Allergies in Dogs
"Help! My dog has allergies!"
Nusentia® natural pet supplements have been helping dogs support the symptoms that come with dog allergies. Our products are manufactured with the highest quality ingredients for maximum absorption and efficacy.
Celavin™ Omega-3 Fish Oil
Fish oil provides essential fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation caused by dog food allergies and inhalant allergies. This liquid is third party tested for purity and provides 2x more omega-3 than wild salmon oils.
Contains anti-oxidant compounds, such as, beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process.
Probiotics and Enzymes
This power duo supports your dog's immune and digestive system to reduce toxic irritants and improve immune response. Probiotics and enzymes work cooperatively and promote an allergy-free animal. Try the Miracle Pack or MiracleZyme® chews.
Nusentia® Raw & Grain-Free Dog Food
The dog digestive system is not equipped to digest the complex proteins in grain. The canine body will see those complex proteins as an enemy invader and counter with a negative inflammatory response. Eliminating grains is a good idea and ensures your dog gets whole, high-quality nutrition.
WHAT ARE ALLERGIES IN DOGS?
An allergy is an unpleasant response to exposure to an inhalant, to a food, or to something in the environment. This response is triggered by the immune system. Allergies can affect all breeds of dog. Dog allergies fall into four categories.
4 TYPES OF ALLERGIES
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Dog Food Allergies (and drug allergies):
The most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish.
Allergens such as grasses, molds, pollens, and dust mites. Dog allergies usually start between 1-3 years of age. Most common breeds affected are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, Poodles, English Setters, Irish Setters, Boxers, Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Wire Fox Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, among others, although any dog may be affected
Direct Contact Allergies
Some dog allergies are caused by irritants through direct contact with the skin.
Other potential root causes for dog allergies include genetic predisposition, environment, and antibiotics at an early age may cause dog allergies due to disrupting gut ecology.
Flea allergies and irritant allergies are usually more readily identified for the dog and treated by removal and control, but unfortunately is not the case with inhalant allergies and dog food allergies. There are things to look for to get a general sense of the problem and steps to take to improve your dog’s health.
SIGNS YOUR DOG HAS ALLERGIES
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Licking of the feet
- Excessive scratching
- Ear problems
- Watery eyes
- Hair loss
REDUCING THE CAUSES
Obviously if you have identified the food(s) that your dog has a reaction to you should remove them from your dog's diet. This can be done through eliminating a suspected food, observing, then reintroducing. If your dog's allergies improve with elimination, and worsens with reintroduction, there is likely a problem.
With dog food it can be hard to distill down to the actual allergen as it may only be a particular ingredient, so you may want to look for options in dog foods that are designed for low allergy potential. Here are some other steps to take nutritionally that will be sure to help:
Provide some variety in the diet (especially with puppy’s)
Reduce or remove grains from the diet.
Put your dog on probiotics such as Probiotic Miracle (especially puppy’s, and especially for the first year of life). If you can create a strong gut ecology, food allergies will likely not develop. For those dogs that already have allergies, regular use of probiotics over time should greatly help to abate them.
Reducing Inhalant Allergies
Often these allergies in dogs are in response to those that are inhaled or absorbed through the skin (atopic dermatitis). Here are the following steps to take with your dog:
Treat Skin Problems
Reduce dog itching and scratching by treating the skin problems.
Improve Living Conditions
Try to improve your dog's living conditions to avoid the allergens (easier said then done). Keep his sleeping areas clean. When your dog comes in from the outdoors, you can remove pollens by wiping down your dog's paws with a damp towel or cloth
Introduce Essential Fatty Acids
Dogs respond well to essential fatty acid formulas such as Celavin fish oil as they can reduce the inflammatory response (the severity)
Dermix contains anti-oxidant compounds as beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process.
Often, allergies in dogs are are misdiagnosed and the real problem is just a poor diet. Probiotics make a huge difference in yeast overgrowth and allergies in dogs, as well as removing grains from the diet.