Thursday, August 30, 2012

Skin Allergies in Dogs

Allergies are probably the most common category of skin problem in dogs; they can tend to occur sporadically when you are least prepared to deal with them.

It is easy to spot a dog with a skin allergy, you will see severe continuous itching and licking at first which will result in inflamed, red skin and hair loss. Similar to humans, you may see eye and nasal discharge and relentless sneezing. The major problems will arise when your dog scratches to the point of broken skin, usually resulting in infection.

When noticing these changes in behaviour, make sure you cancel out the possibility of flea/ worm infestation by having treatments close to hand. Use recommended brands by your vet, as cheap options can often lead to more problems and no satisfactory results.

Check for food allergies too, as they will have similar symptoms. You can conduct a food allergy test; this is when a special diet is used to help determine what foods disagree with your dog. Again, seek advice from your vet before changing any aspect of your dog's diet.

Common causes of skin allergies are; dust mites, insects, chemical agents or pollen. It is worth asking your vet to conduct an allergy skin test or even a blood test to find the allergen.

As with human allergies, there is no miraculous "cure". However, also like with humans, there are effective treatments to help reduce the irritation that leads to dog scratching and other symptoms. Irritation can be controlled with supplements like Yumega Dog, which contains essential fatty acids and antihistamines, proven to sooth and calm inflamed tissue. Steroids are also effective, but can only be used in the short term. Definitely get professional advice before considering this option.

It seems obvious, but equally easy to overlook, removing the allergen from your dog's environment is probably the most effective solution. Keep the house clean and vacuum your dog's bedding regularly. Anti-dust mite sprays are usually effective, and try and limit the amount you use chemical cleaners in the house. If you make every effort to help your dog, you should see immediate beneficial results like an improvement in dog hair loss and other symptoms.

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