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Dog Allergic Skin Reactions

Aardora helps speed healing in three ways. First, Aardora's unique moisturizers soothe itch, irritation, redness and swelling to deter the over-scratching of tender dermatitis rashes. Second, Aardora serves as an antimicrobial dressing in order to protect your dog's damaged skin from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from your dog's skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.

Dog Allergic Skin Reactions & Common Causes:

Although people mostly worry about human allergies towards pets, it is not uncommon for pets to develop allergies of their own.

Allergic skin reactions, also referred to as contact dermatitis, occurs in dogs that have a hypersensitivity to certain substances in their daily environment. These substances may include vaccinations, antibiotics, a particular food, specific metal, a household material such as carpet wool or a room deodorizer.

Additionally, dogs may develop irritant contact dermatitis as a reaction to exposure to toxins such as household cleaners, fertilizers, road salt or other acidic substances.

Common Symptoms:

After an allergic skin reaction, your dog’s skin will appear itchy, inflamed, red and moist (from licking.) Bothersome welts might develop up in different areas of the skin surface, and in more severe cases, your pet’s face or eyes will appear swollen. Areas that are most likely to show symptoms are the backs of the paws, the abdomen, face and lips; these are also the areas that most likely rubbed against an irritating substance on the ground. In addition to itchy skin, your dog’s rash areas might be sparsely-haired from over-scratching and over-licking, and they may have small red bumps or blisters. If this is the case, treat your pet's skin immediately and make efforts to deter their access to the wound site by using a muzzle or cone. And, monitor your dog closely to make sure that the lesions are not expanding.

How to Care for a Dog with an Allergic Skin Reaction:

To relieve your dog’s discomfort, use a fast-acting and soothing topical cream to manage any itch, dry skin or redness.  A topical (surface) skin protectant, such as Aardora, will also lower your dog’s risk of infection, particularly if their skin is over-irritated. And, of course, treating your dog with an extra dose of TLC (tender loving care) will help him or her to heal more comfortably. Surround your dog with its favorite toys, pillows, etc.
After taking steps to make your pet more comfortable, your second goal should be to identify the potential allergens / irritants and remove them from your pet's environment. If the allergen is a common item (eg: wool, metal, wood, dust), then try keeping your pet in a sterile room of the house until their allergies subside and the wounds have healed. During the healing period, be wary of any lurking bacteria in your dog’s daily environment that may pose a risk for infecting the rash. Serve your dog’s food and water from stainless steel dishes that are washed daily, clean your pet's bedding, use a hypoallergenic shampoo on your pet's fur and, if possible, restrict outdoor playtime to paved surfaces that are free from grass, flowers and other potential allergens.

Additional Itchy Conditions to Know About:

Unfortunately, since many canine rashes, skin spots or areas of discomfort can look similar, it is very difficult to precisely diagnose your dog’s rash as an allergic skin reaction. A dog can develop dry, dull or flaky skin in reaction to a malnourished diet, to over-bathing, under-brushing or to an irritating shampoo. Their skin can also become slightly irritated during regular seasonal shedding (exfoliation) and hyperkeratosis (the natural thickening of the skin.) In any of these cases, it is important to treat your dog's skin as soon as possible to prevent further irritation and degradation of the skin's surface. If your dog scratches, licks or bites these rashy areas, they can cause even worse redness, scaling and bald patches.

Here are some common classifications of dry skin and rash in dogs, as well as tell-tale symptoms to help you identify the condition. If your dog's coat appears to have dandruff-like flakes on it, this is most likely "scale," a condition resulting from the body's underproduction of keratin. If your dog's skin looks very greasy (with or without the presence of scales), your dog has most likely developed seborrhea (a type of dermatitis.) Seborrhea sicca (dry skin) and seborrhea oleosa (greasy skin) can be eliminated with consistent hygiene and the use of an intensive moisturizer.

Additional common skin irregularities include wheals (a raised area that is red or pale pink), dog skin macules (small flat circular red patches), dog skin papules (small red pimply bumps that are less than 1/2"), nodules (large elevated bumps) and Pustules (small raised pus-filled bumps.) If your dog has a more extensive rash (either a full-body rash or a rash that is interspersed with areas of normal skin), this could indicate a more serious problem and should be addressed by a veterinarian.

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