Ged Rid Of Dog Allergies at Home
Most owners often rush their Dogs to the vet whenever symptoms of food allergy start to manifest itself. While going to the doctor is the most recommended way to treat these negative reactions, there are also easy and effective steps to treat food allergy that doesn’t require a visit to the neighborhood veterinarian (read Top 10 Ways To Treat Dog Food Allergies).
There are also helpful and natural ways that can help Buddy overcome his allergic reaction. Some of these can be found in groceries, pharmacies or convenience stores.
But do you know that most of these remedies are can be found in your own home? Yep, you got that right. There are numerous natural treatments that can rid your Dog of his food allergies which can be found right inside your home.
Here are 8 natural home remedies to keep your Dog’s Food allergies in check:
Not all bacteria are bad. Probiotics, which are considered the “good” ones, keeps humans’ digestive system balanced and healthy. This is not different from animals. These good bacteria also aid in balancing your Dog’s gut, especially those suffering from food allergies.
For a better understanding, probiotics are classified into two types: lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. The most common and easy to find is lactobacillus. These can be found in dairy products such as yoghurt.
Dogs that suffer from stomach discomfort due to food allergies are recommended to eat at least a spoonful of unflavored yoghurt to help minimize the pain and to keep the intestines clean and well-adjusted.
Yoghurt is also great for Dogs that are currently on antibiotics so that they won’t be prone to yeast infection which is a common side effect of antibiotic treatments (this also works for humans too!).
If your Dog doesn’t like the taste of yoghurt, there are probiotic pills available in animal Pet stores and clinics.
2. Vitamin E
Pop a hole on the pill and just rub a little of it directly on the rash and wait for it to subside. You can also put it in the water that you’ll use for your Dog’s regular bath time to help soothe his dry skin.
Some owners buy vitamin E pills for their Dogs to keep their fur and skin free from dryness, redness and rashes. Find out from your local veterinarian the recommended dosage of Vitamin E for your Dog’s size and breed.
Do not use tea tree oil or any other skin medications for humans to your Dogs as these can cause a lot of negative reactions including physical and neurological ones.
3. Omega-3 fats
Omega-3 fats are very helpful for Dogs and humans alike. These can be found in food products such as salmon, tuna and krill and are also added in Dog Food and treats
What these vitamins can do to your Dogs with food allergy is to help avoid nasty reactions including itchiness, watery eyes and diarrhea. Most importantly, it also helps minimize inflammation and boost the immune system.
This is mainly the reason why a lot of Pet owners purchase Omega-3 supplements for their Dogs because of its countless health benefits.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar works a lot of wonders to humans. Some call it a “miracle” food since it has a lot of advantages. From weight loss to minimizing stomach acidity, there are just too many benefits to list here! But do you know that this type of vinegar is also helpful to your Dogs?
Place Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle and apply directly to your Dog’s rash or hotspot. Hotspots occur when your Dog excessively scratches the itchy rash which then becomes a wound or a sore. Spray the vinegar into the skin as this will dry up the spot in a matter of 1 to 2 days.
You can also add the vinegar to the food or water if your Dog is experiencing watery eyes, runny nose and coughing. Just remember to give the recommended dosage of apple cider vinegar by considering his weight and size.
If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, try white vinegar which are mostly found in supermarkets and leading shopping malls.
5. Get rid of plastic
To help minimize your Dog’s food allergy symptoms, try to keep plastic food bowls at bay. These plastic bowls, which has a lot of bacteria, can cause hotspots, rashes and acne that can often appear in the Dog’s face, lips, eyes and ears.
Instead of using plastics, replace his water and food dish with bowls made of stainless steel, glass or ceramic to avoid irritation and sensitivity. Never forget to wash it after use.
Did you know that oatmeal can also reduce itchiness and swelling? If you have some extra oats lying around the kitchen cabinet, mix it with water and rub it onto your Dog’s skin to decrease irritation and stinginess. Leave it for at least 10 minutes for best results then wash it off with warm water once done.
7. Chamomile Tea
Place a Chamomile tea bag in a chilled water and wait for 10-20 minutes. Transfer it to a spray bottle and spray it to the affected area. Your Dog will instantly feel a soothing effect as Chamomile rapidly kills the bacteria in the spot where the skin is irritated,
This is probably the easiest to find and the easiest to do. The number one rule is to always keep your Dog hydrated, Drinking water will not only boost his immune system but also flush out yucky toxins and bacteria that is lingering inside his body.
Another useful advice is to bathe him regularly in order to eliminate allergens that are trapped in his skin and fur.
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The Bottom Line
So you see, treating Dog Food allergies is not really that complicated. There are gazillion ways (natural or chemical) to effectively combat these nasty food allergens without the use of medicine or the expensive services of a doctor. All it takes are willpower, dedication and cooperation from both parties.
Just keep in mind though, that if your Dog is exhibiting severe food allergy symptoms, take him to the vet as soon as possible to avoid serious complications.