6. Control Environmental Allergens
Whether your dog is allergic to fleas or not, you will naturally want to stay on top of your flea population. It’s smart to have a good flea program in place all year round rather than treating only during the spring and summer. Choose compatible flea products for your dog and for your home environment.
Be sure to vacuum your home regularly and wash your pets bedding weekly. This will help eliminate fleas as well is dust mites which are common allergens for both people and pets.
7. Keep Your Dog Clean
Talk with your vet about how frequently to bathe your dog. Some people like to bathe their dogs once a week; however, this can be your attending to a dogs skin. Ask your vet for his or her recommendations regarding your pet. Be sure to use mild, gentle, nonallergenic products that will not cause further irritation.
8. Control the Air Quality in Your Home
If your dog is allergic to dust and pollen and other environmental contaminants, you may wish to invest in an air purifier and be sure to use HEPA approved filters in your air-conditioning system. This will benefit your health as well as your dog’s!
Whether or not your dog exhibits signs of allergies to cigarette smoke, it is a good idea to keep cigarette smoke out of your home and to keep your dog away from people who smoke. Cigarette smoke can cause all kinds of health problems in dogs just as it can in people.
In fact dogs whose owners smoke tend to have a much higher rate of lung cancer than dogs who belong to non-smokers.
9. Use Medications and Supplements As Directed by Your Vet
If your dog is allergic to environmental contaminants, your vet may recommend a series of allergy injections. You may be able to administer these yourself, or you may need to visit the vet to have them administered. An initial series of injections can help your dog build up a resistance to the allergen.
Prescription medications containing Cortizone can be useful in controlling dog allergies. Just as in humans, this type of medication should be used with care.
Your vet may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl). This is useful in calming allergy symptoms in dogs just as it is in people.
Talk with your vet about the right dosage for your pet.
Supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as flaxseed oil or fish oil may be helpful. This type of supplementation contributes to the health of the skin and coat.
10. Be Aware of Underlying Conditions
Serious problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia, mange, nutritional imbalance and others can manifest symptoms that look very much like allergies. This is why it is so important to get a proper diagnosis. If you are able to identify serious conditions early on, you will have much better chances of treating them successfully.
Most dogs do not have allergy problems, but in today’s world with increasing levels of environmental contaminants, chemicals and additives in foods, high levels of stress and other common causes of lowered immune function this is not a surprising development.
When you start out right by choosing a dog that is not likely to have allergies, you lower your chances of needing to deal with this problem. If your dog does develop allergies, seeking a proper diagnosis and administering prompt treatment is the sure path to success.