Pet Allergy Treatments for 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 is that the pet has fleas. You may think, “My dog is always scratching but doesn’t have fleas.” Before making any assumptions, 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. It's important to see a veterinarian, as getting to the root cause is key to an effective treatment that can offer relief for your pet.
Pets with allergies have different symptoms. Please scroll below, find your pet's symptoms and view the products that are helpful for that condition.
Natural Remedies For Allergy, Yeast and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats
Listed below are common allergies, yeast and skin problems and symptoms that can affect dogs and cats. If you scroll down, you can click on our natural pet supplements and view testimonials from real pet owners whose pets have experienced relief from itching, scratching, tear staining, butt-scooting and other allergy-related conditions. If your pet is having allergies, yeast or skin problems, the first step in helping your dog or cat is to get a proper diagnosis from your veterinarian. Ask Ariel's natural cat and dog allergy remedies have been recommended by veterinarians since 2005. Using a combination of our natural dog and cat allergy supplements can help provide relief from itchy and dry skin, dandruff, chewing on paws, hair loss, red spots, dog itchy ears, yeast infections, blackened skin and ear infections. You can give your cat or dog fast relief from allergy symptoms!
Symptoms: Itching & Scratching Constantly, Red & Irritated Skin
Itching & Scratching Constantly is 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 and cats 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 you may even see red bumps on dogs’ skin. It could be a flea bite, dry skin, allergies or parasites. For fast relief for your pet's environmental allergies and your cat or dog’s itchy skin, try AllerEaze for Pets - one of our premier cat and dog scratching remedies. AllerEaze is a natural antihistamine made with quercetin and nettles to reduce inflammation and the histamine response. It provides relief from severe itching, redness in paws and other symptoms related to seasonal allergies. Combined with topical medications from your veterinarian, it is also an effective hot spot treatment for dogs. The following natural remedies can help give your pet fast relief from seasonal allergies:
Olive Leaf Extract
K9 Yeast Defense
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Symptoms: Itchy Ears, Smelly Ears, Brown Ear Discharge, Head Shaking, Head Tilting
Itchy or Smelly Ears are generally a sign of an infection and can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria and even hair growth. Ear infections can become a chronic problem, and they create symptoms that are painful, smelly and itchy for your dog or cat. Humans respond to allergens with watery eyes and a runny nose. When dogs and cats 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 and cats will paw or scratch at their ears to alleviate the pressure and itch. Ear infections are much more common in dogs than cats and can be helped with diet changes and natural supplements used in conjunction with most prescription ear medications:
K9 Yeast Defense
Olive Leaf Extract
NOT Anti-Infection Drops
Symptom: Butt Scooting
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. Our natural remedies for dog allergies include Amazing Omegas, which 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. K9 Yeast Defense improves your dog's microbiome and bowel health, reducing the non-stop need to itch and scoot.
K9 Yeast Defense
Symptom: Hair Loss, Dry or Red Skin, Constant Scratching
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. Switching your pet to a hypoallergenic diet along with using a few supplements can be life-changing for your pet and provide gentle yet effective allergy relief for dogs. The following home remedies can help calm the inflammation, provide fast relief from the symptoms of allergies and reduce allergy-induced hair loss:
Amazing Omegas for Pets
Olive Leaf Extract
NOT Anti-Infection Drops
Symptom: Licking Groin, Chewing at Butt, Biting Privates
Licking & Chewing 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. If a UTI has been ruled out, then constant licking and chewing on the groin is usually due to yeast and allergies. Pets can get yeast overgrowth due to too many carbohydrates in the diet, treatments with steroids or antibiotics or food allergies. The best natural treatment to stop your dog from licking its privates is a combination of the following remedies:
K9 Yeast Defense
NOT Anti-Infection Drops
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Symptoms: Dandruff, Flaky Skin, Itching
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 is a sign of dry, itchy skin and can be exacerbated by low water intake. Pets that have dandruff and dry skin often lack omega-3 fatty acids. These cannot be produced by the body; they must come from diet. Amazing Omegas contains fish oil, naturally processed from anchovies, sardines and mackerel, so it is highly bioavailable for best absorption. Power Probiotic supports digestion, enhances overall immunity, reduces allergy symptoms and improves the skin and coat. Using the following supplements can help relieve dog itchy skin get rid of unsightly flakes:
Amazing Omegas for Pets
K9 Yeast Defense
Symptoms: Tear Stains, Red/Brown Discoloration, Eye Discharge, Bad Breath
Tear Stains can cause red/brown discoloration below the eyes on your dog or cat's face. 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 their beautiful faces discolored with these unsightly dark stains below the eyes. Tear stains are more noticeable on white or light-colored dogs. Cats can also get tear stains with crusting and odor.
