Dog Skin Conditions: Allergies

The cause, skin-related symptoms, and treatment of canine allergies.

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Atopy 

Flea allergy dermatitis

Photos courtesy David A. Senter, DVM

Cause: Inhaled substances such as dust mites and pollens (atopy or allergic inhalant dermatitis, an inherited condition); flea saliva (flea allergy dermatitis); contact with or ingestion of a triggering substance, including food ingredients. 

Symptoms: Itching (often severe); skin rashes ranging from slight reddening to generalized inflammation with assorted bumps, pimples, and welt-like lesions; persistent ear infections. Secondary infections by bacteria and yeasts are common.

Treatment: Allergen avoidance, flea control, antihistamines, corticosteroids (“cortisone”), cyclosporine, and hyposensitization (“allergy shots”). Antibiotics and anti-yeast medications are used to treat secondary infections. Often a combination of therapies produces the best results.

Disclaimer: DogChannel.com’s Dog Skin Conditions are intended for educational purposes only. They are not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your dog’s ailment. If you notice changes in your dog’s health or behavior, please take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

12/15/2012 11:13:03 AM

Good information. thanks

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TAMMY   BEULAVILLE, NC

11/10/2011 11:57:15 PM

I AM A OWNER OF A schnauzer (MALE) HE HAS AN OPEN SORE ON HIS LOWER BACK THAT HE BITES AND LICKS AT ALL THE TIME. MY DAUGHTER IS TAKING CARE OF HIM FOR ME AT THIS TIME, DO U HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW I CAN TREAT THIS.. WHAT I CAN BUY. I AM REALLY WORRIED ABOUT HIM.. HE DOESNT ACT LIKE HE IS IN PAIN, PLAYFUL, EATS WELL, USES RESTROOM REGULAR.

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Stephen   Highland Park, IL

2/12/2011 9:08:36 AM

While Flea Issues are the first considerations when it comes to Canine Skin Issues .. Today's Flea Products do a good job, leaving the majority of the remaining Skin Issues the result of
Allergies.

While most PET Parents move to special FOODs in an attemt to mitigate constant itching, biting, scratching, Ear & Skin issues, with the belief that these symptoms are FOOD allergy driven, reseach indicates that 85% of All Allergy in Canine's are the result of Grass / Tree / Weed Pollen, Mite & Mold Allergy
Sources.

So regardless of which FOOD is chosen, they do nothing to address, treat the ture Source of allergy .. namely
Enviro's.

Thus said ...


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Donna   Humble, TX

1/4/2011 5:34:09 PM

I have a two year old rott, Dante', she has dandur , thinning of her hair and I dont know what to do. I give her brewers yeast , could that be a problem ?

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