PetMeds® Relieving Your Dog’s Skin Allergies

Environmental allergens (such as ragweed, pollens, grasses, trees, molds,  etc) have long been suspected as being a major factor in flare-ups of canine seasonal allergic dermatitis (known as atopy).  Multiple routes of exposure include ingestion and inhalation but most recently contact and skin exposure has been considered a major role in intensity of allergic symptoms. Frequent bathing can help reduce the symptoms of skin allergic reactions

This highlights the important need for frequent application of topical therapy to remove the allergens and decrease penetration of the skin and subsequent itching and inflammation from these allergens. Therefore, I recommend frequent bathing with low allergy products on a routine basis to help relieve clinical symptoms and also help cut down on drug doses needed to control allergies.

In some affected patients bathing up to 2-3 times weekly is often quite helpful. Some of my favorite shampoos for this include 1-800-PetMeds Oatmeal and Aloe Vera Shampoo and Conditioner or Epi Soothe Shampoo and Epi Soothe Oatmeal Cream Rinse to name a few.

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  1. Don’t forget fish oil! One of my dogs developed an awful allergic reaction. I put him on a daily fish oil supplement and was able to avoid riskier treatments such as cortisone shots entirely! He hasn’t had an issue with allergies since. Omega-3 fatty acids offer so many health benefits other than the treatment of allergies as well.

  2. dog allergies fall into four categories:

    * Those caused by fleas and other biting insects (flea allergy dermatitis)
    * Those caused by inhaled allergens such as dust mites, grasses, molds, and tree and weed pollens (canine atopy)
    * Those caused and by foods and drugs (food allergies)
    * Those caused by irritants that have direct contact with the skin (contact allergies)

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    These are a nice summary of allergens in pets. thans for sharing

  4. What kind of dog food can i use for my dog who has allergys

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I woudl prefer low carb low grain diet to minimize inflammation in the body. Try wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds.

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