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Dog Allergies- Really
What To Do For Dog Allergies
Your dogs starts uncontrollably itching, and licking. Could this be allergies? Do dogs get allergies too?
Allergies in people are a common thing and when we think of allergies our mind naturally goes to humans. However, for those who are pet owners, many know very well just how allergies can affect animals. The fact is it is dogs have allergies more than other animals.
The best way to know for sure if your dog has allergies is to make a trip to the veterinarian's office. The veterinarian can look over your pet to determine if your animal may be suffering from allergies. In addition, allergy tests can be preformed for your fury friend just as for humans. As is advised when you go to your doctor, it is a good idea to write down all questions or concerns that you have about your dog and his/her condition. Also note the symptoms that your dog has and note if he begins to itch when out for a walk or shortly after he returns to the house.
Dogs can be allergic to their food as well. You should ask yourself if the food could be the issue. This can be true if you have change food within the last couple days or weeks. Your dog loves toys? Dogs can have allergies to various toys as well. We purchase our dogs new beds from time to time. The new bed can result in allergies depending on the material or dyes in the fabric.
When your dog is itching and scratching constantly, you will need to get this treated. When itching and scratching are present, chances of skin infections are much greater. When a dog's allergies are affecting their skin, the skin can begin to dry out. Skin can also be greasy, or oily. It is best to let your veterinarian prescribe the proper medications for you dog as all medications that we as humans take, dogs may not be able too. Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics as well as anti-fungal creams.
As with humans that take preventative measures to avoid allergy attacks, you may be able to do this to some extent for your dog as well. If you elect to have you dog tested for allergies, you will have a list of various things that he is allergic to. With this knowledge you will be able to adjust habits a bit. If your dog is allergic to certain grasses you can make sure that you keep him away from areas that it is growing. It would be an expense to remove the grass but it can be done. Dogs are allergic to more than grasses, certain tree and flower pollen. As an example some are allergic to carpet. In this case it would be best to remove carpets from your home and replace with hard-flooring.
Dogs with vary bad allergies must be given very strong prescribed drugs. This is necessary just to gain some relief. However, these same drugs do have some ability to be toxic. You must know that dog allergies cannot be cured. However, allergies tend to worsen over the years and early treatment can be very beneficial in keeping them under control. We as humans many times add probiotics to our diet. Studies show that probiotics of high potency are of great help where dogs are concerned especially if began early. The price-tag of probiotics is not expensive and very safe for your dog.
It is a good idea to make sure that your dog has a diet that includes acidophilus, and high amounts of fish oils. This alone can improve allergy symptoms. However,give this time as it can take several months to see an improvement.
If you dog has very dry skin try the following:
If you are using dog shampoo, try instead to use plain water and a non-drying solvent in its place.
When using shampoo, be sure to use a conditioner just as humans do.
Blow dryers make hair dry as well as skin dry out. If you do not have to use dryers, do not. If you must make sure the heat is very low.
Feed your dog moist food, not dry.
Add probiotics to diet.
Include oils to their food. Omega 3, Flax seed oils, etc.