Dog skin is thinner than Human Skin
The epidermis of a dog is only 3 to 5 cells thick while in humans it is at least 10 to 15 cells thick. They have less layers which is why their skin is more sensitive. They also have more fur which for the most part protects them.
Also, the PH balance of dogs is around 7 (neutral) to 8 (slightly alkaline) versus human skin which is around 5.5 (acidic).
A quick search on the internet will report that Dog Allergies are one of the top reasons for vet visits annually. Further digging or dog allergy remedies will give 20 or so different things to try.
However before you rush out and experiment on your dog, become aware of what you're applying to their skin. Dog's skin account for up to 25% of their body. So anything you apply is going to affect them.
Acidic or Alkaline products will erode the integrity of the skin layer of your dog and make them more vulnerable to allergens
Here are 6 common holistic solutions you will find online. And their corresponding pH levels.
- Ivory dish soap is pH 9.5
- Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo is pH 5.5
- Vinegar pH 2.2
- Scope pH 5.5
- Listerine pH 4.2
- Dr. Bronner’s castille soap 8.9
Now, when you move left or right of the pH scale, it is a change of 10 times 10 or 100 fold change. So if you go from a 7 to a 5 that is 200 more times acidic or from a 7 to a 9 then it becomes a change of 200 times.
Which means if you used Ivory dish soaps it's approximately 250 times more alkaline to a dog's skin and will affect the integrity of their skin layer.
In essence, using any of those products listed above ... could potentially impact your dog's skin. You want their skin to be healthy and strong so that they don't get yeast or bacteria or allergens to create havoc on them. The area you will see this the most is on their bellies, flanks and ears.
Dog skin is close to human baby skin
Dog skin in pH level is very close to human baby skin. It's very sensitive so anything you put on that is too strong will be too abrasive.
So what do you do?
The standard protocol for Dog Allergies Remedies are to:
1. Remove or limit exposure to allergen(s).
2. Treat for fleas to eliminate flea bite allergies.
3. Wash dog to remove allergens and to relieve itching. And before you go out and start to try applying Apple Cider Vinegar, or Peroxide .... know that doing so may damage the integrity of your dog's skin. We recommend the following when washing dogs.
- Only purchase shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for dogs.
- Avoid products that have artificial additives and parabens.
- Dilute the dog shampoo before you apply it.
- Simply rinsing the dog's skin and fur in-between shampoos is extremely effective.
4. Adding Omega 3s.
5. Allergy immunity program. (To be done through the advise and management of a vet dermatologist)
Most articles stop there. But they don't address what you do to help during that period of recovery. And the solution is quite simple: Premium Pet Recovery Collars.
Dog cones and inflatable collars also help protect the dog from scratching
And last but not least. Simply applying a collar or a cone to your dog will prevent them from itching or scratching at any hot spots. You can learn more about how to fit a premium pet recovery collar VIA THIS LINK or via below:
1. Merck Veterinary Manual
2. Itchy Dog - blog article from Maggie Loves Orbit
3. Vet West - Skin - the difference between canine and human skin