• Rhizaldy Manalo

Living with Pets and Their Skin Conditions

Dog skin allergies are a lot more common than you would think. Fortunately for you and Fido, most are easily manageable and treatable.

As always, it’s important to consult your vet if you think your dog has a skin allergy, but the good news is that there are several things you could do to help with the allergy and make your pup more comfortable.

Below you’ll find an extensive list of:

  • Products to help dog skin allergies

  • Essential oils

  • Home remedies that you can do to help your dog’s skin allergies.

But first, we’ll walk you through a few of the most common dog allergies and the symptoms. Common Dog Allergy Symptoms

Dog skin allergies can be caused by many factors including plants, food, dander, insects, medication, and anything in between. These allergies cause a multitude of symptoms that could be anything from scratching and chewing to rashes and inflammation just to name some of the more common ones. Luckily there are ways to help our dog get relief in these tough times. 

There are tons and tons of different dog skin allergies and it can be really hard to decipher which is which. If you think you your dog has a skin allergy, have your vet check it out before you try to treat it.

Once identified, most skin allergies can be treated. See a vet if your dog is scratching or licking excessively, or if you notice any changes in your pet's coat or skin, including scaling, redness, discoloration, or bald patches. There are quite a few common dog skin allergies, so we have directly pulled some from this list on Pet Web MD for you.

  • Allergic Dermatitis Dogs can have allergic reactions to grooming products, food, and environmental irritants, such as pollen or insect bites. A dog with allergies may scratch relentlessly, and a peek at the skin often reveals an ugly rash. Corticosteroids can help with itchy rashes, but the most effective treatment is to identify and avoid exposure to the allergens.

  • Yeast Infection If your dog can't seem to stop scratching an ear or licking and chewing her toes, ask your veterinarian to check for a yeast infection. Symptoms include irritated, itchy, or discolored skin. The infection usually strikes the paws or ears, where yeast has a cozy space to grow. Yeast infections are easy to diagnose and often respond well to a topical cream. In some cases, your veterinarian may prescribe oral drugs or medicated baths.

  • Impetigo Another type of bacterial infection, impetigo is most common in puppies. It causes pus-filled blisters that may break and crust over. The blisters usually develop on the hairless portion of the abdomen. Impetigo is rarely serious and can be treated with a topical solution. In a small number of cases, the infection may spread or persist.

  • Seborrhea Seborrhea causes a dog's skin to become greasy and develop scales (dandruff). In some cases, it's a genetic disease that begins when a dog is young and lasts a lifetime. But most dogs with seborrhea develop the scaling as a complication of another medical problem, such as allergies or hormonal abnormalities. In these cases, it is vital to treat the underlying cause so symptoms do not recur.

  • Ringworm Despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm, but by a fungus. The term "ring" comes from the circular patches that can form anywhere but are often found on a dog's head, paws, ears, and forelegs. Inflammation, scaly patches, and hair loss often surround the lesions. Puppies less than a year old are the most susceptible, and the infection can spread quickly between dogs in a kennel or to pet owners at home.

  • Mange (Mites) Mange is a skin disorder caused by tiny parasites called mites. Sarcoptic mange, also known as canine scabies, spreads easily among dogs and can also be transmitted to people, but the parasites don't survive on humans. The symptoms are intense itching, red skin, sores, and hair loss. A dog's ears, face, and legs are most commonly affected. Demodectic mange can cause bald spots, scabbing, and sores, but it is not contagious between animals or people. Treatment depends on the type of mange.

  • Dry, Flaky Skin This can be a red flag for a number of problems. It's a common symptom of allergies, mange, and other skin diseases. But most often, dry or flaky skin is nothing serious. Make sure you are feeding Fido high-quality food. Like people, some dogs simply get dry skin in the winter. If this seems to cause your pet discomfort, consult your veterinarian.

  • Hot Spots Also called acute moist dermatitis, are small areas that appear red, irritated, and inflamed. They are most commonly found on a dog's head, hips, or chest, and often feel hot to the touch. Hot spots can result from a wide range of conditions, including infections, allergies, insect bites, or excessive licking and chewing.

Treating all these skin conditions can be tough as many of them consists of cleansing the hot spot and addressing the underlying condition. To help  you, we've compiled a list of products that help dog skin allergies:

  • Kronch Salmon Oil. An all around good, natural product to use is Kronch Salmon Oil. Kronch is a pure salmon oil dogs supplement from Denmark. The salmon in the Lakse Kronch Salmon Oil is cold-pressed from 100% wild Norwegian salmon. It’s a dietary supplement rich in essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Kronch Salmon Oil can be good for dogs with dry skin, itching, dandruff and a dull coat. It’s also great to use if your pup is allergic to flea bites. Using Kronch Salmon oil on a daily basis can help to alleviate/ prevent these problems. So it’s great to use as a preventive measure if you think your dog may be getting an allergy.

