April 18, 2024

Beyond Medication: 3 Tips for Allergies in Dogs


Do you hear conflicting information about managing your dog’s allergies? You’re not alone. Many pet owners are told medications like Apoquel or Cytopoint are the only solution. But what if there was more you could do?

This post dives into 3 natural approaches that can significantly improve your dog’s allergy symptoms and potentially reduce their reliance on medication.

1. Support Your Dog’s Skin Barrier:

Seasonal allergies often weaken a dog’s skin barrier, making them more susceptible to allergens and infections. Here’s how to strengthen it:

  • Supplement: Consult your veterinarian about supplements with omega fatty acids and antioxidants, which help promote healthy skin. Probiotics also have been shown to be effective!
  • Regular grooming and nail trims: Keep nails trimmed to prevent scratching that breaks the skin which could potentially lead to more infection. 

2. Minimize Allergens in the Environment:

While eliminating all allergens is impossible, reducing their presence can significantly impact your dog’s well-being:

  • Frequent Cleaning: Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter, wash bedding weekly in hot water, and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth to trap allergens.
  • Air Purification: Consider using air purifiers with HEPA filters in your home, especially in areas where your dog spends most of their time.
  • Bathing: Consult your veterinarian about the recommended bathing frequency for your dog’s breed and specific needs. This helps remove allergens clinging to their fur.

3. Explore Topical Solutions:

Topical medications applied directly to the skin can provide effective itch relief:

  • Variety of Options: Shampoos, mousses, sprays, and spot-on treatments offer different applications. Discuss options with your vet to find the best fit for your dog.

Remember, these are just a few starting points. Consult your veterinarian to create a personalized plan for managing your dog’s allergies. Combining natural approaches with medication can significantly improve your dog’s quality of life and reduce their reliance on long-term medications.

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