My Top 5 Supplements To Help Your Dog Combat Allergy Season

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Hi there, Lyndall Pinchen Canine Naturopath from Canine Vitality back again for this week’s blog on my top 5 supplements to help your dog survive ALLERGY season! Yes, if you live in the Southern hemisphere like I do, our Winter has come to an end (yayyy!!) and Spring has sprung. And while I personally love Spring, I know that there are many of you out there that are starting to get heart palpitations just thinking about how your dog is going to make it through yet another allergy season.

If you dog suffers from allergies, they can make him or her feel pretty miserable not to mention the stress it creates for you as the owner. And maybe you can relate to this? Does your dog suffer from recurring allergies and you seem to be on a never ending cycle of steroids and antibiotics come Spring? Your dog might tend to scratch all the time especially during the night, keeping you all awake. Skin rashes, lumps, hotspots and yeast infections are common presentations...Or they may have low energy and seem quite depressed. All of this is pretty common in dogs suffering from any sort of chronic allergy problem.

So today I wanted to share with you what I believe are the top 5 supplements that can really help your dog during Spring season or really at anytime of the year to combat those allergy problems. Now while I am giving you my top 5, there are numerous supplements that can assist in the natural treatment of allergies and all of these work far better when you have your dog on an appropriate diet, which for me is raw and organic. This is really the first place to start when treating any allergy issue.  Remember that all processed foods can lead to a build up of toxins in the body (particularly the gut) and this can actually mimic allergy symptoms so I always work to get a dog off all the processed foods.

So with that being said, let’s look at my top 5:

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Probiotics- there is so much in the media today about the benefits of probiotics and fermented foods for the health of our guts, and the same definitely applies when it come to our dogs. Probiotics (or live beneficial bacteria) are really essential for the health of the gut and immune systems and this is often at the centre of allergy issues. A good quality probiotic added into your dog’s food can help boost up the level of good bacteria already present in the digestive tract and this not only helps keep other less desirable microbes from proliferating but also assists in the treatment of leaky gut syndrome which is often at the root of yeast infections and the development of many allergies. You can read more about leaky gut by going to my blog. It’s important to give your dog a multistrain and dairy free probiotic and add in one that is at 10-20 billion.

                                                   


 2.Digestive enzymes: if you have a dog with allergies as well as on any commercial food, then there’s a high chance that they are actually lacking in digestive enzymes.  This is because a dog is designed to get the majority of their enzymes from live raw food and if this is not available, your dog’s pancreas is forced to produce enzymes to help break down their food. This places alot of stress on this organ and can lead to enzyme deficiency. Stress can also contribute to this. And it’s interesting to note that for the great majority of dogs that I see suffering from skin or other allergies, stress and anxiety issues are also present. A digestive enzymes supplement as well as moving your dog to a raw diet can really assist with those allergy symptoms. I like to use one that combines enzymes along with some herbs to strengthen digestive organs and this can be added into food daily. Often too, where there has been enzyme deficiency and allergy states, your dog may also benefit from magnesium. 

                                                      

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Omega fatty acids: This is a no brainer as really any dog with allergies can benefit from taking omega 3 fatty acid supplement. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help decrease inflammation and benefit organ function. And For some itchy dogs, this is all they need to improve their itch. Giving your dog omega 3 fatty acids can significantly reduce the amount of steroids that it will take to eliminate biting, scratching and chewing. Dose can vary but for severe allergies consider giving 1000mg per 5kg . Many people are getting concerned about where and how fish oil is being sourced and for this reason I am very careful where I source my fish oil supplements for clients. I prescribe a practitioner only brand that I know is excellent quality and is sustainably sourced and goes through rigorous testing for mercury etc.

                                                                                    
        

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Perilla seed- this herb has been used for many years in Asian cuisine but is also an amazing allergy super herb. Perilla has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties and also has the ability to act like a natural anti histamine to help reduce those allergy symptoms like itching, sneezing, runny nose etc. Perilla also has the ability to modify and balance the immune system’s over reaction in the form of the allergy response. While there is no specific dose noted for pets, I work on giving from 20-100mg of dried perilla daily.

                                                             

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Detox- well finally, the last one is not a supplement as such but a combination of herbs I like to use with the great majority of dogs suffering from allergies to help give a general detox as part of any healing program. This formula contains herbs that work to gently encourage the elimination of toxins through the major elimination channels including the liver and kidneys. I recommend using this mix for 2-4 weeks every 6 months and Spring is the perfect time to detox your dog, especially if they are allergy prone. If you would like to find out if this mix is suitable for your dog, simply send me an email at lyndall.pinchen@gmail.com  and I can always tailor make something for your dog.

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Simply send me an email to the above address.

                                                         

So there you have my top 5 supplements to help your dog combat the allergy season. As I mentioned, there are many other natural medicines you can consider as well but always talk to your holistic practitioner to find out what might be the most suitable for your dog, and as I said earlier, it’s so important to get the diet right first. So work on transitioning your dog to a raw organic diet and then you can start adding in these supplements to get the best results. Well I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Don’t forget to like, comment or share this post and subscribe to my youtube channel to receive all the latest happy healthy dogs tips straight to your inbox.

I’ll talk to you soon!! Bye for now!