From the most common to some of the more unusual, your pet’s allergies can typically be treated using natural cures, such as acidophilus, evening primrose oil, and omega-3 fats. Like people, dogs can suffer from allergies. Allergies in dogs most often manifest through the skin, causing itching, scratching, or paw licking. From a holistic perspective, allergies usually indicate some sort of internal imbalance. Allergies of any type are an overreaction of the immune system. When the body’s immune system identifies an allergen, it goes on the defensive and treats the supposed allergen as a foreign substance that must be eliminated. As the animal’s body tries to fight this substance, the reactions in the form of allergy symptoms occur.
Some of the symptoms that your pet may exhibit in response to an allergen include inflammation in the sinuses, coughing, excess mucus, nasal discharge, runny or swollen eyes, redness in the paws or belly, or itching and scratching. Bowel issues are also common in and may include issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Acidophilus is a probiotic which all dogs can benefit from. It aids in digestion and modulates the immune system by producing short-chain fatty acids which inhibit the growth and activity of harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, and Clostridium perfringens. Probiotics for pets may help prevent urinary tract infections, and can even reduce allergic reactions by decreasing intestinal permeability and controlling inflammation.
Essential oils and extracts in a vitamin/glycerine and ricenoic fatty acid base perfect for all pet skin irritations, including hot spots. By spraying it on cotton you can also use it for a weekly ear cleanser. It is also effective as an insect repellent for pets when mixed 1:10 with water in a spray bottle. You can also use fish oils like Omega 3 and Omega 6 whichare important for your pet’s brain, eye and heart health. DHA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid – an important structural component of the nerve cells in the brain, eyes and a key component of heart tissue.
Holistic remedies for pets are not just for “tree huggers” anymore. It is vitally important to take care of your dog every day, not just when he is feeling under the weather. The best way to maintain his best health is often the most natural way.