  • Natural Doggie Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil. Another salmon oil that is great to use as a preventive measure is Natural Doggie Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil. Similar benefits to the Kronch Salmon Oil, Natural Doggie Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is a dog food supplement that can promote healthy skin and coat, relieves dry, itchy skin and encourages a healthy immune system. The Omega-3 fatty acids support a healthy heart too!

  • Coconut Oil. This can be good for dogs and can help aid your pets' digestion, may improve their coats, and may help prevent infection and alleviate skin irritation. It is recommended to use coconut oil for dogs with allergies because it contains Lauric acid, which can help to decrease the body’s production of yeast. Using fish body oil with coconut oil can help moderate or even suppress the inflammatory response.

  • Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid also have similar properties as Lauric acid and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.

Essential Oil For Dog Skin Allergies Essential oil is not only great for humans, but a variety of the oils can be great for Fido too! There are some essential oils in particular that can be great for your dog’s skin allergies. According to Paw Culture these 5 essential oils are great for dogs with allergies (skin and regular allergies).

Lavender If you only have one essential oil in your home, this is the one to have. Lavender is a full-spectrum oil—antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-anxiety, pretty much anti-everything except for anti-healing. When your furry friend is itchy and you want to make him feel better, try rubbing some diluted lavender oil on the spot he’s scratching.

  • Niaouli This substitute for tea tree oil, which according to Dr. Coates can be toxic to dogs at high concentrations, has the same antihistamine and antibacterial properties. If your pup’s skin issues are caused by allergies complicated by a secondary skin infection, Niaouli can help to attack both problems at once. Try using it on bacterial ear infections.

  • Sweet Marjoram Out of the different types of marjoram, this particular variety is the one to use. Besides strong antibacterial properties, sweet marjoram is also a calming agent and muscle relaxant. This essential oil is known for healing bacterial skin infections and can also be used to aid in wound care.

  • Helichrysum This oil is great for helping to treat eczema in people and can also be used for similar itchy skin conditions in dogs. Helichrysum can also provide pain relief with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Scars and bruises may heal faster due to its regenerative effects.

Chamomile Originally from Europe, this flower is most often turned into a calming tea for humans. The oil’s uses for canines include helping to sooth skin irritations, helping with allergic reactions, and burns. Dilute chamomile oil is non-toxic, gentle and safe to use. Stock your canine first aid kit with these diluted oils and you’ll say sayonara to scratching.

Home Remedies For Dog Skin Allergies There are several things you can do to help increase the comfort of your dog dealing with skin allergies. Baths are going to be great, but if you can’t get your dog to remain calm in a bathtub then there are a couple of other tactics you can do. This list of natural dog remedies comes to use from our friend’s over at Pet MD.

  • Yogurt and Acidophilus for Dogs for Yeast Infections Plain yogurt is a healthy treat for Fido. The live acidophilus in the yogurt can keep the good bacteria in your dog's intestines in balance and get rid of the bad bacteria. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt can also help keep yeast infections at bay. You can also give your dog acidophilus pills if he doesn’t like the taste of yogurt. Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities.

Chamomile Tea for Dogs Chamomile tea can alleviates minor skin irritations. Just cool in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on your dog's raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes. Chamomile tea also uses the natural disinfecting effects of the chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety, as well.

  • Oatmeal to Reduce Itching Finely ground oatmeal can be a wonderful remedy for irritated skin. You can use baby oatmeal cereal or grind it yourself in a food processor. Stir the oatmeal into a bath of warm water and let your dog soak. Dogs with skin allergies, infections, and other diseases that cause itchiness have been shown to gain immediate relief with this approach. 

  • Epsom Salt Bath for Dogs' Wounds (Not Open) A bath consisting of Epsom salt and warm water can help reduce the swelling and the healing time, especially when combined with prescribed antibiotics and veterinary supervision. Be sure that your pet does not ingest Epsom salt. Also, do not bathe your pet in Epsom salt if there are open wounds. If soaking your dog in an Epsom salt bath twice a day for five minutes isn't convenient or practical, a homemade heat pack using a clean towel drenched in the same warm-water solution can be applied for a similar effect.

Fortunately, you have lots of options when trying to help your dog’s skin allergies. Consult your vet to see if further treatment is needed, but even so, all of the above solutions will provide Fido with some comfort as he heals. We hope this article helps you care for your best friend in ways that we're 100% sure your pup will appreciate.

Rhiz Manalo is the Managing Partner to CentrAsia Tours a Central Asia Tourism Agency, Co-Founder, and Managing Partner of The White Dog Collective experts in corporate and SMB digitization. He is a seasoned Digital Marketer, a prolific Blogger, career-driven Systems Architect, creative Web Designer, and a loving father to a beautiful 7-year-old girl whom he misses so much!

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