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Smoother ways to calm allergies

by Sandra Murphy

Instead of routinely administering medications to relieve dryness, itching, skin and food allergies in dogs and cats, consider less strong and natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future exacerbations.

In the case of dogs, 20 percent of itching and the need for Scratching can be attributed to ingredients in foods. Symptoms may appear as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years, often combined with inhalation or contact allergies. Many times chronic ear infections may be due to factors such as food allergies.

"If a pet is suffering too much, visit your veterinarian for injections or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the veterinarian to test you for the specific problem, "recommends Laurie Dohmen, veterinarian and owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies in Hartly, Delaware. "This is not something you can do yourself. I have seen pet owners use what worked for a friend's pet and worsen the condition of the pet, regardless of research done and good intentions. " What works for one pet does not necessarily work for another. "

Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, can range from grams to inhaled contaminants. New carpets, cleaning products, pesticides used by a neighbor, dust and pollen are responsible for an allergic reaction. The common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, excessive tearing, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea.

Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets < / em> in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in their practice to alleviate allergy symptoms caused by food or the environment. "These may include tinctures or poultices, a herb or a mixture of herbs. Some are for external application, others for ingestion. "Administering the right dose based on dog size is vital.

Dr. Morgan prefers marigold for wet dermatitis, despite its odor , due to its antimycotic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, followed by witch hazel water to dry and then coconut oil or aloe to alleviate and soften the affected area of ​​the skin, more echinacea to strengthen the immune system. "Many people think that they should change their pet's diet to one based on lamb and rice. In some cases, this worsens dryness and itching of the skin," he explains. "That's why it's important to know what the pet is allergic to before you start using new foods or herbal remedies. You should find a holistic veterinarian who can help you. "

"Parsley provides a protein, as well as several vitamins," says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Wash. "It's a natural anti-inflammatory and it's also great for keeping your dog's breath fresh." Gauthier also suggests an antibacterial and antimycotic ointment based on rosemary and thyme; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create an ointment to use on her legs.

Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful and even deadly in cats . "If a cat has itchy skin, you can use a lavender tea rinse on those cats that are allowed to bathe," he says. "For cats that hate bathing, you can try giving them chamomile tea or mixing the leaves in the meal, as this helps to relieve the itching. "But Dohmen makes the following warning," Herbs and other homeopathic remedies, just like flower essences are medications and should administered alone under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian. "

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