Last Modified on Feb 24, 2015
Itchy nose? Watery eyes? Rashy skin? And, no, we don’t mean symptoms that you are having. While it may seem surprising, your pet can also experience allergy issues that may seem quite common to some that you have experienced. The good news is that your pet’s allergies are typically just as easy to treat as your allergies. 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, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil.
What Types of Allergies Are Common in Pets?
The two most common forms of allergies that your pet may experience are food allergies and environmental allergies. As a general rule of thumb, seasonal allergies are situated within the “environmental” category of allergies.
Allergies of any type are an overreaction of the immune system, in which the immune system identifies the allergen as a foreign substance that it must eliminate. As the animal’s body tries to fight this substance, the reactions in the form of allergy symptoms occur.
Several different types of pet allergies are relatively common including dust mite sensitivity and sensitivity to chemicals such as latex or aerosol. Nonetheless, the absolutely most common allergies that may be affecting your pet are environmental allergies that include ragweed, grass, pollen, mold, and trees.
What Kind of Symptoms Will My Pet Exhibit If It Has Allergies?
Much like you experience allergy symptoms, animals do too. The symptoms your pet exhibits may vary depending on the specific allergy it has, but generally animal allergy symptoms are relatively common. Some of the symptoms that your pet may exhibit include inflammation in the sinuses or airways, coughing, excess mucus, nasal discharge, runny eyes, swollen eyes, redness in the paws or belly, and itching and scratching. Bowel issues are also common in relation to environmental allergies and may include issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.
What Are the Best Natural Cures for My Pet’s Allergies?
Catching your pet’s allergic response early on is one of the most important steps to fighting allergies. In some cases, you may notice symptoms of allergies in your pet before it develops to a systemic response, which allows you to begin treating immediately and avoid additional vet visits. However, if you pet is red, itchy, and swollen, you should probably head to the vet with the animal to get a more thorough diagnosis. 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.
Try one of these treatment options, or keep reading to learn more about treating your pet’s allergies naturally.
Allergies in Dogs - http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/allergies-dogs?page=2
How to Help Your Pets with Allergies - http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/03/19/pet.allergies.mnn/
How to Naturally Treat Seasonal Allergies that Make Your Pet Itchy and Miserable - http:// healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/07/05/valuable-nutrients-for-pets-who-suffer-from-seasonal-allergies.aspx
Below you will find user submitted natural remedies for pets with allergies. Our most popular treatment for allergies in humans, apple cider vinegar, is also very effective in our pets. Many users have also suggested dietary changes for your cat or dog; food allergies to certain brands are quite common. We are interested in what you use to combat your pets' allergies, so let us know if you try any home remedies you find here; if you know of a natural cure we don't have listed, please let us know about it!
When writing Earth Clinic about a dog skin allergy or cat skin allergy, please include the brand name of the food you are feeding him/her! We'd like to start pegging the brands that may be causing these issues.
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|Neem Seed Oil - Promising Remedy!||3|