Helping Your Dog If It Has Allergies
It is not such a rare occurrence for dog allergies to develop but unfortunately, most cases are not noticed until they have gotten quite serious. The main reason why so many instances of dog allergies go by unobserved is because the owners don’t know what symptoms to look out for in the first place.
Dogs develop allergies when their immune systems react to something in their immediate environment.
Some of these symptoms that may indicate the onset of an allergic reaction are loose bowel movement, breathing difficulties, vomiting, jerky movements, and incessant scratching.
Some dogs develop ocular (eye) or nasal discharges and unless you really take notice of your dog’s health most of these can be easily missed.
Other’s have itching but no fleas.
5 Types of Allergy Causes
Dog allergies can stem from a wide variety of causes, but all of these can be categorized under five five vet-identified types: bacterial, inhalant, flea, food and contact.
- Bacterial – Of these types, bacterial allergies are quite serious and usually result in bald patches or the loss of hair in some parts of the dog’s body.
- Inhalant allergens – Include dust, pollen, mites and molds, which are pretty much the same air-borne allergens that trigger allergic reactions in people.
- Flea allergy – Fleas are more than just a biting nuisance. They can actually be worse for a dog with a flea allergy.
- Food allergies – These can develop from the consumption of certain foods, but most cases are due to digestive parasites that are sometimes contained in commercially prepared dog foods.
- Contact – Contact allergy is an allergic reaction with symptoms showing as red bumps and rashes after being in contact with the offending substance, such as a plant. The reaction is the same as displayed in us.
Treating Your Dog’s Allergies
Treating dog skin problems depends on what the allergy symptoms are. For instance, if skin irritations and consistent scratching are observed, an oatmeal bath may do the trick. All you have to do is give your dog a bath with a mixture of oatmeal and cold water. The oatmeal relieves the scratching by providing a lubrication layer on the skin.
- There are many natural dog skin care treatments and home made remedies you can try.
If the allergies are caused by insect bites, you can replace the oatmeal with aloe vera, tea tree oil, baking soda or Epsom salts, which can relieve the itching and provide more protection to the skin. No matter what solution you use, make sure the water is cool when you use it for the dog’s bath.
If fleas are the cause of the dog allergies, it is recommended that you apply a natural flea repellant onto the dog’s skin after the bath. You can buy flea repellant products from the pet store or you can make your own solution using apple cider vinegar or boiled rosemary leaves.
- Another one I like to do is to put crushed garlic in with their dog food. The fleas don’t like the taste on their skin and my dog’s love their garlic. A win-win I would definitely say.
When the scratching is around the ears, swabbing the ears with cotton swabs soaked in mineral oils will help relieve the allergy, which is most probably caused by mites.
Dog allergies can become severe at times, but they can be managed quite easily without having to take your dog to the veterinarian for intensive treatment all the time. Even though it’s not that difficult to cure these health problems, it is still much better to prevent them from happening in the first place. Remember you can always try natural pet health products first.
You can do this by finding out what your dog is allergic to and trying to remove it from their environment. Sometimes this isn’t always possible, so just try to do what you can by keeping their surroundings clean and taking them to the vet for regular checkups if necessary.
Does your dog have allergies? Let me know in the comments below!