Hyposensitization shots can result in complete treatment of the allergy or greatly reduce the sensitivity in dogs suffering from with severe cases of atopy; in such situation treatment hyposensitization vaccination may be combined with the use of steroids.
Use of steroids
Steroids are the most effect form of treatment for atopy induced skin allergies in dogs and are usually deployed when all other forms of treatment has failed. Steroids particularly corticosteroids (reduces inflammation and itching) very effective in the treatment of allergies but they do have side effects which can be curtailed if they are administered under the supervision of an expert such as a vet.
They can be administered either orally or through the use of injections. Oral administration is usually the preferred mode because it is easy to control the dosage and prevent abuse which is one of the major causes of the side effects associated with the use of the steroids.
However there are situations in which the use of injection may more appropriate such as in dogs that are in dire need of quick relief or dogs that reject pills.
Treatment for food induced skin allergies in dogs
Like earlier stated, all forms of allergic reaction in dogs will manifest through the dog’s skin and probably ears and this is not any different if the source of allergy is in the dog’s diet; however the dog may also show signs of digestive upset such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Food allergic reaction in dogs is not an allergic to the food itself but to food ingredient(s) such as soy, beef, chicken, corn, wheat, colorings and milk.
Treatment for food allergies in dogs involves the use of elimination diet to zero in on the food source that is causing the allergic reaction. Basically this involves feeding the dog with a completely new diet and then gradually introducing the old diet with one food source after the other until the offending food causing the allergy is identified.
It is advisable that the new diet used in the elimination diet should be wholly homemade dog food either raw or home cooked; with homemade dog food you are in charge of what goes into your dog’s gut and know exactly the ingredients used. This way you have a 100% control and it is easier for you to diagnose the food allergy.
Once the offending food is identified it should be permanently taken out of the dog’s diet.
Pictures of skin allergies in dogs
A wholesome approach to the treatment of skin allergies in dogs involves identifying the cause of the allergy, enhancing the dog’s immune system to heal itself, reducing and if possible eliminating exposure to the allergy and providing a natural means of relief with minimal or zero side effects.
Aloe Vera is a well known herbal medicine and can be used as a natural home remedy for skin allergies in dogs and it can be topically applied. It helps to alleviate skin conditions and enhances the dog’s coat condition.
Other herbs that can help in the natural home treatment of dog skin allergies are: rose bark, peppermint, chamomile and juniper.
A natural oatmeal shampoo can help in alleviating skin condition in dogs with its soothing effect; a solution rolled oat in hot water can use to bath the dog when it has cooled.
Apple cider vinegar can be use in situation when the dog has scratched so badly, almost to the point of self mutilation. Simply spraying the apple cider vinegar on the affected part of the body will dry up the affected areas which means you will not need to shave the coat in order to have it treated.
Using vinegar is ideal when you are dealing with skin allergy that is as result of flea bite otherwise Epsom salts with water is a better solution for itchy dry skin.
Bathing the dog on regularly can also help to cure skin allergies in dogs by ensuring that allergens trapped in the dog’s coat and skin can easily eradicated making it difficult for the allergens to become domiciled on the dog’s body.
Thyme tea can also be used to treat dry patches on dogs; simply prepare thyme tea and spray it on the dry patches when it is cool.
One obvious thing about skin allergies in dogs is that is it quite easy to notice that your dog is reacting to one form of skin allergy or the other , therefore prompt response will quickly restore the health of your dog.