What can we do about it? Can we treat allergies with natural products?
When we thought nothing else could go wrong, here they are! There’s no point in hiding because allergies are relentless!
Let’s make sure we understand what we are dealing with and what tools we have in our hands. Let's begin to breakdown a few concepts:
What is an allergic reaction? It is an excessive response of the immune system. This reaction is caused by an agent that might be completely innocuous for other dogs and yet, for a dog with allergies, just by coming into contact with this agent (grass, pollen, dust, etc.) its immune system launches a full attack activating its defense mechanism and releasing chemicals, most of the time histamine, that will attack the foreign agent.
This release will produce uncomfortable non-stop itchiness. If the symptoms come and go with the seasons, then what your dog is experiencing is a seasonal allergy.
What do we do to save our dogs from such misery? Can we treat allergies with natural products? Vets will normally treat the symptoms with medication, which is called a reactive approach, and many people choose that path.
Other people try to find more holistic approaches and that’s what we want to share with you today, natural tips, and natural products to prevent or minimize these reactions and help our sensitive buddies have a better quality of life.
The challenge is to keep triggers away from our dogs and treat their symptoms with gentle, 100% natural products that will help them feel better without adding more chemicals to the mix.
Allergens stick to our pets' paws and coats, so we need to help them rinse those allergens off by grooming them frequently and cleaning their paws daily.
It is also a great idea to remove your shoes when coming into the house during allergy season, vacuuming and mopping, and frequent disinfection will dramatically reduce the exposure to the allergens.
Brushing them and cleaning their paws as soon as they enter the house is a must; You can spray them with Paw Wash, which cleans and protects the skin, or simply use soap and water, whatever you decide. Be thorough because the itchiness will make them chew their paws in desperation and once they ingest the allergens, now the problem will be in their system.
If they are already scratching non-stop, you can apply Skin Soothing Spray, an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial formula that alleviates the itch and prevents the damage that could be caused by scratching, while the amazing properties of essential oils will soothe and regenerate the skin and reduce the pain.
So, in conclusion, is there a definite solution for dogs’ allergies? Unfortunately, no. However, we can improve their lives by reducing their exposure to the allergens, grooming their coat and cleaning their paws after they've been out, as well as maintaining a clean house as free of allergens as possible. And remember, this season too shall paws 🐾