Allergens and your pet

Allergies are probably one of the biggest reasons pet owners go to their veterinarian. If your dog or cat has recurring problems, they might actually have allergies. What are the symptoms? Dogs often exhibit symptoms of foot licking, inflamed ears, itching and scratching, loss of coat, skin eruptions or rashes, loss of hair around the eyes, flaky skin, oily skin, and hot spots. Cats show symptoms of tearing of the eyes, urinary tract infections, digestive problems, and sneezing.

Common causes of your pet’s allergies can be the food, seasonal exposure to grass, weeds, and pollen, or environmental exposure to mold, dust, fertilizers, etc. The allergy generally worsen as the pet ages and can progress from a seasonal allergy to a year-round condition.

Treatment

Determining the source of the allergic reaction can be difficult. However, there are things that can naturally reduce your pet’s allergic reaction:

-A natural diet – Preferably a raw diet or high quality kibble that does not contain corn, wheat, or soy. Remember to check the treats.

-Essential fatty acids (fish oils) – These can reduce allergy related itching 20-40%. Look for supplements containing omega-2 and omega-6 fatty acids.

-Immune system support – To strengthen the immune system to aid in fighting allergy related reactions and infections.

-A natural supplement – Blended to minimize the allergy symptoms

  • Spring Tonic – to minimize mild symptoms to springtime allergies
  • Detox – for severe or chronic symptoms
  • Skin Itch & Relief – relives skin irritation and scratching
  • Itchy Skin Tonic – anti-inflammatory and very soothing
  • Yucca Intensive – made with nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Yeast & Fungal D’Tox – for allergy related yeast and fungal infections

We do recommend a step by step approach to managing your pet’s allergies. Each pet is different and there is not one approach that works best for all animals. Initially, we will suggest making a change in diet (if they’re not already on a recommended diet). A change to a raw diet may show results in as little as a week, where a change in kibble may take up to 6 weeks. Along with the natural diet, begin to slowly add fish oil to the meals and gradually increase to the manufacturer’s recommended amount.

An immune system booster may be started as much as 6 weeks before the season or immediately if symptoms are already present.

Natural supplements may be used for acute outbreaks, chronic conditions, and seasonal reactions. They will help to minimize your pet’s symptoms or clean up a yeast infection.

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