That itch that keeps bothering your dog? You have checked, and you are sure that there are no fleas in your dog. What could be making him itch that much? Your dog possibly has allergies.
Allergies are common among dogs. This can be in a specific area or all over your dog’s body. It can be also be inherited.
A long exposure to allergens can make your dog sensitive to it. Allergies commonly appear as a skin condition but symptoms are not limited to only this.
Symptoms can be in the form of:
- Skin Itching (Your dog will be licking, chewing or scratching his skin)
- Ear Infection
- Irritated or Watery Eyes
Causes of Allergies in Dogs
An overactive immune system is the main cause of allergies in dogs.
The immune system sees an allergen as a threat and immediately reacts to it in the form of an allergic reaction such as skin irritation or sneezing. Allergens can be in the form of food, dust, or pollen, as long as your immune system sees the substance as a threat to your dog’s body.
Some Helpful Tips to Prevent Allergies
Wiping down your dog with dog grooming wipes
When you get back from a walk or a run, make sure to wipe your dog with grooming wipes in order to remove any possible allergens that can trigger your dog’s allergies. This is also a good way to keep your dog clean without giving him a bath.
Consider using a hypoallergenic shampoo when you give your dog a bath. Using a strong or fragrant shampoo can cause allergies, especially if your dog has sensitive skin.
A non-hypoallergenic shampoo can possibly cause skin itching, dandruff, or even scabs.
If you are unaware of the allergen that triggers your dog’s allergy, it would be best to be on the safe side and use a shampoo that focuses on his skin care.
If the allergen is identified through allergy testing, you can ask your veterinarian if he could give your dog a shot of allergy vaccine.
This is actually a great help to avoid hypersensitivity to allergens. This is done in a number of weeks in order to reprogram the immune system from overreacting against allergens.
Supplements do not cure allergies but it can help prevent it. Giving your dog supplements that contain Omega-3 can have a large effect on his well-being since your dog cannot generate this himself.
Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that helps produce hormones that support the immune system and decrease inflammation. This works best along with Omega-6 that aids with the increase of inflammation to trigger an immune response.
There should always be a balance between the two fatty acids.
Allergies in the form of inflammation mean there can be damage to the immune system. By providing Omega-3, this does not only help with the immune system but also prevents allergies worsening.
Prevention is the first thing you should always consider in taking care of your dog. This will save you the cost of treatment and the dread of seeing your dog in bad shape.
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