|Posted by Lori Woodruff on January 27, 2017 at 4:55 PM|
I have a suspicion that Toasty may end up being an allergic dog. Having traveled that sad and frustrating road with a previous dog, I have started a mission to begin controlling allergies with information. Notice I said CONTROL as there is no CURE for allergies in dogs. But due to Toasty and all the other dogs we see with allergies, I am continuing the itchy dog discussion.
Allergies to food only account for about 10% of dog allergies, 1st is fleas, generally #2 is a combo of these most common allergies;
Airborne pollens (grasses, weeds, trees, etc.)
Mold spores (indoor and outdoor)
House dust mites
Food allergies typically present itchy rear end, gas and tummy upset and foot licking. It’s a genetic problem, and when it’s triggered, it’s by exposure to whatever they’re allergic to. The most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. And, most dogs are usually allergic to more than one thing. Finding a LIMITED INGREDIENT food, with something in it your pet has never had, like Buffalo, Kangaroo, Salmon in addition to brown rice is a good way to start determining if your food is part of the problem. Avoid wheat, corn, beef and commercial foods with many ingredients.
Food plays an important part in FIGHTING allergies. PRO Biotics are important. You can buy probiotics for dogs and you need oils for the skin, I have found COLD PACKED VIRGIN COCONUT OIL at ALDI Food for only $4.99. that is a great item to add to your pets diet in small amounts.
your pet can develop allergies to things they have not been allergic previously, so don't rule out those plastic bowls, blankets or rugs you have used for years. Wash blankets frequently, and remove potential frequent food allergens and other potential things that can cause reactions. In addition; grooming and skin care. frequent shampooing, will help remove contact irritants.
Local honey will provide purified contact to the dog to local pollen, which may turn on the immune system to fight pollen the dog is sensitive to, but is WAYY more pleasant than allergy shots. I have found a recipe for Golden Paste which incorporates Coconut oil, black pepper and Tumeric (NOT HUMAN TUMERIC PILLS) and when Honey is added could be a good start to helping your itchy pet.
Google GOLDEN PASTE RECIPE or go to our facebook GROUP page, for the exact recipe and dosing amounts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiamondPetParlor/