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Dog with Allergies
Scratch, Scratch, Scratch, the Itchy Dog!
For pet parents there are few things more miserable for them and their dog than a dog that scratches and bites. Dogs with allergies tend to have red spots, patches of fur missing, a dull coat and the dreaded hot spots. What can a pet parent do? There are several solutions that can be done to help the itchy (and miserable) dog. Here are some solutions to helping a dog with this condition.
Solutions For Dogs With Skin Allergies
If a dog’s allergies are not related to pollen or dander, he or she may have a food allergy. As always, a pet parent needs to consult with a vet who can run tests to see what it is your pooch is allergic to. If your dog has food allergies, there are diet changes a dog parent can make.
Feed Salmon-Based Dog Food or Give Omega 3 Supplement
Omega 3 fatty acid is a great way to help a dog with itchy and flaky skin. Salmon is a good diet to feed a dog that has allergies and a sensitive stomach. There are several brands that specialize in salmon being the main ingredient in their food.
The Omega 3’s in the wild alaskan salmon oil for dogs help repair coat and have a variety of other health benefits including heart, mind, and immunity benefits.
Dog owners can also look for Omega 3 supplements for their dogs. Dogs with mobility issues can greatly benefit as well as the itchy dog. Look for natural and certified supplements and, occasionally, feeding dog food with salmon can also be a wonderful addition.
Feed Venison, Turkey, or Lamb Diets
Many dogs are highly allergic to chicken (my dogs tend to vomit when given any amount of chicken). However, they do well with turkey. Turkey is great for senior dogs to help improve their minds and this also tends to be gentle on stomachs. Venison is one of the best food for dogs with allergies as it is a great lean meat source. Moreover, most dogs love the venison taste (wolves eat a lot of deer meat in the wild, after all). Venison is also a filing protein source and a rarer, more expensive source of protein. Lamb is one of the most gentle proteins on a dog’s stomach and tends to be more free of pollutants than some types of protein.
Should I Do Grain-Free Food?
As most pet parents have known, there’s a high amount of controversy among the vets, pet food, and owner circles about grain-free food. My personal opinion is no, not unless your dog has a well-known need for it. These foods can be harmful and lead to heart problems in many breeds, so unless there is a medical need I would avoid grain-free. There are safer grains for dogs including brown rice, oatmeal, and peas.
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Other Non-Diet Allergy Relief Solutions
Shampoos For Skin Allergies
It’s no secret that most dogs are not crazy about baths. However, dogs with allergies need to be bathed to remove allergens. This can be dander, pollen, or in the worse case, fleas.
Pet parents can buy shampoos either in retail stores, or in more extreme cases, use ones recommended by a vet. One good ingredient that helps soothe itchy skin is oatmeal. This is great for keeping the coat healthy and soothing a dog that has red or flaky skin.
Look for more hypoallergenic shampoos and ones without many harsh chemicals that can irritate not only the skin but a dog’s sensitive areas such as the nose and eyes. Many shampoos contain not only oatmeal but aloe Vera an ingredient known to soothe all types of skin irritation.
There are many types of more natural pet shampoo that contain the ingredients mentioned above plus lavender to help calm an anxious dog and cucumber. Be sure to not bathe a dog to often as this can strip a dog’s coat of natural oils and make him or her even more itchy.
Use Coconut Oil for Dogs
Natural remedies are a great way to try to resolve pet allergies either season or not. Coconut oil is one great product that most dogs tend to love the taste of!
The great thing about coconut oil is that the oil itself contains anti-fungal and anti-virus properties. The healthy fat found in the oil can give coat a healthy shine and sheen. The best way to use coconut oil is to add a bit to your dog’s food.
However, not all coconut oils are created equally. It is best to not use the coconut oil for cooking, but to use therapeutic-grade oil. You may need to go to online, to a pet, or specialty store to find this type of coconut oil.
When you find the right kind of coconut oil for the dog, drizzle a little bit into your dog’s food or add a little into a treat. There are plenty of recipes online that feature coconut oil.
You can also take a little bit of the oil (remember it is best to use room temperature oil) warm it in your palm and rub it over your dog’s skin and fur.
Hear From Our Pet Parents
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How To Treat Your Dog for Fleas and Mosquitoes
Many dogs are highly allergic to fleas and mosquito bites. My Pekingese Misty and my late Golden Retriever London are two of these dogs. Misty scratches and bites herself until she gets the dreaded oozy, red hot spots (London did to). The best preventative is to give your dog flea preventative. These can be oral or topical or a combination of both. Dogs can also wear flea collars. We make sure to treat our yard every summer and fall (sometimes multiple times after heavy rainfall). A dog that gets fleas needs to be bathed with flea shampoo and the home thoroughly vacuumed as well as toys and bedding. Be sure to keep your dog on a heartworm preventative as well. It can take up to three weeks (yes, three weeks!) after flea bite for some dogs to quit the urge to scratch and bite like crazy. Please avoid the urge to use garlic to ward off fleas sis it is highly toxic to dogs in large amounts! Instead use a 50/50 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar.
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