Our beagle Hunter use to have
trouble with allergies during the
summer. I never thought that
dogs would have allergies, but
our dog would get them often.
Dr Dr. Patrick Tate, chief of the veterinary staff
and a general practitioner at Webster Groves Animal Hospital
answered a question from a reader this week about allergies.
- Bathe your pet frequently with a good pet shampoo that supports healthy skin. If a dog’s skin is dry or irritated there is more sloughing of dead skin cells (dander). I often recommend Allergroom and Epi-Soothe by Virbac Animal Health people have found special “allergen neutralizing” shampoos like Allersearch Pet Shampoo to be helpful. Do not use human shampoos or conditioners on pets – they are usually too acidic and contain irritating additives.
- Brush your pet frequently to remove loose dander and hair that hold allergens. Always do the brushing outside and wear a face mask. If you are allergic. Furminator deshedding tools and products are invaluable aids and well-worth the price.
To help reduce allergens in your house:
- Designate some pet-free rooms – especially the bedroom. As much as you may love to sleep with your pet, if you have pet allergies it can be especially harmful to breathe allergen-filled dander during the night.
- Designate some pet-free furniture – or cover couches, chairs, and beds with “throws” that can be easily washed. Use a special laundry detergent like Allersearch Anti-Allergen Wash that is designed to destroy most allergens. Leather or vinyl furniture is easier to keep allergen-free.
Some suggestions, I couldn’t do such as special clothing
that you only wear when you play with your beagle. While we
do designate some dog free areas, its not easy because our
female beagle is a big part of our family.
When we brush our dog we do it outside. This way the
dog hair isn’t in the house. The does cut down on the dander.
You do need to be careful using certain pet carpet fresheners,
as they can irritate your beagle’s skin.
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