It always makes me a bit wary when I get a new comment on this post about itchy Scottish Terriers and allergies. Sometimes, it’s good news about how skin allergies cleared up after a change in diet, but at other times it’s bad news, as it was last week. My heart just sank to hear that Mary was having problems with a 13-week-old Scottie puppy. Here’s her comment:
Hello, Please tell me how you have cured this problem. Scout, our 13 week old Scott is scratching and biting on himself way too much. I have tried medicated baths, Salmon oil, tuna added to his food, and several different foods. He has Advantix for ticks and fleas on, so it’s not that. I’ll be looking forward to your cure. Thanks!
This post prompted me to bring together all the many allergy tips readers have contributed on past posts about allergic Scottish Terriers.
Change your dog’s diet to combat allergies
Corn and chicken are considered the main culprits in dog food allergies. Some people recommend no grains at all while others allow rice. The following foods and diets were recommended by readers. When specific brand names were provided, they’ve been noted. When no brands were suggested, I’ve simply linked to foods that fit the bill.
- Duck and potato food (no specific brands recommended)
- Royal Canin Venison kibble
- Avoderm lamb and rice kibble
- Canidae all natural lamb and rice dry food
- Fish and sweet potato food (no specific brands recommended)
- Salmon dog food (no specific brands recommended)
One reader also recommended a raw food diet (be warned — these can be controversial) and another suggested kangaroo meat. Also suggested were plain acidophilus yogurt, salmon oil and flaxseed oil as well as prebiotic and probiotic supplements.
Shampoos can help with allergy and sensitive skin
While my Scottish Terrier Bridget was originally diagnosed with an allergy, a second vet said he didn’t think she had allergy symptoms and prescribed instead a medicated bath, which cured her itchiness. Bridget was bathed with Vet Solutions Canadian Medicated Shampoo. Scottie News readers also recommended the following pet shampoos:
- Nature’s Embrace all natural shampoo
- An anti-seborrhea and dry skin shampoo called Allergroom (it’s also hypoallergenic) followed by an oatmeal cream rinse and conditioner called Epi-Soothe
- Sebocalm (a British version of Hylyt)
- Oatmeal shampoo for dogs (no specific brands recommended)
One reader added that human shampoos like Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue and generic brands like Equate can also work on dogs. Another recommended Gold Bond Medicated Powder.
Drugs for dog skin allergies
Sometimes with allergies, you have to escalate to the drugs. Scottie News readers and their vets have found the following to have helped in certain circumstances:
- Advantix to protect against fleas and ticks and other parasites (prescription required)
- Atopica (prescription often required)
- Cyclosporine (the generic version of Atopica, prescription often required)
- Benadryl or a cheaper generic. Just raid the humans’ medicine cabinet
- pet ointments that contain hydrocortisone
New treatments for dog skin allergies
The Scottish Terrier News recently reported on positive results obtained with cold laser therapy. Let’s hope that at least one of these treatments helps poor little Whisky whose allergies have led to missing fur as seen in this video. Get well, Whisky, and all you other allergy-suffering Scottish Terriers.