Every so often, I get questions about allergies. All sorts of things can cause allergies, from food to stress to environmental factors. To figure out what’s causing your dog’s allergies, you need to talk to your vet.
However, to manage allergies, there are some things you can do.
1. Obviously, if you can cut out whatever’s causing the allergies — do so!
2. Benedryl. Benedryl only works on 30% of dogs, but if your dog is itchy (and you know it’s not fleas!), try it! Give a dose appropriate to your dog’s weight. Cash, my 110 pound shepherd, gets an adult dose. Lily, my 60 pound pit, gets a child’s dose.
3. Honey. Cash got 1/4 tsp of locally grown honey with his meals every day for 2 months to help him become immune to his pollen allergy. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. Note, however, the TINY amount — and my holistic vet did warn me that if it made him itchier, I needed to cut back!
4. Fish oil. This actually helps moisturize their skin and coats. Dry skin can cause itching.
5. Baths. If your dog has an environmental allergy, more baths can often help! Make sure you use a hypoallergenic shampoo. (You might have to look around for one that really helps; there are only two that work for Cash!) You might also add fish oil to their diet, if you’re bathing them often, as bathing will dry out their skin!
Not sure if your dog has allergies? Check their bellies and the insides of their ears. You shouldn’t see speckles (a sign of flea bites), but rather a general pinkness to the skin. Most dogs have little to no pink tone to their skin, instead having a very white or slightly brown look. Pink is usually a sign of inflammation!