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 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.
Great Dane Skin Allergies
If you want to understand what’s going on with your Great Dane’s skin, keep reading. Great Danes, usually three-year-old Great Danes, have small white skin bumps (almost the size of an eraser) mostly around their hind legs (again, none on their head or front paws). Also, they have skin rashes that may ooze or bleed.
It may be difficult to understand what is going on with your Great Dane, especially if he has some problems with his skin, such as itching. However, because many great Danes have skin bumps, it is a good idea to treat the condition as soon as possible.
If you delay treatment for too long, the dog could develop some sort of health problem, which could prove to be life-threatening. Unfortunately, it is also possible for a dog to be allergic to some of the substances used to make the dog food, as well as to certain types of shampoo or toothpaste. For this, you will need to visit a veterinarian.
Some dogs seem to be more allergic to eggs than others.
The Great Dane is one of those dogs. If your dog happens to develop any allergic reactions to eggs, it could be the result of a peanut allergy, another common allergy. Peanut oils can also trigger your dog’s allergies, so it’s very important to make sure your dog isn’t allergic to any type of food, even though it says “dog food” on the label. Always read the ingredients list carefully before you feed your dog any type of food, including dog food.
Sometimes it can be tricky to determine what is causing your dog’s allergies. If you suspect that your dog has allergies to something in his diet, you will need to take him to the vet and have him run a series of allergy tests. Dogs are particularly prone to developing allergies to seasonal things such as weeds, grasses, and leaves. These substances can disrupt the dog’s natural skin structure. Your vet may prescribe an allergy shot or other type of allergy treatment for your dog.
In addition to running a series of allergy tests, you may need to change your dog’s diet.
A raw diet that lacks preservatives can actually lead to more allergic reactions. A raw diet that consists of plenty of protein and raw, whole foods can actually help to reduce your dog’s allergies. Your vet should be able to advise you on a good, complete raw diet for your dog. A vet’s opinion should be heeded, but you will still need to test your own dog’s food to make sure that he doesn’t have any allergies that you aren’t aware of.
Many people don’t realize that their dog food may also contain allergens and irritants. Many dog foods contain a filler such as grains and corn that are difficult for the dog’s digestive system to break down. This causes the dog to release toxins that can irritate the skin and cause skin allergies. Most dog foods will list the ingredients of their products on the label, but if you have trouble reading or understand dog body chemistry then it is best to contact your local vet.
If your dog has seasonal allergies then he may develop skin conditions at other times of the year.
He may also get depressed or anxious because of his skin issues. Skin allergies can affect a male as much as a female, although females seem to be more prone to allergic conditions such as ringworm and mange. Male dogs may have problems with their tail, legs, feet, ears, and face.
When treating dog allergies remember that they can also be inherited. If one of your parents has dog allergies then chances are your dog will too. If this is the case then treat your dog with the same treatment as your family doctor. Ask your vet for advice regarding treating allergies. They may suggest special foods that are better suited to your dog or they may even refer you to a professional allergist or specialist.