Many people are aware of allergies that humans have to dogs and cats, but did you know that your four-legged friend can have allergies as well? It’s true! If your pet is experiencing symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, inflamed or itchy paws and/or ears, or severe tummy troubles, it is possible that they are allergic to something in or around your home.
Pet allergies, like human allergies, fall into two categories: environmental and food. Both can be easily managed; the problem, however, is identifying exactly what thing (or things) your animal is allergic to. If you suspect environmental allergens, which usually are worse during the warmer months and dormant in winter, try isolating one thing at a time to test your pet’s reaction. For example, if you suspect a plant is the cause of your dog’s discomfort, try to keep them away from it, or temporarily remove it from your yard. Keep up the isolation until you feel that you are certain of what your dog is allergic to, and remove it from your home permanently.
If you are looking for a way to help your dog through environmental allergens, especially if it is something unavoidable, such as grass, Healthy Dogma has a product to help you! Available online, we have an Itchin' for Nirvana to improve your dog’s harmonious living with allergies. Included in this kelp supplement is: Kelp, flaxmeal, bee pollen, yeast, garlic. Not only is this excellent for a shiny coat but also soothing for hot spots.
If you suspect a food allergy is affecting your pet, look at the ingredients in their food and treats. The most common food allergens for dogs are wheat, and corn. If these are primary ingredients in their food, experiment with other brands, or other variations of their brand. An effective way to reduce these allergens is by feeding your pet grain-free, all-natural dog food, such as PetMix. Remember, allergens can stay in a dog’s system for around 6 weeks, so make sure that you give any new food at least that long of a trial.
Feeding your dog or cat a healthier food can improve their standard of living, as well as keep their allergies at bay. If you suspect a food allergy in your pet, try switching their food or a kelp supplement!