Allergies

2 Apr

 

 

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Spring is a prime time for seasonal allergies to affect pets – even indoor pets! If you notice paw licking, face rubbing, yeasty ears and/or hot spots, your pet is probably experiencing seasonal allergies. Hot spots are skin infections that start when a pet chews at itchy skin. Continually chewing at these spots causes hair loss, and will eventually create painful red sores. Another sign of hot spots is itchy, irritating red bumps on the pet’s stomach and genital region. Although seasonal allergies may look like food allergies, you can recognize it as a seasonal allergy if these symptoms do not occur year round.

 

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There are several natural remedies that can help a pet suffering from seasonal allergies:

Quecertin is a bioflavonoid in the rinds of green citrus fruit, rose hips and black currants. It’s an excellent histamine suppressant. Histamines are what cause the redness, puffiness and irritation of an allergic reaction, and Quecertin is nature’s answer to Benadryl. When my son, Jack, was little, he would have severe reactions to bug bites which would swell to the size of a small golf ball. His naturopath suggested Quercetin, and within an hour of using it, the swelling would go down. Since then, we always keep Quercetin on hand in our house. It’s available in most health food stores. I purchase the capsule form and take it apart to sprinkle it on food.

Bromelain and Papain are enzymes that increase the absorption of Quercetin and help it work more effectively. They are also histamine blockers. You can find these enzymes in the supplement NuVet Plus. These supplements contain the exact combination of human grade, natural antioxidants, amino acids, bioflavonoids, fatty acids, minerals, herbs and vitamins.

Coconut Oil contains medium chain fatty acids, also known as medium chain triglycerides or MCT’s. MCT’s increase metabolism and fight viruses and bacteria. The most prominent MCT is Lauric acid, which has been shown to destroy several types of bacteria, viruses and even yeast. For a medium-sized dog, a heaping teaspoon of coconut oil daily can help combat yeast growth resulting from seasonal allergies. Coconut oil is easy to find now in any grocery store, health food store or online. I prefer to use organic or virgin coconut oil. coconut-oil-coconut-38461570

Bathing your pet frequently with an all-natural shampoo can help to soothe their skin by relieving redness and inflammation, and reducing allergen build-up. Choose a shampoo that has a smaller number of ingredients, and look for a grain-free product. Some pet shampoos contain cornstarch, which might make your pet feel itchy. There are some really nice coconut shampoos on the market.

Allergy problems can usually be effectively healed through natural healing approaches. Continually building up your pet’s immune system helps them heal quicker if allergies become a problem. And feeding your pet grain-free food, or a raw diet, is a great way to prevent inflammation – in any season!

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