Allergies, Reactions, Causes and Cures 

There can be lots of different causes of allergies for our four legged friends. 

The most common of these causes are:

  • Food (most commonly yeast issues in dogs)
  • Contact or Environmental (this is grasses, pollen, dust or house hold washing powders etc)
  • Parasites (flees or mites)

FOOD ALLERGIES

This is the most common allergy we see in dogs today much due to feeding overly processed foods full of things that dogs should not eat including grains, rice, potato etc. 

Not only do dogs not need these junk food fillers, but they are the biggest cause of allergies to dogs from Candida Albicans, also known as YEAST. 

Candida Albicans is a fungus which sits in the dogs gut causing them no problems, until something like high yeast food sets it off. 

Once triggered this can cause a yeast build up in your dogs skin, paws and ears. 

Often raw/red, moist and smelly. This yeast fungus takes hold and over runs their body and gut and can be extremely uncomfortable for them. Making them itch, lose hair and will only get worse unless the real cause of the problem is stopped. 

The main cause is feeding processed food like kibble and tinned food which is packed full of unnecessary carbohydrates (sugars).

Stopping feeding junk food all together and moving the dog to a healthy raw diet will most of the time completely irradiate the problem.  You will see a difference in your dog within just a few weeks! 

But while you address the diet you need to ensure your not feeding low quality treats or anything that contains carbohydrates and sugars. No biscuits, bonios, dentasticks etc. These are all bad for your dogs health anyway but definitely a no no for dogs combating yeast issues. 

It is also recommended to stop feeding fruits and vegetables. At Least at the beginning while trying to get the issue under control. 

Most fruits and even Vegetables like carrots are actually quite high in sugar. Which the yeast will feed off. So If you can remove these fruits and veg completely you will have the best chance to succeed at getting rid of the yeast for good. 

Then after a few months being yeast free you can start to reintroduce them slowly. But if your dog starts to react again just stop all together.

If your dogs tolerance is extremely sensitive then foods which are fed on grains like Chicken and Turkey will cause a similar reaction too. 

This is also quite common and while many believe its a allergy to the meat, its actually an allergy to the food they have eaten. After all, you are what you eat. So if your dog is very sensitive remove chicken and turkey from their diet too. Eggs on the other should be fine to feed. 

This is not an allergy which can be made better with antihistamines. But we sell a couple of products which will definitely have a positive impact. 

Non Stinky Stuff - https://www.prettypointer.com/product/non-stinky-stuff/

Non Stinky Stuff and Ear Stuff are excellent for helping reduce the reaction from many allergens including yeast. This all natural product works from both internal (from being added to their food) and externally (used as a topical ointment). 

Apply daily to their food and massage into the areas of irritation. 

Ear Stuff is used daily for a week or two until the yeast is gone and then 2-3 times a week to help prevent from a reoccurring build up. 

Non Stinky Stuff and Ear Stuff will help to get rid of the problem. But if you do not address the underlying cause (food) then it will be a constant reoccurring issue for your dog. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES

This is a unfortunate allergy which is most common from spring to summer. Were getting so many dogs come into us at the moment with environmental allergies. 

Grasses, pollen and even dust can trigger a histamine response resulting in all over itching for your dog. 

These allergies are hard to combat simply because a dog needs to be taken out for a walk and be exposed to these allergens. Even your garden can trigger these reactions.

You could wrap your dog in cotton wool and never take them out. But what sort of life would that be. 

Instead there are a few things which can be used to get make these reactions as mild as possible and even stay on top of them to stop them from occurring all together. 

1) Antihistamines. 

Antihistamines reduce the allergic reaction and strengthen the immune system and fight against allergens. These should not be used daily to prevent allergies but used to reduce particular bad reactions. Once used over a long period of time they will reduce in effectiveness and you should try to only use them when absolutely necessary. 

The most common antihistamines that you can pick up from most pharmacies and supermarkets are Cetrizine and Chlorpheniramine. You should consult your vet prior to giving any antihistamine to your dog they have not had before. 

Cetrizine, also known by brand name Zertec is usually available in 5mg or 10mg tablets. This antihistamine is not suitable for dogs who suffer with epilepsy or have liver or kidney failure.  

