Your dog can develop many types of allergies from a variety of allergens. Some things which can result in an allergy for your dog are environment irritants such as dust mites, pollens or food additives or even flea bites. Unlike humans, dogs do not show any allergic reaction by coughing or sneezing but in the case of dogs; allergies can be identified by noticing dry or irritated skin.
So if your dog is biting or licking its skin a lot off late, then it may be due to an allergy. Some other symptoms of dog allergies are itchy ears, vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding from skin due to excessive scratching or biting. There are many ways to treat dog allergies and the following given methods are a few of them:
- If your dog has irritated skin due to an allergy, then you can help in treating it by mixing oatmeal to the bath of your dog. To do this, you can grind 1 cup of oatmeal and stir it well in the bath of your dog. Allow your dog to rest in this water for about 15 minutes. You can also use regular oats on its skin.
- Another way to ease the allergy is by using apple cider vinegar either as a food additive or as a rinse. To do this, you can mix 50% apple cider vinegar in 50% water in a bottle through which this solution can be sprayed. This spray can be used after the bath it the dog has dry or irritated skin. Apple cider vinegar is very effective and also helps in strengthening the immune system of the dog. Moreover, it aids digestion and prevents mild infections.
- Another way to treat dog allergies is by adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to the food you give to your dog. These fatty acids have strong anti-inflammatory properties that help in relieving itchy or dry skin. If your dog doesn’t like these acids in this way, then you can even try using fatty acids which are available in capsule form or in liquid form. These capsules can also be added in the dog’s food. But you must always ask your vet before giving these fatty acids to know about the dosages in which these are to be given.
The treatment methods mentioned above must always be confirmed with the vet first because treatment may vary according to the size and breed of the dog.