Does your dog suffer from weepy eyes, scratch a lot, obsess about licking, chew himself, sneeze or persistently rub his face? These are all symptoms that likely indicate an allergy.
Loss of hair from scratching, rashes, greasy coats, and an off-smell can also accompany the indicators above.
You know your dog has a problem, but what can you do about it?
One of my dogs, Shandy, certainly used to have most of those problems. In fact, he scratched his face til it started to bleed, and he licked his paws to the point where he got open sores and I had to put an e-collar on him 24/7 unless I was watching him. Poor kid, I felt so bad for him.
THEN… I found a three-step solution that I’d love to share with you. It turned my dog around from being an itchy, gooby-eyed, inflamed-skinned, face-scratching, compulsive-licker into a normal, bright-eyed and bushy tailed dog again.
It’s important to watch closely as the allergy season approaches and to start on the routine at the VERY first sign of allergies.
The routien must be adhered to in order to work well. Thankfully, it’s really not that difficult.
1. Homeopathy. If you haven’t heard of it or don’t know how to use it, google it. There’s a plethora of information about it. Find a homeopathic remedy for allergies. The one that I use is Hyland’s Hayfever.
I give one dose 1st thing in the morning an hour before his breakfast, and another dose last thing before bed. (No eating or drinking for an hour before or after homeopathics for best results.)
2. Weekly bathing is a must. Allergens collect on the dog’s coat and must be cleaned off regularly or they will greatly contribute to your dogs discomfort. In particular the legs, paws, and face will collect pollens from walking through and snuffling in the grasses and weeds.
Use a good quality, soothing shampoo.
3. It’s useful to check the pollen report to see what the expected levels are in your area. It varies by day, and in general the pollen is higher on sunny and windy days. Pollen also tends to be greater from mid morning until mid afternoon. So on days when the level is expected to be high, you may consider going for an early or a later walk and keeping him indoors during the worst part of the day.
One more bonus tip for you:
A healthy pet starts from the inside. Use a good quality food and minimize pro-inflammatory type foods which are mainly starches (such as corn, wheat & rice).
Hope this helps YOU turn your dog back into his smiley self again!