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Dogs with Allergies
June 17, 2010
Dogs with Allergies
Things to do for PETS WITH ALLERGIES
Seven things to try before prescription meds:
1.Less Allergenic Food.
Feed your dog a simple food that he is less likely to react to. Raw unadulterated foods are the pinnacle however I have found that a kibble diet of fish and sweet potato can work very well too, and with this there is less itching, and licking. Every dog is different, so you have to try different foods; there is not one size fits all food solution. But the principle is to think simple, minimal ingredients, minimal processing, flavors and preservatives. Try the new diet for at least 4 weeks.
2.Regular bathing- of your dog’s feet as he comes in from outside, and of your entire dog.
A tea tree shampoo works well to inhibit bacteria, and to stave off yeast. Then rinse your pup with a 1:1 ration of vinegar and water to balance the pH, leave the solution on and towel dry.
3.Antihistamines- both natural and conventional. I have used Benadryl for big flare ups of his skin, dosing at .5mg per lb and this can be done twice a day if needed.
Vitamin C which has some antihistamine qualities, and itching is decreases.
4. Herbal treatments are very helpful in pets as their systems are generally cleaner than ours and therefore respond well to herbs. One of my a favorites is All-R-G from Silver Linings. It’s a blend of Echinacea, Goldenseal, & Licorice. Tinctures of Goldenseal & Echinacea alone work very well too for things like goopy eyes & reverse sneezing.
5. Essential Fatty Acid supplements. If your dog has allergies, he needs to be on these. Again there’s no ONE best, try a few like coconut oil, camalena oil, flax oil, fish oil, of phytoplankton.
Our goal here is anti-inflammation and skin resiliency.
6. Probiotics are increasingly being used for dogs with allergies. These beneficial bacteria play a role in normalizing the overactive immune system. You won’t see an instant response, but you may see some marked decrease in allergic signs after using probiotics for 4 weeks. Whole food, raw forms are the best as the organisms are infinitely more hardy than those in supplements. They’re in things like plain yogurt, raw goats milk, green tripe & kefir.
7. The last increasingly used ingredient for allergies is colostrum. Research has found an ingredient known as praline-rich polypeptide (PRP) in bovine colostrum; it appears to be what is helping decrease the allergy symptoms. The colostrum dose for dogs with allergies varies based on the company; I advise giving ¼ of the human dose per 20lbs daily. This is naturally active in Raw Goats Milk and does wonders.