Allergies

Pets-ScratchingAllergies and Your Pet

Do you ever wonder why your pet is endlessly scratching or biting his body? Does your pet suffer from digestive upsets? Does she have a bad body odor or a lackluster coat? Do you ever notice a difficulty in breathing, or does he seem to be anxious? If you answer yes to any of these questions, your pet may be suffering from allergies. Allergies are an intense reaction to allergens, substances that can be inhaled through the lungs, ingested by the mouth, or absorbed by the skin.

Do you ever wonder why your pet is endlessly scratching or biting his body? Does your pet suffer from digestive upsets? Does she have a bad body odor or a lackluster coat? Do you ever notice a difficulty in breathing, or does he seem to be anxious? If you answer yes to any of these questions, your pet may be suffering from allergies. Allergies are an intense reaction to allergens, substances that can be inhaled through the lungs, ingested by the mouth, or absorbed by the skin.

Eliminating the substances that cause allergies can decrease symptoms, but pet owners are often frustrated because they cannot find a solution that effectively eliminates or even improves the symptoms. Despite the elimination of allergenic substances and administration of medication the animal’s immune system continues to get weaker and the body suffers a breakdown. In animals with a lengthy history of allergies, this can translate to serious diseases as they age.

Today, it is common practice to use medicine to attempt to suppress the allergic reaction and alleviate symptoms. While this treatment may offer some relief, at All is Well we believe that an unbalanced diet and a depressed immune system are often underlying factors when a pet has been diagnosed with allergies, and that many allergies are simply an indication of this system imbalance. A pet can be exposed to many dangerous substances in their everyday environment. They might come in contact with household pesticides, or they may be eating commercial pet foods that contain animal byproducts. These toxic substances build up in the body, which affects the body’s systems. Since the skin is the largest eliminatory organ, it is the main point of release for these wastes, and an excessive build-up can cause a myriad of problems with the skin, such as pimples, rashes, and hot spots. Repeated or continual exposure also cause an overall lowered resistance. A waste product of protein digestion, urea, promotes a condition similar to gout, and results in foot chewing and licking.

A more satisfying and lasting solution to allergies is to strengthen and balance the immune system with high quality pet foods, supplements, and homeopathic or herbal remedies. It may also be helpful to feed your pet twice a day in order to keep blood sugar and hormones balanced and stable. These steps, along with proper grooming and an emotionally stable environment will foster a strong immune system and reduce or eliminate allergic reactions.

If your pet has been suffering from a compromised immune system for a while it may take some time to rebalance his body, but it is possible. Give your pet’s immune system a chance to obtain and sustain a healthy balance—it is the best possible alternative.

Source: www.preciouspets.org/newsletters/articles/pet-allergies.htm