More than ever before, our dogs are suffering from allergies. Causes range from food allergies to allergic reactions to chemicals in the environment. Typical treatments are steroids (eg. Cortisone), antibiotics and antihistamines. Often, giving these drugs is an appropriate and necessary action.
But, in the words of Dr Robert Goldstein: “When the condition is treated with drugs, the immune system is suppressed and the toxin is prevented from leaving the body! Reliance on drugs alone over the long term is asking for a chronic, never-ending skin condition as well as other health problems.”
There are no simple answers, but allergies can be helped by:
- Feeding a better diet – fresh, varied food is best, or a high-quality, low-quantity protein food
- Washing frequently with natural, non-toxic shampoos
- Keeping dust levels down
- Switching to a ceramic feeding bowl, not plastic
- Supplementing with vitamins, minerals and certain herbs
Herbs and vitamins which have been shown to help with allergic conditions are:
- Vitamin C
The Herbal Pet has combined all of these with a multivitamin base in their product, Allergy Formula.