Natural Allergy Relief - Supplements

Supplements are also important for dogs with allergies. In particular, the following should be given to your dog if she has allergies:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids:Fatty Acids (Fish oil, krill oil, etc.) are an important anti-inflammatory agent. Omega-3 FAs are beneficial for a variety of chronic health problems such as allergies. 
  • Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics ( Digest-All soft chews from Wholistic Pet Organics )Digestive enzymes improve your dog's digestion and absorption of nutrients from the diet. With better absorption, your dog will have a stronger immune system. Probiotics are the "friendly bacteria" in the dog's digestive system. Medications such as antibiotics tend to kill off these friendly bacteria and upset the microflora in the dog's system, resulting not only in digestive problems, but also yeast infections. Yeast infections very often manifest themselves as allergies.
  • Quercetin: If you are an allergy sufferer, you will most definitely have heard of this natural allergy relief. It is a bioflavonoid and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is a natural antihistamine because it suppresses the release of histamine from mast cells. 
  • Bromelain:Bromelain is another commonly used supplement to relieve allergies. It is a mixture of enzymes that digest proteins (proteolytic enzymes) and is extracted from the stems of pineapples. Bromelain helps quercetin absorption and suppresses histamine release. 
  • Kelp:Another good natural allergy relief is kelp. In a study, dogs who had been fed kelp daily for a period of six months had darker, thicker, and shinier coats. They also scratched less and their skin was not as dry. 
  • Coconut Oil:can be given orally to dogs as a supplement, and it can also be applied topically on the skin to treat dry itchy skin, lesions, ringworm, and so on. It has a lot of health benefits (both for humans and dogs), and since most dogs like the taste of coconut oil, supplementing is not a problem!
  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E, remove free radicals and other toxins from the body. As the skin the biggest toxin-removal organ, antioxidants are essential in keeping the dog's skin healthy. 
  • Local Honey:If your dog suffers from seasonal allergies, try giving him a tablespoon of local honey twice a day. The minute amount of local pollen in the honey desensitizes the dog's body so that the immune system will not over-react to the pollen when exposed to larger amounts in spring and summer. 
  • Burdock root: Burdock cleanses the blood and helps eliminate toxins in the urine and sweat. It is good for dry and scaly skin. Burdock root is very safe for our dogs and can be used as a daily dietary supplement. 
  • Dandelion:Dandelion aids the liver which of course is a main toxin-removal organ. It cleanses and tones the liver and enhance its proper functioning. Another herb that also helps the liver to eliminate toxins is yellow dock.
  • Echinacea:Echinacea is an excellent herb for enhancing the immune system. Other immune-enhancing herbs include astragalus, goldenseal, and Oregon grape.
  • Licorice root: Licorice root contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which is similar to corticosteroids. The compound glycyrrhizin helps stimulate the adrenal glands to produce its own natural corticosteroids which give anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, immune-supporting effects on the body. As a result, licorice root can give relief from the itching and inflammation without seriously compromising the autoimmune system

  • Nettle: Nettle is used in many herbal treatments for allergies. It stimulates blood circulation, has antibiotic properties and is effective in treating such skin problems as eczema.
  • Myrrh:Myrrh has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is also an astringent. It is therefore a great herb for irritated and inflamed skin. 
  • Sarsaparilla: The antibacterial actions of sarsaparilla make it effective in treating chronic scaly skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • Essential Oils for Allergies

For the flea allergy (a drop of each) in a tablespoon V6* carrier oil and rub onto the affected area a couple of times a day:

  • Lavender essential oil - soothes and regenerates skin.
  • Roman Chamomile essential oil - Great for soothing itchiness
  • Cedarwood essential oil - flea deterrent and regenerates skin.
  • Pine essential oil - flea deterrent, relieves anxiety.
  • Peace and Calming* on the paws to help settle Scruffy when the itching becomes particularly bad

    Environmental Allergies like for Weed killer, food with chemicals (Effaxaquin very BAD)
    Apply lavender on the skin if itchy and on the pads of the feet.
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What are Some Common Dog Allergies?
Common dog allergies include:

