Treating Dogs With Allergies
Dogs with allergies suffer with redness and
inflammation, bald spots or hair loss. Because they are so itchy, most spend the
majority of their days licking, scratching, and chewing these areas of
Not only are these poor dogs miserable, the constant gnawing and
chewing of the skin can lead to even more problems and complications for the dog, like infections.
On the previous page, we discussed the five types of dog allergies,
now we want to take a closer look on treatments and remedies so we can help end or alleviate our pets suffering.
note: Usual symptoms of dog allergies include itchiness and redness on the body, ears, and feet but these are also symptoms brought about by yeast problems or yeast overgrowth. If your dog has an old-cheesy smell it might just be a yeast infection. Get further info about Yeast Infections in Dogs.
Natural Remedies for Dogs with Allergies
If your Miniature Schnauzer is suffering from allergies, getting your dog relief from the discomfort of itching, scratching, redness and sores is a probably a top priority for you.
Dr. Andrew Jones of The Online Vet offers these helpful non-steroid options for helping dogs with allergies.
- Oatmeal Baths: Give your dog an oatmeal bath using cool or tepid water to help ease even the itchiest skin (during summer months). Leave the
shampoo on for 10 minutes then rinse well. If dealing with severe allergies you will want to bathe your dog twice a week. It's also a good idea to rinse off your dog's paws when he comes in from the outside to remove any debris, dirt or grass that might be contributing to his allergic reactions.
- Soothe it Topically: Calendula ointment is a herbal medication that has been successfully used to relieve the itch. Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas. Aloe Vera is another soothing herb that helps minimize skin irritation.
Benadryl is the most commonly used antihistamine. It is given at a dose
of 1 mg per pound of body weight, 2-3 times a day (the pink tablet NOT the liquid). As always,
consult your veterinarian before using any medications. It often takes
14 days of use to see if it is helping.
Vitamin E and Vitamin C may help as antioxidants: Dosage Amounts: Vitamin E dose is 100 IU per 10
lbs of body weight once daily; the Vitamin C dose is 100 mg per 10 lbs
of body weight once daily. note: Too much Vitamin C can cause loose stools or diarrhea. Always consult your vet before treating your dog at home.
- Omega Fatty Acids Fatty Acid Supplements: Omega-3 Fatty Acids are very helpful in decreasing the level of inflammation in dogs with allergies. Omega-3 fatty acids are most important along with the correct dosage. You
actually need 180mg of EPA per 10 lbs. To get these high levels here is
a good rule of thumb: 1000mg of fish oil per 10 lbs daily. Pure Salmon Oil provides a potent, highly digestible source of essential fatty acids and is loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA!
If you want an all natural complete dog supplement for your Miniature Schnauzer check out the Ultimate Canine Formula created by veterinarian Dr. Jones. You can get a trial offer at 50% OFF!
strong advocate of Natural Pet Health Care, Dr. Jones created this
supplement to provide our pets with everything they need to develop
stronger immune systems to fight off disease.
Relief Solutions for Dogs with Allergies
A few more allergen reducing tips:
- Change home air filter every month and buy an air purifier like the one above to help reduce allergens in your home.
- Keep windows closed to prevent or reduce the amount of allergens (like pollen) from entering your home
- Vacuum frequently with a HEPA filtered vacuum.
- Wash pet's bedding in hot water.
- Keep pet indoors when pollen counts are high.
- Use glass or ceramic feeding bowls instead of bowls made of plastic.
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