Pet Allergies

Where do pet allergies come from?

Pet allergies can be due to adverse reactions to particles which are inhaled through the lungs, ingested in the mouth, or absorbed through the skin.  They can come from ingredients in food (see Substandard Ingredient page), from the natural environment (plants, trees, grasses, weeds), and/or the household environment (household cleaners, laundry detergent, pest control, etc.).

Certain pet foods are one of the most common causes of allergic reactions.  Low quality and biologically inappropriate ingredients can cause a direct reaction (itchy skin, vomiting, etc.) to a specific ingredient or an indirect reaction by compromising the immune system over long periods of feeding “junk food”.  Ingredients like corn, wheat and soy are common allergens for dogs and cats and are warning signs of a low quality food (see recommended dog and cat foods).  Remember that dogs and cats do not have carbohydrate requirements, so food filled with these ingredients makes it difficult for their bodies to obtain the necessary nutrients.

We always recommend that pet owner’s look at the ingredients list of a food and ask if it makes sense for a wolf or a wild cat.  Our domesticated pet’s digestive tracts and DNA are still almost identical to their wild ancestors.

What are some common symptoms of pet allergies?

One of the most common symptoms of allergy issues is itching/scratching.  The skin is the body’s largest eliminatory organ and many times signs of inflammation start there.  This usually leads to an irritation causing itching and scratching and can also result in hot spots/rashes.   Hot spots are caused by the animal’s natural bacteria overpopulating certain areas of the skin usually due to them excessively licking or chewing an area.  Treating these areas with a product to relieve the itching (see Groomer’s Secret Derma Ease or Homeopet Hot Spots) is important for your sanity as well as the quality of life for your pet.  It is vital to look at longer term solutions like food, immune system boosters, and anti-inflammatory products will help ensure that the symptoms do not come back.

Other common symptoms of pet allergies include excess shedding, digestive upsets, chewing/licking of paws, difficulty breathing, anxiety, odors, and/or lackluster coats.  With any “allergy” symptom, be sure to assess the overall picture of what might be going on with your pet.  Yeast issues can look very much like a common allergy and requires a more specific plan of attack.  Stress can also cause similar symptoms to allergies so be sure to look at things that might be introducing stress to your pet.

What are some natural solutions to my pet’s allergy problems?

First and foremost is ensuring your pet is being fed a species appropriate diet.  This includes high quality protein and fat sources and reducing the carbohydrate sources as much as possible.  This alone can go a long way to boosting the immune system and eliminating allergy issues over the long term.  Adding immune system boosters (i.e. Bixbi Immunity, Super Immune) and/or probiotics/digestive enzymes can assist the body in dealing with allergy issues.  Anti-inflammatory products (CBD oil, Ultra Oil) can help with rebalancing the system and provide relief naturally for many common allergy symptoms.

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