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Tips for managing itchy skin allergies in dogs & cats - 4aPet

Tips for managing itchy skin allergies in dogs & cats

Dogs and cats can be allergic to many things in their environments. Food allergies and dry skin are two of the most common, but environmental allergies, parasites and genetic conditions can also cause itching.

Pet skin and itching allergies can be treated and managed easily

Dogs and cats can be allergic to many things in their environments. Food allergies and dry skin are two of the most common, but environmental allergies, parasites and genetic conditions can also cause itching.  

Tips to help your pets skin allergy

  • Use a flea repellent recommended by your vet to keep fleas and ticks under control. It takes only one flea to cause a reaction in an allergic pet!
  • Feed your pet high quality food or an all natural diet without preservatives, additives and colourants
  • Avoid making sudden changes to your pet’s diet. Gradually introduce new foods and then monitor what effect they have on your pet
  • Include omega-3 fatty acid supplements or add sunflower or olive oil to your pet’s diet – helps to reduce itching and inflammation
  • Make sure that your pet’s coat is clean by bathing him when necessary with a soothing shampoo
  • Bathe your pet in oatmeal or Epsom salts to relieve itching
  • Use products specifically prescribed for your pet’s skin type and avoid using human and over-the-counter products
  • Make sure that pets with long haired coats are clipped or shaved to make bathing easier
  • Brush your dog or cat’s coat daily to prevent matting and increase circulation
  • Avoid exposing your pet to allergens and irritants such as pollen, dust mites, chemicals, household detergents, pesticides or fertilizers
  • Keep your pet’s living area clean by disinfecting regularly

Is Benadryl safe for dogs?

Benadryl is a great medication for use in dogs with mild-to-moderate allergies. Seasonal allergies, food allergies, environmental allergies, and allergic reactions to snake and insect bites all respond to Benadryl in most cases. 

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