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How To Relieve The Symptoms Of Atopic Dermatitis In Your Dog

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If your dog is suffering from atopic dermatitis, you may be wondering what you can do to help your pet. Itching, scratching and watery eyes are typical symptoms of this condition and they can make your dog uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can help to alleviate these symptoms in your pet.

Avoid Allergens

While it may not be possible to completely avoid all allergens, there are a few things you can do to reduce exposure.

  1. Try to keep your dog out of the room when vacuuming to reduce exposure to house dust.
  2. Wash your pet's bedclothes in hot water and use plastic covers over the bed to reduce exposure to dust mites.
  3. Reduce your dog's exposure to pollen by keeping them out of fields, cutting your grass short and allowing your pet to stay indoors during pollen season.

Try Topical Treatments

While topical treatments do not offer a long-term solution they do provide effective short-term relief for your pet. Bathe your dog at least once every two weeks with colloidal oatmeal shampoo or hypoallergenic shampoo. Hydrocortisone shampoos can be used two times a week if the symptoms are very bad.

Hydrocortisone creams can be used in between your dog's toes and on their feet. However, to apply hydrocortisone to the abdomen and areas that contain less hair, you may find hydrocortisone spray easier to use.

You should take precaution to make sure your dog does not lick the areas that have been treated. It is best to plan ahead and get your dog involved in some activity immediately after applying hydrocortisone creams or sprays. This will provide a necessary distraction which will minimize the chances of your dog licking away the treatment.

Give Your Dog Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids that are made from fish oil work wonders for some dogs with atopic dermatitis.  This is because with regular intake it helps to reduce the amount of histamines that are released in response to allergens your dog comes in contact with. You will need to give your pet an omega-3 fatty acid supplement for several weeks before you can expect to see a difference.

It can be frustrating to have your pet suffer through allergies. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the discomfort associated with atopic dermatitis. Most dogs will find relief in the treatments and precautions listed above once they are used on a consistent basis. Talk to a local vet for more information.