My dog’s have itchy skin- oh no!
As the owner of a Canine Spa Line with many a product to help relieve a dog’s itchy skin I am surprised when I see my two dogs (Maltese’s) scratching away. I immediately check their skin in hopes of finding a guilty flea. But only occasionally is a flea the culprit. Both dogs eat a very healthy diet from www.happydogfood.com , and of course the products they use from Happytails all have natural ingredients which are chosen specifically for skin soothing.
Granted, it’s summer, I take my dog’s hiking in the mountains every week, to the beach to play in the sand and sea water, to the dog park among other areas where environmental pollens can have their way with my four legged friends. Well, no wonder they are itching! Just like people, dogs can suffer seasonal skin allergies to environmental allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and insect bites, according to Dr. Karen Campbell, chief of specialty medicine at the University of in Urbana.
Allergic reactions occur when the immune system overreacts or responds inappropriately to an otherwise innocuous substance. Often there is no sign of allergy the first time an animal is exposed, but after that first exposure, the immune system builds up a reserve of antibodies to react to that particular allergen. The next time the animal encounters the same allergen, the immune system reacts strongly. Predisposition to skin allergies is inherited, and many breeds, such as terriers (which Maltese’s are), Dalmatians, golden retrievers, schnauzers, and poodles, are more prone to allergies. A key point to remember is this: There is no cure for allergies (I should know, I’ve been allergic to peanuts my whole life!) All we can do is:
1. avoid the food, material (like down pillows) or parasite that is triggering the immune response
2. feed our dogs a high quality diet
3. Bathe our dogs every week or as often as is necessary. Since environmental allergens are usually absorbed through the skin, weekly bathing can prevent itchiness , washing allergens away before they get a chance to penetrate the skin.
4. If an allergen cannot be washed away or avoided, fatty acid supplements in the diet can help reduce skin problems.
5. Or, just wait until summer is over and relief is in sight!