Dog Supplements For Skin Allergies
Is your dog sneezing? Does your dog have raised bumps or red skin? Allergies in dogs can cause a range of symptoms, including itching, redness, and skin irritation, which can lead to secondary skin infections. Ask Ariel's dog supplements for skin allergies and seasonal allergies can provide long lasting relief with science-based ingredients such as quercetin, fish oil, olive leaf and probiotics.
Best Allergy Supplements For Dogs
The following dog supplements for skin allergies and seasonal allergies can give your pet long-lasting relief, especially when diet changes are made. Please be sure to include your dog's diet on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE dog allergy diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your order.
Amazing Omegas - This high-quality, purified fish oil contains a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids. Many veterinarians consider fish oil to be one of the best dog allergy supplements because it provides relief for dry, itchy skin. Amazing Omegas is a purified fish oil made from sardines, anchovies and mackerel. Processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in a highly bioavailable form, which means increased absorption. It's packed in glass bottles to prevent any chemicals from plastic leaching into the oil. Compare the nutrient panel of this premium pet fish oil to all other brands and see the difference. Amazing Omegas help to make coats shiny and soft and provides allergy relief for dogs with dry skin, itchy skin and dandruff.
AllerEaze - All-natural AllerEaze is a dog allergy supplement that contains scientifically proven quercetin, which reduces your dog's histamine response and can take the edge off allergy symptoms. Prescription allergy medications for dogs may provide temporary relief but can have side effects like drowsiness. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that doesn't cause drowsiness and is often referred to as "Nature's Benadryl". AllerEaze is an herbal blend containing quercetin and nettle leaf. Nettle leaf has anti-inflammatory properties that also help relieve dog allergy symptoms. Clients use AllerEaze in combination with Power Probiotic and Olive Leaf Extract for relief for atopic dermatitis and red, irritated skin.
K9 Yeast Defense - Many dogs constantly scratch due to an underlying yeast condition. If your dog has had ear infections or a smelly odor, especially on the paws, then use K9 Yeast Defense in conjunction with allergy products. This natural antifungal supplement stops doggie odor, chronic ear infections, licking at the groin and scratching at the ears. K9 Yeast Defense is a safe way to get rid of yeast infection symptoms and support your pet's immune system. Since yeast and bacterial growth go hand in hand, it's best to use K9 Yeast Defense along with NOT Drops and Power Probiotic.
Power Probiotic - Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for dogs with allergies! Controlling allergies starts with good digestion. The skin is an elimination organ, and so using Power Probiotic is your dog's first defense toward building a strong immune system. Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain probiotic supplement promotes the growth of good, friendly bacteria which boosts your pet's immune system. Because it fights infection and yeast, Power Probiotic is essential if your pet has taken antibiotics. Research* shows probiotic supplements can reduce skin sensitivity and promote the balance of healthy bacteria on the skin to reduce inflammation. Pure and natural. It is especially helpful for pets with skin problems, yeast and allergies. Many pets love the taste of the Power Probiotic!*Reference: Research study: Health effects of probiotics on the skin. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr.. 2015;55(9):1219-40.
Olive Leaf Extract For Pets - A natural antibacterial herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times. Helpful for dogs with allergies, ear infections, skin infections and yeast overgrowth (tear-stained eyes, ear discharge, cheesy smell, licking groin, yeasty paws). Dogs use their skin to help remove toxins from their bodies and a build-up of toxins can cause red, itchy and smelly skin. Olive Leaf Extract is a natural alternative to antibiotics prescribed for skin conditions like atopic dermatitis in dogs. Its active ingredient, oleuropein, helps fight against pathogens while causing no harm to healthy bacteria in your pet's gut and mucous membranes. Olive Leaf Extract has antioxidant properties to help relieve the irritation and inflammation caused by skin infections.
NOT Drops - This is a best seller! NOT Drops is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-infection liquid. This homeopathic remedy is especially important for relieving allergy symptoms. It’s a natural remedy for fighting infections and reducing doggie odor and redness. It controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. These tasteless drops can be easily administered to dogs.
Why Use Vitamins For Dogs With Allergies?
Vitamins can be beneficial for dogs with allergies as they can help to support the immune system and reduce inflammation, which can help to manage the symptoms of allergies. Dogs with allergies have an overactive immune system that reacts to certain substances, such as pollen or certain foods. This immune response can lead to inflammation in various parts of the body, including the skin, respiratory system, and digestive system. Dog allergy supplements can also help to support overall health and well-being, which can be important for dogs with allergies that may be more susceptible to infections or other health issues.
Some potential benefits of using allergy supplements for dogs may include:
Allergy supplements for dogs can help to manage symptoms and support a dog's overall health and well-being. As always, it's important to consult with a veterinarian before starting any new supplement regimen for your dog.
