Kamis, 28 April 2011

PostHeaderIcon How to Alleviate Dog Allergies

One out of seven dogs has an allergy.
Food, insects, airborne particles and contact allergens can all cause allergic reactions in dogs. Food allergy symptoms are ear infections and paw licking and may develop suddenly. A flea allergy is a response to flea saliva and is the most common of all canine allergies. It is characterized by itchy, red bumps on your dog's bottom, the base of his tail, his belly and groin areas. Airborne allergens include pollen, mold and grass. Symptoms are usually seasonal and include face rubbing, ear scratching or infection, and paw and belly licking. Contact allergies may begin suddenly affecting the feet, belly and head.

Moderately Easy


things you'll need:

  • Journal
  • Flea medication
  • Medicated shampoo
  • Non-prescription cortisone cream
    • 1
      Identify what is causing your dog's allergic reaction. Ask your veterinarian to do allergy tests.
    • 2
      Keep a journal of your dog's symptoms if allergy tests are not an option. Including when and where reactions occur or worsen is important. Record all the food and treats that you give your dog.
    • 3
      Start your dog on an elimination diet if you suspect a food allergy but are unsure of the specific culprit. Carefully record your results and make gradual changes.
    • 4
      Choose the right flea medication for your dog if you suspect a flea allergy. To stop the flea reproduction cycle, medication must be based on your dog's current size and weight. Treat your home and yard, as well.
    • 5
      Keep your lawn cut short if you believe airborne allergens like pollen are causing the problem. Consider removing any high pollen flowers or shrubs in your yard. If your dog is exposed to a suspected allergen, bathe or rinse him quickly.
    • 6
      Bathe your dog with a medicated shampoo twice a week if you think she suffers from a contact allergy. You can treat the hot spots with non-prescription cortisone cream. Contact allergies are the least common of canine allergies.

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