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Dog Allergy Treatment

Remedies for Dog Allergies

Dog allergy treatment first requires identifying the source of the allergy. Dog food allergies are most common. Remedies for dog allergies, particularly dog food for allergies, can be effective.

If your canine has an allergy, then you're probably looking very hard to find a dog allergy treatment that will work effectively, and quickly.

You can consider a specially prepared dog food for allergies (but those can get really pricey).

Or you can ask your vet about remedies for dog allergies (prescriptions also add up pretty quickly).

You might also consider making your own food for your pooch. Whatever your choice, it's important to understand your pet's allergy and find an approach that maintains a good quality of life, and supports your canine's health.




Remedies for Dog Allergies

Obviously, the type of allergy treatment available to you will depend primarily on what causes your dog's problems. A fair number of canines have dog food allergies and they find relief with a simple change of diet and food supplements.

Others can find relief by just avoiding the specific item that causes the problem. In particular, atopic allergies are like this. If you can isolate the cause and keep your dog away from the allergen, the irritation often clears up pretty quickly.

Examples include house dust and pollen. In this case, keeping your pet's sleeping area clean will help greatly.

Another dog allergy treatment for atopic allergies would be applying a topical solution to the affected area. Such solutions typically contain an anti-itch ingredient.

Unfortunately, the relief isn't long-lasting therefore you really need to look at eliminating the allergen. Or, you could try Vitamin B, which has been shown to ease itchy skin when it's used as a dietary supplement daily.

In very difficult cases, some pet owners have turned to immunotherapy in which the pet slowly receives doses of the allergen in an effort to de-sensitize . This is an expensive approach and normally this type of dog allergy treatment isn't tried until more traditional approaches fail.




Dogs and Food Allergies:

Canine food allergies are another frustration for many pet owners that can be resolved by avoidance. Unfortunately, it's often hard to isolate the component that's causing the problem (particularly since many foods have common ingredients).

Once you've isolated the cause of the allergy, then eliminate that ingredient: an easy solution is to make your own homemade food of dogs or buy hypoallergenic canine food (ask your veterinarian for a recommendation). Dog food for allergies can be more expensive than other commercial products but you will save on vet bills and medications for your pet.




Flea Bane!

Dogs will naturally itch when they're bitten by a flea but some poor pooches are actually highly allergic to the flea saliva. In this case the canine often continues to chew and itch the affected area until its raw, even to the point of developing a skin infection.

For this type of situation, it's important to keep up with flea protection on your pooch and in the house. As you do, continue to use topical treatments on the affected areas and try to discourage the canine from continuing to scratch (a protective head cone may be necessary).

Note: in warmer climates you may need to provide your pet with year-round flea protection (and if you have cats in the house too don't forget to treat them for fleas)




Dog Allergy Treatment

Dogs can develop allergies at any time during their lives; much as humans do. And sometimes they may 'grow into an allergy'; in other words, they might develop an allergy over time. Or an allergy to a certain food that they developed as a pup may disappear (or get worse) with age.

The source of allergies can be a number of things: ranging from pet food; chemical additives to foods, or toys or clothing; to pollen; and even dust mites.

Once you see signs of allergies in your canine, it's important to seek out dog allergy treatments, preferably from your vet so you're not "guessing" at what's wrong.

Note that some allergy symptoms can actually be signs of other medical conditions that warrant professional attention.



Dog Allergy Treatment - Product Recommendations

Treating allergies is not the same as identifying the cause. Once your pet has symptoms you can help them cope better with the itching, swelling, stomach problems and/or other discomfort.

We recommend PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease for treating your dog's symptoms but only start treatment once you have pinpointed the cause of the allergic reaction (as treatment can mask the cause).

Allergy Itch Ease is a herbal remedy that temporarily relieves skin allergies and itch, while you try to find out what your pet is allergic to and eliminate it. Ask the veterinarian about your dog's allergies and treatments before you use natural remedies.





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