The relief of skin allergies in dogs

Hi Connie,
I read your article on dogs’ skin problems. My Dalmatian was diagnosed as being allergic to grass. His problems started when he was 18 months.
First with yeast in his ears and then his paws started to bleed. On occasions his whole body broke out in a rash and fur fell out. Once he was diagnosed, a wheat-free diet and a change from meat to fish helped.
Unfortunately I was not informed that I could have asked the lab to produce an anti-allergen and Tim was never able to run on grass.
Yours sincerely, June Holmes
Hello June,
I am sorry to read this. Most dogs develop allergies between one and four years of age. Allergens enter the body via inhalation, ingestion, injection, parasites, or touch.

When your pet is first exposed to the potential allergen his immune system develops antibodies, though there will be no noticeable outward symptoms.

The next time he comes in contact with it the antibodies go into hyperaction, sending signals to the immune system and causing a chemical called histamine to be released.

If not treated, pets have no choice but to scratch or chew at the inflamed area. The most common signs are scratching, licking the paws, rubbing the face, or watery eyes. Scratching, can lead to secondary infections and hair loss.

You can reduce irritation by shampooing which helps relieve the itch temporarily as well as removing scabs, parasites, bacteria, and other causes of itching.
Washing the legs and paws each time the dog comes inside during the allergy season may help keep it more comfortable. Relieving the itching with topical products containing hydrocotisone can also be effective.

Best wishes, Connie


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