What Are Allergies?

The most common medical complaint veterinarians see in dogs is skin or ear related. Unlike humans who react to allergens with nasal symptoms, dogs react with skin or ear problems.

Environmental Allergies

Most common signs are frequent itching, chewing and biting:

  • The tail
  • The stomach
  • The insides of the hind legs
  • Licking and chewing the paws

Allergies usually affects pets most in spring or fall, similar to their Guardians.

When Allergens are Inhaled

  • Can also result in sneezing, coughing and watery eyes

Food Related Reactions

  • Account for only about 10% of allergy problems in dogs
  • Are easily treated Flea
  • Severe itching is caused from a reaction to the flea’s saliva and not to the flea itself

Treating Allergies

Treating allergy symptoms will vary from animal to animal – Pet Planet may have some solutions for you and your pet. Possible treatments may include:

Nutrition / Holistic Care

Choosing healthy, high quality foods and supplements can boost the immune system and may get to the root of the problem. Many allergies can also be prevented through diet. Most grocery foods lack essential fatty acids and tend to contain artificial preservatives that can contribute to allergy-like symptoms. It is best to avoid common fillers such as corn, soy, wheat etc. which are known allergy stimulants.

Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids

  • Natural anti-inflammatory agents
  • May not reduce itching

Cool Baths

  • Baths may or may not include oatmeal, Epsom Salts or tea tree oil medicated shampoos
  • Provides temporary relief

Antihistamines / Steroids

Do not get to the root of the problem and should only be used short-term to help with the symptoms.

Natural Alternatives

Many veterinarians are now recognizing the practical nature of holistic allergy treatments. The success of any treatment can rest primarily on you – the Guardian – to provide consistent care.

  • Avoid allergen contact, even if your dog has received allergy shots
  • Reduce the possibility of mold by using a dehumidifier
  • HEPA filters can control dust and pollen

Choose healthy, high quality foods and supplements to help build your pet’s immune system.