Does your Dog have allergies? Part 1

IMG_7114Some dogs have them, I don’t. Either I am lucky or it’s my diet (more about that later in this article) but since many dogs have allergies I thought I would give you some things to think about.

Holistic physician James F. Balch defines allergy as the inappropriate response by the body’s immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. Dr. Balch tells us that allergens are found in foods, inhaled as pollens, molds, dust, feathers and transmitted by insect stings or fleabites. An allergy to flea saliva can result in a persistent itching rash. Allergens can also occur by skin contact with irritants such as detergents, flea collars, insecticides, and petroleum products. If your dog is always scratching, has skin rashes, runny eyes, sinusitis, cough, a recurrent urinary track infection, vomits frequently, has diarrhea, or a lot of gas the culprit may be an allergy. Dogs with inhalant allergies will often chew their feet. An allergic emergency is anaphylactic shock and since this is life threatening getting us to the vet immediately is a must.

Over 33% of all pet allergies can be traced to foods. The chemicals, dyes, flavoring and preservatives in most commercial pet foods are the causes. We dogs have a very low tolerance for chemical toxins and petroleum products. Did you know flea collars are made from the same chemical as nerve gas?

If your dog has allergies switching to a preservative free dog food or a natural homemade diet with supplements could be the solution to the problem.

Our organic dog treats contain zero preservatives plus we have added natural ingredients that supply additional vitamins for your gourmet dog biscuits.

Portions of the above came from “The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats” by Diane Stein.  This is a great book to have.

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