Archive for the 'skin conditions/allergies' Category

posted by CairnsRule

How to Give Your Dog a Bath

May 25, 2010

A clean and happy dog will translate to a house that doesn’t look like the inside of a trash can. What you want to do, initially, is to gather your supplies (shampoo, supplies, a washcloth and a cup). Once you have everything gathered up, it’s time to give that dog a bath. Before you start, close the door to the bathroom to thwart any escape attempts.

~Brush your dog

~Add dog to bath tub

~Turn on the water and wet your dog

~Rub in a shampoo *If your dog has skin problems, be sure to use medicated dog shampoo

~Rinse and repeat if necessary

~Wash the face last

~Prepare for the shake, and then dry thoroughly

After you give a dog a bath, he may go nuts, so expect a sudden burst of crazy running and rolling. Keep him inside and out of drafts until he’s completely dry.

posted by CairnsRule

Coping with Dog Skin Conditions

March 12, 2010

While not a predictable trait of a breed, some dogs have sensitive skin or skin allergies. For dogs that do have skin issues, it’s important to be aware of what products are okay and what products to avoid. Canines suffering from dog skin conditions often require special dog food. The ingredients in regular dog food can cause skin irritation including flaking, redness, and itching. For the most part, organic food is a safe bet, but it’s best to consult a veterinarian beforehand on which foods are okay to purchase. When it comes to baths, dogs with sensitive skin also need special dog shampoo. There are numerous dog shampoos that contain fewer harsh chemicals and cleansing agents, and also contain moisturizers to enrich the skin. There are several dog shampoo products that feature actual labels stating “for dogs with sensitive skin” so choosing the right dog shampoo is a cinch.

Dogs with sensitive skin should also avoid extensive exposure to the water, and should be washed off after swimming. If the dog starts biting or scratching at the sensitive area of the skin often, consult a veterinarian.

posted by CairnsRule

Dogs with Sensitive Skin

January 28, 2010

Millions of dogs are born with sensitive skin, and in most cases, this is due to dog skin allergies. When a dog has allergies, it’s important to be careful about the food they eat. There are a number of foods that are designed for dogs with sensitive skin that won’t aggravate their allergies, and also lots of dog skin care products that can treat irritated skin areas. Noticing if a dog has sensitive skin isn’t all that difficult. You should look for itchy, dry, or red areas. You might also notice dandruff and flakes of skin on the skin. If this is the case, it’s best to consult a veterinarian about the appropriate course of action.

In most cases, treating dogs with sensitive skin is as easy as indentifying it. You just need to purchase different dog food, and avoid certain foods that can be harmful. You should also make sure there’s nothing in your yard that the dog could be eating that is making their skin break out; ie, mushrooms, plants, feces, etc.

posted by CairnsRule

Dry Skin: A Potential Allergy Symptom

September 15, 2009

Veterinarians across the Midwest and the Great Plains states have been witnessing a spike in dog allergies this season, according to a number of local news sources. As fall kicks into high gear, mold and dust remain a problem; it’s ragweed, however, that represents the likeliest culprit. While humans have the ability to avoid potential allergens, dogs are up close and personal with those irritants.

Dog dry skin is a telltale sign of irritation due to allergies. Canines will often lick their feet and other sore spots when they are suffering from these allergies. As a conscientious cairn terrier owner, you should recognize these symptoms swiftly and take immediate action. Try treating your dog with specialized shampoo designed to alleviate dry skin and cool down allergy irritation.

posted by CairnsRule

All That Itching Could Be a Sign

July 27, 2009

Dogs are just as susceptible to airborne allergens as humans, but they demonstrate very different symptoms. Inhalant allergies won’t cause your dog to sniffle and sneeze; instead the effects will show up in the form of pet skin problems. Pollen, mold and dust mites are just a few triggers that can cause a dog to scratch, bite and chew at its feet and flanks. If left unattended, the skin can become infected and lead to greater problems down the road.

Numerous forms of treatment are available for dogs with allergies. Sometimes the issue can be alleviated through the use of a simple medicated shampoo. In other, more severe cases, allergy shots may be the best bet. These shots require patience as they are slow to work, but they have been proven safe and effective. In extreme circumstances, consider putting your dog on antihistamines. These medications relieve allergic reactions, but they sometimes produce a sedative side effect.

posted by CairnsRule

Keeping the Right Medicine at Home

May 6, 2009

As my dog Poof-Poof gets a little older in age, I’m finding that his health is also declining.   He suffers from sore joints whenever we go out for walks and he finds that his best bet is to simply stay next to the fireplace – even when it’s not on.

Recently, a friend of mine recommended that I get Poof some pet medication to at least get him through the walks that he needs to take.   I’m glad I listened to my friend because for the last three weeks, Poof and I have been out and about and he doesn’t seem to be hurting any more!

posted by CairnsRule

What’s Causing Your Dog’s Allergies?

March 27, 2009

Pet owners must often deal with pets that have allergy issues. It’s not uncommon for many cats and dogs to be allergic to the ingredients in their food. This is especially true when owners feed their pets grocery store brand foods. These cheaply bought foods are often manufactured using fillers such as corn. But, what most pet owners don’t know is that dog skin allergies are in many cases caused by pet food fillers.

If you suspect that your dog or cat may be allergic to the food you are feeding them, you may want to switch to a higher quality food. Many of the pet foods found in specialty pet food shops are made with better quality ingredients than that of grocery stores brands. Many varieties exclude grains and chicken, the two foods that cause pet allergies. Give your pets better food – they deserve it!

posted by CairnsRule

Itchy Skin Warrants a Trip to the Vet

March 11, 2009

Allergies, insect bites and bacterial infections can cause itching and scratching on dogs.  You might see your dog licking and scratching his skin because it is irritated.  Go to the vet immediately if you notice dog itchy skin.  The vet can determine the cause of the irritation.

Some dogs are really allergic to pollen and dust.  That is why you need to keep their beds and play areas clean.  They can also be allergic to bee stings just like some humans are.  Fleas can also cause itching so you need to use the right shampoo to wash your dog’s fur.   Cleanliness is one way to prevent skin irritations among your pets.

posted by CairnsRule

Catch Skin Conditions Before TheyBecome Serious

February 25, 2009

Every dog owner should always make sure that his or her dog is healthy.  A regular check up is needed to ensure that nothing is wrong with your pet.  Sometimes, there are dog skin conditions that really need special attention from the vet. 

There are different dog skin conditions that can bother your dog.  Aside from the usual fleas and mites, your dog can suffer from allergies, dandruff and even sunburn.  They might suffer from blisters and fistulas as well.  As soon as you see your dog itching and scratching, check his skin.  If you see redness and irritation, go the vet at once.  It is better to catch any condition at the onset before it becomes more serious.

posted by peggyn

Food Allergies

January 7, 2009

You probably didn’t know that pets are just as likely as people to have food allergies. The most common type of food that dogs are allergic to is corn. If your pet has dry, flaking skin, lackluster fur, loose bowels, occasional vomiting or has scabbing around their muzzle then they might have a food allergy.
 
The first thing you can do is switch to a corn-free natural dog food. If that doesn’t clear up the symptoms then you should schedule your pet for a veterinary visit in order to determine the source of the allergy. If your child was allergic to milk products you probably wouldn’t serve them cheese every day. Your pet also does not deserve to be fed food that irritates his body and or digestive system.