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Allergies are a very frustrating problem for many dogs.
The good news is these persistent annoyances can often be eliminated if the root cause can be pinned down.
This is a broad topic partly because many different types of allergens affect dogs.
For one, your pet pooch may not agree with certain foods. Environmental factors also cannot be ruled out.
Whatever the case, don’t despair if your dog has nagging allergies!
You can improve matters. We’ll offer ideas for handling these pesky problems.
There are Ways to Help Your Dog With Allergies
Steroids and antihistamines are sometimes given to animals.
Of course, it’s best to try safer alternatives (at least initially).
Your best course of action?
Get blood work done.
A good vet will work with you to improve or even eliminate your dog’s allergies.
But wait! Have you considered that the source of your dog’s allergies may be airborne. It could be that a pet-friendly allergen blocker will work wonders.
Seasonal pollen is a common canine allergy agent.
Pollen levels peak early mornings or late afternoons. This may be the source (when you take your dog on walks).
Trees and grass are also culprits.
The thing is certain parts of the country have many environmental allergens.
Again, airborne problems can be improved with an allergen blocker.
Evalulate Your Household
Another suspect may be what lurks in your home’s furniture and carpets.
Dust mites or mold spores could be playing a role. If so, you must steam clean floors and rugs as well as change air filters.
Also, your dog may benefit from a specially-designed shampoo for dry, itchy or sensitive skin.
Are you a smoker?
Second-hand smoke may be the source of allergies.
Treating K9 Skin Allergies
Atopic dermatitis is a top allergy issue for dogs. It’s one cause for constant itching and scratching.
And it’s often difficult to pin down the source of such symptoms.
Fleas are a possibility. In such a case, try a flea and tick shampoo (one that is designed for pets).
But get an all-natural anti-itch spray for general skin allergies.
Reactions to Certain Foods
Do you share table foods with the family dog?
What you’re feeding them could be the reason for allergies.
Consider changing your policy. Give your buddy quality dog food only.
That will help to uncover what’s causing the allergies. It’s worth a shot!
Some Common Symptoms
Besides skin problems, your dog may be dealing with a number of allergy-related symptoms.
The well-documented problems are:
- Runny eyes
- Itchy ears
Don’t be quick to use human medication. You may regret it.
The Bottom Line
A vet’s diagnosis is always best, but there are things you can do to reduce a dog’s allergy symptoms.
Shampoo (made for dogs) makes a big difference.
Sometimes antihistamines or even steroids are needed. Unfortunately, these come with risks.
Try to pin down reasons for allergies before turning to risky meds.
In other words, treat the dog’s problems (not just symptoms).