Why Your Dog's Allergy Treatment Doesn't Work

If you suspect that you are allergic to dogs, see an allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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The sooner you receive veterinary care for your dog, the better his chances of a full recovery. Some dogs only have mild allergy type reactions to flea collars, but some can have severe, life-threatening symptoms. Once the flea collar is removed and as much as the medication from the collar washed from your dog’s coat, the veterinarian will treat the symptoms and offer supportive care. If you sought out veterinary care quickly, the prognosis of a full recovery is good. If you have any doubts or questions about the use of a flea collar on your dog, discuss it with your veterinarian. Together you will come up with the best flea treatment plan for your dog.
Stem Cell Therapy for skin allergy in Dogs and Cats before treatment (Severe pododermatitis)
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Much like food allergies, the dog will develop redness to the skin, become itchy, and may begin chewing in spots. The primary cause of dog fleas is the saliva of fleas that irritates dog’s skin. Similar to mosquitoes, fleas suck the blood out of the dog. Possible treatment is giving the dog a bath in cool water with a shampoo designed for fleas. If the dog has chewed his own skin, antibiotics will be sometimes needed, depending on the severity of the problem. Stem Cell Therapy for skin allergy in Dogs and Cats after treatment by Dr. Kraemer
Photo provided by FlickrTopical treatments such as hydrocortisone cream can be highly effective in removing allergic reactions that are manifested on the dog’s skin.
Photo provided by Flickrdogs do not “grow out” of their allergies – so we almost always recommend treatment.
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The most important part of treatment is reducing the number of flea bites. It is a good idea to treat all the dogs and cats in the household, even if only one is displaying the symptoms of flea allergy. Most owners won’t be aware of an allergic response until the antibiotic is prescribed to their dog. This is why it is important to watch dogs carefully anytime a new medication is started and get immediate treatment for symptoms that appear unusual or severe. All previous allergic reactions should be communicated to the veterinarian before an antibiotic is prescribed. If your dog has an allergic response to one antibiotic, it’s likely that he will experience a similar problem with other medications in the same class. You probably know a person who takes shots to manage his allergy symptoms. Known as immunotherapy, or hyposensitization, these small injections of allergens under the skin can also be effective for many dogs with (the medical term for what pet owners call "constantly itchy skin"). Pet owners can administer the injections at home with guidance from their veterinarians, and many respond well to this treatment.Most dogs with mild allergic reactions will recover without a problem. It’s a good idea to get treatment however, since this will make your dog more comfortable and treatment will avoid complications with infection. If your dog has a bad experience with Advantix, try another flea and tick medication, such as Frontline, or Advantage. Allergic reactions are possible with any of these medications, but individual sensitivity may make you dog more susceptible to the chemicals in Advantix than those in other brands.Most veterinarians consider Advantix safe for dogs, but it is a strong medication that should be used with caution. The main active ingredients are imidacloprid and permethrin, both of which can be toxic in high doses. Imidacloprid is an insecticide that belongs to a group of chemicals called neonicotinoids (they mimic the action of nicotine in the tobacco plant). Neonicotinoids act on the central nervous system to kill insects. They are less toxic to mammals, but studies on rats have found that high doses of imidacloprid can cause thyroid problems. Permethrin is another insecticide that acts as a neurotoxin. It is very toxic to cats and fish, but less so to other mammals. Advantix packages carry a warning to keep cats away from a treated dog for 24 hours. It’s also a good idea discourage your dog from swimming in streams and ponds immediately after treatment since Advantix could contaminate the water.I have to admit that I am excited. There is a new drug on the market for the treatment of allergic skin disease in dogs, one of the most frustrating conditions that veterinarians deal with on a daily basis.