If you are starting to notice an increase in scratching, licking, and chewing, now’s the time to act because the most benign forms of treatment work best when symptoms are just getting going.
How to Treat Dog and Cat Allergies
Start by bathing your pet, ideally once or twice a week. This removes allergens that are trapped in your dog or cat’s coat. In pets, allergens primarily assert their effect through contact with the animal’s skin. Medicated shampoos and leave-in rinses should be used in more severe cases, but frankly a mild, moisturizing shampoo is often sufficient as long as baths occur frequently enough.
Do what you can to improve the skin’s natural barrier function. Oral omega 3 fatty acid supplements can be helpful, as can topical products like Dermoscent Essential 6 Spot-On or Duoxo Seborrhea Spot-On. These are all available over the counter and are very safe.
As always, talk to your veterinarian about what is best for your pet.