Everything you need to know about allergies in dogs
An allergy is a state of hypersensitivity or over-reactivity of the immune system to a particular substance or substances called an allergen. Most of the common allergens are proteins from foods, plants, insects, and/or animals. Dogs can suffer from a wide variety of allergies. Typically, these allergies become visible through skin conditions; however, there are several other signs and symptoms you can look out for. Dog allergies can occur just like human beings. Unfortunately, today, allergies in dogs are becoming as common as allergies affecting humans.
Below is some information about the symptoms of allergies in dogs, its types, and more.
What are the symptoms of an allergy in a dog?
Some of the common signs and symptoms of allergies in dogs are:
What are the types of dog allergies?
There are a number of ways in which allergies can be classified. Some classification examples include:
What are some helpful tips for dog allergies?
What are some of the natural home remedies for allergies in dogs?
Some of the natural home remedies for allergies affecting dogs include:
Aloe vera– Aloe vera has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and cooling properties. This ingredient is perfect for treating sunburn and itchy hot spots. Apply aloe vera gel directly to your dog’s skin twice daily. Additionally, it is important to ensure the aloe gel is saponins free, as saponins work as laxatives.
Oatmeal– One of the most versatile and useful home remedy for skin itching and dog allergies, oatmeal is perfect for your dog. You can opt for an oatmeal shampoo. This remedy is not only useful in removing the allergens it is also affordable and leaves your dog’s coat shiny and nice.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)– Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has anti-microbial properties. This remedy is ideal for dogs that are suffering from ear infections and yeast infections (or any form of fungal infections). To use this remedy for easing your dog’s itchy skin, pour ACV and water in equal measures into a spray bottle. Gently wash your dog’s paws as this is where most pollen accumulates and spread the mixture on the skin where the dog is itching himself or herself.
Other remedies– Other home remedies include using coconut oil, thyme, or Epsom salts.
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