Canine allergic dermatitis and homeopathy: In the following article, we will propose a few solutions to help treat the symptoms of canine allergic dermatitis.
With the arrival of spring and fine weather, many dogs are affected by different types of skin rashes and itching.
Most of the time, these symptoms incite the animal to scratch and/or lick the affected area, causing secondary afflictions and even skin infections.
Canine allergic dermatitis: Flea control remedies
Over 80% of skin complaints are due to external parasites, especially fleas; therefore, it is vital that we remove all fleas from our pet.
Simply by doing this, we will greatly reduce our pet’s discomfort. We have two remedies that can be used to alleviate the symptoms associated with bites:
Ledum palustre: this is indicated for papules – these are bumps on the skin that have a diameter of less than 1cm.
They are circumscribed, rise from the skin, have defined edges and are solid (their centre does not contain liquid or pus).
These bumps are itchy and painful (these are the typical lumps that arise from a mosquito bite). Ledum palustre papules improve with cold compresses.
The dosage is 5C to be taken 3 times a day.
This remedy can also be used as a preventive measure, so if it’s taken before the bite occurs, the bite won’t become as inflamed or itchy. In this case, the dosage would be at 15C to be taken once a day.
Pulex irritans: A remedy that is produced from the common flea, which is why taking it desensitises the individual to insect bites, reducing the swelling and itching of the papule.
The dosage is of 30C, to be taken once a day or twice a day if the pet has very severe symptoms. Once an improvement has been noted, the dose can be reduced to once a day.
Canine allergic dermatitis: remedies for itching
There isn’t a remedy that is 100% effective for the treatment of itching in all animals.
This is due to the different possible causes and the particular individual sensitivities. This is why we need to find the remedy that is most effective for our pet!
Poumon histamine: This is used to diminish the reaction to histamine. It is only effective in some animals. Dosage: 200K once or twice a day.
Urtica: This remedy is made from stinging nettles, making it useful for treating symptoms that resemble those that occur after touching the plant – an extremely itchy and pale swelling.
In this case, cold compresses exacerbate the problem, as does touching the affected area. The dosage is of 9C to be taken twice a day.
Bovista: scabby, itchy skin rashes. The itch is not alleviated by scratching and becomes worse when water or hot compresses are applied, especially if the affected areas are behind the elbows and knees.
Staphisagria: It is assumed that it is indicated for erratic itching, but it is difficult to verify this in animals. Itching occurs primarily on the face. Dosage 30C once a day.
Canine allergic dermatitis: remedies for skin lesions
Rhus toxicodendron: Very effective! We will use it for small blisters (the size of a pin head), that are filled with a clear fluid. The surrounding skin is reddened, painful and itchy.
The itching is intense and improves with locally applied heat. The individual is very uncomfortable because of the itching, and moves around constantly.
Cantharis: Blisters filled with a yellowish fluid that turns into pus. The surrounding skin is healthy and not inflamed. The blisters can amalgamate and form larger blisters.
These burn and are itchy – they improve with cold compresses. Eventually, the blisters can turn into large ulcers. Dosage: 9C twice a day.
Mezereum: This remedy can be used for any type of lesion on infected skin (blisters, ulcers or scabs). In all cases there is severe itching. Dosage: 9C / twice a day.
Graphites: this is prescribed for wet eczema that causes a thick, yellowish discharge and scabs. There is also itching that is relieved with cold compresses. Dosage: 30C / once a day.
Canine allergic dermatitis: other remedies:
Apis mellifica: This is indicated for allergic oedema that appears unexpectedly. The swelling is pinkish, with itchy, prickly, burning sensations. It improves with cold compresses.
Dosage: 30C. Apis acts quickly but its effect is short-lived, so it needs to be re-applied every 60 minutes in acute instances; this should be spaced out as the condition improves.
Sulphur: Any skin complaint can benefit from Sulphur. However, it is especially indicated for itching that is exacerbated by heat and water. Dosage: 30C / once a day. Dilutions lower than 30C can be dangerous for your pet.
Canine allergic dermatitis: external topical treatment
When the skin is inflamed and extremely itchy, you will need to prepare a solution with Phytolacca Mother Tincture, Bellis perenis and Echinacea (10 drops of each remedy per ½ a litre of water). This should be applied directly to the skin.
When the animal develops scabs and infection, you should prepare a solution of 10 drops of Calendula Mother Tincture in ½ a litre of water. Calendula can sting certain individuals, in which case, you should dilute it further.
When there are erosive, suppurating lesions, it is crucial that you fight the superinfection by bathing the affected area every 15 minutes with a solution of Potassium permanganate diluted in water (1gr per 10 litres of water).
Following this, you should apply an Clorhexidine-based antiseptic (always diluted!). Treatments for chronic skin infections (of any sort) should be supplemented with the trace elements Copper and Magnesium.
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