Despite the cooler temperatures last week, allergy season is fast approaching for not only us but for our pets too! Learn the symptoms of allergies in your pets and help them survive the “itchy season” naturally.
Ears: Allergies can cause ear infections. Signs of ear infections include a strong odour, discharge, rubbing ears and shaking of the head.
Skin: I’m sure every dog owner has experienced this. Incessant itching and grooming. Red skin, sores and hair loss is very common for dogs with allergies.
Itchy paws are very common.
How to help naturally without antibiotics/steroids:
- A healthy diet is number one. A good, balanced diet boosts your dog’s immune system and helps fight off numerous things. Avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates like corn, wheat, rice and starches as they can increase inflammation in your pet.
- Bathing your dog. This helps rinse the allergens away. It can help reduce itchy, flaky skin and inflammation. Foot baths are a great thing to do in between baths as dogs will carry in allergens on their feet and spread it everywhere they go inside. Wiping allergens away with a washcloth can help as well.
- Always have fresh water accessible. Water is the great healer so it’s important to make sure your pet is drinking enough.
- For Spring cleaning, always make sure to use non-toxic cleaning products. The new fad is “no smell” with the use of Norwex microfiber cloths. I’ve used these myself and they work great.
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