Soothing Allergies Naturally

Although allergies can plague us any time of year, the spring – with its abundance of new life and blooming trees and flowers – often brings an extra dose of discomfort with all of its beauty. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and it’s important to remember that, just like us, our pets can be affected by allergies due to their environment as well as by their diet and a variety of other factors.

Symptoms

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms recently in your buddy, allergies may be at play:

  • Itchy, red, moist, or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws

Causes

Getting to the root cause of your pet’s allergies may take some time as they can be attributed to a range of factors. In addition to environmental factors such as allergies to pollen, mold cigarette smoke, rubber and plastic, common food allergies such as wheat, soy, corn, chicken, poultry, and tomato are often major culprits. And don’t forget that our fur babies can be affected by excessive use of antibiotics, overgrowth of yeast, the overuse of vaccines and Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Natural Remedies for Allergies

There are many natural ways to ease your pet’s allergies once you determine the source.

  • Cell Salts
  • Bach Flower Remediesholistic
  • Essential Oils
  • Candida Clear
  • Herbs:
    • Nature’s Sunshine ALJ
    • Nature’s Sunshine Histablock
    • Pau d’Arco
  • Remove offending foods
  • Remove offending environmental products
  • Build the Gut
    • With Probiotics to help:
      • Counterbalance good and bad bacteria in the intestines
      • Control yeast overgrowth
      • Work in conjunction with Glutamine
      • Support proper digestion and bowel health
      • Help remove toxins from the body
      • Improve immune system
      • Help manufacture B vitamins
    • With Amino Acids (Glutamine, Glutamate, Glycine, and/or Glutamic Acid) to help:
      • Correct autoimmune disease
      • Joint Pain
      • Thyroid deficiencies
      • Multiple food sensitivities
      • Repair Leaky Gut Syndrome
    • Build the Immune System with:
      • Echinacea
      • Astragalus
      • Fermented Foods
      • Probiotics
      • Natural flea & tick remedies
      • Exercise
      • Silver Shield

We recommend starting your pet allergy treatment by switching to either raw or freeze-dried food. A raw diet will eliminate all starches, grains, and poultry in all forms from your pet’s diet. Look for potato-, grain-, and chicken-free versions of freeze-dried food. Don’t forget to change your pet’s treats too! They can also contain offending ingredients.

Determining the cause of your pet’s allergies and finding the right treatments takes patience but, in time, you’ll have them back on the road to wellness in no time. If you’d like some guidance in selecting brands to try to help ease symptoms in your pet, stop into The Pet Beastro or consider scheduling one of our more in-depth animal wellness services to help pinpoint the source of your pet’s allergies and start providing them with some relief.

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