Stop the scratching!

Humans aren’t the only ones who have allergy problems! Dogs too can develop and suffer from allergies. There are five known types of dog allergies: contact, flea, food, bacterial, and inhalant. Common signs of dog allergies include frequently scratching, licking the paws, or pawing at the ears. Sores can then develop and become infected and painful. Some dogs even lose their hair in these spots.

One of the most effective ways to relieve allergy symptoms is to give your dog cool frequent baths. Shampoos with aloe vera or eucalyptus might help with the itching. Your best bet is to consult with your veterinarian in order to get an accurate diagnosis and recommendation of the best method of treatment.

For allergies to dust and dust mites (inhalant allergies), vets often suggest using plastic or some type of waterproof liner to cover your dog’s bed and keep your dog off of upholstered furniture and carpeting. Also get rid of stuffed animal type toys for your dog. Dusting and vacuuming frequently will really help also. If the dog’s allergies involve pollen, stay away from fields or high grass and stay indoors on days when pollen counts are elevated

Contact allergies are the least common and result in a local reaction of the skin. An example is a reaction to a flea collar, and getting rid of the contact irritant solves this allergy problem. Speaking of fleas, flea allergies are quite common in dogs. The flea allergic dog has a severe itch-producing reaction when the flea’s saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the dog may severely scratch or chew himself, leading to hair loss and bacterial infections on the open sores.

There are several species of Staphylococcus bacteria that live on normal dog skin. Some dogs, however, develop an allergy to this bacterium ( bacterial allergies). When this happens, the dog develops areas of hair loss that look much like ringworm. This can be treated with antibiotics to control the immediate problem and desensitization with Staph antigen for long-term relief.

The most effective way to manage dog allergies is to prevent them. There can be relief for your dog!