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Dog Allergies: Top 7 Ways To Stop The Itching Fast

By Dr. Andrew Jones

What’s causing your dog to do all that scratching, itching and excessive paw licking?

Dog Allergies:  Top 7 Ways To Stop The Itching Fast

Chances are the cause is allergies, but exactly to what? Is it to food, to grass, house dust mites…there literally are hundreds of allergens. Allergies show up in many ways, some pets can have runny eyes and sneezing, while others have serious recurring skin problems.

My one dog Jessie has some type of allergy which causes him to constantly lick at his groin, especially at night; this can be very frustrating to your dog and you as his owner. I personally feel bad for my dog Jessie, but I’ll also get frustrated as I hear him non- stop licking.

So what can you do?

First realize that if you have an allergic dog, you’re likely going to be dealing with some type of allergy symptoms your whole life, but you can make a big difference as to the frequency of signs, and how serious it is.

Here’s is what I suggest, and what has worked for my own dog.

1.Less Allergenic Food. Feed your dog a simple food that he is less likely to react to. I have found that a commercial diet of fish and sweet potato work very well, and with this there is less itching, and licking. Every dog is different, so you have to try different foods; there is not just ONE right food. But the principle is to think simple, minimal ingredients, avoid artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Try the new diet for 4 weeks.

2.Adequate flea control- ensure that you are not dealing with fleas as a problem. You can use a Natural flea spray that has cedarwood oil, and a safe holistic powder for putting in the cracks and crevices of your house called Borax.

3.Regular bathing- of your dog’s feet as he comes in from outside, and of your entire dog. I am giving my own allergic dog an oatmeal shampoo weekly. In the summer when his allergic signs are more common, I am bathing him twice a week. I have also found that by wiping his feet with a damp towel after he comes in from outside, there is far less itching and scratching.

4.Antihistamines- both natural and conventional. I have used Benadryl for big flare ups of his skin, dosing him at .5mg per lb ( I give 50lb Jessie 25mg of Benadryl at night), and I’ll do it twice a day if needed. Lately I have been trying Vitamin C which has some antihistamine qualities, and his itching is decreasing. The Vitamin C dose is 100mg per 10lbs twice daily.

5.Essential Fatty Acid supplements. IF your dog has allergies, he needs to be on these. I am using my supplement, Ultimate Canine Health Formula, which contains EFA’s in the form of flax oil. The omega 3 dose I suggest is 1000 mg per 10lbs daily- this works out to giving 1 tablespoon of flax per 50lbs daily to your dog.

6.Probiotics are increasingly being used for dogs with allergies. These beneficial bacteria play a role in normalizing the overactive immune system. You won’t see an instant response, but you may see some marked decrease in allergic signs after using probiotics for 4 weeks. I am using my supplements with lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, but you can dose lactobacillus at 1/4 capsule per 10 lbs of body weight twice daily.

7.The last increasingly used ingredient for allergies is colostrum. Research has found an ingredient known as praline-rich polypeptide (PRP) in bovine colostrum; it appears to be what is helping decrease the allergy symptoms. The colostrum dose for dogs with allergies varies based on the company; I advise giving ¼ of the human dose per 20lbs daily. My supplement, Ultimate Canine Health Formula contains bovine colostrum in adequate levels for your dog.

If you have an allergic dog, don’t despair, there are things that you can be doing to decreasing the itching, scratching, hair loss and constant licking. I encourage you to be systematic about this, going over my top 7 suggestions, and applying these to your dog. The allergies will not go away overnight, but you really will be able to dramatically improve the quality of your dog’s life.

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew J

P.S. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to help your dog’s allergies, I suggest you try my supplement, Dr Jones’ Ultimate Canine Health Formula. It contains essential fatty acids, probiotics, and colostrum, but more importantly it has helped thousands of dogs. See what it can do for your dog here: http://www.thedogsupplement.com

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6 Responses to “Dog Allergies: Top 7 Ways To Stop The Itching Fast”


  1. Patricia Says:
    November 16th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    i just wanted to add to these solutions
    that to add organic oatmeal to thier diet is very good for a dog that is having problems
    it has properties to draw the toxins out of the system and dogs love it…
    also there is the real unpasturized yogurt

  2. Jane Says:
    November 17th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I too have had to deal with a dog with major allergies. I have now figured out that my dog is allergic to Beef, Lamb, Wheat and Potato’s. My dog comes to work with me so I have to be very careful that other people don’t share their lunches with him. I was feeding my dog dehydrated duck as a treat and so I discovered that a number of people at work went out and bought some for him. Next thing I knew, he was eating so much of this that he developed an allergy to duck as well. My question is, is it common for a dog to develop allergies to a food that he eats too much of? I feed my dog a kibble with wild salmon and oatmeal which he seems to do well on but am I risking him developing an allergy to this as well? I have discovered that when he starts scratching an area too much, I spray colloidal silver on the area and that seems to calm it down.

  3. Therese Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 6:19 am

    My dog was itching and scratching and I thought it was food allergies at first, but it turned out to be demodectic mange. Fortunately we managed to clear that up and she hasn’t itched since.

  4. Dr. Sulav Adhikari Says:
    November 29th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I AM HERE A VETERINARIAN. I WAS TAUGHT THAT DOG SHOULD NOT BE BATH REGULARLY AND THEY SHOULD GET BATH UNLESS GREASINESS ON SKIN AND HAIR APPEAR AND SLIGHT ODOR COME FROM DOGS BODY BUT YOU HAVE MENTION THAT I HAVE PRACTICE OF BATHING DOGS TWICE A WEEK.DOES NOT BATHING REGULARLY AFFECT THE SKIN COAT AND HAIRS OF DOGS?

  5. Irona Says:
    December 4th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My vets have always told me never to bathe my dog more than once a week since he has skin allergies. Not attacking you, Dr.Jones, just stating what I’ve been told by two different vets. It dries out his skin too much making the condition worse. He has a flea allergy. How convenient, huh? A dog allergic to fleas. Oh boy.

  6. Peter Says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    It would be nice to know exactly how long it takes for a pet to react to an allergin, and if some other symtom to the reaction other than itching could help zero in on the cause.

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