Allergies are no fun. And, unfortunately, dogs get them too. If you’ve noticed your dog scratching or licking a lot, it could be an allergic reaction. Common allergens for dogs include pollen, dust mites and food ingredients like wheat or dairy. Allergy symptoms can also include sneezing and coughing.
Bathing your dog is a great way to help with skin problems. It can be done in the bath tub or in the shower and can be done at home or at a groomer’s. Bathing is especially helpful for dogs who have dry skin, are itchy, have an infection or fleas.
Corticosteroids are a type of medication that can be used to manage the symptoms of allergies. Corticosteroids work by reducing inflammation throughout your dog’s body, which can help reduce itchiness and other allergy-related symptoms. They come in tablet and liquid form, but they should not be given to dogs who have high blood pressure or are pregnant.
Antihistamines are a common, over-the-counter medication used to relieve the symptoms of allergies. Antihistamine medications can help with:
- Skin allergies
- Food allergies
- Environmental allergies
Fatty acids are essential fatty acids that your dog needs to stay healthy. These oils can be found in foods like fish oil and flax seed oil, but it’s important to remember that these are not just treats. Fatty acids are supplements, not snacks!
When using fatty acids with your dog, you should always follow the directions on the bottle and give them as directed by a veterinarian. It’s also important to note that dogs with allergies may not be able to tolerate fatty acid supplements—if this is true for your pet, talk with your vet about other options!
Oatmeal is one of the best ways to help an itchy dog. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, and it can be used in many different forms.
A few ways oatmeal can be used include:
- A warm bath (1 cup of oatmeal mixed with 10 cups of water) that your dog can sit in for about 15 minutes will help soothe his skin and reduce itching. To use this method, start by mixing warm water with dry oatmeal until you get a consistency you like; then add it to your bathtub. The hot water will activate the oats’ medicinal properties as well as soften them up so they won’t scratch your dog’s skin when he gets into the bathtub with you!
- When applied topically—to his paws or belly—oatmeal will act as an antibacterial agent, helping prevent infection from occurring on inflamed areas where there may not have been any before. Just make sure not to apply too much pressure when rubbing this mixture onto his fur because otherwise it could irritate him even more than being petted normally would!
Honey or olive oil
Honey and olive oil can be used as a topical treatment for itchy skin. Honey has antibacterial properties, which means it can help treat skin infections. Olive oil is also known to have healing properties and moisturizes the skin. You can apply honey or olive oil directly to your dog’s itchy areas or use them as a base for other remedies (see below).
You can help your dog’s allergies!
If you’re not sure what’s causing your dog’s allergies, pay close attention to how they act. If they are acting differently when they are around certain things, it’s possible that those things could be causing their allergies. It’s also important to consider which foods and treats you give your dog. Many ingredients in pet food can trigger allergies, so it’s important to check the labels of anything you buy for them if this is a concern for you!
There are many ways to help your dog with allergies, and it’s important to keep in mind that the best treatment depends on what kind of allergy you are dealing with. If your pup has food allergies, then you will want to find out which foods cause their allergic reactions so that they can avoid them.