Do you ever find yourself wondering if your wrinkly pup is itchy due to allergies or just from simply being a dog? If so, you're not alone! Many owners of dogs like English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs – breeds known for their wrinkles – struggle with this question. It's important to know the difference between an allergy-related itch and a general one, because allergies can cause more serious health problems in dogs. In this post, we'll take a look at how to tell if your doggo has allergies or is simply feeling itchy. Let's get started!
Is the itch something more?
When determining whether your pup is having an allergic reaction or just generally feeling itchy, it’s important to pay attention to where and how they are scratching. If your pup is constantly licking at the same area, or they are having trouble sleeping due to the itchiness, then it’s likely an allergy. Allergies can also cause skin irritation, rashes, and redness. If you notice any of these symptoms on your pet's skin, it’s best to take them to a vet right away to diagnose and treat their allergies.
What can cause itchiness in dogs?
In addition to physical signs of allergies in dogs, there are some other things you should pay attention to. For instance, be sure to check for fleas or ticks often as these parasites can cause itching in dogs that have allergies. It’s also important to note what environmental factors could be contributing to your pup's itchiness, such as changes in the weather, grasses, or even foods. In some cases, a simple diet change may be enough to ease your pup's itchy feeling.
How can I sooth my pup's itchy skin?
If your pup is showing signs of allergies or merely just having an itchy day, there are some things you can do to make them feel better. A gentle bath with a hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner can be very soothing for the skin.
After bathing, dry your wrinkly doggo thoroughly with a towel. Be sure to get in between the skin folds and wrinkles so that no water is left behind. Moisture left inside the folds and wrinkles can cause irritation and even yeast infections. Once your dog is thoroughly dried, follow with Squishface Wrinkle Paste.
Wrinkle Paste forms a water-repellent barrier on the skin surface which keeps moisture, yeast, fungus and other bacteria away. Use Wrinkle Paste as a protective barrier on your dog’s nose rope, wrinkles and skin folds, toes and tail pockets. apply a moisturizing lotion or spray to help keep the skin hydrated and comfortable.
Additionally, talk to your vet about adding omega-3 fatty acids like fish oil into their diet as these can reduce inflammation in the skin caused by allergies.
The Bottom Line
If you think your pup may have allergies but aren’t sure what could be causing them, it’s best to speak with a vet and get some professional advice. They will be able to provide personalized treatment options based on your pup's specific needs. With the right care and attention, you can keep your wrinkly pooch happy and comfortable!