Wednesday 15 August 2007

Dog Allergy Medications

Dogs are prone to allergies - in almost everything they get in contact with, there are ingredients in food, elements in the air or just plain house dust that inevitably cause dog irritation. It is usually during the dog’s three to six years of age that these symptoms are typically noticed. It will be at most beneficial for both the dogs and their owners, to manage the onset of allergies before it aggravates, causing unspeakable misery and discomfort.

Fortunately, animal enthusiasts and veterinarians have come up with several ways to alleviate this. Various products have been formulated to be used to lessen or if possible resolve the problem of dog allergies in its various stages. For dog’s dermatological problems, the use of fatty acids in the form of a capsule has been widely practiced and tested. Specific products in this category are Doctors Foster and Smith’s 3V Caps, Vitacoat® Plus, Healthy Coat Allergy Tabs and Healthy Coat Omega-3 Gel Caps.

Various publications have reported the proven benefits of administering fatty acids in dog allergies situations. The list of positive effects are heartening – inflammation was inhibited, haircoat luster was restored, steroid dosage was possibly reduced and it synergizes well with antihistamines. It will take weeks to months of fatty acid intake before a significant improvement can be observed.

Ask Ariel’s Bioallergies Plus is another great product that can help dogs stop the torturing itch. This is considerably a safe product as it veers away from sedating elements or antihistamine solutions that can cause hyperstimulation. This products uses enzymes and botanicals that help tone down the body’s sensitivity to contact and airborne substances as well as food that brings about the allergic reaction.

Atopica from Novartis have recently been released as a suggested replacement against the widely used prednisone. This cyclosporine in oral form is considered a lot safer versus the negative side effects the steroids can bring to the dog’s immune system. Another option, though somewhat a bit expensive, is to give dogs some allergy shots. This works in a way that it will manually introduce the allergens into the dog’s body in acceptable amounts until it reaches the limit that the dog’s body has enabled itself to to be immuned to them.

Dr. Andrew Jones on the other hand, would like to shun the commercial products and offers a variety of alternative treatments at home for dog allergies. He espouses that a simple change in diet, improved practices in hygiene and awareness in outright allergies prevention is the key for the dogs life quality.

Not to be overlooked is to treat the problem from its roots – eliminate the cause. Frontline or Heartguard are some of best product to repel this irritating fleas. Antihistamine can also be administered if the dog starts sneezing or shows signs that it has inhaled allergies. This medication should be administered with the help of a veterinarian. Caring for one’s pet is a challenge. It is almost impossible to protect one’s dog from all the allergens that could be present in one’s environment. Frequent bathing and use of quality grooming products do not guarantee against allergies as allergens can also be absorbed through the dog’s skin. Bathing also easily dries out the dog’s skin, so frequency has to be noted as well as proper use of oils. Just ensure that with all these tasks of protecting and caring for one’s dog, one shouldn’t be amiss with the same care for the one’s self. Only a healthy caregiver can give proper care to a healthy dog.