- Reduced Inflammation - Allergy supplements may contain ingredients, like quercetin, that help to reduce inflammation in the body. Quercetin is especially helpful for dogs with seasonal allergies.
- Improved Skin Health - Many allergy supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to improve skin and coat health. Omegas are especially helpful for dogs that experience atopic dermatitis, skin irritation or itchiness due to allergies.
- Support The Immune System - Allergy supplements may contain ingredients such as probiotics and antioxidants that can help to support a dog's immune system. This can be helpful for dogs that are more susceptible to skin or other infections due to allergies.
- Improved Digestive Health - Some allergy supplements may contain ingredients that can help to support digestive health, such as probiotics or digestive enzymes. This can be helpful for dogs that experience digestive problems due to allergies.
- Reduced Allergy Symptoms - By reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system, allergy supplements may help to reduce the symptoms of allergies in dogs, such as itching and scratching, skin irritation, atopic dermatitis, ear infections and digestive problems.
"I want to let you know how great Dakota, our Golden Retriever that we rescued, is doing. When we got him, he had bad ear infections that he had for months, and his skin was so black in the armpit and groin areas that we thought it was ground in dirt. He also had acid reflux and would bring up bile several times a day. It has taken several months, but the blackened skin (from yeast) is almost back to normal thanks to K9 Yeast Defense. I wish we had taken “before” pictures of his skin because the difference is remarkable. And, for his acid reflux, we started using your supplements (Power Probiotic, K9 Digestive Enzymes, Gastro ULC and Soothing Digestive Relief). We used to give him Pepcid, but we have been able to slowly wean him off. I can’t forget to mention using your food recommendations. His ears didn’t start to clear up until we got him eating food that he could tolerate. Thank you so much for your supplements and all your help. Dakota is a much happier dog thanks to you!"
Symptoms of Seasonal & Skin Allergies in Dogs
The symptoms of allergies in dogs can vary depending on the type of allergy and the individual dog's response to the allergen. Here are some common symptoms of allergies in dogs:
- Itching and scratching
- Constant licking
- Smelly ears
- Red, inflamed skin
- Chronic ear infections
- Discharge from eyes or nose
- Hair loss
- Scabs or hot spots
Some of these symptoms can also be caused by other health issues, so it's important to have your dog examined by a veterinarian if they exhibit any of these symptoms. A veterinarian can perform diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
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Dog Allergies & Skin Infections
Dog allergies and skin infections are often closely related. Allergies in dogs can cause a range of symptoms, including itching, redness, and skin irritation, which can lead to secondary skin infections.
When a dog has an allergy, their immune system overreacts to a particular substance, such as pollen, dust mites, or certain foods. This can lead to inflammation and irritation in the skin, which can make the skin more susceptible to infection. Common types of skin infections in dogs include bacterial and yeast infections.
Bacterial infections can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling and sores. Yeast infections can cause symptoms such as itching, redness and a strong "cheesy" odor.
If a dog has an allergy that is causing skin irritation, it's important to address both the allergy and any secondary skin infections that may have developed. Treatment for skin infections often include antibiotics or antifungal medications from your veterinarian.
To prevent chronic skin infections, it's important to control your dog's allergies. Make changes to your pet's diet and environment to reduce exposure to the allergen. Supplements for allergies and skin health may also be recommended by a veterinarian to support the immune system and reduce inflammation, which can help to prevent secondary skin infections.
Types Of Skin Infections in Dogs
Skin infections are common health issues in dogs. There are several types of skin infections that can affect dogs and the causes and treatments can vary depending on the type of infection. Here are the most common skin infections in dogs:
A balanced diet, supplements that boost the immune system and support skin health and regular grooming can help prevent skin infections in dogs. If your pet is showing symptoms of a skin infection, it is essential to consult a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.
- Bacterial Skin Infections - Bacterial skin infections are the most common types of skin infections in dogs. They are caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Bacterial infections can occur due to allergies, hormonal imbalances, poor grooming, fungal infections, or parasite infestations. The symptoms of bacterial infections include redness, swelling, and itchiness of the skin, hair loss, and scabs. Veterinarians usually prescribe oral or topical antibiotics for bacterial skin infections in dogs.
- Yeast Skin Infections - Yeast skin infections are caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. The causes of these infections can include allergies, hormonal imbalances or underlying health conditions. The symptoms of yeast skin infections include redness, itching, and a greasy coat. Yeast skin infections arec commonly treated with topical or oral antifungal medication prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Fungal Skin Infections - Fungal skin infections, also known as dermatophytosis or ringworm, are caused by fungi such as Microsporum and Trichophyton. They are highly contagious to other pets and can be transmitted to humans. They are common in dogs and cats with weak immune systems or those living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Fungal infections typically manifest as circular, bald patches on the skin, which may be itchy and scaly. Sometimes, the skin may become red or inflamed. Veterinary treatment for fungal skin infections involves antifungal medication and topical creams.
