Just like people, mans best friend can suffer from dog skin allergies. And like us, they want relief. Unfortunately for them, the only solution they know is to keep scratching themselves, trying to provide some sort of end to their suffering. Sometimes you have to step in and help them out. But what can you do?
The first thing you have to do is find the location of the allergiy symptoms. This will usually be fairly obvious by observing where your dog is scratching. However, you may have to pull back their hair to reveal rashes, dry patches, or other indicators of the problem. From this, you can determine the solution.
An easy problem to fix is fleas. If you see flea bites or actual fleas, give them an anti-flea medicated bath. Following that, get medications from a pet store or vet that will prevent those tiny pests from coming back.
If fleas are not the case, you need to find the culprit. It should be relatively easy to determine the cause of your canines allergy by watching their activities and narrowing down possibilities through deduction. It could be something that they eat, something they come into contact with, or something that spilled onto them. Anyhow, it is much easier to keep them away from the cause of their allergy than keep treating them.
When your dog has a reaction to some kind of irritant, you need to clean the irritant from their coat. An economical and quick solution if you do not have dog shampoos available is to wash the irritated area with a mild dish soap. This may ease their irritation and suffering, but it oftentimes will not relieve their irritation.
You may want to consider purchasing medications for your dog to alleviate the mild and moderate irritation. Many creams and sprays are available over the counter at most pet shops and some supermarkets. If the problem seems more serious, you should consult with a professional. They may prescribe stronger creams or oral medications.
Dietary changes often a the solution to many outbreaks. Even if the irritation is not caused by the food they are eating, coat and fur supplemental vitamins can give your dog healthier skin and help combat breakouts of rashes and dry skin. These supplements can be found at many pet stores.
Rarely are allergic reactions emergency events for your dog. However, it is possible. If you notice telltale indications that their outbreak may be life threatening, bring your dog to an emergency veterinarian immediately. Some of these signs can include swelling of the face and paws, laboured breathing, vomiting, unusual slobbering, or loss of consciousness. More often than not, severe allergic reactions in dogs are caused by recent vaccinations or mediations.
Just like people, dogs can suffer from allergies. You do not want them to suffer, so there are things that you can do to alleviate their dogs condition. You just have to be able to locate and treat the effected areas.