Dog Allergies. Just some pointers By Misty

Dog Allergies. Just some pointers By Misty

Misty in Sapin It is my turn to do the blog today, Yogi is doing the computer part and as he says it takes loads of effort because he has to think “thats a laugh” and its not like playing ball. He is in a bit of a state with his itching bum though he can not sit still for mor than five seconds without pulling at his fir around his tail. Funny thing is he is fat from his spoilt live style so he can hardly reach the bit he wants to. Funny to watch.

I thought I would add some info about Dog Allergies so that it may help everyone so here goes. did all the hard work already on note pad so I have just to copy and paste it into this blog, Just got to find out where I put it Yogi leaves the desktop so messy there are files everywhere, Are I found it here goes.

Do you know the signs of canine skin allergies?
Is your pup or dog always scratching and/or licking himself? Does he chew on his feet or tail?

These are all classic signs of dog skin allergies! Most people don’t realize it, but these allergies are very common, and can be caused by several different things :
Flea allergy
Inhalant allergy
Dog food allergy
Contact allergy
Although it’s pretty easy to tell that there’s a skin allergy problem in your dog if he’s constantly scratching and licking himself, it’s not so always so easy to find out why.

To help you figure out exactly what’s turning your itchy friend into a compulsive scratcher, we’ve compiled a list of the causes, symptoms and treatments of the most common canine skin allergies.

Inhalant Allergy
This is one of the major causes of canine skin allergies, and the resulting irritation is generally known as Atopy or Atopic Dermatitis.

Symptoms

Often appear when dog is between 3 and 5 years old.

Often seasonal in nature to begin with, but can become constant over time.

Mainly seen as itchy skin. Your dog will lick, scratch and even bite at himself (especially his feet and belly), and may paw at his face and/or ears.

Treatment

Add Omega 3 fatty acids to your dog’s diet.
Bathe him regularly with an Oatmeal Shampoo or a Hypoallergenic Dog Shampoo
Apply  Hydrocortisone sprays or products to the irritated areas.
If the irritation is severe, or shows signs of infection (oozing, swelling, feels hot), consult your veterinarian who may prescribe antihistamines or cortisone shots.

Flea Allergy
Flea allergy dermatitis is an extremely common cause of canine skin allergies, and is caused by your pup’s allergic reaction to flea saliva. It’s easier to diagnose than most canine allergies – just look for fleas! Luckily canine allergy relief is also pretty straightforward if fleas are the ‘trigger’.

Symptoms

Excessive/obsessive scratching, itching and biting at the area of the bite (often around the tail).

Red, inflamed skin (hot spots), often accompanied by scaly, scabby patches and hair loss.
Treatment
Treat your dog for fleas using a good topical flea killer/preventation such as Frontline Plus. Use it every month during flea season (year round if necessary!). If the flea infestation is particularly bad, schedule a flea bath/dip for your pooch – your veterinarian or groomer can do this for you. Or bathe him yourself, using a good flea shampoo . Be sure to do this BEFORE you apply the topical flea medication though!

Rid your home and surroundings of fleas too! Use sprays and ‘bombs’ such as those in bioSpot Home Protection Kit. Or, if the infestation is really bad, call in a professional pest control company. It’s important to treat your dog and your home simultaneously to avoid re-infestation problems.

Apply a hydrocortisone product  to the itchy areas to relieve discomfort and promote healing.

If your dogs skin irritation is really severe, or you think it may be infected (seems red, oozing, swollen or hot), contact your veterinarian. He may want to treat your pooch with anti-histamines or cortisone shots.

Dog Food Allergy

Dog food allergies are becoming more and more common as the lists of additives, preservatives and chemicals increase, while the quality of the other ingredients decreases.
Symptoms

Itchy, irritated skin that isn’t seasonal in nature, or seemingly related to his surroundings/environment.

Recurrent ear infections or chronic head shaking are often seen.

Occasionally vomiting or diarrhea can happen, or a loss of appetite

Symptoms of dog food allergies can appear quite suddenly, at any age, and are often a reaction to a familiar food rather than to a new one.

If your dog has a ‘dog food intolerance’ (meaning the food upsets his tummy, rather than a true allergic reaction), he may suffer from vomiting/diarrhea/excessive gas!
Treatment

Prevention is better than cure in this particular cause of canine skin allergies. To help avoid the development of dog food allergies in your puppy, feed a high-quality, natural puppy food to help strengthen his immune system and decrease his exposure to food ingredients that could cause allergies.

You can follow an elimination diet to isolate the ingredient/s your pup is allergic to. This is also sometimes called a ‘novel food trial’. It involves feeding your pup a completely new diet (with ingredients he’s never seen before such as Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food 15 lb. Bag or Natural Balance Fish Sweet Potato Dry Dog 15 lb. Bag, for a 6 – 12 week period. If his allergy symptoms clear up during this time, you can be fairly certain his canine skin allergies are due to a dog food allergy. You can then begin to reintroduce other ingredients, one at a time, to determine which one/s are causing a reaction.

Dog allergy medications or shots are generally ineffective against dog food allergies.

Contact Allergy
This is the least common cause of canine skin allergies.
Symptoms

Symptoms can come on suddenly, and can be intermittent.

Can occur at any age.

Itching and skin irritation can be localized (due to a flea-collar allergy for example), or generalized (as in an allergic reaction to a shampoo, laundry detergent etc.).

Itchiness may be accompanied by redness, a rash, swelling, hives, bumps or hair loss.
Treatment
You need to isolate the cause of the allergy. This can be simple (an itchy neck due to a new collar), or more challenging if, for example, your dog has broken out in an itchy rash and you forget that you washed his bedding with a new, nice-smelling detergent.

Bathe your dog with an Oatmeal Shampoo or a Hypoallergenic shampoo. If the skin itching is pretty bad, try a hydrocortisone shampoo. Bathing your dog this way will remove the allergens from his fur and skin and help to make him more comfortable.

You can apply a hydrocortisone product to the irritated area to relieve any further itching, and promote healing.

If the itch persists, see your veterinarian. He may recommend other types of canine allergy treatment, such as cortisone shots or other dog allergy medications.

Canine skin allergies are not generally dangerous, but.
If you ever notice severe swelling or puffiness on or around your pup’s face, this could be a symptom of a dangerous allergic reaction. You need to seek emergency veterinary attention right away.

This type of allergic reaction can occur due to an insect sting/bite, vaccinations, contact with certain plants or other substances. It can be life-threatening, so act quickly.

There you go that was easy. Some usful advise above maybe worth printing of if you are going to get a puppy or an older dog just for notes.

This is advise only if in doubt go to the vets.

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