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Atopy In Dogs - Ways To Reduce Indoor Exposure

Atopy occurs when a dog is allergic to allergens that are inhaled from the air. They don’t suffer from respiratory symptoms, rather they develop intense itching all over their body. Persistent scratching and chewing can eventually lead to inflammation and secondary infection if there is no prompt veterinary attention. If you have an extremely hypersensitive dog, here are ways to reduce exposure to airborne allergens even while your pet is confined indoors.

  • Replace upholstery, carpets, and other types of textiles with wooden floors, linoleum or smoother fabrics.
  • Install a good filter system like the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter system
  • When vacuuming, invest in a vacuum cleaner with water filters.
  • Sweeping of the floor must be avoided because it can only disperse allergens in the air. 
  • Ask your veterinarian if you can give your pet supplements that contain essential fatty acids (EFAs) because it promotes healthy skin and hair coat and reduce inflammatory conditions affecting the skin. 
  • If it’s impossible to prevent your pet’s exposure exposure to the allergen or remove the allergen from your pet’s immediate environment, your vet services Chattanooga, TN may prescribe antihistamines and corticosteroids to help relieve the symptoms.

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