Allergies are not only our problem. You may have seen the signs of dog allergy many times; constant licking, scratching and biting that leads to wounds and infection, watery eyes, rashes or bumps all over the body. It’s heart-breaking to see them suffer. Like any other synthetic drugs, steroids and antihistamines have side effects and may worsen their reaction to allergens in the long run. A safer way to help our fur babies is to choose these 5 natural remedies for dog allergies that we recommend.
Dogs may be allergic to an ingredient in their food. Pollen, dust mites, smoke or grass may also cause allergies.
When dogs get in contact with allergens they may exhibit these symptoms:
When you see these symptoms, it is best to consult your vet as it can lead to a more serious infection.
There are also some natural ingredients you can try at home that can help alleviate your dog's allergies.
5 Natural Remedies for Dog Allergies
Sometimes it is just a matter of cleaning and getting rid of possible allergens like dusts and molds to fight allergies.
Bathe your dog often or wipe or rinse off their paws and coat after a walk to remove the allergens that stick to their body.
Vacuum and clean your surroundings to avoid accumulating dust.
Use nontoxic cleaning products. Check that they have hypoallergenic ingredients.
As much as possible, use products that are natural or create your own from DIY tutorials online.
Some dogs get allergies from the detergent used to clean their bed or blanket or on the carpet around the house.
2. Baking Soda
Spraying a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with 8 ounces of water on the affected area can help reduce the itching and redness of skin.
Grind oatmeal until fine and mix with warm water. Soak your dog in this mixture for at least 10 minutes, rubbing them gently. This will alleviate itching and inflammation.
WARNING: Do not use oatmeal if there is yeast infection as this will only aggravate the problem.
4. Essential oils
Volatile oils from plants such as lavender, chamomile, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint oils are often used in dog allergies for their anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine and antiseptic properties.
WARNING: Not all essential oils are safe to use around dogs. Some are actually highly toxic.
It is best to consult with your vet first before diffusing the oil or applying on your dog.
Not only are herbs good for humans, dogs can also benefit from them. Astragalus for example has been used primarily to boost the immune system in Chinese traditional medicine. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Burdock and Licorice are effective in treating inflammatory skin disorders in dogs and treats the burning and itchiness of skin.
Nettle leaf on the other hand contains antihistamine properties effective for seasonal allergies.
For food allergies, it is best to eliminate the ingredient that causes
their allergies to flare up and find a special diet that works for them.
How can you help your allergic dog?
When our dogs feel pain, we feel it double. We wish we could get rid of what’s bothering them in an instant. We don’t mind paying vet bills and buying expensive medicines to help them feel better and give them the best quality of life.
Curcumin boosts the immune system to better fight allergies while the gelatin and collagen in bone broth supports the growth and repair of skin, which can be especially beneficial for dogs that scratch and irritate their skin.
These two products work in synergy to give your dog natural relief from their allergies!
It is important to talk to your veterinarian when you see they manifest symptoms of dog allergy to determine what is causing it.
Remember also that prevention is better than cure. Once you’ve identified the cause of hypersensitivity in your dogs, avoid exposing them to such allergens. Help boost your dog’s immune system so they can fight allergies.
Dogs deserve the best kind of life for all their hard work protecting us, being our therapist, and for simply keeping us company and making us smile every single day.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see them happy and healthy and not scratching and suffering from allergies?
What other natural remedies for allergies do you know of that is not on the list? Please share in the comment.