BrainTrainingforDog: Natural Remedies for Dogs with Allergies

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Natural Remedies for Dogs with Allergies

 If your dog suffers from a food allergy, an environmental allergy, or an allergy to skin contact, the end result will inevitably be the same - a rather unhappy dog. Runny nose, runny nose, ear pain, paw licking, and itching are all symptoms that indicate an allergy.

Regardless of the type of allergy your dog suffers from, it is caused by an overreaction of your dog's immune system. Basically, your body overreacts to certain substances that are ingested, inhaled, or come into contact with your skin. To fight these substances, the dog's body produces antibodies that cause certain cells to secrete histamine. Histamine is ultimately what plays the most important role in activating the inflammatory response seen in our four-legged companions.


Treating Allergy Symptoms But Not The Cause

Allergies are usually treated with prescription drugs, such as steroids and antihistamines. While effective, these drugs usually provide only temporary relief and mostly mask symptoms. In addition, allergy medications often cause irritating side effects. For example, the use of antihistamines such as Benadryl can lead to unwanted drowsiness and urinary retention. In addition, owners are often frustrated because once these drugs are discontinued, their dog resumes the old cycle of itching and scratching and returns to its original state. Turning off the immune system is not the real answer to the problem. This approach is ultimately a cover-up, largely equivalent to applying a patch to an injury without treating it completely. In fact, year after year, allergies worsen, do not improve.

Healing Dogs From The Inside Out

The real goal of holistic allergy treatment in dogs is to balance and strengthen the immune system. Those interested in using alternative and natural remedies will be pleased to know that Mother Nature's pantry has valuable resources. Natural remedies are aimed at strengthening the immune system, reducing the inflammatory response, and in some cases even suppressing histamine production without having to touch Benadryl.

Seven Home Remedies For An Allergic Dog

These natural products may work after a while, but they are worth a try if you are worried about using traditional medicines and their side effects. Although natural therapies are often considered safe, it is important to consider that they can have "medicinal effects", especially when given the wrong dosage or prescription. It is always best to consult a holistic veterinarian for proper use and dosage recommendations. In addition, it is recommended that you inform your veterinarian of any natural supplements you are taking. Here are some of the best natural remedies for allergic dogs:


Quercetin

 This natural remedy is known as "Natural Benadryl" for many reasons. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many plants and is known to have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine properties. In addition, quercetin is known to inhibit the production of certain inflammatory molecules responsible for triggering airway inflammation and bronchospasm. Quercetin supplements can be found in capsules or concentrated powders. Bromelain

 This enzyme is obtained from pineapple. When added to quercetin, bromelain increases its bioavailability and acts synergistically, making it more effective. Bromelain also suppresses the production of histamine and prostaglandins. This enzyme is often added to quercetin supplements. Nettle

 Like quercetin, this natural remedy suppresses the release of histamine, and its biologically active compounds reduce the inflammatory response. Often used as a tea or extract, nettle reduces itching, and most importantly, it can help reduce the body's sensitivity over time, making the immune system less reactive, according to veterinarian Sarah Skivsky. Essential fatty acids

 These fatty acids support the immune system and reduce the level of inflammation in the body. Fish oil derived from wild salmon, krill, haddock, and cod is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Other useful sources are the Omega-6 vegetable fatty acids found in evening primrose, blackcurrant seed oil, and borage. Veterinarian Randy Kidd suggests a combination of both sources of fatty acids for a stronger effect. Vitamin C

 This beneficial vitamin doesn't just prevent colds. When taken daily in the correct dosage, it helps to reduce the level of histamine in the blood. Coconut Oil

 More and more dog owners are enjoying the benefits of adding coconut oil to their dogs ' diets. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps suppress the body's inflammatory response. Oatmeal baths

 Although oatmeal baths do not cure allergies, they are worth mentioning because they help very well. A cool oatmeal bath soothes dogs with dry, itchy skin and skin allergies.

Other Helpful Solutions

Make sure you're feeding a high-quality natural diet free of wheat, corn, or soy, reduce unnecessary vaccinations, and invest in natural foods that have a low toxicity potential. You may also consider acupuncture or homeopathy for chronic or severe allergies. All these steps, combined with natural supplements, pave the way for a stronger immune system so that your dog is on track for many healthier and happier days in the future.


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