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Pet supplements to help reduce food allergies in dogs and cats.

Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Pet supplements to help reduce allergic reactions and allergy symptoms in cats & dogs with allergies to food such as corn, wheat, soy, chemical preservatives and colorants.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Like humans, food allergies affect dogs and cats and is one of the top reasons for vet visits. Animals may develop an allergic reaction from intolerance to a particular food or food group at any stage of their lives, although some allergies can also be present from birth.

The main reason related to allergies tends to be diet, particularly one which includes dairy (lactose), corn, wheat, soy, sugar and inorganic compounds such as preservatives, colorants and other additives, all common ingredients in most commercial foods for dogs and cats. Our pets can also develop allergies from being fed the same protein source (chicken, turkey, etc) or are fed unhealthy human treats, both which can produce allergen triggers. 

An animal that is allergic to certain foods may develop symptoms including skin problems, including biting, licking, scratching, and signs of rash, eczema, seborrhea, dandruff, wounds, dull coat and hair loss. An animal with a food allergy will almost certainly be prone to digestive upsets such as bloating, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.

Supplements work to help reduce inflammation and to help rid the animal body of histamine response, the trigger of all allergens. Supplements also help to support immunity, which is the critical component in allergy avoidance in your pet. Allergies are a sign of an auto immune failure, which is directly linked to histamine response. The following supplements are reparative agents; that is, they work to help correct and may help reverse allergies by preventing histamine and mast cell response, and overwhelmingly, work to hinder allergies from continuing to present.

Herbal Remedies: (listed in order of relevance as recommended by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies can be used to help address both short term and long term allergies, are gentle but effective and typically can be used without side effects. Some herbs function as adaptogens or “body readers” in that they are tonics for the animal body to help bring all systems into balance as well as help to identify the cause of dysfunction, such as allergies, and work at a cellular level to help correct imbalance. Herbs also function as anti-inflammatory, immune booster, blood cleanser and body purifier to identify and limit histamine triggers that are associated with all types of allergies.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore funcions) immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Conventional Remedies:

A diet change is typically the best place to start when allergy symptoms present. A limited ingredient diet allows you to eliminate potential food allergens. It may also be helpful to add an all-natural multi-vitamin and mineral supplement (such as The Daily Paws (click for more information) to balance your pet’s diet that includes omega fatty acid, a natural antihistamine and a natural corticosteroid.

A food allergy usually requires a physical check up by your vet, and an inspection of your animal’s specific skin problems. Treatment usually involves topical creams and antihistamines; however these may also have the potential for side effects.

Veterinarians prescribe a variety of topical solutions such as a hypoallergenic or hydrocortisone cream, oatmeal shampoo, anti-itch cream, lotion and cooling salves. A conventional vet may recommend an immunotherapy program that consists of a series of shots in cases where allergies are severe.

Synthetic steroids are the most commonly prescribed synthetic medication by vets, however, they are typically associated with a wide range of side effects, including increased thirst, increased urination and panting. Long term steroid use can lead to secondary diabetes or Cushing’s disease.

 

 

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