- Parasitic Skin Infections - Parasitic skin infections are caused by external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Common parasites that cause skin infections in dogs include Demodex and Sarcoptes mites. Parasites can cause skin irritation, itching, hair loss and infection. The treatment for parasitic skin infections involves eliminating the parasites with medication and preventing reinfestations with flea and tick preventatives and regular grooming.
Common Dog Skin Allergies
Dogs can have multiple types of allergies at the same time. They may have atopic dermatitis, seasonal allergies or food intolerances and the symptoms can all be similar. Here are some of the most common allergy responses in dogs:
- Scratching Constantly, Red & Irritated Skin - Usually a result of food or environmental allergies. A pet with seasonal and environmental allergies will tend to itch and scratch more at certain times of the year. Dogs respond to allergens, both environmental and food, with an inflammatory skin response. When your pet is constantly licking, chewing and biting on the same area, the skin can become red and irritated and sometimes atopic dermatitis can turn into a skin infection.
- Itchy Ears, Smelly Ears, Brown Ear Discharge, Head Shaking, Head Tilting - Can be a sign of an ear infection. When dogs have allergies, they tend to develop inflammation and heat in the ears, head, neck and feet. This inflammation increases the chance of yeast overgrowth and infection. Ear infections are not only stinky, they are uncomfortable for your pet, as most dogs will paw or scratch at their ears to alleviate the pressure and itch. The symptoms can be painful and smelly and often become a chronic problem. Click here to learn more about ear infections in dogs.
- Butt Scooting - Ever notice your dog rubbing its butt along the carpet? That's a sign that it is trying to scratch an itch or alleviate pain. Allergies and inflammation can lead to anal sacculitis (inflammation of the anal sacs). The anal sacs are intended to be emptied each time a dog has a bowel movement, enabling your dog to mark its territory. Impacted anal glands can be smelly and result from genetic malformation or bowel irregularities, such as constipation. Food allergies and yeast are often contributing factors. Many dogs that scoot their butts have digestive problems and are eating foods with ingredients that cause intestinal inflammation and yeast overgrowth. Most owners find that by making changes to the diet and by adding a few supplements, they can help to relieve the itching. Amazing Omegas can help reduce inflammation and make bowel movements easier. Power Probiotic helps to repopulate good flora in your dog's intestines, boosting immune function and reducing odors overall.
- Hair Loss & Dry or Red Skin - Hair Loss is typically thought to be caused by fleas and mites. Many pets that don’t have fleas or mites will scratch their fur out because of food and environmental allergies. They will scratch in one area until the fur is missing. This can cause red, inflamed skin and lead to secondary infections. Click here to learn more about hair loss in dogs.
- Licking & Chewing The Groin, Biting Privates - Constant licking & chewing at the groin is frequently a sign of yeast and allergies. If your pet is licking its genitals frequently, it is important to be sure that your pet doesn't have a urinary tract infection first, as this is also a symptom of a UTI. Pets can get yeast overgrowth due to too many carbohydrates in the diet, treatments with steroids or antibiotics or food allergies. Click here to lean more about licking & chewing the groin.
- Dandruff, Itchy Dry Skin, Flaky Skin - Dandruff is more than just a cosmetic issue in pets. It can be a sign of an underlying condition, such as allergies or an endocrine condition. Dandruff and dry, itchy skin can be exacerbated by low water intake and a lack of omega-3 fatty acids. Click here to learn more about dog dandruff.
- Tear Stains, Red/Brown Discoloration, Eye Discharge - We all want our pets to look their best and tear stains can be discouraging. Breeds such as Maltese, Poodles and Chihuahuas are more likely to have tear stains below the eyes. The red or brown discoloration comes from iron-containing molecules called porphyrins that your body produces when it breaks down iron. These porphyrins are excreted through the gastrointestinal tract, urine, saliva and tears. Tear stains are not just cosmetic though. Tear stains can be caused by blocked tear ducts, infection, allergies or yeast. Please check with your veterinarian to be sure your pet does not have an eye infection or blocked tear ducts. Many times pets have excessive tear staining due to allergies (food and environmental), viruses or a yeast overgrowth. Brown tear stains that have an odor are often a sign of yeast. Ask Ariel's K9 Yeast Defense contains natural anti-fungal ingredients, such as caprylic acid, Pau d'arco and oregano, to kill off yeast and help rebalance the intestinal tract. Adding Power Probiotic helps to repopulate good flora in your dog's intestines, boosting immune function and reducing odors overall.
