Breeds Prone To Dog Skin Allergies
Dog skin allergies are more common in certain breeds, although obviously, any dog can suffer from them.
Here are a few breeds prone to allergies:
- Scottish terrier
- West Highland White terrier
- Cairn terrier
- Wire Haired Fox terrier
- Lhasa Apsos;
- English and Irish Setters
- Miniature Schnauzer
- English Bulldog
How To Treat Dog Skin Allergies
Even though finding out what causes the allergycan be difficult and time consuming, treating it can be relatively simple.
The easiest treatment is avoiding the allergen.
In case of house dust and mites, remove the pet from the room you're vacuuming for several hours, frequently change furnace filters and keep your dog out of carpeted rooms. Here are some more tips:
- Use a plastic cover on your dog's bed
- Wash the dog's bedding and blankets in hot water
- Throw away stuffed toys
- Don't let your dog sleep on stuffed furniture
- Instead of opening the windows in summer, use an air conditioner
Avoid molds by:
- Keeping your dog out of the basement
- Avoiding dusty dog food
- Keeping your dog inside when mowing the lawn
- Cleaning and disinfecting humidifiers regularly
- Using dehumidifiers
- Not turning your house into a garden (limit the amount of houseplants)
Avoid pollens by:
- Keeping your dog out of fields (won't be a problem in the city; take your dog the the dogpark instead)
- Keeping your lawn cut short
- Listening to the news and keeping your dog inside when they warn for periods of high pollen counts
- Rinsing off your dog's paws after going outside (again,not a huge problem if you live in the city)
A topical treatment will give your dog near-instant relief. The downside is that it only works short term and will need to be repeated frequently.
This includes shampoos, rinses, salves and lotions. These treatments usually don't end up in the bloodstream in large amounts, which make them quite safe for long-term treatment.
Just make sure these products aren't poisonous as your dog may lick his coat because of the new sensation. To avoid this, try to keep your dog busy after applying the treatment. Feed him, play with him, take him out for a walk...after a couple of minutes the dog won't remember you smeared something on his coat and the treatment will have the opportunity to start working.
Antihistamines can be very effective when used in combination with other treatments like avoidance, fatty acids,...
The medication used by vets is usually the same medication used by humans. Don't give your pooch your own antihistamine without checking with your vet first though.
Antihistamines can cause several side effects like sedation, dry mouth, hyperactivity or lethargy, constipation or diarrhea, decreased appetite.
Steroids should only be used if nothing else works. They have some serious short- and long term side effects. Especially when used incorrectly.
The steroids (corticosteroids, not anabolic steroids that body builders use...I just got a mental image of an American pittbull on anabolic steroids...frightening...) can be injected or taken orally like pills. Even though injection can have better results, if your dog is suffering from side effects, it's impossible to stop the treatment like you could with pills.
Short-term side effects include increased drinking, urinating, appetite and weight gain, panting, depression, diarrhea and hyperactivity.
Long-term side effects are what you should be more worried about. They can cause severe and permanent damage. Infections, poor skin and coat, liver problems, adrenal suppression, diabetes and immunosuppression are usually the result of a wrong dosage.
Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial on several levels, including the treatment of dog skin allergies. They help reduce the histamine and other chemicals that cause the allergic reactions.
It's not a miracle treatment though. Some dogs heal completely, others won't show any improvement at all. It'll also take several weeks for the fatty acids to start kicking some histamine butt.
The upside of using fatty acids to treat allergies is that they're very safe and have little to no side effects.
Natural Skin Treatment
Natural treatments like Derma-IonX™ can give your dog much relief. They are safe and have no side effects.
The great part is that they can be used orally and topically; a few drops in your dog's drinking water to battle the cause internally and a few drop on his skin to relief the irritation.
Click on the link for more information on Derma-IonX™.
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