Dog Allergies: What You Need to Know
What products are OK for dogs with allergies?
Does your dog have allergies? Unfortunately, allergies are a fairly common problem for dogs, and sometimes finding the right products to help them can be extra challenging. The following are some potential allergy issues dogs could face, as well as some products that could help dogs with allergy relief.
How do I know if my dog has allergies?
If you think your dog might be allergic to something, it is best to take her to a vet. The vet may be able to help you determine what could potentially be causing the allergies through either a process of elimination or through allergy testing. Of course, allergy testing often costs a few hundred dollars, but is well worth it in some cases.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
The symptoms will vary from dog to dog and could include sneezing, itchy skin, hair loss, an upset stomach or ear infections. The dog’s skin could be flaky or red, and the dog may be scratching, licking, or biting himself in an attempt to relieve the itching. Of course, these symptoms could be related to several other health issues, which is why it is always best to get a vet’s opinion.
What could a dog be allergic to?
A dog could be allergic to just about anything, but here are some of the more common causes of allergies in dogs:
Pollen or dust: Just like people, dogs can be allergic to pollen, dust or even different cleaning chemicals in their environment. For example, a dog could be allergic to the detergent you use to wash his bedding.
Grains: Dogs can be allergic to certain grains such as corn or wheat. Some dog owners try switching their dogs to a grain-free food and grain-free dog treats, and they notice a difference very quickly.
Other foods: Some dogs are allergic to certain protein sources such as chicken or beef and need to be fed a diet with a different protein source. For example, if the dog is allergic to chicken, he may do better on a salmon or turkey-based food. There are a variety of different treat flavors such as salmon sticks or liver and sweet potato treats. Bison rawhides are another favorite option for dogs with allergies.
Cedar: Pet beds are often filled with cedar shavings because cedar can help repel fleas and control pet odors. However, some dogs are allergic to cedar.
Flea allergies: A couple of flea bites is enough to make a dog with flea allergies itch like crazy! Flea saliva is believed to be the allergen that causes the itchiness associated with flea allergies
Metal or other materials: Dogs can even be allergic to certain metals. If that’s the case with your dog, you’ll want to find a nylon dog collar or a collar made with other soft material instead of a chain-type collar. Also consider what type of bowl you use to feed your dog.
Are there any products to give my dog allergy relief?
Yes, thank goodness. While these products may not cure your dog’s allergies, they can provide temporary relief. Our Skin & Seasonal Allergies strip is a natural supplement that supports the skin, coat, hips and joints, heart, and immune system. Absorption of Petstrips bypasses the digestive system and delivers the supplements right to the bloodstream. The ingredients are quickly delivered, usually more potent, and less health supplements will be needed to do the job it’s intended. Our quick dissolving formula is loaded with the healthy Omega-3 fatty acid (with EPA and DHA) to support health and wellness for your canine companion. The rich Omegas from fish and pork help to aid hip, joint, heart, and immune function to keep your four-legged friend feeling lively and active every day staying in great shape, without the fuss. If your pet has dry skin, a dull shedding coat, hot spots, or itching and irritation, Curcumin from turmeric provides relief and nourishment keep skin and coats in the best condition. For pet parents looking for an alternative to capsules, raw treats, or oil additives, all it takes is one strip added to your pets’ tongue or roof of the mouth to support your pet more effectively.
When it comes to dealing with allergies, a holistic approach is the way to go. Focus on:
Getting your dog’s diet right. A diet based on meat, organs and bone (the diet your dog was designed by Mother Nature to eat) offers all the nutrients they need to start building a resistance to allergies and re-balancing their immune system by reducing inflammation with omega-3 fatty acids.
Managing stress also plays a big roll. If your dog does not have enough mental stimulation, physical exercise or positive interaction with people, they may start to feel stressed and anxious - which can wreak havoc on their immune system. Dogs are very aware of the atmosphere around them, so try to create a safe and positive environment for them to live. Of course, visit your vet regularly so they can keep an eye on your dog’s overall health.
Does your dog have allergies?
Allergies are a problem for a lot of dogs, but hopefully some of these ideas can really make a difference. Let us know what has worked for your dog.