Allergy Bumps on Dogs: How to Treat Dog Hives at Home

It is more than likely that you have come across allergy bumps on dogs at some point in time. The bumps can cause dogs to scratch themselves incessantly and become very uncomfortable, so it is important to know what you’re doing when you have to treat allergy bumps on dogs.

How to treat allergy bumps on dogs

How can I treat allergy bumps on dogs?

Here are some ways to treat allergy bumps on dogs at home:

1. Cold compresses

If your dog has been scratching a lot, applying cold compresses can help relieve some of the itching. You can also use ice packs if you have them handy. Just wrap them in a towel and apply them to your dog’s skin for about 15 minutes at a time.

2. Bathing with aloe or oatmeal shampoo

Bathing your dog is a good way to keep the skin free of allergens that cause inflammation and irritation to her skin. Look for an oatmeal shampoo or an all-natural shampoo that doesn’t contain fragrances or other ingredients that could irritate her skin further.

3. Antihistamines

Antihistamines can help reduce the itching and inflammation caused by an allergic reaction. They work by preventing histamine from binding to receptors in cells. This reduces swelling, redness and itchiness. Antihistamines are available as prescription or over-the-counter products.

4. Steroids

In severe cases, steroids can be prescribed to reduce inflammation caused by an allergic reaction. They work by suppressing the immune system’s response to allergens. Steroids are usually given only for short periods of time (less than two weeks) because they suppress the body’s ability to fight off infections and cancer cells.

5. Epinephrine

If he shows signs of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction), call your veterinarian immediately. He may need epinephrine for treatment if his respiration is affected.

6. Minimize exposure to allergens

The best way to prevent allergy bumps on dogs is to avoid exposing them to potential allergens in the first place. For example:

  • Don’t allow your dog to go outside when there are likely to be lots of pollen particles in the air — such as during spring or fall — or if there has been recent rain or high winds that may have kicked up pollen from nearby fields or lawns.
  • Keep your dog inside if there’s a lot of dust or other particulate matter floating around outside; these can irritate his nose and lungs and increase his chances of developing an allergy flare-up.
  • Clean your house several times per week to remove dust and pollen.
  • Use air purifiers that filter the air in your home or invest in an anti-allergen vacuum cleaner.
  • Consider using an anti-allergen shampoo if your dog spends time outside

What does an allergic reaction look like on a dog?

Allergies in dogs can be quite common, and they can be caused by a variety of things. Dogs can be allergic to just about anything: grasses, flowers, trees, and weeds. You may also see allergies to food or even dust mites.

Allergic reactions are usually caused by an overactive immune system that has been triggered by exposure to something that your dog comes into contact with. The reaction is usually immediate, but it can take several hours for the symptoms to develop.

If your dog has an allergy bump on its skin, you may notice other symptoms as well:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes and nose
  • Itchy skin that is red and irritated
  • Hives or swelling
  • Runny nose (rhinitis)

The most important thing you can do for your dog is to identify and avoid the source of his allergies. If you suspect your dog has an allergy, take him to see a veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

My dog has bumps under her fur

“My dog has bumps under her fur. She has been scratching at them and I am worried that something is wrong with her. I want to make sure she is getting the best care possible! Do you have any suggestions for me?”

I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s bumps. There are several different things this could be and the best way to determine what it is to have your vet check him out. It is likely that there is a skin infection or allergy but it could be something more serious like mange or other skin parasites.

There are a few things you can do at home:

  • Apply an aloe or oatmeal shampoo to help soothe any inflamed areas
  • Use an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl twice daily until the symptoms are gone

My dog has itchy bumps all over his body

” I have a 4-year-old Shih Tzu. He has been itching and scratching for about 2 weeks now. I am very concerned about him because he looks so miserable and I don’t know what else to do for him!”

Your dog’s itching can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, including allergies, fleas, mites, and irritation from food or environmental factors. If you’ve ruled out fleas and mites and your dog isn’t on any new medications or supplements, then it may just be an allergic reaction to something in his environment.

You can have him tested for allergies at your veterinarian’s office. This typically involves taking a skin or blood sample from your pet and sending it to a lab for analysis. The results should be available within a few days.

The test will tell you exactly what types of things cause allergies in your dog — pollen, dust mites, pollens from trees and grasses, etc. Once you know what causes his sensitivity reactions, you can treat those things accordingly: put him on an antihistamine, bathe him with an oatmeal shampoo if he’s sensitive to pollen, and so on.

Skin infections can also sometimes cause small bumps including ringworm, scabies, and fungal infections such as yeast infections or bacterial skin infections like impetigo. These types of infections can be diagnosed by your veterinarian based on their appearance, as well as results from skin scrapings or biopsies of the affected area (which will be sent to a lab for testing).

Conclusion of treating allergic reaction in dogs

The most common allergies in dogs include flea bites, food allergies, and environmental allergies.

Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination to determine the type of allergy your dog has.

There are some things that you can do at home in order to help him feel better.

  • Keeping his environment clean and free of allergens is important.
  • Use hypoallergenic shampoos and detergents so you don’t irritate his skin even further.
  • Use a humidifier or air purifier in your home when indoor air is dry and irritating for pets with allergies.
  • Consider changing your pet’s diet if his symptoms persist after being treated by a veterinarian.
  • Mild allergies can be treated with over-the-counter products such as Benadryl or Zyrtec.

If you know what caused your pet’s allergies in the past, you should try to prevent future reactions by eliminating that allergen from their environment. For example, if your dog has been attacked by fleas in the past, use flea control products on him every month.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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