Treating Dog Allergies with Boric Acid

Treating dog allergies can be done employing several methods: allergy shots, antihistamines, steroids or homeopathic remedies. However, the symptoms of allergies can also be treated with boric acid. Boric acid has a healing effect for skin itching, hair loss, watery eyes and killing parasites that cause allergies.

Itchy Skin

Boric acid is an effective solution to relieve itching. Dogs with allergies experience skin itchiness as one of the first symptoms. The itchiness leads to chewing, scratching and licking of the skin and hair, and even hair loss.

If you notice that your dog is scratching more than usual, get some boric acid powder and use it when bathing your pet. It should be dissolved in a bit of boiling water and added to the bathing water. Use 3 tbsp. of boric acid powder for one bath. Frequent bathing can also remove impurities and allergens that enter the dog’s skin through the pores.

Watery Eyes

Watery eyes are a symptom of inhalant allergies. A diluted solution containing boric acid is the perfect eye wash to relieve this allergic reaction.

Boil some water and add 1 tbsp. of boric acid powder. Make sure the solution is cold enough before you apply it. Use an eye dropper or a syringe and apply 2 drops in each eye. You can also get a cotton ball, dip it in the solution and rub it on the dog’s eyelids.

Fleas and Parasites

Boric acid can be used as an insecticide to get rid of fleas and other parasites. Dogs may be allergic to fleas. Typically, the saliva of the fleas is the main allergen.

Boric acid is particularly effective in killing hatching fleas. Fleas have a long life cycle, and this is what makes it so difficult to get rid of them.

Get a liquid solution of boric acid and add some drops on the carpets, where fleas are likely to hatch. Apply some drops on the furniture also. Allow the solution to work for 5 to 7 days and then vacuum thoroughly. This is a sure way to get rid of all the fleas in the house.

Boric acid can also kill ear mites, which cause allergies and irritation. Use the ear solution containing boric acid for up to 2 weeks.

Boric acid is poisonous for pets or small children if ingested in large amounts, so use the solution with caution.

Ear Infection Treatment

Allergies can cause secondary infections, such as ear infections. If the infection is present and the ear drum of the dog is intact, you can safely use boric acid.

Mix 4 tbsp. of boric acid with 10 drops of low concentration gentian violet extracts solution. Add isopropyl alcohol and apply the solution in your dog’s ear using a syringe or an ear dropper. Make sure the solution enters your dog’s ear. Massage the ear area for a few minutes after applying the solution.

Consult the vet if the allergic symptoms persist.