Experts say that about ten percent of dogs in the U.S. have allergies – many of which can’t be cured. And about 70 percent of skin conditions are allergy-related.
What happens is that your dog’s immune system develops a sensitivity to something in his environment, creating an internal imbalance. For some dogs, genetics could be the cause of their allergies. For others it might be something they’ve eaten or been exposed to.
Some dogs experience the effects right away, while allergies gestate for years.
If your pet suffers from allergies, then you know how miserable things can get for them. The thought of not being able to make them disappear is hard for many pet parents.
The two best things you can do for your dog is to either help prevent their condition or help control it.
Identifying Your Pet’s Allergies
Allergy season comes at different times for each dog. Some pets are affected by the change in season, while others react to things in their home environment.
If you suspect your dog has allergies visit your vet to help you determine which remedies and pet supplies are best for him based on the cause and symptoms.
Unlike people, allergy symptoms in dogs don’t always manifest in the form of a runny nose or watery eyes. They can also show up as itchy ears, red, moist or scabbed skin, itchy back or tail, vomiting, diarrhea or inflammation, and licking or chewing of infected body parts.
Types of Allergens
There two types of allergies that can affect your pet: food allergies and environmental allergies. Environmental allergies can include everything from dust mites, chemicals, aerosol sprays to paints and plastic water bowls. Outdoors they can be plagued by grasses, pollens, molds and trees.
What To Avoid
Once you identify your pet’s allergy and symptoms. Some of the things the Barking Lot found that you can do to help keep allergies at bay are:
Opting for fewer vaccinations – like getting the rabies vaccine in a three-year formula
Minimize or get rid of potatoes and grains by making sure your pet is on a low-carb diet
During dog walking or playing, keep your pet away from the things he’s allergic to.
How To Treat Dog Allergies
In some instances, pet allergies can be treated with anti-inflammatories, antihistamines or corticosteroids, which work to help combat symptoms but not the cause.
Some over-the-counter medicines can also have negative side effects, leaving many pet parents to rely on more natural means of allergy relief.
Some of the things you can do are:
Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your pet’s food each day.
Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and will help decrease inflammation when given daily.
When scratching is excessive, try a herbal topical to like peppermint, chamomile or rose bark to help relieve the itch.
Put apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it to itchy areas or to food to help eliminate liquid cough or watery discharge coming from your pet’s eyes.
Give your dog a bath twice a month using organic baby shampoo and coconut oil or other holistic pet supplies.
Use non-toxic cleaning products and try to vacuum less often.