Senin, 11 April 2011

PostHeaderIcon How to Treat Dust Mite Allergies in Dogs

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Frequent scratching can be a symptom of dust mite allergies in dogs.
Dust mite allergies, also known as atopic dermatitis, are fairly common in dogs and are associated with hypersensitivity to dust. Some common symptoms of dust mite allergies in dogs, which usually would appear by age 2, include frequent itching and scratching. Sometimes dogs scratch so much that they create bald patches in their fur. They also might lick and chew their paws or abdomen frequently. Ears can be red and hot to the touch even though the dog is not running a fever. These symptoms are uncomfortable for the dog and require treatment.



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      Give your dog omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Fatty acids contain natural soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, making them an excellent way to treat the redness associated with dust mites. Although they probably are not likely to cure itching, they can certainly aid in calming inflammation. Omega-3 oils are found in fish oils and olive oil. Omega-6 is also known as GLA and is found in evening primrose oil. Some pet supplements contain these oils. A bit of olive oil can be added to your dog's dry kibble.
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      Invest in a high-efficiency particulate air filter. A HEPA filter will help cleanse the household environment of dust mites and other allergens in the environment. Although these air filters can be pricey, there are some affordable options on the market. Not only will a HEPA filter help your dog, it will help you as well because you will be breathing in clean air. Keeping windows closed and using and air conditioner during summer is also effective at reducing allergens within the home.
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      Treat your dog with an antihistamine. The dosage will vary according to weight and breed type. Consulting a veterinarian about the correct dosage for your dog is extremely important. Staying the course with this form of treatment is imperative for it to work. Some common antihistamines include Benadryl, Seldane, and Atarax. They work by getting in the way of histamine receptor sites in the bod, blocking histamine production and keeping it from causing allergic reactions.
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      Consider immunotherapy, also called allergy shots. Your veterinarian would have to administer these shots. These shots are reported to be very effective, but the dog might take months to show improvement. Your veterinarian could require an allergy test before administering any allergy shots. Before the test, the dog's body must be free of steroids.

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