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Allergy Solution for Dogs

Author: Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M., is a holistic veterinarian and nationally recognized expert on integrative medicine for animals.

Allergy Solution for Dogs: Natural and Conventional Therapies to Ease Discomfort and Enhance Your Dog's Quality of Life


The Allergy Solution for Dogs: Natural and Traditional Therapies to Ease Discomfort and Enhance Your Dog's Quality of Life

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Consider Medicated Shampoos and Conditioners

Your veterinarian may recommend other types of shampoos for your dog. For an allergic pet that does not respond to the mild hypoallergenic shampoos, you can use a medicated shampoo and/or leave-on conditioner to decrease his itching. These are basically hypoallergenic products that contain topical anesthetics, antihistamines, or corticosteroids. Obviously, when we're trying to find a natural approach to treating itching, we'd prefer not to use medicated products. However, using a topical product containing medication such as antihistamines or corticosteroids is preferable to using these drugs orally or by injection. If your dog requires such a product and the product decreases the itching without the use of oral medications, seriously consider such an approach. Anything we can do to decrease the need for oral or injected drugs is important.

Other types of medicated shampoos and conditioners include those designed for pets with infections. Since so many allergic dogs have skin infections, you might need to use these products for short-term treatment.

While frequent hypoallergenic shampooing and conditioning are an extremely important part -- maybe the most important part -- of the treatment of the itchy dog, the majority of pets do not improve with shampooing and conditioning alone. You should use these topical applications as one part of your pet's treatment. When combined with nutritional supplements, feeding a natural diet, and other complementary therapies, shampooing and conditioning can be quite effective in removing foreign proteins from the skin and coat of the dog, relieving itching, and assisting the skin in healing.

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