How to deal with golden retriever allergies


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Around 6 months back I started to notice that my golden retriever was experiencing terrible golden retriever allergies in her skin. Every time she was laying down, I would see her constant scratching and sniff around her legs and stomach.

At first, I kind of thought that nothing was wrong, but I was brushing her down the following week I noticed her skin.

What are the symptoms?

So I came across a  few large patches of dry skin on her that almost seemed to cause a little burning. I know this because every time I touched even nearby with the brush it would cause her to react very aggressively.

It was horrible to see and I needed to get down to the bottom of it. That’s when I started looking online for solutions. I came across lots of different reasons on what this could potentially be, but nothing really seemed to hit the nail on the head.

The most unusual part is that I read 1 blog post that described the symptoms very accurately and so I decided to try their solutions. Just to clarify, those symptoms were precisely scratching and sniffing around the affected area.

There are some other things you can look out for to such as vomiting diarrhea. But if you notice anything that extreme then I suggest you contact a vet immediately.

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I knew it wasn’t one of the more serious golden retriever allergies

After reading the blog posts I was easily able to identify that it wasn’t one of the more serious problems with skin irritation. The things described inside of the posts matched exactly what my dog seemed to be going through.

On that note,  I decided to then look at a few of the ways to fix the problem, that is discussed later in this post. If you see something that seems to be a lot more serious such as diarrhea, then I highly suggest you go and seek a professional.

There are some things that we can do as parents within our ability or capability I should say. But some things in life you just need to leave down to the experts. And this was definitely one of those things that I could handle myself.

Especially,  when it comes to the cost of vets as they are so damn expensive. So I always try and go down the cheaper route first and then if I absolutely need them, then and only then, I will decide to go and see the vet. Before we get into the meat and bones of exactly how to fix this problem.

I found some great ways of how you can avoid it. Keep reading to see exactly how you can prevent skin allergies in your dog.

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How to prevent skin allergies

Well, the first thing or way to avoid any type of allergies is to make sure that your dog is eating the right foods. Now although many foods can be great and healthy. I would still highly recommend making sure that it is not the cause of a breakout.

Many different dogs just like us have different skin types and it could be something as simple as food that could cause a bad breakout in their skin. The first thing you can do is just test a different food to see if this helps in any way.

Beware of feeding your dog the wrong foods too, as this is one of the most common ways that your dog will experience an allergic reaction. I’ve also have written a review of the best foods you can use for your golden retriever is they are experiencing reactions to certain products.

Over there I explain in detail on how you can pick certain foods to avoid your dog having an allergic reaction.

What you shouldn’t do

One important thing that I learned early in life is to never assume that I know the answer to something. And I share that with you today, purely on the basis that I do not want you to just assume you know what’s wrong.

Make sure to do your research properly and read a post just like this one to find out exactly how others have dealt with similar issues. You might find out that it’s not a very expensive process to fix and very easy to repair.

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is assuming that it is something it is not and causing more damage than good. Remember,  dogs are almost like babies and it is your responsibility to take care of them.

So always make sure to evaluate what the effects are certain decisions that you make. If you are stuck on the fence about exactly what condition your dog may have and you don’t have the money to see a vet immediately.

There here are a few general conditions of different skin allergies that your dog could be experienced in. No bearing in mind this post is all about golden retrievers.  so I specifically cater to that breed in the following section.

Conditions this could be

The first thing you need to do is check out exactly where the skin problems are occurring as well as how severe they are. If you find that all of the dry skin is particularly under the flats of your dog’s ears and in the creases of their skin.

Then you could be dealing with a condition called dermatitis, or atopy. If you find this is the problem then there is not a big worry as it could be simply coming from being around mold, dirt, or pollen.

It’s more of an environmental problem oppose to a food reaction allergy. Heres a video explaining this more in detail:

Although I say this is a very minor issue, I would still recommend you go a see a professional for this particular problem. That’s because a vet can acknowledge exactly what type of skin your dog has. And can recommend the correct fix accordingly.

Why are Golden Retrievers so prone to Skin Allergies?

Well, one of the main reasons is because golden retrievers have a thick double coat fur. Which is what makes the breeds superior in most cases. however, in other cases, it can be the one thing that causes them to.

Because of how long they stick coats are, it then causes a lot of dirt and muck to get stuck inside of their coats. Which then every turn, of course, can result in allergies or skin irritations developing.

Now I’m no expert, but this makes logical sense to why they are so prone to getting this problem.

So it’s really important that you choose the right products for this skin when you’re washing or brushing down your dog. I recommend that you read my review on the best hair products to use on sensitive dogs for more information.

I specifically talk about oatmeal shampoo because that tends to be pretty good for Golden Retrievers coats and skin. They have good natural oils in the skin and you don’t want to take that away. As it’s used to protect them and keep them looking smooth and silky at all times.

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How to find out for sure that its an allergy  

A quick and easy way to identify whether you’re golden has skin allergies for sure is to look at the symptoms. Constant licking of the paws, biting, scratching, sniffing or anything of that sort. Is usually a good indication to say that they are experiencing some type of irritation.

If you do however notice this,  it is not something to panic about as it’s on the lower end of severity. Not saying that it always has a quick fix, but it for sure is nothing life-threatening. Also, check to make sure there aren’t any fleas in your dog to rule that out of the equation.

I’ve seen so many people make the mistake of thinking that the dog has a skin allergy. Whilst, in fact, it’s just a reaction to a certain food or product that they’re using on a dog’s coat. So just to make sure that you don’t end up in that same boat. Rule out any potential other things that you can identify from the naked eye.

Like I said this isn’t a severe problem and can usually be fixed by a change of product or food. In the next section, I’ll explain a bit more on exactly how you can treat these type of allergies in your golden retriever.

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How to treat golden retriever skin allergies

Whenever you know it’s a skin allergy it is a good sign for you to get it sorted in mediately.

The reason you might want to nip this in the bud right off the start is the fact that your dog might start taking chunks of hair out of themselves.

Can be very uncomfortable for Golden Retrievers to go through skin allergies and it is highly recommended that you fix this as soon as possible.

But how exactly do you fix the skin allergy? I would personally say you going try out some change of products if you notice that it’s just drying flaky. Well, that depends n how serious it is? For example, with a small reaction, you can treat it with some home remedies and shampoo, but with a severe case, you’ll need to consult with a professional vet.

They’ll be able to give you the recommended medicated drugs to bring your gold back into top shape in no time! However, if you’re looking for a cheap alternative to a smaller allergy, then you can check out some dog shampoos that may offer a possible solution.

Over there I touch on all the best golden retriever oatmeal shampoos as using these types of shampoos have so many benefits for your dog. Whatever you decide to do I recommend you do the appropriate research. If you feel that it’s a more severe issue then always make sure to contact a professional.

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Final thoughts

To conclude this post I just highly recommend that you do the appropriate research any time that you suspect your dog is going through skin problems or allergies. You could easily make the mistake of assuming the wrong thing and causing more damage than good.

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Rachael Summers

Rachael Summers is the Founder and Senior Editor at Retrievers R Us. She is a lifelong canine enthusiast and adores dogs of all shapes and sizes! She loves iced coffee, hammocks, and puppy-cuddling!

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