7 Ways to Reduce Skin Allergies in Dogs
20 November, 2012
Dogs, similar to humans, can get skin allergies which are curable but uncomfortable for our pups.
Sometimes an allergy will start overnight due to a change in your or your dog’s environment.
As always, you should take your dog first to your veterinarian as soon as you see a flare up as some skin allergies can have similar symptoms to those of other skin conditions which are more severe.
Below are seven ways to reduce your dog’s skin allergies. Just, as in humans, these skin allergies can flare up seasonally or even if your home environment has changed.
1. Dust could be the culprit
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 lurking in your home. You can also look into different types of high-efficiency, air and charcoal filters. The dust or allergens in the air can be circulating with specific evidence of a build up of dust. These filters will help clear the air for you and your dog.
2. Groom your dog regularly
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. It is also recommended that you clean your dog’s ears frequently to avoid ear infections.
3. Limit your Dogs Time Outside
This is a hard one for some of our bigger 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 have excessive allergic skin reactions due to a hypersensitivity to flea, spider or mosquito bites.
4. Change Your Dog’s Food to see if that helps
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. Make sure to try a new food and/or go back to the old food until your dog’s allergy goes away.
5. Antihistamines and Topical Creams can provide relief
Treatments such as antihistamines, fatty acid supplements and topical creams can reduce skin irritation and minimize the itchy sensation for your dog. There are a lot of natural topical creams on the market. You can usually get a topical cream at your local pet store.
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.
7. Allergy Shots if Necessary
Look into allergy shots or vaccines. If the allergen is known, you or your veterinarian can give your dog injections under the dog’s skin. The injections might be needed for the duration of the dog’s life depending on the severity of the condition.
While skin allergies in dogs are not dangerous, in most cases, they are uncomfortable for our dogs. Hopefully, the above will give you some insight into the different causes and solutions.
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