Canine Atopic Dermatitis One of the most common dog allergies is canine atopic dermatitis, Canine atopic dermatitis is a genetic inflammatory skin disorder, in which the dog becomes sensitized to environmental allergens (such as pollens, molds, house dust mites, etc.) Depending on the allergens, canine atopy can be seasonal (e.g. pollen allergies) or it can be year round (e.g. house dust mites, molds, etc.) Allergies usually occur within 1 to 3 years of a dog being exposed to continual environmental allergens.
Dog Flea Allergies Flea allergy dermatitis, aka dog flea allergies, used to be one of the most common dog allergies. However, with more flea control products available to dog parents, the incidence of flea allergies in dogs has decreased substantially. The cause of flea allergy dermatitis is the saliva of the flea which contains a number of chemicals that can induce an allergic response in dogs.
Dog Food Allergies Compared to canine atopy and flea dermatitis, true food allergies in dogs are rather rare, accounting for less than 10 percent of cases referred to veterinarians. Canine food allergies result when a dog develops allergic reactions to one or more ingredients in his food. It causes intense itching to the allergic dog. Suspect dog food allergies if your dog shows allergy symptoms all year round and does not respond to anti-inflammatory and anti-itching medications such as corticosteroids. To diagnose dog food allergies, you need to feed your dog an "elimination diet", the purpose of which is to ban all protein that the dog has eaten before in order to isolate and identify the allergen. Contact Dermatitis Contact dermatitis is rare in dogs and is caused by direct skin contact with an allergen. Contact dermatitis usually causes sudden onset of skin reactions such as itching, rashes, and hair loss. Common culprits that may cause contact dermatitis in dogs are chemicals found in some flea collars, soaps and disinfectants, weed killer, fertilizers, and insecticides. If your dog shows symptoms such as hair loss, redness, and/or inflammation around the neck shortly after beginning to wear a flea collar, chances are she is allergic to the collar. Soaps and gardening chemicals can cause allergic reactions on the skin that can easily contact the ground, such as the "armpits", and the stomach and groin areas. Sometimes, the dog may also develop mouth lesions if she licks the affected areas
Symptoms of Canine Food Allergies Similar to other types of allergies, the primary symptom of canine food allergies is itchy skin, resulting in incessant scratching and licking. You may also observe the following additional symptoms:  hair loss, hot spots,  chronic or recurrent ear infections; eyes that are red, runny, and irritated; swollen, itchy paws; digestive upsets (gas, diarrhea, or increased incidence of bowel movements); While dogs with other types of allergies (e.g. flea bites or atopy) also show these symptoms, there are several signs that you may identify in case of canine food allergies. The first one is that a dog with food allergies tends to have recurrent ear problems, particularly yeast infections. Also, a dog with food allergies shows symptoms year-round. In addition, the symptoms (in particular itchy skin) do not respond to conventional medication such as antihistamines and corticosteroids.Common Food Allergens: It has been found that certain ingredients in common dog foods are more likely to cause canine food allergies than others. These common food allergens are:

beef, wheat, dairy products, such as milk and cheese, eggs, chicken, corn, soy, yeast, various spices and additives

For example, dogs  suffering from hypothyroidism frequently have skin infections which are often mis-diagnosed as canine atopic dermatitis. Because of the mis-diagnosis, they are being put on the wrong medication (usually corticosteriods) and sometimes suffer from side effects of such medication. A proper diagnosis is therefore very important before any treatment is given to our dogs.  

What are "Canine Allergies"? Canine allergies are basically symptoms manifested as a result of a dog's immune system working hard to get rid of outside substances. These substances - allergens - can be anything (natural or artificial, organic or inorganic), and they can be found in a lot of places and things, such as food, in our homes, and in the environment. They can cause allergic reactions after being ingested, inhaled or absorbed. Usually, canine allergies are manifested in three ways. The most common is itching and inflammation of the skin which can either be limited to one area (localized) or all over the body (generalized). Another manifestation involves the respiratory system and may result in coughing, sneezing, and/or wheezing. Nasal and/or eye discharge may also be present. Finally, sometimes dog allergies involve the digestive system, resulting in vomiting or diarrhea.

Why do Some Dogs Get Allergies While Others Don't?Allergies in dogs come, first and foremost, from the "inside", rather than from  outside allergens. These days dogs are exposed to a lot of allergens. However, not all dogs develop symptoms of allergies. Those who do are often pets with problems from the "inside", for example, dogs with an already weakened immune system, hormonal imbalance, bacterial or fungal  infections, or those with emotional stress due to boredom, a lack of exercise, etc. When exposed to outside allergy-causing factors, (such as fleas, poor quality food, environmental toxins, over vaccination), these dogs are more prone to develop symptoms of dog allergies. If your pet shows dog allergy symptoms, it is very important that you consult your vet and ask that a thorough check-up (skin and blood tests) be carried out to identify the "inside" cause of the allergy. Finding out the inside "root" problem and getting rid of that problem will strengthen the overall health of your dog, making her more resistant against the outside allergens.

How do Allergy Symptoms Develop? The hallmark symptoms of common dog allergies includeitchiness and inflammation of the skin. These symptoms occur when the dog's allergen-specific IgE antiboides release some chemicals that cause the symptoms. The exact mechanism is rather complex. Here is a simplified explanation: When a dog is exposed to an allergen (e.g. fleas, pollen), IgE antibodies are formed by the dog's white blood cells. The IgE antibody attaches to a mast cell (mast cells are important tissue cells that form part of the immune system). The next time the dog is exposed to the allergen, the allergen attaches to the IgE antibody-mast cell combination. When that happens, the mast cell sort of "explodes" and releases chemicals within the cell and cell membrane. These chemicals include, among others, histamine and various prostaglandins which are responsible for causing the clinical signs of common dog allergies including itching and inflammation.



