Dog allergies are incredibly common but the ways and reasons they pop up may vary. Allergies can impact your dog’s eyes, skin, ears, and even daily habits… like scratching. In fact, incessant itching and scratching is one of the leading signs of dog allergies.
What are Dog Allergies?
Dog allergies come in all shapes, sizes, and forms—there are skin allergies, food allergies and environmental allergies. No matter what, an allergy is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a foreign substance. It might be your dog’s food, the plastic bowl they eat out of, or a certain chemical they encounter on daily walks. Heck, even the products you use to clean your floors can spark dog allergies; as can perfumes, cigarette smoke, dust mites, mold, and the list goes on.
Here are some tips and tricks for getting to the bottom of dog allergies and successfully finding relief for your four-legged pal.
1. Allergy Relief for Dogs Starts with Finding the Underlying Cause
Dog allergy treatment begins with identifying the cause of the outbreak. This may involve visiting your veterinarian to cross out any serious issues. Next, you’ll need to conduct a process of elimination to determine what your dog is allergic to.
Allergic dermatitis, or allergies of the skin, are the most common type of dog allergies. They are typically caused by one of three things: allergies to food, allergies to environment, or flea allergy dermatitis (an allergic reaction to fleas).
Some things you can do to identify the cause of dog allergies include:
- Check for fleas, tics and other bugs and resolve/treat if necessary
- Try switching up your dog’s food. It might take several weeks to notice any changes so give it time. Pay close attention to the main ingredients on the label of any food you give to your pet.
- Switch your dog’s food bowl to glass or stainless steel. Some dogs are allergic to plastic food bowls.
2. Soothe Irritated Skin with All-Natural Ingredients
While you’re trying to identify the cause of dog allergies, Natural Dog offers several all-natural skin balms that make the best home remedies for dog allergies. Certain plant-based ingredients and oils have the power to reduce inflammation and combat yeast and bacteria, all while soothing and healing irritated skin.
Furthermore, dog balms, such as Skin Soother by Natural Dog, provide a layer of protection against potential contaminants to help reduce the severity of future outbreaks.
If dog allergies surface on the belly, face, ears, or other parts of their skin, Skin Soother offers the powerful yet gentle solution necessary. Plus, it includes yeast and bacteria-fighting properties to help ease secondary skin infections caused by an irritating allergic reaction.
Does your wrinkly pup have irritated, raw, stinky, or otherwise abnormal skin in between wrinkle folds? For wrinkly pups try Wrinkle Balm!
3. Don’t Forget About Your Dog’s Paws
Don’t forget to check your pup’s paws for signs of dog allergies. Allergies can cause your dog’s paws to become irritated and itchy, leading to constant licking and chewing; as well as inflammation, redness, and the possibility for secondary infections. Paw allergies may relate to food or environmental factors, as well as seasonal issues like toxic salts poured on streets and sidewalks during winter.
4. Give Your Dog Regular Baths
Grooming is an important step to resolve and reduce dog allergies. Regular baths can help remove potential contaminants from the skin and leave your dog feeling so fresh and so clean.
The shampoo you use on your dog matters. In fact, using human-grade shampoos and conditioners can lead to more harm than good. It’s important to use a specially formulated dog shampoo to reduce the risk of further dog allergies.
Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar is formulated especially for irritated and itchy skin, as well as your dog’s specific pH levels. Plus, it’s 100% all natural and contains gentle yet powerful organic essential oils. For best results, use in combination with Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm.
5. Watch Out for Secondary Skin Infections
When your dog’s skin is irritated he/she may lick and scratch to no end, causing sores and open wounds to pop up. As a result, your dog is more susceptible to infection from bacteria, yeast and so forth. Keep a close eye on hot spots and treat as necessary. The great thing about Natural Dog’s skin products is that most are packed with all-natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
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