Last week Best Bully Sticks covered how allergies affect our pooch pals and how a reaction will most likely look. (To find out more, read “Recognize Your Dog’s Allergic Reactions”) This week’s tip focuses in on how to treat your dog’s allergic reactions as they pertain to skin symptoms.

Allergy Testing
The first step may be figuring out exactly what is causing an allergic reaction. This usually entails a trip to the vet’s office and a blood or skin test to determine the offending allergen. The next step, of course, will be limiting exposure to that allergen.

Preventative Measures
After you know how to recognize the reaction and exactly what it is, there are some avoidance measures you can take to help cut down on your pet’s reactions. For instance, keeping your dog out of the room for several hours while vacuuming and changing furnace filters will aid against house dust allergens. When treating a dog with sensitivity to pollen, keep them out of fields, keep your grass cut short, rinse your dog’s feet after being outside and keep your dog inside when high pollen counts have been forecast.

Topical Solutions
This type of therapy is only a short-time solution, but will temporarily relieve your dog from constant itching and discomfort. One way to soothe your pup’s skin is to mix up an oatmeal bath. Add 1 cup of plain oatmeal, such as regular or quick-cook oats, to your dog’s bath and let them soak for 15 minutes. He might not be a fan of this extra bath-time, but it will help ease irritation.

Another way to soothe your dog’s skin is to spray them with a half-and-half solution of water and apple cider vinegar. After your dog’s oatmeal bath, spray him with this solution (be careful to avoid their eyes) and do not rinse it off. This will instantaneously help relieve itching as well.

Food & Food Additives
There are a couple different ways your dog’s meals can be improved to help with allergies. One of these is buying all-natural hypo-allergenic food and treats. Best Bully Sticks offers a whole line of treats for dog’s with allergies.

Also, adding natural ingredients to your dog’s food can help ease irritation. For example, the apple cider vinegar and water solution, as mentioned above, can also go on your dog’s food. This will help with any intestinal allergens your dog might have and aid in overall digestion.

Adding omega-3 fatty acids to your pup’s food will also help. These acids have anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate irritated skin. Make sure you ask your vet about proper dosage of omega fatty acids for your dog. This treatment has little to no side effects, yet each dog has different response times to omega fatty acids. These acids have the added benefit of boosting coat quality and shine as well.

BBS also carries Herbsmith Inc. Clear AllerQi Herbal Blends Dog Supplement Powder, which is an all-natrual food additive to act as a natural coolant to dog’s skin. “It cools heat and harmonizes the body’s defenses to help support normal skin functions.” 

Talking with your vet
We know it’s understood, but talking with your vet to ease your pet’s irritation is key. We can only give you natural, quick-fixes for your pooch, which may work very well. However, make sure you are consulting with your vet to know how serious your pet’s allergies are and what steps need to be taken. Your vet could prescribe antihistamines, steroids or other medicinal treatments.

What matters most is that your pooch starts feeling some relief from their allergies. BBS hopes that you’ve learned handling your pet’s allergies may not be so bad after all.