Treating allergies in dogs, DIY at home

Allergies in dogs are of various types, and symptoms can vary due to a wide array of factors. However, one thing that we can agree on is that in the course of experiencing allergies, dogs suffer a great deal. To help with this, we’ve come up with a concise list of allergies; their causes, symptoms, and how we can embark on treating allergies in dogs. Take a look below:

Skin Allergies

Skin allergies are by far the most typical type of allergies that can affect dogs. In general, there are three types of skin allergies in dogs

  • Flea allergies
  • Environmental irritant
  • Food allergies


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The flea allergy is an allergic reaction that occurs due to bites from fleas (as the name goes). Some dogs are allergic to the saliva of fleas, and they become very itchy when they contact if the itch is usually concentrated at the base of the tail and it is possible for the dog’s body to become red, scabbed, and inflamed. You can even see flea signs like flea dirt, or even the fleas themselves.

Itchy skin can also be caused by food allergies. Dogs with food allergies are known to itch their ears and paws the most.

Dust, mold, pollen, and much more are environmental allergens. They can cause atopic reactions. These allergens are usually seasonal, so your dog might only itch during certain seasons of the year. Most dogs infected by environmental allergens also mostly itch their ears and paws, but other areas include wrists, muzzles, between the toes, and around the eyes.

The risk of secondary infection is a constant threat when dealing with skin allergies. The more your dog scratches, bites, and licks the skin, the more it risks opening the skin to bacterial infection. When this happens, treatment will be a wise option.

Food Allergies

Food allergies might not be as common as we think. True food allergies cause immune responses, ranging from skin conditions (such as swelling, itchiness, and hives), gastrointestinal reactions (diarrhea and vomiting) or maybe even both at the same time.

Most times, people mistake food sensitivities for food allergies. Making it even hard treating allergies in dogs, However, unlike true food allergies, food sensitivities don’t involve immune responses. Instead, they are gradual responses to unfamiliar or offending ingredients in a dog’s meal.


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Several symptoms of dogs with food sensitivities include gastrointestinal signs or dermatological signs (such as poor skin or coat, chronic foot or ear infections)

Beware of Acute Allergic Reactions!

These reactions are usually very alarming. Dogs can go into anaphylactic shock if an allergen provides a very severe effect (just like humans). If not treated, this can prove to be very fatal.

Treating Allergies in Dogs

Avoidance is the best way to treat an allergy in a dog. However, it’s understandable that this may not always be possible. Regardless, your treatment method depends on the allergy your dog has.

For food allergies, you can get Corticosteroids to reduce swelling and Antihistamines to reduce itching. In order to easily determine the offending ingredient, make sure to complete the elimination diet before these meds are applied. You can also see a few skin infections, but the problem can be combated by Antibiotics.

Skin allergies will require medical treatment. However, you can abate the problem by giving your dog a cold bath with Epsom salt or baking soda. Add oatmeal to 2 quarts of water and let it boil for 10 minutes. Once it cools, strain the solid oatmeal out. After bathing your pet, rinse it with the remaining liquid from the mixture. You can also give a little comfort by adding diluted apple cider vinegar, but make sure to apply it using a soft towel.

Olive oil can also help dogs cope better with allergies. You can put a few tablespoons of olive oil in your dog’s food and it should be fine

Apart from necessary lifestyle changes, you can also get a prescription that will help you deal with an allergy from a vet.

8 Replies to “Treating allergies in dogs, DIY at home”

  1. John

    As an avid dog lover, I thank you for the well researched and structured information.

    I am asking about this – “Olive oil can also help dogs cope better with allergies. You can put a few tablespoons of olive oil in your dog’s food and it should be fine”

    Is this a prevention technique or only used when they actually have the allergy?

    1. Pet Locality

      Hi John yes olive oil is beneficial to the dog not just for allergy related issues but also general health benefits and yes it can act as both prevention and during allergy times!Thank you

      Take care Mercy!

  2. Brandon

    I agree; avoidance is always the best way to do things but often times doesn’t work. I do not have a dog right now but am on the lookout for one. At the moment I’m looking for the type of breed that I will like the most before just going to the shop and getting any kind. What would you recommend as a good family dog? Cheers for the help.

    1. Pet Locality

      Hi, thank you for stepping by we have so many types of dog breeds and will tackle that soon, but just for your case i can give you atleast two.
      If you are looking for Alert Independent,Very smart easy to respond and social Dog go for Brittany, while for quiet,rare barking and easydog go for Bulldogs.Bulldogs are very good with children also. Hope this gives you a starter!
      Thank you
      Take care Mercy

  3. Dwight

    I enjoyed your article because I have two Labradors and the boy seems to have an allergic reaction on his tail. We try to treat it with blue lotion but it always seems to come back. We thought is was a flea allergy but its outlasted flea season. Any Suggestions ?


    1. Pet Locality

      Hi Dwight,
      I know Allergy can be sometime disturbing especially when its too hard to eliminate it, sometimes we spend too much on allergy only to realize we needed just a cheaper way or formula to deal with it,Have you tried the DIY method i mentioned in the article?Dog Allergy Its very easy and cheaper kindly check.
      Thank you
      Take care Mercy


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