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How To Treat Allergies In Dogs

Allergies in dogs are common; affected dogs can display a variety of symptoms including excessive scratching, red skin, chewing paws and ear infections.

Dogs can develop allergies to a wide range of triggers, for example pollens, food and fleas.

Atopy is an allergy to something in the environment, such as pollen or grasses, and is often worse in the summer months.

Flea and food allergies can develop, and some dogs may have more than one type of allergy.

Diagnosing allergies can be challenging. A veterinary-grade elimination diet for at least eight weeks can help in diagnosing food allergies.

Unfortunately, most shop-bought hypoallergenic diets are not suitable for this purpose.

 

How To Treat Allergies In Dogs

 

There are various other tests which can help to identify allergens so that you can limit your pet’s exposure where possible.

The cause of the allergy can’t always be identified, but don’t worry as treatment is still available.

Within the past 10 years drugs have become available that specifically target itching rather than suppressing the entire immune system, thereby reducing unwanted side effects.

Additionally, things you can do at home to help include:

  • Using medicated shampoos and skincare supplements (seek veterinary advice)
  • Keeping up to date with parasite control
  • Avoiding known triggers and strong detergents

In summary, skin conditions can be complex and frustrating, but they can be managed very effectively.

Seeking a veterinary opinion at an early stage can reduce overall discomfort for your pet and cost for you.

 


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