Baths Can Help Dogs with Allergies
Keeping your dog clean will keep them happy and healthy.
Just like humans, dogs can be susceptible to allergies. The most common dog allergies come from Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) and different environmental factors. If these allergic reactions are extreme or your dog seems to be suffering, it's important to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. But, there are things that you can do to prevent and remedy mild cases of allergic reactions. The best solution: proper grooming.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is a condition that afflicts a high percentage of the canine community. FAD isn't something that comes from being infested with a high number of fleas. In fact, FAD can cause long periods of miserable itching and scratching across the body from just one or two fleas! The strange thing about this condition is that it doesn't come from flea bites, but from their saliva.
61 percent dogs show signs of flea allergy dermatitis from ages 1-3. The signs to look for include:
- Excessive scratching
- Excessive chewing
- Excessive licking
Unfortunately, many dog owners write this behavior off and never think twice about it. However, this is not the proper protocol. Because dogs can't speak, these are the signs that dog owners must look for to prevent further complications.
If left untreated, flea allergy dermatitis can lead to a number of different problems, the most common being recurrent tapeworm infestations. This happens because when dogs chew and lick themselves for relief, they often ingest the fleas that cause tapeworm.
Pollen is one of many environmental factors that can trigger allergies.
In addition to flea allergy dermatitis, there are a variety of environmental factors that can irritate your dog's allergies.
- Outdoor allergens often include ragweed, grass, and pollen
- Indoor allergens often include mold, dust mites, and cleaning chemicals
As we all know, dogs love to roll around and lie down on all types of surfaces. Unfortunately, this can cause irritation to their skin (which may cause ingestion because of licking), or these elements could get trapped in the fur causing constant allergic irritation.
Bath Time Is the Answer!
Both flea allergy dermatitis and environmental allergens are something that can be contained and remedied. The best way to do this is by giving your pup a regular bath. Baths help to soothe your dog's skin by getting rid of the irritating effects of these different elements. Also, baths help to keep fleas away because fleas prefer dirty fur to clean fur.
When choosing your dog's shampoo, it's important that you use a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs. Human shampoos cannot be used because there are different pH levels, and this could damage your dog's fur and skin.
The Booster Bath is the ultimate grooming tool.
In addition to the proper shampoo, it's also important to have a bath that is specifically designed for a dog. Using the indoor bath may not be the best idea because a dog's fur could shed and clog the drain.
Making sure that your pet is clean is the first step towards making sure that he is healthy and happy.
By: Tim Snyder