SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!
Along with the arrival of the sunshine comes the arrival of unwanted ‘seasonal’ allergies. Allergy symptoms can flare intermittently depending on when the trigger plant blooms, blossoms and grows.
Allergy symptoms can include:
● Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids.
● Red, inflamed skin.
● Itchy ears and chronic ear infections.
● Itchy paws.
●Runny eyes and/or nose.
● Constant licking.
Intense itchiness is usually the first sign, and the itch-scratch cycle quickly creates irritated, inflamed skin, hot spots, and can lead to secondary infections. There may be hair loss and issues with ears and paws as yeast and/or bacterial infection develops.
D0N’T DESPAIR….. THERE ARE SOME ALL-NATURAL STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO EASE YOUR ALLERGIC DOGS DISCOMFORT!
- Evaluate your dog’s diet to keep a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Try to feed a fresher, minimally processed, anti-inflammatory diet, low in carbohydrate content to limit the food supply for yeast.
- Reduce the effect of bringing outdoor allergens inside. It may be useful to rinse or wash your dog more regularly, when they have been out. Foot soaks are a great way to reduce the number of allergens that your dog tracks into the house and deposits all over their indoor environment. Try to do regular foot soaks and eye rinses. Colloidal silver can be used to safely disinfect face and eyes. Lemon juice or vinegar can be used in a rinse if there is a yeast infection.
- Keep windows closed and vacuum regularly. Wash bedding using natural fragrance-free detergent at least once per week and keep home as allergen free as possible.
- You could buy your pooch a ‘body suit’ to wear on walks to protect them from outdoor allergens.
- Investigate the use of natural supplements
Some of our Favourite Natural Supplements include:
Essential fatty acids (EFA) and lauric acid may help as they are thought to be anti- inflammatory and are required for a healthy skin. The best sources of EFA are from fish oils such as krill, squid, anchovy, sardine, salmon, or tuna.
Coconut oil (beware of the high fat content!) contains lauric acid which is thought to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help to suppress the production of yeast in the body. Omega 3 oils combined with coconut oil can modulate or even suppress the inflammatory response in allergic pets.
Quercetin is a crystalline pigment present in plants which can reduce the allergic response and boost immunity. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antihistamine properties. One of the best natural sources is bee pollen but it can also be found in berries, kale, broccoli, and apples.
Nettle is also thought to be a useful supplement to keep histamine levels low during allergy season. The dried herb can be sprinkled directly onto food or cooled nettle leaf tea can be used as a coat or eye rinse when itchy.
Butterbur, sorrel, verbena, elderflower and cats claw may also be helpful.
Locally produced honey contains a small amount of pollen from your local area may help to desensitize the body to local allergens over time.
Other ways which you can help…
● Avoid unnecessary medication which may interfere with the performance of the immune system.
Anti Allergy Treats
Here is our useful DIY homemade anti-allergy treat recipe. This recipe is for cute little Supaw Supps Anti Allergy Bones that can be added to your Dogs meal every day to help with symptoms of allergies.
We put the correct dosage required (per day) for our dogs body weight, manually into each bone to make sure they get the correct amount in their meal for maximum effect (if you have a big dog – use bigger molds! *Dosage depends on the weight of your dog (a pinch for small dogs, a teaspoon for large dogs etc).
What you’ll need:
🐝 Organic Bee Pollen*
🌿 Milk Thistle
🪴 Dried Nettle*
🥜 Nuts for Pets Peanut Butter The Gold One* (with added Turmeric)
🍶 Kefir Yoghurt
1️⃣ – Put the correct amount of Bee Pollen, Milk Thistle & Nettle required for your dog into each mold
2️⃣ – Now add a dollop of peanut butter
3️⃣ – Top up with Kefir
4️⃣ – Freeze
5️⃣ – Add to meals once a day or feed as a frozen treat
✨TopTip – use a cake icer for hassle free peanut butter loading 🤓
To check out our video on how to make these – click here!