5 Ways to Treat Dog Allergies Naturally
Bathing and Grooming
Dogs travel close to the ground, walk through allergen-rich outdoor locations with no protection and easily hold allergens in their fur. To reduce the risk of an allergic response, give your dog a thorough bath at least once every ten days. Also, consider using a foot bath to wash off the allergens that stick to your dog's feet after walks.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Spray apple cider vinegar out of a clean spray bottle onto your dog's hot spots to dry the raw areas within 24 hours so you can treat these itchy areas without shaving the dog's fur. If your dog has watery discharge from the eyes or nose or has a wet cough, drop some vinegar into his food, adding it at a rate of one teaspoon twice a day for a 50-pound dog.
For seasonal allergies, feed your dog a diet low in pro-inflammatory substances such as carbohydrates, including corn, soy and wheat. Choose a diet rich in lean meat, vegetables and fruits. Symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and loss of appetite may indicate food allergies, often caused by the ingredients in commercial dog foods. Try feeding your dog a meal of only natural ingredients. If symptoms don't subside within 48 hours, take your dog to a veterinary clinic immediately.
Feed your dog a quercetin supplement to suppress the production of histamine, the substance responsible for the inflammation, irritation and redness that come with allergies. The bioflavonoid also has antioxidant properties, inhibits the inflammatory enzyme 5-lipoxygenase and inhibits production of leukotrienes which can lead to asthma.
If your dog's allergy symptoms include excessive itching and scratching, apply an herbal topical to affected areas to soothe the skin. Lavender, chamomile, peppermint, rose bark and juniper are all beneficial options as are yarrow and mullein. You can also prepare a soothing spritz using brewed calendula flower tea along with any of the previously mentioned herbs.
Itchy skin, ear irritation and classic symptoms such as runny nose may indicate that your dog has allergies. These allergies may result from seasonal pollen levels, contact with irritating substances or certain dog food ingredients. Before giving your dog medicine, try some of these natural allergy remedies to soothe its symptoms.
Check your pet for signs of fleas, one of the most common causes of canine skin allergies, and take steps to reduce flea populations in the home if they are present. Wipe white vinegar in the ears if the allergies have caused an itchy ear infection, and add some coconut oil to the dog's diet to reduce yeast production. Speak with a veterinarian before using any natural home remedies for canine allergies.