All dogs scratch occasionally, but if your dog seems to scratch constantly, it may be a sign that he is suffering with some type of allergy. Some of these conditions may be easily cured, but dogs with pollen or environmental allergies may require treatment throughout their lives.
Skin inflammation is common for dogs with allergies and may cause them to scratch, lick, chew or rub their faces obsessively. In order to bring the misery under control, the owner must be committed to prompt attention to skin flare-ups, effective parasite control and certain simple home strategies. Here are some ways to get started.
- Control fleas. Your dog’s veterinarian will be able to provide the most effective treatment for your pet. Sometimes this may involve a flea problem within your home. If so, the vet should be able to recommend useful treatments or you may need to engage a professional insect/pest control service.
- Bathe your dog. Oftentimes a cool bath with an oatmeal shampoo will give your dog some relief. You should be able to do this up to twice a week. If the skin irritation is more severe, the veterinarian might prescribe an antibiotic shampoo for you to use.
- Clothing for your dog. This might sound strange, but a close-fitting t-shirt or bodysuit made out of a light fabric can keep the allergens that are irritating your dog away from his skin. It will also help prevent your dog from gnawing or biting an irritation and turning it into a full-blown open wound.
- Food for your dog. If your dog has a food allergy, you can work with the veterinarian to find a specialty pet food or even a home-prepared diet that will help relieve the symptoms.
Don’t hesitate to take action now. If your dog is experiencing symptoms of allergies, he is probably miserable. Since he is a member of the family, you will want to give him some relief as soon as possible.