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Your Dog's Skin

Allergies

Providing rash relief

What's going on?

If your dog is scratching, chewing its paws, rubbing its head, suffers from rashes, recurrent ear infections or damaged skin, he may have an allergy.

Causes

Allergies are caused by an excessive reaction of the body to certain molecules ('allergens') that can come from a variety of sources, including:

  • environment: grass, pollen, dust mites, fabrics, chemicals
  • parasites: flea or mosquito bites,
  • food: food components and additives.

It can be quite a challenge for your vet to determine the allergen that is causing the problem.

Canine Atopic Dermatitis or CAD is the name of the disease caused by dog's allergy to environmental allergens. It's a common disease that concern 10% to 15% of the dogs. Some breeds are predisposed to Canine Atopic Dermatitis such as West Highland White Terriers, Lhassa Apso, English and Irish Setters, Retrievers, Boxer, Bulldogs and Dalmatians. 

The skin barrier is essential to protect the body from allergens and atopic dogs exhibit skin barrier defects. That's why it's essential to take care and protect their skin barrier. DOUXO®  can help you every day to take care of your dog and to restore its skin barrier.

Signs

The main symptoms of allergy are skin irritation. Allergic dogs are 'itchy' and also often chew on their feet, rub their faces on the carpet or furniture or scratch their sides and belly. The skin may be reddened.

They are also prone to ear infections. It can be the only sign: chronic red and dirty ears or even repetitive ear infections with pus. Itch remains a frequent sign.

Secondary bacterial infections of the skin are common as scratching and licking can contaminate the damaged skin barrier. And in dogs, as in atopic children, we clearly observe a skin flora imbalance during atopic flares. That's why it's essential to clean and care the skin between flares with DOUXO® skin care solutions.

6 tips to soothe allergies

Providing relief of the irritation and restoring a healthy skin barrier ecosystem are the main goals of supportive care.

  1. Consult your veterinarian to identify the problem and treat any underlying condition. Remedies will depend on the diagnosis.
  2. Help control the skin condition by using a high quality shampoo, mousse or micro-emulsion spray to soothe the irritation and to restore the skin's ecosystem. Choose special formulas for irritated, itchy and sensitive skins.
  3. Rinse your pet with fresh water after walking in high grass or after a swim. 
  4. Feed your pet a high-quality, balanced diet.Supplement with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals if and as recommended by your vet. Sometimes, your vet may prescribe a special hypoallergenic diet.
  5. Keep your pet free from parasites: treat against fleas, ticks and worms on a regular basis.
  6. Schedule regular check-up consultations with your veterinarian to watch your dog's skin condition. You can also send pictures of your dog to show the evolution.

We recommend :

DOUXO® Calm