Is dog dander worse after a bath? A Complete Guide

Why do I get allergies when I wash my dog?

Conditions such as fleas, mange or a skin allergy upset the balance between the bacteria, which normally live on the skin, and the immune system that usually keeps the bacteria in check. This can develop into an infection, making your pet’s skin uncomfortable and itchy.

DietSome dogs have food allergies or sensitivities that can cause them to itch. If the dog is itchy, dander occurs. If you notice constant scratching, chewing, or licking of paws, take them to the vet to see if their diet is to blame. Dry, flaky skin, or red bumps could also be a cause for concern. You may be surprised how different your dog’s coat is after changing their food. Environmental allergies can have the same effect.

An unhealthy diet could also cause excessive dog dander. Overweight dogs and dogs without a well-balanced diet are more prone to skin problems. It might come as a surprise, but most common dog food brands are not as healthy as they claim to be. Dry dog food is the most common type of food for your dog, but it often has unhealthy filler ingredients. It also has more carbohydrates than protein. So, it’s important to check the ingredient list before choosing a food. Limited ingredient formulas are often the best for dogs with allergies.

What Is Pet Dander?

Pet dander is very tiny particles of skin that had been shed from animals with fur or feathers. So, foxes produce dander, parrots produce dander, and horses produce dander. Since most people don’t have these animals in their home, their dander is not a problem.

The dander from cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, and small rodents is a problem.

All animals shed bits of skin. Some of the bits are large enough to be seen with our eyes. Other bits are so small you can’t see them without a microscope. No matter the size of the dander, it is a problem if you are allergic to animals.

BTW – it is possible to be allergic to cats but not dogs.

Symptoms of Pet Dander Allergies