Your Dog's Skin

Allergies

Providing Relief

What's going on?

Scratching, chewing, rashes, recurrent ear infections and damaged skin are all signs that your dog may have allergies.

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, household or garden chemicals
  • External Parasites: flea, mosquitoes, ticks
  • Food: protein sources 

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

Canine Atopic Dermatitis (CAD) is an allergy to environmental allergens. It's a common disease that affects 10% to 15% of dogs. Some breeds are predisposed to Canine Atopic Dermatitis such as West Highland White Terriers, Lhasa Apso, English and Irish Setters, Retrievers, Boxer, Bulldogs, and Dalmatians. 

The skin barrier is essential to help protect the body from allergens. DOUXO®  can help you care for your dog and restore its skin barrier.

Signs

The main symptom of allergies is skin irritation. Dogs with allergies are itchy and often chew on their feet, rub their faces on the carpet or furniture, or scratch their sides and belly reddening the skin.

They are also prone to ear infections. Chronic reddened and dirty ears or even repetitive ear infections may be a sign your pet has allergies.

Secondary bacterial infections of the skin are common as scratching and licking can contaminate the damaged skin barrier. That's why it's essential to clean and care for the skin between flare-ups with DOUXO®

6 Tips to Soothe Allergies

Providing relief from the itch and irritation, and to help restore a healthy skin barrier ecosystem are the main goals of topical therapy.  

  1. Consult your veterinarian to identify and treat the problem.                                                                                                                                                  
  2. Help control the skin condition by using a high-quality shampoo, mousse or micro-emulsion spray to help soothe the irritation and to help restore the skin barrier's ecosystem.
  3. Regularly groom and brush your dog and clean skin folds, ears and between the toes.  Rinse with fresh water after a swim.
  4. Keep your pet free from external parasites by using a high-quality product such as Vectra 3D® to repel and kill fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other external parasites.  
  5. Feed your pet a high-quality, balanced diet. Supplement with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals if and as recommended by your veterinarian. Sometimes, your veterinarian may prescribe a special hypoallergenic diet.
  6. Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to monitor your dog's skin condition. Use the scorecard below to monitor your dog's improvements. Download the scorecard here!

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DOUXO® Calm