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How to Treat Dog Allergies Holistically - Prevention

Many holistic veterinarians argue that one thing every dog parent can do to help their dogs with allergies is to feed them a natural, organic diet, preferably raw with increased amounts of lean meats. The reason is simply that a natural raw diet is the closest type of food that dogs and cats used to eat when they were in the wild. Many commercial diets, especially the low-quality ones, contain harmful chemicals used for preservation and artificial coloring. In addition, avoid giving your dog a diet that is high in carbohydrates(e.g. corn, wheat, rice) because carbs cause and exacerbate inflammation. Many dog parents have actually seen their dogs' allergies improve upon switching their food to a natural, organic, low-carb diet. Discuss with your veterinarian about a homemade recipe or, if home cooking is not possible, an organic, preservative-free and artificial coloring-free commercial brand. Try to keep the diet as high quality as possible to avoid stress on organs and to help support the immune system.
Common allergens in the environment such as weeds, dust, and pollens can cause symptoms of allergies in dogs. But so can a lot of other common household goods. Dogs can develop allergy symptoms when exposed to things such as:
household cleaning chemicals
flea chemicals
cigarette smoke
strong soap or shampoo
plastic food bowls

Elimination and avoidance is usually the best way to prevent allergies in dogs caused by the above items:

-Air filters and purifiers can help remove allergens in the air, such as pollen, or house dust.
-Frequent vacuuming and washing your carpets reduces the allergens that live deep in the carpet fibers.
-Rinsing your dog's paws after walks may reduce exposure to pesticides.
-Consider putting booties or a T-shirt on your dog when going out if he is severely allergic.
-Changing and cleaning your dog's bedding frequently can reduce the allergenic load such as house dust mites.
-Using a natural and mild shampoo, and natural herbal flea repellents further minimizes exposing your dog to toxic chemicals.

Bath Your Dog Often
One simple thing that we can do to alleviate allergy symptoms in dogs is to bath them often. Some dog parents think that frequent bathing can cause more itching. That is not true if you use natural and mild doggie shampoo ( Heavenly Herbal Pet Shampoo). Think about it, dogs do not have shoes and clothes to protect them against allergens in the environment, and allergens can easily stick to their hair coat. It makes good sense therefore to regularly bath your dog to help get rid of these allergens on her body before the allergens can cause an allergic reaction to the dog.

How to Treat Dog Allergies 
Dog allergy symptoms often appear as a result of a prolonged build-up of toxins in the body whose immune system is weakened. Managing allergies, therefore, is more than just suppressing the symptoms of itchy skin or ear infections. It requires vigilant observation of your dog - you must recognize the warning signs, such as excessive licking, paw chewing, or ear scratching, and timely action needs to be taken to find out the underlying root cause. Tackling allergies in dogs is a long-term and ongoing process and a healthy body is the best guard against toxic substances invading your dog's body. Keep in mind that alternative remedies  can often complement conventional treatments and may eliminate or reduce the use of strong drugs.

Natural Allergy Relief - Herbs for Topical Use
One natural allergy relief is the use of herbs. Herbs can be used topically to alleviate symptoms such as itching. Herbal remedies can also be used to strengthen the dog's weakened body systems, such as the immune system, the liver, kidneys, etc. By tackling dog allergies both topically from the outside and systemically from the inside, long-term use of selected herbs can rid a dog of allergies without causing havoc to his body system functioning. Topically, oat can be used to ease itchy skin. Give your dog oat baths regularly. Boil about one pound of organic oat straw in 2 quarts of water and add this to your dog's bathwater. Note, however, that if your dog's itchy skin is caused by yeast infections, DO NOT use oat! Oat is a grain which is a source of carbohydrates (sugars), and yeast thrives on sugar! That's why it is so important to find out the ROOT CAUSE of the itch before you give treatment to your dog. Though not an herb, apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for quick relief from itchiness caused by allergies.

Herbal Remedies for Allergies in Dogs - Internal
Many dogs develop dog allergy symptoms because they have a weakened imbalanced immune system, or the proper functioning of their major organs are compromised. Herbal remedies are effective in toning, balancing, and strengthening the immune system and other major "waste-disposal organs" (the liver, skin, kidneys). Here are a few herbs that can be used as natural allergy relief for dogs:

Common dog allergies include dog skin allergies (canine atopic dermatitis), dog flea allergies (flea allergy dermatitis), contact dermatitis, and dog food allergies.Is your dog constantly scratching, chewing, and licking? If so, there is a possibility that he may be suffering from some form of allergy. In recent years, the number of dogs suffering from dog allergies has increased dramatically. At the same time, many dogs have been mis-diagnosed as having allergies when in fact they are suffering from something else.

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