Our canine friends are playful animals and they can be found playing and sniffing about in dark mysterious places. Unfortunately, their adventurous habits can lead to skin allergies which are very difficult to treat as they can be caused by various irritants. To be able to treat a dog that is suffering from a skin allergy, the irritant must be identified first so the proper treatment can be applied. If the allergy is not treated right away, the skin can become dry, itchy, flaky and infected thus making it all the more difficult to treat and heal. Learning more about skin allergies on dogs is essential if you have a pet dog, because untreated or neglected skin allergies can become fatal.
Step 1: Look For The Irritant
This is the first step in treating a skin allergy on canines. There are various possibilities, so carefully think about the substances which your pet may have come into contact with. Some possible irritants are:
- Flea sprays and other types of sprays
- Vet prescribed medication
- Fungal infection
- Soaps, detergents, powder and soaps that contain harsh chemical content
- Various insect bites
When you are able to determine what the irritant is, you must keep your pet from being exposed to it. This will help prevent more serious allergic reactions which can cause a lot of suffering on dogs. Discovering what the irritant is can help a vet prescribe the suitable treatment needed
Step 2: Treating The Allergy At Home
If there are plenty of possible irritants in your home, your pet must be bathed consistently to eliminate any of the irritants that may have latched on to it. Irritants can be inhaled or absorbed into the skin so establishing the main reason for the allergy can help reduce the allergic reactions. However, skin allergies on dogs can be easily treated with steroid topical ointments or sprays containing antihistamine or hydrocortisone medicine. If you have young children in the house, you must be must have these in your home as well.
In cases where you pet may be bitten by an insect, an allergic reaction can develop into a more serious situation. Your dog may suffer from anaphylactic shock aside from being swollen and irritated. If you notice other symptoms such as excessive salivation, seizures, vomiting and panting, get to a vet immediately.
Dogs with non-severe skin allergies can be given Benadryl, but it is wiser to check with a vet first if you can give your pet this medication. For severe allergies, Benadryl will not be effective and stronger drugs are required so professional medical assistance must be sought. After the allergy has been treated, your pet’s skin may appear to be flaky and dry, but this is usually a sign of a weak immune system. Fortunately supplements can be given to treat this such as olive or fish oil to neutralize the skin’s pH and make a coat shiner.
Step 3: Keep Skin Allergies At Bay
To prevent skin allergies from occurring, it is necessary to get rid of all the irritants from your home. This means regular housekeeping by dusting, mopping, throwing out the trash and washing pet’s bedding. Pet care must always be done each day and your pet’s nutrition must always be maintained to strengthen its immune system and make it’s coat shine. Applying professional pest control treatments in your home is also better than applying over the counter treatments as they often contain harsh chemicals that can cause skin irritation.
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Valerie Williams is a freelance writer specializing in natural forms of pest control and the effects of insects in the home. She also provides information about the services of Preventive Pest Control for the home and in the garden, and about allergies triggered by exposure to insects. Click here to see how such problems can be dealt with on a long term basis.