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Dog Skin Allergy

By Edited May 15, 2014 1 0

A dog skin allergy is one of the most prevalent kind of dog health issues will likely have in the course of its life. It could stem from chewing or eating something inappropriate, poor coat care, ticks and fleas, or even dog grooming products or medication. All of these could potentially cause irritation of your dog's skin which will lead them to scratch a lot.

You should also consider the fact that dogs tend to scratch or nibble on their skin because they're bored, stressed, or frustrated. Dogs can also have separation anxiety if his environment suddenly changes, and he starts taking it out on his skin. Watch for these signs so you can determine whether or not your dog's scratching is from a true allergy or not.

While this may be a common problem, you still need to bring your dog to the vet to have his dog skin allergy tested. The only way to treat this properly is to treat the cause of the allergy, and not the symptoms of the allergy.

If dog skin allergy is found to be in something your dog ate, then your next recourse would be to overhaul his diet and food products. Be reminded though that your dog could have eaten something he found on his own, and this could be the cause for the dog skin allergy.

There are certain foods that your dog should never be fed like chocolate, food with coffee, raisins, fat, onions, alcoholic drinks, grapes, garlic, avocado, and of course, rotten or expired food. All of these can cause other problems in addition to skin issues.

A dog skin allergy could also be from parasites like scabies, lice, fleas, mites, or chiggers. The only effective way of dealing with these is by consulting a vet for a treatment program. The vet will be able to prescribe ointments, lotions or even oral medication to rid your dog of these irritating creatures.

If your dog tests negative for parasites and is eating allergen-free food, then he might be allergic to dust or pollen. You can made an amateur assessment if the allergy only occurs during specific months of the year.

The worst scenario for the dog skin allergy could be an underlying medical problem like endocrine abnormalities, a thyroid problem, Cushing's Disease, or cancer. Thus, the earlier you get a diagnosis, the faster it will be to help your dog and ease his discomfort.

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