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We have always been having a German Sheppard or a Labrador along with a Pomeranian at our bungalow and the watchmen take care of them. Now the Labrador has aged and his days are counted. We need to buy a new dog (bigger one). We want to change the breed. Which breed do you suggest to tolerate Hyderabad climate and outdoor living (in the garage/dog shed)?
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What are Winter Season Allergies?
Winter season allergies can affect dog’s skin, coat, and his breathing.
These allergens that occur in the wintertime are usually airborne, which causes the symptoms of sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. Within the home, dust mites and mold, even in very small quantities, are the triggers for these particular symptoms.
With winter allergies, a dog skin and coat are also affected since the dog is indoors more often and is having more contact with items within the home. It is always a good decision to keep your dog warm in the winter time, and many dog owners choose to keep their dog indoors, except for taking quick walks and going to the bathroom.
However, being inside the home may expose the dog to drier air and a build-up of mold and other allergens within heating systems and humidifiers.
Many dog owners that witness their loved ones suffer from airborne allergies in the winter months find that regular cleaning of the filter in the furnace, keeping the humidity under 40% within the home, and making sure the humidifier is cleaned on a regular basis make a big difference.
They also find that regular vacuuming of the home keeps the dust mites at bay. Winter season allergies in dogs are a result of allergens within the dog’s environment, which is usually within the home.
Winter season allergies are very treatable under a veterinarian’s care. Symptoms of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs Winter season allergies have similar symptoms to other seasonal allergies.
The symptoms begin when the cold weather begins, and may include:
Coughing, Dark under-eye pigmentation, Watery eyes ,Itchy eyes with a discharge, usually clear Runny nose Sneezing Reverse sneezing Itchy skin Dry, irritated skin that may be red in color Excessive scratching and licking of skin and feet Types Winter season allergies in dogs are usually caused by the environment of the indoors, as many dogs are inside more often during the winter months.
Types of allergens dogs may be affected by include: Dust mites Dry air with low humidity Mold Contact allergies, such as with carpeting Causes of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs Winter season allergies in dogs are caused by environmental triggers that commonly occur in the winter months.
Specific causes of cold weather allergies include: An overactive immune system The immune system fighting a particular allergen, thus causing a reaction Specific allergens that are related to cold-weather Specific allergens within the home during the winter months
Diagnosis of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs If you see any of the above symptoms in your dog during the season of winter, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will assess his symptoms and discuss with you the subject of winter allergies and what can cause them. The veterinarian will look for dandruff within your dog’s fur, take a very close look at his coat, and also check to see how much your dog is shedding. Looking closely at these symptoms may determine if your veterinarian feels that your dog has an underlying health condition. Your veterinarian may also take a skin test just to be sure his irritated skin is not related to another ailment. Your medical professional will also ask questions pertaining to his symptoms, when they began, the severity of them, how long they last, and any other questions that will help him make a definitive diagnosis. He will then do a physical evaluation of your loved one, which will include looking in his ears for any signs of infection, and perform any tests which he feels are necessary. More than likely, your veterinarian will be able to determine that your dog is suffering from winter allergies.
Fortunately, winter allergies in dogs are quite treatable for the few months out of the year that have an effect on him. Treatment of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs The medical professional will offer several means of treatment for your companion. With winter allergies, they are seasonal, so any treatment the dog is given will be for a few months out of the year.
Treatment options may include:
- Shampoo Your veterinarian may suggest a calming shampoo for your dog. Regular bathing with shampoo specialized for skin allergies may help your dog find relief from winter allergies. He may also suggest that you avoid bathing the dog too often, so the skin does not dry out; however, he may be able to recommend a moisturizing, hypoallergenic cleanser.
- Medications There are medications on the market that can help your dog with his winter allergies. Antihistamines, corticosteroids, and topical creams on a prescription level are formulated to work against the allergens that affect your dog. These medications are typically for temporary use; they are commonly used just a few months out of the year.
- Desensitization Therapy Desensitization therapy may be an option for winter allergies if your dog has a great deal of discomfort. Immunosuppressants or allergy shots may help the dog build up immunity to the offending agent. These medications work by injecting a very small amount of the allergen into the dog, thus allowing the dog’s system to become more familiar with whatever allergen that bothers him.
Once you know that your dog is in tip-top shape, here are some other things you can do to encourage his or her coat to come out shiny and soft.
- Omega fatty acid: These are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help contribute to a healthy coat, plus they’re delicious to a dog! Add some to the dog’s food.
- Brush: Regular brushing stimulates the skin and hair follicles, which increases the natural production of skin oils that make the coat shiny. Brush your dog at least once every other day.
- Bath: How often depends on your dog, the length of the coat, and how dirty he or she gets. Bathing once a month is a good general guideline—often enough to keep the coat clean, but not so often that you’re stripping the coat of essential oils. Use a moisturizing shampoo that won’t irritate skin. Consider adding a natural conditioner afterwards—those that contain vitamin E are soothing to the skin and hair. Some owners use coconut milk on the pet’s fur for several minutes before bath time.
- A little oil: Stir one teaspoon to one tablespoon of vegetable oil into your dog’s food to keep the coat healthy. Try sunflower, flaxseed, olive, coconut, and safflower, but don’t give them too much—that can lead to diarrhea. Coconut oil may also help clear up skin conditions.
- Herbal remedies: Try horsetail, as it’s high in silica, which is essential in the maintenance of healthy and strong skin, bones, and fur. Spirulina is another natural ingredient that contains protein, B vitamins, and carotenoids. Be cautious, though, not to use too much. Check with your vet on dosage.
- Protection: Dogs who have no shelter from the elements and are kept outside most days will have coats that change to be more thick and dry simply to provide natural protection. You can just let it be for the colder winter months, or provide additional shelter to encourage a shinier coat.
- Oatmeal Bath: Dogs with dull coats often have skin problems, as well. An oatmeal bath helps sooth the skin, tame itching, and leaves the coat soft and shiny. Oatmeal contains vitamin E, so it works as a natural softener. Simply grind one-cup plain oatmeal into a fine powder, fill a tub with lukewarm water, add the powder and stir in until the water appears cloudy, then place your dog in the bath. Pour water on its back and head, avoiding the eyes, and massage for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.