- Skin Tag, Small "Pimple-Like" Growths - Skin growths, like skin tags or pimples, are often diagnosed as mast cell tumors, especially in older dogs. Mast cell tumors are the most common type of skin cancer in dogs. Mast cells are immune cells that respond to allergies and irritations in the skin. They contain chemicals such as histamine and heparin, which are released during an inflammatory or allergic reaction. A sudden histamine release can cause swelling, vascular changes and inflammation. They can form a tumor or growth when they begin to multiply abnormally. Click here to learn more about mast cell tumors in dogs.
- Diarrhea, Vomiting, Inappetence - Allergies can cause serious digestive upset in some pets. While this type of reaction is more common with food allergies, some dogs are more sensitive. The majority of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract, so it is very important to keep your pet's microbiome in balance. Click here to learn more about digestive relief for dogs.
What Can You Feed Dogs With Allergies?
Allergies in dogs can be caused by seasonal allergens (e.g. pollen), food and/or external allergens (e.g. chemical exposure). One of the fastest ways to improve your dog’s constant itching and scratching is to change your dog's diet. Many dogs are allergic to certain meat proteins (like poultry or beef) and common allergens such as corn, milk products, soy, peanut butter and gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains). Poor digestion can also be a root cause of many symptoms related to food allergies in dogs, so we strongly recommend that any pet with allergy symptoms use Power Probiotic as well as a digestive enzyme such as K9 Digestive Enzymes or LypoZyme.
Ask Ariel's Pet Nutritionist offered holistic consultations in conjunction with veterinarians at VCA hospitals for over 10 years. Her diets and supplement protocols for dogs with allergies, yeast and skin problems have been recommended by veterinarians nationwide. When ordering allergy supplements for dogs, please include your dog's diet and treats on the order form at checkout. We will include free diet tips for dogs with allergies and skin problems on the packing slip that comes with your order. Our low carbohydrate, novel protein diet tips have been giving dogs anti-itch relief since 2005.
We understand how hard it is when your dog is suffering from allergies, and we will do all we can to help. It can be confusing when trying to understand which dog supplements would be appropriate for your pet. For more help finding the best natural remedies for dog allergies, please email us at Support@AskAriel.com. Please note that we cannot provide consultative advice due to veterinary regulations, but we will be happy to provide articles and information so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for your dog.
How do I know if my dog has allergies?
Common symptoms of allergies in dogs are constant scratching, itching, licking especially of the paws, chewing, red bumps and rashes, hot spots, hair loss and ear infections. Dogs with food allergies may experience digestive problems such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Why is my dog itching and scratching?
Excessive itching is called pruritus and it can be caused by environmental or food allergies, fleas, ticks, parasites, bacterial or yeast infections, dry skin or mast cell tumors. It’s very important to bring your dog to the veterinarian to get a diagnosis, especially since there are so many different causes of scratching and itching.
Why is my dog always scratching but doesn't have fleas?
Fleas aren’t the only reason that dogs scratch themselves. Many dogs itch and scratch due to allergies or dry skin. Diet is also an important cause of itching and skin problems in dogs. Feeding a hypoallergenic, novel protein diet is helpful. Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil relieves inflammation, helps allergy symptoms and can give dogs a lustrous, shiny coat.
What can I give my dog for allergies over the counter?
The best natural remedy for dog allergies is quercetin. It has been referred to as a natural “Benadryl”. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that suppresses the histamine response that causes the itch and inflammation. AllerEaze is an herbal blend of quercetin and nettle leaf to provide powerful antihistamine relief to dogs and cats with allergy symptoms such as excessive scratching and itching, constant licking, red skin, hair loss and hot spots.
What can I give my cat for allergies?
Quercetin is helpful for cat allergies. Quercetin naturally reduces the histamine response. A probiotic is also very important for cat allergies as food allergies are a common culprit for cat allergy symptoms.
How can you help cat or dog itchy skin?
The fastest way to help your cat or dog with itchy skin is from the inside out. Many pets with dry or itchy skin have allergies and the food they are eating can be the biggest culprit. Dogs and cats can be allergic to many common meat proteins and ingredients such as corn, soy and gluten. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been scientifically shown to be helpful for allergies. Many commercial pet foods do not contain a sufficient amount of omega-3s. Adding a few supplements to your pet’s regimen to reduce allergy symptoms can also give them much needed relief from constant scratching and itching.
What is a natural hot spot treatment for dogs and cats?
Most topical hot spot treatments will only work temporarily to ease the itching and redness. The best natural hot spot treatment is to determine the source of the itch. Pets that suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies do not get runny noses or watery eyes like people, their immune systems respond with itchy skin, redness and hives. Your cat or dog may constantly bite and lick, creating hot spots. The best way to prevent hot spots and allergies is to avoid the triggers. Many pet foods, even premium brands, contain ingredients that your dog or cat may be sensitive to. It is important to read the labels to see what is really in the food and to add natural supplements, like Power Probiotic to boost the immune system, AllerEaze to suppress the histamine response and Amazing Omegas to reduce inflammation.