or take her or him to the groomers to assure that his coat is being properly cleaned to remove the allergens. You can even just wipe your pup’s coat down with a damp towel if bathing is too inconvenient. There are also shampoos that may help prevent skin infection, which occurs commonly in dogs with allergies.
3. Limit your dog’s outdoor time while you figure out the culprit of the allergy
This is a hard one for some of our dogs, but sometimes an allergy can be developed by insect bites or pollen in the air. Try to avoid letting your dog go outside for excessive amounts of time if your pup’s skin allergy is due to insect bites. Some dogs can merely lie down on the grass and pick up an allergy. If you can go for quick walks and monitor the outdoor time, this can be effective.
4. Change your dog’s dog food as some dogs can get food allergies
Some of our pups develop skin rashes that are caused by a hypersensitivity to certain foods. These foods should be avoided unless instructed differently by your veterinarian. If you recently changed your food, this could be the reason your dog is itching. You might have introduced a new treat or food that can trigger a skin allergy.
5. Antihistamines and fatty acid supplements can help
Treatments such as antihistamines, fatty acid supplements and topical creams can reduce skin irritation and minimize the itchy sensation for your dog. Adding a fatty acid supplement might help relieve your dog’s itchy skin. Sprays containing oatmeal, aloe and other natural products van help. Apple Cider Vinegar can also help relieve and keep the skin allergies away.
6. Have your veterinarian take a blood test
Talk to your veterinarian about performing a skin or blood allergy test. The test can help your veterinarian determine what allergen your dog is allergic to. Your vet will then give you the proper medication for the specific allergy. Make sure to follow the prescription instructions. Most treatments need to be finished for the allergy to truly go away, as in antibiotics in humans.
As always, consult with your veterinarian to figure out the best way to treat your dog’s skin allergy.
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