Pet owners are looking for safe and effective dog allergies treatment they can use for their suffering pooch. There are a lot of traditional, over the counter medication that are being sold in pharmacies today, but not all of them are beneficial in the long term health of our pet.
First consider, what is your dog allergic to? You need to isolate the cause of the allergies and remove it from your dog’s system. If it is a particular food ingredient, take it out of your dog’s diet and put him on a hypoallergenic diet. If it is a detergent or a seasonal type of allergies (because of pollen, weed, dust, etc.), then take the necessary precautions to keep your dog as protected as possible from these outside factors. If your dog is allergic to fleas, then groom him everyday so you can check for flea bites and treat this as soon as possible.
Many times, vets can prescribe an allergy medicine that suppresses the reaction caused by the allergen. Mild over the counter treatments are fine, but the harsher medications may cause damages in your dog’s health in the long run. It is better to use natural and organic materials to combat this problem because it is not only safer, it has more health benefits to it as well.
When humans get allergies, our respiratory gets the brunt of the adverse symptoms. With our dogs, it is their skin. They break out in hives, red spots, and itchy areas all over their face and body. You can treat these spots with simple remedies that are cheap and safe.
Dog Allergies Treatment Types
Epsom salts are very soothing for hives. Dissolve a handful of Epsom salts to a bowl of warm water and use this to treat the hot spots. If the painful area is in your dog’s legs. Let him soak his paws on this saline solution for 10 minutes.
Oatmeal paste is another good alternative for painful red spots in dogs. Mix oatmeal with warm water until it makes a thick paste. Gently rub this warm paste on the affected areas, and cover with a towel for 10 minutes. It will immediately soothe the dog’s painful hot spots. Do this every so often for a day.
I used to think that tea tree oil is a good remedy to treat hives and hot spots, but these can actually have a harmful side effect for many dogs. Extra virgin olive oil or aloe vera is a better choice to treat these areas topically. You can also add apple cider vinegar to his food twice a day as the vinegar is said to repel allergy causing fleas, while improving digestive health and restoring the acid balance in your dog’s body. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for 50 lb dog twice a day is advised.
Dog Allergies Treatment for Flea Problems
If your dog is allergic to the saliva of fleas, then you can prevent these pesky parasites from making a home in your pet by bathing your dog in a lemon solution. Quarter 1 to 2 pieces of large lemon and steep it in hot water. Mix this solution to his bathwater, the more concentrated, the better. If it is warm enough outdoors, let your dog dry naturally in the sun. If you don’t want to bathe your dog too frequently, use the lemon solution, or essential oils mixed in water (lavender, eucaplytus, lemongrass, citronella, etc.), put it in a spray bottle and mist it all over your dog’s body and face often. These are natural dog repellants.
Before using any of these dog allergies treatment, check with the vet because some of the symptoms of allergies might be overlapping with another dog condition. Be cautious and consult with the vet first.
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