The reddish color 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. Usually, tear stains are not the only sign. Pets with tear stains may have other conditions such as upper respiratory infections or digestive issues like bad breath or allergies. Brown tear stains that have an odor are often a sign of yeast. To help fight yeast, it's important to feed a low carbohydrate, hypoallergenic diet and use natural anti-fungal ingredients such as caprylic acid, Pau d'arco and oregano to kill off yeast and help rebalance the intestinal tract. These natural remedies can help to reduce or eliminate unsightly tear stains:
K9 Yeast Defense
Olive Leaf Extract
Symptoms: Mast Cell Tumors, Skin Tag, Small "Pimple-Like" Growths
Mast cell tumors are the most common type of skin cancer in dogs and cats. 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. They contain a high level of histamine. AllerEaze is the first line of defense for pets with mast cell tumors, as it has been scientifically proven to naturally reduce a pet's histamine release. Quercetin is often considered nature's Benadryl, as it helps the body cope with the dangerous effects of excess histamine released by cancerous mast cells. Natural anti-histamine supplements can help prevent recurrence of mast cell tumors and prevent histamine release into the bloodstream:
Happy Paws Drops
"Thanks so much for your wonderful allergy products. Bella is doing so well with the AllerEaze, Power Probiotic and Gastro ULC." - Lustig Family, New Jersey
Symptoms: Diarrhea, Vomiting, Inappetence
Allergies can cause serious digestive upset in some pets. While this type of reaction is more common with food allergies, some cats and 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. These supplements can help calm and soothe the digestive tract:
Soothing Digestive Relief
Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs and Cats
The following signs can be symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats. These signs can be reactions to food, environmental allergens, yeast or bacterial infections. Be sure to check with your veterinarian if your pet is displaying these symptoms:
- Itching and scratching
- Constant licking
- Smelly ears
- Red, inflamed skin
- Chronic ear infections
- Discharge from eyes or nose
- Hair loss
- Scabs or hot spots
Natural Cat and Dog Scratching Remedies Provide Relief
For nonstop itching and skin problems, a combination of natural pet supplements and diet changes are usually required to resolve the issues and offer relief. The following supplements for dog and cat allergies can be a great way to support your pet’s prescribed treatment plan as well as to prevent future symptoms and maintain a healthy immune response. Please scroll down to view product details.
Amazing Omegas - Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation, makes coats shiny and soft, fights allergies and helps the fur glisten. It’s very helpful for a cat or dog that has dry skin, itchy skin and dandruff.
AllerEaze - All-natural AllerEaze is a leading allergy product for pets. AllerEaze contains scientifically proven quercetin, which reduces your pet's histamine response and can take the edge off allergy symptoms. This natural allergy treatment for dogs and cats works best when combined with Power Probiotic. In addition to reacting to environmental allergies, many dogs also develop ear infections and yeast skin infections. AllerEaze is often used along with K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic in the hot summer months when allergy symptoms are the worst. AllerEaze is essential for dogs with mast cell tumors, as it naturally helps reduce your dog's histamine response.
K9 Yeast Defense - Many dogs constantly itch 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. Allergies, food, antibiotics and steroid use can all contribute to yeast infections in dogs. Our 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 - Controlling allergies starts with good digestion. The skin is an elimination organ, and so using Power Probiotic is your pet's first defense toward building a strong immune system. Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets! 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. Pure and natural, Power Probiotic does not contain any fillers. It is especially helpful for pets with digestive problems, urinary tract infections, autoimmune disease, skin problems, yeast and allergies. Many pets love the taste of the Power Probiotic!
Olive Leaf Extract For Pets is helpful for cats and dogs with allergies, ear infections, skin infections and yeast overgrowth (tear-stained eyes, ear discharge, cheesy smell, licking groin, yeasty paws). Cats and 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 that will not harm the healthy bacteria in your pet's gut. Olive Leaf Extract has antioxidant properties that enable it to help relieve the irritation and inflammation caused by skin infections.
Proaller provides cat and dog itching relief, helps pets sleep better at night and temporarily stops constant scratching and licking. Some clients report that it helps even when antihistamines don't. ProAller drops were developed as a treatment for allergies in dogs and cats, including hypersensitivity to house dust, foods, antibiotics, metals and animal hair; hay fever; and conjunctivitis and irritation of the eyes and ears. It works most effectively when combined with NOT drops.
NOT Anti-Infection Drops - This is a best seller! 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. It works well in combination with ProAller and/or K9 Yeast Defense.
What Can You Feed Pets With Allergies?
Ask Ariel has an extensive article library to help you resolve your pet's allergy symptoms, which may include scratching, itching, chewing, hot spots, hair loss, red spots, yeast and more. Allergies in dogs or cats can be caused by inhaled allergens (e.g., pollen), food and/or external allergens (e.g., chemical exposure). One of the fastest ways to improve your pet’s health is to change its diet. Many dogs are allergic to certain meat proteins (like chicken, beef or fish) and common allergens such as corn, milk products, soy, peanut butter and gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains). Poor digestion can be the 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.
FREE DIET TIPS WITH YOUR ORDER. 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 and cats with allergies, yeast and skin problems have been recommended by veterinarians nationwide. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food and treats you are feeding your pet along with any health issues directly on the order form at checkout. We will include free diet tips for pets with allergies and skin problems on the packing slip that comes with your order.
We understand how hard it is when your pet is suffering from allergies, and we will do all we can to help. It can be confusing when trying to understand which cat and dog supplements would be appropriate for your pet. For more help finding the best natural remedies for dog allergies or cat 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 pet.
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.