Dog dosages are as follows:

Dogs who weigh less than 15lbs - 5mg - Once per day

13-35lbs * 10mg * Once per day

Over 40lbs * 10mg * Twice per day

 

Chlorpheniramine, also known by brand name Piriton is available in 2mg, 4mg and 8mg tablets.  This antihistamine is not suitable for dogs who have Glaucoma, High Blood Pressure or Heart Condition. 

Dog dosages are as follows:

5-10lbs * 1-2mg -*2-3 times a day

10-20lbs * 2-4mg * 2-3 times a day

20-40lbs *2-8mg * 2-3 times day

40-60lbs * 8-16mg * 2-3 times a day

over 60lbs * 16-24mg * 2-3 times a day

 

2) Food Supplements

We stock a number of food supplements which will all aid to reduce the impact of environmental allergies. 

All Oils such as Salmon Oil, Coconut Oil and Flaxseed Oil will all have a positive effect and will help sooth inflamed skin. 

The best for helping to combat allergies in my opinion is Proflax.

Proflax are flaxseed oil based products which all contain different herbal ingredients to combat a variety of problems. The one we recommend for environmental allergies is their Skin and Coat. 

Proflax Skin and Coat also contains active herbal ingredient such as Chamomile, Liquorice, Milk Thistle, Skullcap and Wild Nettle. These all aid the dogs skin and coat to sooth itchiness, alleviates allergies and cleanses toxins. 

You can pick up Proflax Skin and Coat in store or online here https://www.prettypointer.com/product/proflax-skin-coat/

 

3) Oatmeal Shampoo

Oatmeal Shampoo is the best way to get rid of the allergens from the dogs skin. 

Oatmeal is a natural hypoallergenic and effective way to wash dogs with sensitive skin. Its soothes the skin while keeping the impact on their skin ph as mild as possible meaning it can be used daily. It also helps moisturise the skin. Where as regular soap shampoos with dry the dogs skin out. 

We stock a excellent Oatmeal Shampoo made by Dorwest Herbs which also contains natural ingredients like chamomile, aloe vera and lavender. All of which has a calming and softening effect on the dogs skin. 

 

4) Feed Oily Fish

Feeding oily fish which is rich in Omega 3 such as Salmon, Sardines and Sprats will reduce the impact of allergies significantly. They prompt the gut to develop in a way to boost the immune system. 

Not only does Oily fish regulate and boost the dogs immune system but also ensures the dogs coat and skin in healthy, improves the oils in their coat which acts as a barrier from the elements and reduces inflammation.  All of which will have a positive impact on allergy management. 

 

5) STOP giving chemical flee and tick products

There are hundreds of reasons why these products are extremely damaging for dogs. I have outlined much of the impact from these pesticides and how we natural prevent parasites in this article Natural Parasite Prevention

But in terms of allergies. These pesticides have a very strong negative impact on the dog but dramatically reducing the dogs immune system. Which will of course make them more susceptible to allergies.  

We have seen first hand the effect that Drontal and Advocate had our our own dog Luna. In a 3 day period after each time these chemicals were applied to the skin she would break out in hives covering her body. Not from being allergic to the poisons, but her body becoming weakened to deal with allergens. 

As soon as we stopped the poisons, we stopped the allergies!! 

 

PARASITES 

Not exactly an allergy, however the reaction on the dogs skin from Flees, Ticks and Demodectic Mange could be seen as an allergic reaction the the saliva from the bites on broken skin. The itching and hair loss from mange is also often mistaken for allergies and brushed off untreated.

To prevent these parasites from making a home on your dog is simple. Parasites do not make host to healthy dogs. 

A healthy raw diet will ensure the dogs gut health and immune system are in tip top condition. A long with added ingredients such as Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar and Diatomaceous Earth will all boost their immune system and help to repel parasites. 

Probiotics are also essential to help prompt the good bacteria in the dogs gut to strengthen and fight any issues. 

Should your dog get flees then Diatomaceous Earth can be used topically spread across the dogs fur and will kill all flees it touches, while been soft and unharmful on your dogs skin. You must also make sure you sprinkle DE on all beds and carpets where your dog make have been.  

 

In reality the majority of allergies and reactions can be controlled and cured simply with a good healthy diet. 

Ensuring your dog is getting a species appropriate diet of meat/bone/offal/oily fish, regular probiotics and ingredients to help keep their immune system strong like garlic and apple cider vinegar etc should be all your dog needs. 

If your dog is suffering from allergies and would like some more direction on a personalised plan pop on down to the shop and we would be happy to help and talk you through everything. 

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