Owning a dog with a severe allergic itch problem can be upsetting and frustrating for the whole family, not to mention distressing for your beloved pet.
Depending on the cause of the allergy, some dogs are itchy all year round and some only itch at certain times of the year.
The good news is that innovative and effective therapies are available to ensure that neither the dog or family need suffer as a result.
Dogs, just like people, can show symptoms of allergy when their immune systems recognise certain everyday substances as foreign. Even though these substances are harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. The skin is one of the most common organs to show symptoms of allergy.
Dogs with an allergic skin condition may also suffer from skin infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs or crusts on the skin.
A few common allergens include:
Allergens in food
FAST relief from itching
"We nearly lost Eric because of his allergies. We had years of frustration as a result of trying different therapies which didn’t help Eric’s itching at all. I thought we would never solve the problem and would have to end his suffering. Then my vet changed the care plan to a simple daily medication. Eric was like a different dog! His itching stopped overnight and his sore skin calmed down and repaired within days. The results have transformed our lives... and Eric’s."
Lesley, owner of Labrador, Eric
"Daisy was scratching from quite a young age. After a series of blood tests and skin tests, Daisy was diagnosed with an allergy to dust mites. Some treatments helped with the itch, but she gained weight and had other associated problems, so we had to stop them.
We tried constant baths with medicated shampoos and at times she scratched so much that she got skin infections and needed antibiotics. It was very difficult. Then I heard about a different approach from our vet. Within 3 or 4 days, we could see a marked improvement and in 2 weeks, we could see it really was working. She’s a happy, itch-free dog again."
Debbie, owner of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Daisy
When you suspect allergic dermatitis
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