Dog allergy is something that triggers the infection in order to made the bacteria to settle down in the pores. Pollens, grass seed, fertilizer, or other allergens can act as the trigger for dog allergy. This results in the symptoms of itchy abdomen, feet and ears. Once skin inflammation is noticed, there will be infestation of staphylococcus infection.
An antibiotic is usually prescribed to treat the infection and once the primary cause of the infection is identified the risk of infection is greatly reduced.
If your dog has an allergy to the Staph bacteria. Then it is called Staph allergy or Staph hypersensitivity.
When Staph hypersensitivity is treated, the skin lesions will return within a few days or weeks.
While the differentiation between Staph dermatitis and Staph hypersensitivity is based largely on recurrence, it is crucial that treatment be continued long enough. A course of antibiotics for a month or more is usually recommended. If not, there will be some confusion as to a Staph Infection or Hypersensitivity.
Using a medicated shampoo such as Chlorhexiderm shampoo (4% active ingredient) will stop the spread of the disease. ALWAYS use cool water (not cold) to bathe the dog.
Be sure your dog is kept in a ‘clean’ indoor environment, since allergies to away from irritating cleaners, carpets, or other possible causes of an allergen.
A walk through the grass outdoors can contribute if there are chemicals on the grass, salt on the streets, or even the type of grass/weeds the dog encounters.
FOOD is one of the most common causes of yeast infections and diet modification is something that may have been tried to relieve your dogs itching.
Many of the most experienced vets seem to forget the simplicity of diet when controlling allergies.
You can prepare a simple diet of FISH, sweet and white potato diet very easily and see if food is contributing to the problem.
Even ‘prescription diet foods’ can cause problems, so I have found it easier to control the ‘food’ by preparing their meal myself. Its much easier than it sounds.
Frozen fish (like flounder) sweet potatoes and white potatoes are easily bought at the grocers, and there are NO additives or fillers to contend with. I have one ‘patient pooch’ one a strict fish and potato diet that who LOVES his food now and refused prescription food.
“Allergy shots” usually comprise of Staph bacterin which is a solution of killed Staph bacteria. Your vet can teach you to do in just a few minutes. If you cannot administer the shots, the vet staff can do the injections for you on a regular basis.
If your dog does not respond to the Staph Bacterim, he will have to be treated periodically with oral antibiotics and medicated baths. The antibiotics used will have to be changed periodically, since the dogs system will develop a resistance to them and again dog allergy would be recurring.
If your dog has been on steroids, and other meds, you cannot just stop steroids abruptly. Talk to your vet if you decide to remove him from steriods.
There are nature ways to enhance his immune system too. One of the best sources is conferring with a holistic vet in your area.
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