Home Remedies for Dog Allergies

By Glyn Sheridan


Like humans, dogs can develop allergies to various substances, including flea bites, feathers, dust, airborne chemicals and mold spores. An allergen may be inhaled or the dog may absorb it through direct contact with his skin. Sensitivity to certain foods may also trigger an allergic reaction.
Help your dog fight off allergies.


The most common allergic reaction is irritated and itchy skin and according to the "Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook," the dog must be exposed to a substance more than once before she will develop an allergy. The dog naturally scratches, licks or chews the itchy skin, often making the itch worse and possibly creating sores.
Soaking the dog in cool water may alleviate the immediate itch if the dog is agreeable. Alternately, wetting a clean washcloth with cool water and gently squeezing it over the dog's irritated skin may offer some relief.
Adding a handful of ground oatmeal to the dog's soaking water may ease some of the irritation and will provide a thin lubricant on the skin to keep it from drying out. Regular or quick-cooking oats may be used after grinding them to a fine powder in a blender or food processor.

Oral Remedies

Antihistamines, found in the pharmacy aisle of your grocery store, may be efficient in treating dog allergies. This medication counters the release of histamines, which are responsible for the itching and irritated skin. The "Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats," suggests a dosage of between 1 and 3 mg for every pound of dog weight, although your veterinarian can offer specific dosage advice.
Fatty acid supplements may also relieve a dog's irritated skin but the dosage will depend upon your veterinarian's recommendation. Since getting most dogs to swallow a pill can be trying, a fatty acid supplement capsule can be broken open and the contents mixed with the dog's food.

Environmental Remedies

When the allergen is removed from the dog's environment, his symptoms will decrease. This means keeping the dog indoors when airborne pollen is high, which is usually during early morning and evening hours. In addition, keep the dog's bed or crate spotlessly clean. Daily vacuuming will remove many allergens from carpeting and upholstery and weekly laundering the dog's bedding will help control dust mites.
Comments (13)
Aug 9, 2009 mike001
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Jul 1, 2010 Pretty_Baby
i had a German Short Haired Pointer, who had several different allergies. We eventually discovered all of them and were able to avoid all of the things that made him break out in a rash but when he was about a year old, he developed a rash on every inch of his body, the vet couldn't figure out what was going on, he started out with antibiotics and put a cone around his head and it turned out, the cone just made it worse because as we were unaware, he was allergic to plastic. Anyway after 4000.00 in vet bills, an ton of special care and our pointer almost dying, the vet told us to try different food because after he realized that he was allergic to the plastic, he connected the dots and he figured out he was allergic to his food as well. We switched him to lamb and rice (because lamb is hypo-allergenic to dogs) and he almost instantly came back around! It never occurred to any of us that he could all of the sudden, after a year, of being just fine with his food, that he would develop allergies to it but it happens and it could happen to you too so if you see any hint of an allergy attack, do yourself a favor and put him/her on lamb and rice right away! (:
Sep 29, 2010 Walker Lover
I have a 8 month old walker hound and she has had a rash almost the whole time ive had her she itches it all the time and it just iretates it wurse its on the inside of her leg i got her at five month old but im not sure what it is if anyone might know or have an idea i would apperciate it
May 7, 2011 Wren0809
I have a German Shepard Lab Mix with severe enviromental allergies. Its a very frustrating and expensive illness for your dog to have. Its ongoing & neverending. Our Girl is 7 years old & currently she just had an aural hematoma, oh yeah surgery! This was cause by trauma to her ear because she scratched/ shook her head or whatever reactions from the itchiness. This all due to her 4th ear infection in 2 years. She has constant skin infections. Jewel has gone through Allregen Testing, Immunotherapy, Steroids, Hydroxyzine, Fish Oil Supplements, Antibiotics, Twice a week bathing. She's a trooper. Shes still happy and Active. But Due to her Allergic reactions to the things that she is allergic to. She can't do the typical dog things, without undergoing a major wash down afterwards. Things like Hanging her head out the car window. Someone who has smoked a cigarette cannot touch her until their hands are washed. Imagine telling your guests to Wash their hands before they touch your Dog?! She cannot go swimming with out a bath after wards....seems redundant buts its not. Fetch the ball! Yeah! great dog owner activity. Nope. A dog with allergies is frustrating and heavy on the wallet.
May 7, 2011 Wren0809
The majority of Dog allergies are Not due to food.
Jul 21, 2011 PugLover13
I have a 6 year old pug that we just rescued from a very unhealthy home. We had him for about 3 months now. Moving into our new place he caught fleas and developed a really bad allergy on the bottom half of his body. We've tried everything, but he wont stop scratching. Please help us in this terrible time.
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