Mar 5, 2012 - This is a guide about home remedy for dog's eczema. Determining the cause of your dog's skin problem can help you get it under control.
While any breed can suffer from canine eczema, the conditions seems to affect some more often. These include the German shepherd, Labrador and golden retrievers, Saint Bernard and collie. Any dog with a heavy coat is more susceptible, as all that hair doesn't allow for much airflow to the skin. Keeping your dog's coat clean and brushing him regularly helps prevent hot spots. Since canine eczema occurs primarily in warm weather, you might want to have your dog's coat shaved down by a groomer once temperatures rise. Dogs prone to hot spots tend to get them regularly unless the cause is diagnosed and treated.
A few things about the pet allergies ---- most allergists will tell you that HAVE TO get rid of the pets. It might be a good idea to keep them away from your child for a while to lessen the risk of asthma developing, HOWEVER we saw a very very good dr. in San Diego who I fully trust with all I have and she told us that we should let him around them (not sleep with them or be w/ them all day) to boost his immunity. She did think that eventually he could outgrow the pet allergy (at least to dogs). We have found over the paast few months that he can actually play with them (he's 20 months old now) and in fact, our one dog (a mutt) can LICK HIM and jump on him w/ no reaction!!! It turns out that NOW when he is licked by any of our other 2 dogs he gets major hives (not eczema) but if not licked, he is just fine. No rashes. I am convinced he is allergic to dogs (certain dogs) but it was NOT the cause of his eczema (just like some kids are allergic to milk or wheat but it does not make the eczema worse -- two seperate things, ya know?)
Dog Eczema | Treatment and Prognosis - PetWave
medications to at least temporarily relieve the dog's symptoms.
Some pet owners find that adding nutritional supplements to their dog's diet can also help with eczema symptoms and may address some of the underlying causes of this skin disorder. Natural oils, such as Evening Primrose, Omega-3, fish oil and vitamin E, may help the dog's skin regain its moisture balance. Garlic is often recommended to chase away fleas that may be contributing to itching and irritation, as is brewer's yeast. Dog-sized doses of many of these supplements are available at pet supply stores and online. Pro-biotic supplements that help to control candida yeast may be helpful for some dogs as well. A simple way to increase the amount of pro-biotics your dog is getting is to feed him a spoonful or two of yogurt daily. Organic, plain yogurt is least likely to contain any ingredients that may further irritate a sensitive dog. Supplements containing candida-controlling pro-biotics are also available.Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to the itching skin surface. The itchy skin area of your dog should be washed properly with lukewarm water. Again your dog may prone to lick the area where the gel is applied. Hence it is wise to wrap the area with aluminum foil for a few minute. It would prevent the dog from doing so. This step can be continued for three times in a day. Anybody can try this treatment for their dog at home. But you can get right guidance from an expert veterinarian if more care is required. It will take almost 4 days to cure the itching completely in dog’s skin. Aloe vera gel has a rich concentration of amino acid which moistens the dog’s skin and drives the healing process without any side effects. Aloe Vera is not only used for the treatment of itchy skin but also for many skin problems like eczema, skin allergy, hot spots and skin rashes. Aloe Vera contains an enzyme which reduces the inflammatory proteins developments in the skin cells. Hence it is also found effective in treating swelling and wounds in dogs.