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If the Soot and Pollen on the ground were Irritating, Even ALLERGY-CAUSING on the ground, that would be called ATOPY. What IS atopy?


There's "soot" from cars on the ground. And also, pollen, molds and other dusts.
These particles get embedded in a dog's hair and can (in certain dogs) cause the skin to break out.
Like hair clippings in your shirt, or pink insulation on your skin.
It's irritating and can cause the skin to get pink and even infected.
In the airway, ATOPY causes irritation in the trachea and there's a sneeze, a gack and even throwing up foamy bile from airway Atopy.

You can't get rid of soot in the yard.
You can washcloth the dog and treat the inflammation from the soot.

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Is having a MASSIVE (head to toe) ATOPIC ALLERGIC attack.

Car smoke lands on the ground and your dog gets into it. Soot gets into the coat and its oils, and causes irritation in the skin. Dogs get real itchy and lick themselves and sometimes those licked areas get infected from the spit, soot and plasma.
Washcloths remove the soot from the 'whole dog' as would a hose-rinse. Washcloths are easier on the daily than a hose-rinse.
Cetaphil Wipes cleanse the inflamed areas of the skin, bellies, necks, feet even ears.
And then some judicious use of steroid sprays, or tablets or injections can rein in the symptoms.
#cytopoint is better than those things but ya STILL have to keep the skin clean and moisturized.

There's hardly any atopy in Colorado. You can even go out into the country, Florida, and other less-smoggy areas and your dog can have a better skin while you're there. THEN you come home and they start licking and chewing again.

has atopy = (at least) and some dogs have allergies to MORE than just the dust they walk in.
I don't see fleas and conspicuously - this is feet and legs - other surfaces with ground contact.
HOw to control Atopy? Move to Colorado or Murrayville Georgia which has the best air in Georgia but it still ain't great.
Cobb Fulton and Dekalb County have the worst air quality in the UNITED STATES with atopy / assthma and other airway diseases ELEVEN HUNDRED times higher than the national average. 1100% (yeah right?)
Wash cloths can help. The intermittent use of steroids. When they chew gnash bacteria into the skin - then they need antibitoics as well.
Dermatologists with a LOT of test kits on their shelves - stuck with a LOT of test-inventory since Cytopoint came out --> Will recommend "allergy testing" - but the problem there is if you can test for, and extinguish 9 out of 10 allergies you're no better off because there's still that one allergen left. And the dog remains symptomatic. And not everything can be hyposensitized.
Cytopoint breaks the cycle of itching with a once-a-month OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive injection that works VERY WELL in 90% of cases.
For those that don't there's APOQUEL which causes cancer in up to 12% of dogs that get it.
The OTHER 88% are happy and comfortable.
Steroids work WELL - and some dogs that fall into a 'cycle' of reinfection can be on antibiotics per a cycle (1 week on 2 weeks off) for ever.
Look up "chronic skin" on drjohnson.com for a video I did.

#hackngack #hackngag #pndhackngack #pnd #atopic #hack

I use this brush on Ajax because it picks up great, and it unloads the hair with the push of a button. Cheap, too.

You can buy a fat bundle of 'wet wipes' with Cetaphil and I'd recommend it. They're great for cleaning healing wounds, dirty ears, cleansing around some eyes, under-tails, surgery sites, sores.

They are ALSO available right down the street at just about any store that sells makeup or cotton balls. So good.

Wiping a dog with a Cetaphil Wipe can remove pollen and soot.

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

You can buy a fat bundle of 'wet wipes' with Cetaphil and I'd recommend it. They're great for cleaning healing wounds, dirty ears, cleansing around some eyes, under-tails, surgery sites, sores.

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