There are skin allergies in dogs.Golden retrievers are prone to a common skin disease.Caused by the immune system’s response to environmental allergens (substances causing allergies, like dust or pollen) coming into contact with the skin, CAD causes very itchy skin.It can make your golden retriever feel miserable.As soon as possible, begin treatment for your Golden retriever after he has been diagnosed with CAD.Several long term treatment options are available to help your Golden retriever feel less itchy.
Step 1: Limit your dog’s time outside.
Reducing exposure to environmental allergens is one way to treatCAD.Some dogs will stay indoors or avoid cut grass during peak pollen season.If your golden retriever needs to go outside, wipe it down with a wet cloth to remove the pollen.It may not be practical for every dog to keep their Golden retriever inside all the time.It is important to wipe off your Golden retriever’s paws.An allergic reaction could occur if your dog licks its paws or touches another part of its body.Reducing exposure can be done by your vet.It would be difficult to reduce exposure without knowing the specific allergen.
Step 2: Don’t expose yourself to dust and dust mites.
Several avoidance strategies are available if your Golden Retriever is allergic to dust.Dust and vacuum your home at least once a week.You can wash your Golden Retriever’s bedding in hot water.Changing your air filters regularly will help keep dust out of the air in your home.Placing a plastic cover over your dog’s bed is one of the strategies to reduce exposure to dust and dust mites.
Step 3: You can reduce mold levels in your home.
It is one of the common allergens associated with CAD.Dehumidifiers can be used if your Golden retriever is allergic to mold.There are dehumidifiers at home supply stores.The soil of potted plants can get mold, so don’t have houseplants.It is possible to reduce mold exposure by keeping your Golden Retriever out of the basement.If you have house plants, put activated charcoal on the soil.You can find activated charcoal at your gardening store.Dehumidifiers should be cleaned according to the product’s instructions.Cleaning them will help them work better.
Step 4: Use a pet-specific product.
It is important to bathe your Golden Retriever in order to remove the allergens that may have settled on your dog’s fur.If your golden retriever has scratched its skin so much that it has become colonized, it is a good idea to have a medication on hand.Medicated hair product will contain either an antimicrobial or antifungal ingredient.Medicated shampoos often contain oatmeal to keep the skin from drying out.Purchase the medication at the vet’s office.Do not wash your dog with a human product.Dog and human skin have different pH levels.The Golden retrievers skin is sensitive to the pH differences.
Step 5: Don’t forget to bathe your Golden retriever.
If you want your golden retriever to feel less itchy, bathe it once a week or every other week.If you bathe your golden retriever more than once a week, you could strip its skin of essential oils and cause dry skin.Talk with your vet about how often you should bathe your golden retriever.It’s a good idea to wash or wipe down your Golden retriever each day.There are allergens in between baths.If you have a busy schedule, this may not be feasible.Between baths, you could use an anti- inflammatory product.This product would be available at your vet’s office.If your golden retriever has skin problems, wash them gently around the areas that are sensitive to the touch.
Step 6: You can apply a conditioner after the bath.
Leave-in conditioner should be applied to the skin and coat after bathing your Golden retriever.This conditioner will soothe the skin, but also serve as a barrier to keep allergies away.The conditioner should be applied according to the instructions on the label.It’s a good idea to use a pet-safe conditioner.
Step 7: Talk to your vet about the treatment.
Antihistamines are used to treat allergies.mast cells are involved in allergic reactions.It’s best to use antihistamines in dogs with skin allergies.If this describes your golden retriever’s dental problem, your vet will prescribe an anti-histamine.About 30% of dogs have antihistamines.Antihistamines are inexpensive and have few side effects.
Step 8: Administer the medicine as prescribed.
Administering antihistamines consistently is the best way to work them.If your Golden retriever has an allergic reaction, it is too late to give him the antihistamine because the mast cells need to release it.Your vet will want you to give your Golden retriever at least two to three times a day.Antihistamines are given to dogs by mouth.
Step 9: Try a lot of antihistamines.
Antihistamines are not the same for every dog.If you want to go on to a different type of therapy, your vet may recommend trying up to three antihistamines.There are some dog-safe antihistamines.Over-the-counter antihistamines can be adjusted to be effective in dogs.Depending on the country, the active medication in Benadryl can be different.To make sure the key component is safe, check with a vet.Try them for 10 to 14 days.A human would need a higher dose of antihistamine than a golden retriever does.Before using over-the-counter antihistamines, ask your vet how much your dog will need.Let your vet know if your golden retriever’s symptoms are getting better with each antihistamine.Your golden retriever may still be itching.It will probably be less itchy than before.
Step 10: Discuss steroid treatment with your doctor.
