5 Home Remedies for Pet Allergies

Allergy season is upon us, and you know what that means—sneezing, irritated skin, and puffy eyes are back. Just as you aim to kick your allergies to the curb this spring, don’t forget that your pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies. Although dealing with allergies can be a pain, treating the symptoms can be a little easier with common household items. Here are five home remedies to help keep your animals protected and alleviate your pet’s allergies this season.

#1. Oatmeal

No one likes dealing with skin irritation and itching, especially your pet. If you notice consistent itching or scratching, particularly after they return inside, they may be suffering from seasonal allergies. One way to help relieve the itching is with oatmeal. Just as oatmeal does wonders for our skin, it’s also is a nontoxic remedy for our pets. Combine baby oatmeal (or grind up regular oatmeal) and add it to some warm water to create a paste. Once that paste is made, apply it directly to the itchy areas of your cat or dog’s skin for relief.

#2. Vitamin E and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

When it comes to pet allergies, dry skin is a biggie. Help alleviate their dry skin by massaging vitamin E oil onto the affected areas—not only will it get rid of the dry skin, but a massage from mom? Yes, please! If you want to go the extra step, add some omega-3 fatty acids to your animal’s diet in order to help improve their overall skin and decrease any inflammation.

#3. Epsom Salt Bath

Some cats and dogs are prone to having frequent wounds or swelling, and allergies can make these wounds worse. Epsom salt baths are their friend (and yours!) when it comes to healing wounds and reducing swelling. Run a warm bath with Epsom salt and let your animals wound soak for five minutes. If your pup or cat isn’t one for bath time, no worries, just soak a cloth in the combined Epsom salt + warm water and apply to the infected area. Be sure to avoid letting your pets ingest the Epsom salt, as it could be harmful.

#4. Wipe Your Animals Down

This one is pretty straight forward, yet it’s easy to slip one’s mind when it comes to thinking of ways to eliminate your pet’s allergies. Wiping your animals down with a damp, warm cloth around their paws, mouths, and coats helps reduce the amount of pollen that could be trapped on your animal’s body causing irritation.

#5. Yogurt

Allergies can sometimes bring unwanted tummy issues for your pets. Thankfully, yogurt can act as a delicious treat that produces happy benefits for your animal’s stomach and intestines. That being said, opt for small doses of plain yogurt to avoid unwanted yeast infections.

Let’s be honest, no one likes to see their animals in pain. As this season springs into full effect, remember that dogs and cats alike can pick up seasonal allergies. Be sure to keep an eye out for these common symptoms; and as always, if their allergies worsen, visit your local vet for further advice. For more home remedies for your pet’s allergies, visit here.

Tags: , , , , , , , Comments: 0

Can Cats and Allergies Live in Harmony?

If you or a loved one is allergic to cats, you know that the reaction is one not to be taken lightly. If a cat owner has friends or loved ones with feline allergies in their home, what are they to do?

Here are a few of ways to improve the situation and help reduce allergens for a peaceful home:

  • Clean: This may seem obvious, but a thorough cleaning of fabrics and surfaces throughout the home can greatly reduce allergens caused from cat fur. Carpets are one of the worst offenders when it comes to trapping cat dander, so vacuuming often can help eliminate sneezing and itchy eyes.
  • Groom: Regular bathing and grooming can help reduce shedding and the overall amount of dander in the home. Using cat shampoo can also remove saliva on the fur, which is a strong offender of allergies.
  • Air Purifier: Adding an air purifier to your home can help remove the allergens from the air. Having one located in the most frequented room will work best when fighting allergy symptoms.

Regular hand washing with soap and warm water will help stop allergens from transferring from furniture and surfaces to the face. With a little dedication to both your cat and your loved one’s allergies, the two can live in a comfortable and enjoyable environment.

 

Tags: , , , , , , Comments: 0

Great Dane Lady Approved: Precise Seniscare for skin issues

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

Skin issues are one of the most common health problems for pets today, and there are few things more frustrating than battling your pet’s stubborn symptoms. These issues are often mistakenly diagnosed as food allergies. Food allergies in pets share similar symptoms with systematic yeast infections, so it is important to consider both possibilities. Here’s a story from a fellow pet owner who switched to Precise as part of her dog’s treatment for food allergies:

A pet owner noticed disquieting changes in her once energized Great Dane. After a trip to the vet and months of irritated skin, ears and feet, she began treating her lethargic pup for food allergies. The antibiotics seemed to work in the short term, but symptoms returned thereafter. After much frustration and research, she came across an article on GreatDaneLady.com that recommended trying Precise to treat yeast problems. One month after switching to Precise Lamb & Rice Sensicare and completing a healthy skin kit, the Great Dane showed noticeable improvement. Three months later, all symptoms were cured.

In my 38+ years devoted to the wellness and nutrition of large and giant breeds, it’s always a pleasure to hear how Precise products are improving your pet’s health! Our high-quality, nutritious pet food is made to promote pet health and wellness. A healthy pet is a happy pet after all!

Tags: , , , , Comments: 0

Ask Our Vet: What Precise formulas are suitable for my dog with wheat, corn, soya & peanut allergies?

Q: I currently own a 2-year-old, 30 kilogram Golden Retriever. She recently tested positive for allergies to wheat, corn, soya and peanuts. Would any of your products be suitable for my dog?

A: None of our products contain wheat, corn, peanuts or soy proteins. If these are the only allergens she reacts to, I would recommend our Precise Holistic Complete Large/Giant Breed Adult formula.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

Tags: , , , Comments: 4

Ask Our Vet: Could itchy skin be from food allergies?

Q: I have an 11-year-old miniature poodle with many problems. We have tried to change his diet several times, but he still battles itchy skin. He is constantly licking and chewing at his feet. The vet gave us antibiotics and steroids which helped while he was on them. Any suggestions? Should I change food?

A: It is not likely that a food change by itself will cure this problem. Please visit this link about food allergies. One of the most important sections is where it talks about the use of steroids. They do not generally have any effect on food allergies.

You are likely dealing with atopy (inhaled allergies) to something or maybe more than one thing. You need to find a good food from a reputable company that your dog actually likes and stick with it. Then talk to your veterinarian about doing some skin allergy testing just like they do in people, which are more accurate than blood tests.

Good luck, and I hope you find some relief for your dog.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

Tags: , , , , Comments: 1

Ask Our Vet: Protein allergy tests for dogs

Q: I just learned that dogs can be allergic or sensitive to protein. My dog has a yeast allergy, and I am feeding and supplementing according to the recommendations made by Linda Arndt, the Great Dane Lady. How do you test for protein allergy?

A: Proteins are very large molecules and are often the culprit of allergic reactions. The only true way to test for allergies to food ingredients is to do a feeding trial of at least 12 weeks using a food with proteins and carbohydrates the pet has never had before. The food is considered hypoallergenic because the ingredients are novel and usually consists of only one protein source and one carbohydrate source. All other foods, treats and flavored medications must not be given during the 12-week trial period.

I have included a link for you that you might find helpful.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

Tags: , , , , , , Comments: 0

Pet News Roundup – 4/1/11

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments: 0