Sunday, April 3, 2011

Home Remedies for Dog Allergies




Our beloved canines are prone to allergies just like their owners. There are various things which cause allergies in dogs. It could be the food they are eating, the products being used in them, grass, pollen, dust and many more. It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that their dogs get the proper care they deserve. After all, they are members of the family. Some people rush to the veterinarian when they see that their dogs have allergies. There is really no need for that unless the case is very severe. Here are some great home remedies for dog allergies which cost little to no money. All of these ingredients can be found in your household.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider is very useful when it comes to treating dog allergies. It can be a very good aid for scratching and itching. All you need to do is to mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and use this as your dog’s bath. Just make sure to rinse after. Aside from using it as a bath, it can also be used as a spray. Just put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on your dog when it starts to scratch. If you do not like giving your dog a bath or spraying your dog with apple cider vinegar, you can just add it to your dog’s drinking water. For every 50-pound dog, you should add two teaspoons of vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is indeed valuable for dogs, it will help get rid of dog allergies, give your dog a shiny and beautiful coat and it will also help promote health.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is very helpful for dog allergies. If you look at the shampoos dogs sold today, you will see that most of them contain oatmeal. Oatmeal will not only soothe dog allergies, this will also moisturize the skin and create a protective coating. Making an oatmeal bath is quite easy. Put uncooked and unflavored oatmeal in a blender until it reaches a consistency which is similar to powder. Fill the tub with lukewarm water and dissolve the oatmeal powder in it. Make sure that the water reaches the chest of your dog. Soak your dog in the oatmeal bath for a quarter of an hour. Remember not to rinse the dog after the bath.

Epsom Salt
If dogs suffer from dog allergies, it is very likely that the dog will have sores and wounds because they continue to scratch until they feel relieved. Epsom salt can help treat itching. What you need to remember is Epsom salt should not be ingested by your dog. What you can do is soak parts of your dog which are itchy. Mix half a cup of Epsom salt with a gallon of water and then soak your dog’s paws or tail for about 10 minutes. Do this at least twice a day until the wounds are healed.

Baking Soda
This is also a very effective remedy for itching. All you need to do is make a paste using baking soda and water and then apply it to the area where your dog itches. This is very effective for insect bites.

Aspirin
Aspirin solutions can be a quick relief to dogs which are continuously itching because of dog allergies. All you need to do is to dissolve two aspirin tablets in one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Mix and allow the solution to cool. Clip the hair on the area which is affected and then apply the solution on the skin using a cotton ball.

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