Many people don’t realize that their dogs, just like human beings, can suffer from allergies. In fact, about twenty percent of the dogs in the United States alone suffer from one allergy or another, with flea allergy dermatitis being the most common form of allergies in dogs. Other types include atopic dermatitis, food allergies, and inhalant allergies.
Signs and symptoms of dog allergies may vary but are often marked by persistent itching and discoloration of the skin (most common in skin allergies), coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and mucus discharge (most common in inhalant allergies), and nausea, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea (common to food allergies and other ailments.)
Consultation with a vet is the best first course of action for several reasons. First of all, what you think is an allergic reaction may actually be signs of a more serious ailment and a vet should be the one to determine whether that is the case. There is also the chance that the dog does not have an allergy at all. The last thing you want to do is medicate your pet unnecessarily.
The doctor will be able to perform tests to determine whether an allergic condition exists, how severe it is, and what the proper treatment will be. If the dog has an allergy to certain foods, it will be imperative to restrict the animal’s diet to eliminate those items that cause a reaction. The vet’s testing methods can help to determine whether this type of allergy exists as well. If the dog has flea allergy, dermatitis (an allergic reaction to the saliva of fleas, rather than to the insects themselves), an extreme flea prevention regimen will be recommended.
Just like humans, dogs/cats that suffer from various allergies can live comfortably with them if they are detected and treated properly.
In any event, though, natural cures are helpful supports for safely and effectively alleviating allergy issues in pets. Consider trying acidophilus, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil to treat your pet’s allergy symptoms.
Acidophilus is a form of good bacteria that helps balance the body’s immune system. When the natural bacteria is “in check” in the gastrointestinal tract, your pet’s immune system functions more optimally. You can find acidophilus in the form of a dietary supplement and even in yogurt or food forms for your pet.
2. Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil has active anti-inflammatory and anti-itch compounds. You can apply primrose oil to you animal’s skin to treat dry or itchy skin issues. Likewise, giving your pet evening primrose oil by mouth helps calm allergies and boost the immune system.
3. Omega-3 Fats
Omega-3 fatty acids are more balanced, complex fats than other forms. These supplements help decrease inflammation and relieve allergic responses throughout the body. Omega-3s are especially helpful for treating seasonal allergies. Consider using krill, salmon, or tuna oil as a dietary supplement or topical application for your pet.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another complex fat. This blend contains lauric acid, which actually helps fight the production of yeast, a common inflammatory component. Coconut oil also helps decrease inflammation and can be used internally and externally for treating your pet’s allergy issues.