Dog With Allergies

Any dog can develop allergies; usually after 6 months of age but with many dogs having issues after the age of 2 years.

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Building a Healthy Immune System is Vital

Remember that with dogs, a little goes a long way. For any of the recommendations we offer, please use small doses, treatments and amounts to start. Start slowly to build up your dog’s acceptance, tolerance and conditioning to each suggested solution. Natural remedies take time so don’t give up if you do not see an immediate improvement. Most dogs will experience improvement gradually and over a period of 3 to 12 weeks. 

Ingredients Can Be the Culprit

Allergies and skin and coat problems are the most common health issues our pets face today … but it doesn’t have to be that way. Improve your dog’s quality of life and give them a fighting chance against allergies! Know your ingredients!

Holistic Help for Dogs With Allergies

There are hundreds of dog breeds any pet owner might choose to own. When it comes to a companion who will unconditionally love you forever, you just can't go wrong with a dog. The challenge for many looking to own a dog is to find the right breed for them and their families. A healthy, active and vibrant breed is perfect for some while for others only a lap dog will do.

Some breeds might be pre-disposed to allergies and other health issues. In this article we will share some helpful recommendations about the best in dog care including how to spot and care for a dog with allergies. 

Keep in mind that caring for a dog can be expensive. Food, supplies and vet bills can add up to $1,000 or more per year especially if your dog does experience issues with allergies. Getting emergency care from the vet is costly, so you may need to take a look at health insurance for your pet. 

Take your dog to the vet at least once a year for checkups. Because your dog can't tell you if they are not feeling well, you may have trouble knowing when your dog is feeling pain or discomfort. A yearly checkup will help you find any problems before they become huge issues. 

Any dog can develop allergies; usually after 6 months of age but with many dogs having issues after the age of 2 years. But allergic reactions seem to be especially common in retrievers and short-nosed, flat-faced breeds such as pugs, bulldogs and Boston terriers. 

4 common types of allergies found in dogs:

The most common symptoms of allergies:

Supplements for a Healthy Canine Immune System

It is best to start our pups on immune support before allergies ever begin. Diet and supplements are the most important aspect of overall pet health. The following ingredients are helpful in supporting a healthy immune system: 

Atlantic Sea Kelp, Blue, Green Algae: Aids in digestion, is high in antioxidants and helps to detoxify the body, Borage Seed Oil, Chlorella: Seaweed high in Vitamins A & C, as well as Iron and calcium, Dried Berries (cranberry and blueberry): High in antioxidants, Marine Algae: High in Vitamin C., Wheat Grass – an anti-inflammatory. 

These ingredients can be found in Flint River Ranch Essential Greens Supplement and EBarf Plus

A healthy natural diet should consist of healthy, lean proteins and few if any grains.  Human-grade ingredients are best as they would not contain toxins and molds when grains are present. Fruit and vegetables should also be present and the food should never be chemically preserved. The use of tocopherols is best; Vitamin A, C and E. Sprayed on flavorings and by-products should always be avoided. 

Flint River Ranch Lamb/Millet/Rice Recipe and Flint River Ranch Trout and Potato are on the Top of our List of recommendations. For canned food diets we like Life’s Abundance Premium and for Raw Feeding we like BARF from BARFWorld. A well-balanced home prepared meal can also be of great benefit to many dogs. 

Treats

Treats are often the culprit or at least a contributing factor. Cut out all treats for the meantime and until the allergies are under control. Then only add in treats after you have transitioned your dog to their new, healthy diet. See our healthy dog treat recommendations. Remember to only introduce one treat at a time and over a period of at least three to four weeks. Life's Abundance Dog Treats  *  Etta Says!

Fish Oil

We use and recommend Alaskan Wild Salmon Oil and EBARF Plus Supplement for every dogs diet. This combination gives a boost to your dog’s immune system, aid on digestion and really helps your dog coat look and feel amazing and healthy. 

Essential Oils as a Supplement

Supplements do not necessarily have to be ingested. They can be used externally as well. They can be used as a natural skin and coat conditioner as well as natural flea control. Young Living Essential Oils are considered the best and we use them on our dogs. They work beautifully, our dogs are flea free and they smell wonderful. Our recipes are; 

Essential Oil Flea Control Repellent 

Mix up the following repellent solution and brush or massage it into his coat a few drops at a time. Pay attention to behind the ears, neck, groin and base of tail.

1 tablespoon of almond oil as a carrier

14 drops of lavender essential oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil

Baths and Ear Cleaning -Keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy requires regular grooming. Combing and brushing is essential to removing loose hair/fur and distributing oils through the coat. Bathing should not be done excessively as this removes too many oils and your dog’s skin can dry out. A shampoo that is mild and skin calming can be used once a month.  

The best dog shampoo that we have found that is mild and works for both skin and coat contain quality essential oils and blends containing lavender, rosemary, or lemon and coconut oils in a form that is cleansing. 

A gentle ear cleansing agent and powder can help those dogs prone to ear infections. Gentle ear rinsing/cleaning should be performed daily when an ear infection is present and weekly when not. If your dog likes to play in water or has long floppy ears, check them daily to make sure they keep dry. 

The use of supplements and a high-quality, low grain or grain-free diet can keep yeast growth at bay which is often the major cause of ear infections. Smell your dog’s ears; a healthy ear does not have that “doughy”, musty odor that is present during an ear infection.

Doggie Detox Diet Recipe

If you have a dog with allergies, a detox may be in order to set his or her system up for a successful transition to a healthier life. See our recommendation for a canine detox diet – Doggie Detox. 

Having a dog is a complete joy, and with the tips you've learned here, you can help ensure a lifetime of health and happiness for your pet. Keep learning as much as you can about natural canine health and you will discover the best ways to take care of your furry friend while keeping your vet bills at a minimum.