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4 Things That Can Instantly Trigger Pet Allergies & Their Home Remedies

27 Aug 2017 | by | Posted in: Health

Did you know, change of seasons could take a toll on our furry-buddy just like it would take on us!

Primarily, there are two types of allergies: Food Allergies and Environmental Allergies. If your pet gets itchy during spring, summer or fall, it's probably reacting to seasonal, environmental allergens. But if it's symptoms continue for a prolonged period, it's more likely to be sensitive towards something more constant in their environment, or to something in their diet.

An allergy is basically an overreaction by the immune system to something normal in the environment. In simpler terms, it is the intolerance towards specific things.

 

Symptoms and Triggers: Because allergens can vary by region, it’s important to discover your triggers. Experts state that common culprits include weed pollens like ragweed, a stubborn plant that grows easily in fields, along roadsides and in vacant lots. Each plant, having up to a billion lightweight pollen grains, can travel up to 400 miles. 

Fleas- One flea bite can keep an allergic dog itching for two weeks! This is the most common allergy, and usually starts around the base of the tail.

Food-Any protein can lead to an allergy. Food allergies account for around seven percent of allergies in dogs, and you may need an elimination diet to diagnose them.

Contact allergies- These usually involve plants or grasses and mainly lead to irritation on the feet or hairless areas on the underside of the abdomen.

Atopy- This is usually seasonal and caused by a variety of airborne allergens. Atopy can be likened to hay fever in humans, but in dogs atopy causes itchy skin.

Strategies for Fast Seasonal Allergy Relief:

If you’re on the go, chances are over-the-counter meds will just slow you down. Try one of three simple natural remedies instead:

Coconut Oil

The antiviral and antibacterial properties of coconut oil reduces itchiness in skin and has added benefits like aiding digestion problems and boosting the immune system.

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is an age old remedy often recommended for a variety of health conditions (like heartburn) with great success.Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your dog’s paws that will take off some of the pollen and allergens that accumulate. If you use it in a spray, you can spray it directly onto itchy areas for some relief.

Make a note: It should not be used on open wounds or bites.

Aloe Vera

It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. that make it perfect for treating burns, itches, and hot spots when applied to the skin. If your dog is itching, apply the gel to the affected areas.The cooling effect of the gel will reduce the discomfort.

 

Veterinarians recommend pet owners pay attention to a seasonal trend in their pet’s allergies, especially when they’re itching or developing skin issues, in order to help doctors rule out allergies associated with other factors such as food or fleas. Different times of year you may have different dogs responding different allergens that are in the environment.

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