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.

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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.

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