How To Beat Itching, Inflammation And Allergies In Dogs

March 17, 2017

Studies and surveys have shown that allergies are one of the most common reasons why dog owners are taking their dog to the vet. Itching and scratching are, in most cases, the main symptoms of an allergic reaction.

The numbers say that one in five dogs suffer from allergies. If these nasty allergies are making your dog’s life a living hell, and you don’t want your pooch’s life to turn into “The Itchy & Scratchy Show,” do read on.

How To Manage Allergic Reactions In Dogs

If you notice that your canine friend has skin inflammation and you need something to reduce the itching and scratching, consider medication such as corticosteroids and antihistamines.

Be careful though, as these might have certain side effects as well, so make sure you contact your vet first concerning the benefits and the risks.

Fatty acid supplements (think fish oil) can also have a natural and quick anti-inflammatory effect and improve skin health.

Oatmeal based shampoos and conditioners are also great for itching AND they will restore the softness in your dog’s skin and coat too.

If the allergic reaction is too sever and your dog has already scratched his skin so much that it has become infected, it is probably time for Antibiotics.

Atopica And Desensitizing Injections

If your furry friend has developed Atopic dermatitis, you might want to consider Atopica – a desensitizing type of injection. This is a relatively new drug and it may take up to 3 months until you see some results, but it does have fewer side effects than other drugs and is better in the long run.

Desensitizing injections can also be customized, meaning you can develop an injection after identifying exactly what substance your dog is allergic to. These are given regularly so your dog’s body gets accustomed to the allergen.

On the other hand, it is best to keep your canine pet dog away from the substance he or she is allergic to. It is always better to be safe than sorry, right?

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