Allergies, Itching and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats
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Veterinary-Approved Supplements for Allergies, Itching & Skin Problems
Allergies, Itching and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats
While humans often display respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and eye irritation from allergies, common symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats are excessive scratching, licking, chewing, rashes, hot spots, hair loss and even digestive upset. Generally, when a dog or cat is scratching excessively, the first thing we think of is that the pet has fleas. It is always a good idea to rule this out first by consulting your veterinarian or checking the pet’s coat with a flea comb for fleas. Once you are sure it is not a flea problem, more than likely your cat or dog may have some allergies.
Allergies in dogs or cats can be caused by inhaled allergens (e.g. pollen), food (e.g. dairy, eggs, etc.) and/or external allergens (e.g. exposure to chemicals in carpet, etc.). One of the fastest ways to improve your pet’s health is to change your pet’s diet. Many dogs are allergic to certain meat proteins (beef, dairy and poultry are common) and common allergens such as corn, soy, peanut butter and wheat. If possible, the optimal diet for your pet with allergies is a commercially available raw frozen diet using a novel protein diet such as rabbit. Allergies in dogs and cats are a symptom rather than a cause in themselves. They often occur as a result of the long-term build-up of toxins and so the goal is to detoxify the body and enhance the immune system as well as to treat the overall allergy symptoms. An air purifier can be very helpful in reducing environmental allergies. Our natural anti-infection formula can be used topically to help heal hot spots. Sometimes allergy testing and desensitization is effective, although rarely 100% effective, in eliminating allergies in dogs and cats.
1)Allergies are cumulative. In other words, a pet may have both food and environmental allergies but the symptoms only become noticeable during certain times of the year. This doesn’t mean your pet doesn’t have allergic reactions all the time. It just means that the situation builds up similar to a balloon that fills up with air until it pops. In your pet’s case, it may mean that all of a sudden your pet has hot spots or starts chewing on its paws or rear end during the hot summer months but most likely has underlying digestive issues all year round. Is your pet "drawn" to the grass, showing signs of needing to get to the grass such as whining or pulling toward it?
2) Cats and dogs may display allergy symptoms differently. Cats may have respiratory symptoms, vomiting and other digestive disorders due to allergies as well as skin reactions. Dogs may have scratching, itching, chewing on fur, ear infections, scooting on their rear end and weepy eyes.
3) Most of the time, pets have BOTH food and environmental allergies. There is no one medication or supplement that will cure your pet’s symptoms. Skin problems are tough and require a comprehensive effort. Using the following protocol for your pet can be helpful:
- Topical treatment in the form of therapeutic baths (available from your veterinarian) and natural sprays (If your pet is allergic to grass, try washing paws after going outside)
- Special hypoallergenic diet—Keep the following ingredients out of your pet’s diet. There is no “one” allergy diet that works for everyone. Each pet is different. Common Allergens in Pet Food:
- Gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains)
- Milk Products
- Casein (found in cheese)
- Beef (problem for some dogs)
- Chicken (problem for some cats and dogs)
- Fish (cats can often be allergic)
- Peanut Butter (big allergen!)
Symptoms of Allergies, Itching and Skin Problems
- Hot spots, red sores, areas where fur has fallen out
- Dog dandruff or cat dandruff
- Pet has an odor even after a bath
- Dog scooting on butt
- Chewing on fur, groin, licking genitals, paw licking
- Weepy eyes, upper respiratory infections
- Blackened skin, patches of thickened skin
3 Steps To Treat Allergies and Skin Problems in Your Dog or Cat
- Consult your veterinarian to ensure endocrine disorders (e.g. hypothyroidism or Cushing's Disease), fleas, parasites and other health problems can be ruled out. Getting a veterinary exam is always a smart first-step as sometimes what might appear to be a minor sore, can turn out to be skin cancer once biopsied.
- Change your pet’s diet to a hypoallergenic, grain-free diet. Do not use foods that contain chemicals, byproducts or additives that are hard to digest. Avoid key allergens that contribute to inflammation, indigestion and food allergies. On the Ask Ariel order form at checkout, if you provide your pet's diet, our Nutritionist will include FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order.
- Use natural, veterinary-approved supplements to give your pet fast relief from allergies and skin problems. Ask Ariel offers a wide variety of holistic pet products for allergies, so if in doubt, please contact us at Support@AskAriel.com