There are many problems that a dog will have to deal with through its life but one of the most irritable is dog skin allergies. These are very common for a variety of different reasons and it can be difficult to help your pet. The problem for a dog is that it cannot just walk into the store and pick up a cream to soothe the allergies or just take a trip to the doctors. It needs you to help it.
The first step is to find the cause of the infection or allergic reaction. It is important that you do everything in your power to stop it from ever happening again and to be able to stop whatever is causing the problem right now. This will give you the ability to start the treatment process. You will need to think about what you were doing just before the skin reaction flared up. There could be a variety of reasons for your dog’s skin to start flaring up in a rash, including changes to its diet or even problems with the current weather conditions and climate.
Once you have figured out what is causing the problem, it’s time to start looking for ways to stop it from happening again. This is all about cutting the chance of your pet from being exposed to the problematic ingredients or situations. This can be difficult at times, especially if it is hay fever. However, there are times that you can do something very simple. Just changing your shampoo back to the original one or making your own meals for your dog will help.
Now it comes to soothing the problem that has occurred. Your dog can only do so much and will need your help. Consider bathing your dog in some warm water with fragrant-free shampoo. Another popular option is to use baby shampoo, which is naturally designed for sensitive skin and is perfect when there is already an allergic reaction. You can find out some soaps from your vet too to help with the problem.
Rinse off all traces of the soaps and shampoos that you use and consider adding some Epsom salts to the water. This will not only help soothe the irritation but also help clear any infections that have occurred due to it being antibacterial. You could use apple cider vinegar to help with the soothing process.
You need to start to find ways to help decrease the sensitivity in your dogs skin and one of the ways to do this is through oils. You can use sunflower oil with your pet’s food, which will help to promote the skin to create its own oils. Omega 3 is another popular oil that will help with boosting the immune system and healing the reactions. You can add more oily fish to your animal’s diet or you can guy supplements from the pet store. However, most dogs prefer not to take pills and will usually fight against you.
You could also find some creams at the pet store to help you with the soothing process. You should read the labels to make sure that the ingredients will not harm your dog any more but you will usually benefit from the prices being much lower than those that are prescribed.
If you are still struggling to find something to help the dog skin allergies that your pet is experiencing, you will need to speak to your vet. She will be able to find out the cause and be able to prescribe treatment, which will me more powerful than the over the counter products.
I’m a dog health consultant who specializes in dog skin allergy treatment.