Great Dane Skin Allergies
Great Dane skin allergies/sensitive skin? Allergies, please. Allergies have been known to be passed from one dog to another through their skin. But it’s a good thing that we are all now aware of the dangers that allergies can bring.
The first sign of trouble – and one that should cause concern if you have a Great Dane – is the presence of an allergic reaction or rash on the skin. In my own experience, if a dog has been recently exposed to an allergen, it can take up to six weeks for the symptoms to show up in the skin.
But in my own observations, the dog’s first reaction is usually skin itching, with some small red bumps (sometimes resembling hives) appearing on the surface of the skin (not to mention the fact that the dog will often lick its nose to get rid of the itchiness).
If you notice this in your dog, the best thing to do is to immediately consult with your vet. You might be able to prevent a more serious problem by merely applying some form of antihistamine to the dog’s skin. If the allergy isn’t that severe, or if it’s too late to apply an antihistamine (due to the dog’s age or allergies).
There are still a few things that you can do to alleviate the dog’s symptoms and to help treat the underlying allergy.
Here are just a few:
If the dog’s skin is dry, and it’s not caused by allergies or a cold or flu, you’ll want to make sure that it’s still clean and well-moisturized, both through regular brushing and by bathing it in lukewarm water – you don’t want to scrub the dog when it’s still scorched. If your dog is itching and/or scratching, try using a topical antihistamine, which comes in many different forms, including powders and ointments.
These are very easy to use, and the dosage can be administered by your vet or by a homeopathic practitioner. This treatment will help ease the discomfort and the itchiness. While the dog is under the medication, you can also give him a natural topical cream that will help to prevent further outbreaks of itching.
Another important tip: if you suspect that your Great Dane is allergic to something in the dog’s environment, you may want to take him to his vet for a skin allergy test. A quick and inexpensive allergy test is always available, and it will be able to tell you whether your dog’s allergies are seasonal or not. – most importantly, it will determine if your dog has seasonal allergies that cause him a lot of itching.
He or she will also be able to tell you what type of treatment is most appropriate.
As for a prescription for an antihistamine, your vet may recommend a particular brand or type of drug that works well for your dog. Most of these antihistamines work by blocking histamine production by the immune system, which is responsible for many allergic reactions, including eczema.
Some of the drugs that are used in dogs include Histadren (Cimetidine, Methylprednisolone) and Miconazole (Diflucan). Another possible treatment is to take your dog to the veterinarian for an oral corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are sometimes used to treat severe allergies. Corticosteroids can be given to dogs with severe skin allergies such as atopic dermatitis, but you need to be very careful because too much can lead to steroid toxicity.
Your vet should be able to explain all of the possible side effects of a corticosteroid injection, which include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, fluid retention, increased blood pressure, and so on.
There are other types of treatments available for Great Danes with allergies to certain foods, but the ones we’ve described above are fairly common. However, there are others as well, including oral antibiotics, which are more effective than corticosteroids in some cases, as well as immunotherapy which can help to block histamine production by the immune system.