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Allergy Solution for Dogs

Author: Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M., is a holistic veterinarian and nationally recognized expert on integrative medicine for animals.

Allergy Solution for Dogs: Natural and Conventional Therapies to Ease Discomfort and Enhance Your Dog's Quality of Life


The Allergy Solution for Dogs: Natural and Traditional Therapies to Ease Discomfort and Enhance Your Dog's Quality of Life

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Bathing Frequency

How often is 'frequent'? Each pet will require a different regimen, but in general shampoo and condition your dog every other day or 2 to 3 times per week during the allergic season. Once the scratching is under control, decrease the bathing and conditioning to an as-needed regimen, which is usually once a week. For a severely allergic dog, consider daily bathing until he is comfortable, then weaning to 1 to 2 times per week to maintain a 'comfortably itchy' pet.

Are you surprised by this recommendation? Many people have been conditioned to the concept that bathing to often is bad for dogs and dries out their skin. While frequent bathing of a healthy dog with harsh, soapy shampoos can dry out and irritate the skin, the allergic dog has a disease that requires frequent bathing and conditioning. If you use gentle shampoos and conditioners, it is only the rare pet that develops dry, itchy skin. This can easily be remedied by adding a bath oil to the final rinse, but it is rarely needed. In fact, most allergic dogs improve considerably with frequent use of a hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner.

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