Steroids are anti-Inflammation.Steroids help a dog with CAD by decreasing inflammation.Steroids have long-term side effects such as increased drinking and urinating, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.You and your vet will need to talk about the safest way to use steroids to treat your Golden retriever.Even though steroids reduce itching and inflammation, your vet may want to limit or even eliminate the use of steroids for your Golden retriever.A steroid used to treat a disease.
Step 11: Follow treatment instructions.
Steroids can be used as short-term relief for itching.As long as the season is short, they can be given for the duration of the allergy season.Steroids can be given as a third option.The type of steroid therapy your Golden retriever will need will be determined by your vet.If your golden retriever needs long term steroid therapy, your vet may prescribe a low dose to be given every other day.Your vet would start with an initial dose and gradually decrease it as your golden retriever’s symptoms improve.Don’t make changes to the steroid dosage on your own.This could make treatment more difficult.
Step 12: Side effects of your golden retriever should be monitored.
Monitoring for side effects of long term steroid therapy is important for your Golden retriever.Your vet will want to see your dog frequently to analyze blood and urine samples.Because steroids can cause liver enlargement, your vet will want to look for increased levels of liver enzymes in your dog’s blood.If you notice any side effects at home, contact your vet right away.You don’t have to wait until your regular appointment to have your golden retriever examined.
Step 13: Other skin allergy therapies can be used with steroids.
In addition to steroids, your vet may also prescribe other medications with the goal of limiting or eliminating steroid use.Follow the prescription instructions.The steroids will be phased out from the treatment plan if the other medications are working well.
Step 14: Discuss treatment with your vet.
The drug cyclosporine is a non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug.Long term cyclosporine therapy is well accepted by dogs.For large breed dogs, cyclosporine is very expensive.As a dog starts to respond to cyclosporine therapy, the required dosage would decrease.The cost of cyclosporine therapy would go down over time.If you’re concerned about the cost of cyclosporine, talk to your vet.Atopica® is the brand name for cyclosporine, which is used in dogs.
Step 15: As prescribed, administer cyclosporine.
There is an oral drug called cyclosporine.For 46 weeks, it is usually given daily.The dosage is gradually decreased to the lowest effective dose.The cyclosporine can be given to an empty stomach.
Step 16: Side effects of your Golden retriever can be monitored.
There are side effects of cyclosporine.The first two weeks of therapy are when the side effects occur.If you see these side effects, contact your vet.If your vet recommends it, you can give the cyclosporine a small amount of food and stop it for a few days.If there isn’t any vomiting or diarrhea after a few days, then give cyclosporine on an empty stomach.There are some rare side effects of cyclosporine.
Step 17: Wait for a response from therapy.
It may take 68 weeks before your Golden retriever responds to cyclosporine therapy.If you become impatient with waiting for a treatment response, change the cyclosporine dosage on your own, this could lead to treatment failure, which could make your Golden Retriever feel even itchier.
Step 18: You should schedule follow-up visits with your vet.
The immune system function of your golden retriever may go down because of cyclosporine.Your vet will want to check your Golden retriever’s white blood cell count regularly to assess its immune system.If the white blood cell counts are low, you may need to adjust the cyclosporine dosage.Your vet will be able to determine how well your golden retriever is responding to therapy after these follow-up visits.
Step 19: Ask your vet how immunotherapy works.
Allergen Specific Immunotherapy is the best way to treat CAD.It can help your golden retriever achieve remission without the use of other medications.The ASIT works by gradually desensitizing your dog’s immune system to the allergens.The immunotherapy medicine contains small amounts of the specific allergens to which your golden retriever is allergic.By exposing your Golden Retriever to small, measured amounts of the allergens, your dog’s immune system would slowly become more tolerant of them over time, therefore decreasing the allergic reaction.The results of the skin tests performed on your vet would show the specific allergens.For dogs that have skin allergies for longer than two to three months at a time and have not responded well to other skin allergy medications, immunotherapy is the best option.It’s a lifelong treatment.
Step 20: The immunotherapy injections should be performed by your vet.
Usually, immunotherapy injections are given once every four weeks.Your vet will let you know how often your golden retriever needs injections.It’s possible to schedule several appointments at one time to make sure your dog stays on schedule.At the beginning of immunotherapy, your vet will increase the amount of allergens until they reach a maintenance dose.Your vet will keep your Golden retriever at this dosage level.During the course of therapy, your vet may change the amount of injections.
Step 21: Wait for a response to the treatment.
It may take a few months to a full year for a dog to respond to this type of therapy.Your vet will recommend treating your dog with other skin allergy medications during the course of immunotherapy because your Golden retriever will not respond very quickly.Your vet will want you to commit to the treatment for at least a year to see if it works.Most of the dogs on immunotherapy will experience a 50% improvement in symptoms.The amount of improvement could mean that the dog doesn’t need to be on other skin allergy medications.