Your dog allergy treatment plan should always involve treating your dog's immune system. Here's why.
Did you know that dogs that suffer from allergies have an immune system that has gone awry in some form or another, usually by over-reating to something in the diet or environment? Simply by improving your dog's immune system you can help your dog to heal from the inside out.
Supplementing your dog's diet with essential fatty acids (EFAs), Omega-3 in particular, will go a long way to boosting your dog's immune system naturally, which in turn will reduce your dog's reaction to the allergen.
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Finding the right dog allergy treatment plan is key to relieving your dog of their allergy symptoms.
If you are unsure whether or not your dog's itching is due to an allergy you can review the symptoms and other dog skin conditions by clicking on the relevant image directly below here.
Done that! Good, now here you'll find specific treatment plans for each dog allergy and details of which treatment plan to choose for each allergy:
A flea allergy doesn't mean your dog is riddled with fleas, it means he is hypersensitive to the saliva of fleas. Not all dogs bitten by fleas have a flea allergy, but a dog with a flea allergy is likely to react to just one flea bite. It will cause severe itching and scratching.
You can check your dog for fleas by standing him over a white sheet and brushing the coat with a flea comb, specially at the base of the tail. If your dog has fleas, you'll see white and black sandy grains fall onto the sheet. He doesn't need to be infested with fleas to suffer from the effects of one flea bite though, he could equally have been bitten by a flea that has long departed! But it's good to check to make sure there aren't others on him.
In either case, if you do suspect a flea allergy, follow the treatment plan below:
allergies can usually be successfully treated at home without the need
for a vet visit. However, if skin infections are present, then you
should visit your vet to prescribe antibiotics.
Inhalant allergies, also known as Atopic Dermatitis affect about 10% of the dog population. The very best treatment plan for these dogs is to eliminate anything the dog is allergic to from his environment. If its outdoor pollens (usually seen in spring/summer) then wiping your dog down with a damp towel or medicated wipe when she comes in from outside is a good starting point. Other treatment options are as follows:
Treated early, the condition should not progress beyond this stage. Many pet stores sell fish oil for dogs but one suitable for humans can also be used. Remember, only use shampoos specially made for dogs. Preferably a natural and gentle one, if your dog has allergies, the last thing you want to do is add more chemicals to his skin.
Diphenhydramie is a good antihistamine that stops dogs itching. It is sold for humans usually under the brand name of Benadryl but there is a good doggie version known as Banophen.
Banophen is safe for dogs, contains Diphenhydramie, and lists dosage by dog's weight. It comes in 25mg minitabs for small dogs and 50mg caplets for larger dogs.
In some cases, however, and if left untreated, the condition can get much worse with dogs developing reactions to more and more allergens which causes the allergy symptoms to escalate and last year long.
Dogs that experience this can develop deep scratches, skin infections, ear infections and become extremely miserable. Dog skin allergies of this nature need to be managed and controlled as early as possible.
Inhalant allergies can be managed at home but it is advisable to check with your vet first, as they do have a tendency to get worse if left untreated.
Treatment concentrates on a "novel" food trial. This means that your dog is placed on a diet of foods that he has never been exposed to before.
Now, before you rush out and buy any new food, let me tell you that it isn't as simple as that. You are not going to determine if your dog has a food allergy just by switching to a different brand or flavor, even if it is hypoallergenic, organic, or homemade food.
The most common foods that dogs are reported to be allergic to are beef, dairy and wheat, with egg, chicken, lamb, soy, and other ingredients also being culprits.
Unfortunately, many foods contain many of the same ingredients and it is very difficult to find an ingredient that your dog hasn't been exposed to before.
The novel food trials is best performed by a vet using prescription foods. The trial lasts between 6 - 12 weeks. It is important not to give your dog any other foods or treats during this time. Absolutely none.
Otherwise it will affect the results of the test. If, after the trial, the symptoms clear up then it is likely that a food allergy was the cause.
Your dog can then stay on that diet and reintroduce other foods gradually to try and isolate the food that was causing the problems.
An important note to add, a dog with a food allergy will not respond to antihistamine or corticosteroid injections, avoiding the causal food is the only dog allergy treatment plan for food allergies.
As long as you stick with the safe foods, your dog should be free of symptoms and it should be easy to maintain at home.
This is one of the most easiest dog skin allergies to treat as long as you can remove the cause from your dog's environment.
Of course, the difficult bit is getting to the bottom of what's causing the contact allergy! Try thinking of anything you've just started using. Maybe on the floor where your dog lies, new air fresheners, new shampoo or other spray on your dog, new bedding, or maybe you've just had the carpets cleaned (that's a common cause). Basically, put your thinking cap on and try and think of anything new your dog has come into contact with.
Specific dog allergy treatment consists of the following:
It will probably be best to take your dog to the vets for a contact allergy as it may result in skin infections or at the very least extreme itching that requires Corticosteroids
I do hope you can relieve your dog's itching by following these dog
allergy treatments, but, if you find that your dog is still suffering
from symptoms, then check out other causes of dog skin conditions.
If this still doesn't help then definitely book a vet's appointment. Just remember to make a note of all the symptoms and details of any dog allergy treatment you've tried so far. See flea and tick control for more information on control and prevention for a flea allergy.
You can also find some great information on dog allergy treatment plans from an article in the Whole Dog Journal.
See Dog Skin Conditions for specific questions you need to make a note of.
Dog Skin Conditions