Friday, July 15, 2011

How To Help Cure Dog Skin Allergies

How To Help Cure Dog Skin Allergies...

By Jennifer Gretson

It is not just humans that have to deal with skin allergies and infections. There are many dog skin allergies that you will find that you have to deal with. Some are extremely easy to help with but there will be some that take months to figure out what it is. The problem with being a dog is that they cannot care for themselves.

The first step is to find the cause of the infection or allergic reaction. It is important that you do everything in your power to stop it from ever happening again and to be able to stop whatever is causing the problem right now. This will give you the ability to start the treatment process. You will need to think about what you were doing just before the skin reaction flared up. There could be a variety of reasons for your dog's skin to start flaring up in a rash, including changes to its diet or even problems with the current weather conditions and climate.

When you know the cause of the reaction, you will need to start cutting down on the chance of the exposure. This can be difficult in some cases, such as pollen allergies, but there are times that you can make one simple change. This is especially the case if you have tried new shampoo or a different type of dog food. Go back to what you were originally using or you could consider cooking your own meals for your pet. This will help you deal with some of the many dietary problems that occur.

Now it comes to soothing the problem that has occurred. Your dog can only do so much and will need your help. Consider bathing your dog in some warm water with fragrant-free shampoo. Another popular option is to use baby shampoo, which is naturally designed for sensitive skin and is perfect when there is already an allergic reaction. You can find out some soaps from your vet too to help with the problem.

Once you have washed your dog, you will need to rinse off all traces of the shampoo or soap that you have used. Adding apple cider vinegar is a popular option for many people. This is because the vinegar has a natural ability to soothe problems. You could also consider using Epsom salts, which will soothe and work to kill the infection due to the antibacterial properties.

You need to start to find ways to help decrease the sensitivity in your dogs skin and one of the ways to do this is through oils. You can use sunflower oil with your pet's food, which will help to promote the skin to create its own oils. Omega 3 is another popular oil that will help with boosting the immune system and healing the reactions. You can add more oily fish to your animal's diet or you can guy supplements from the pet store. However, most dogs prefer not to take pills and will usually fight against you.

You could also find some creams at the pet store to help you with the soothing process. You should read the labels to make sure that the ingredients will not harm your dog any more but you will usually benefit from the prices being much lower than those that are prescribed.

However, there are times that no matter what you do the cause will not go away. At times like this, you will need to see your vet to get help. Your vet will be able to help by finding the exact cause and then prescribing medication that is able to help with the treatment of your dog skin allergies that your pet is experiencing.

Jennifer is a family dog health specialist specializing in dog skin problems. She recommends all-natural treatments for dog skin allergies.

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