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Allergic Reactions in Dogs and Cats

Allergic Reactions in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies are used to help address symptoms related to allergic reactions by relaxing histamine triggers and by helping encourage immune balance when exposed to allergic reactions caused by fleas, vaccines, medicine, food, insects and more.

Natura Petz supplements for allergic reactions in dogs and cats

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against foreign invaders. The immune system also helps build a nutritional defense and is tasked with normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of imbalance, whole body systemic support is required.

An allergic reaction occurs when your pet’s body develops a hypersensitive response to a foreign substance or material. Allergic responses can be generated by anything your animal interacts with and isolating/diagnosing the allergen trigger can be difficult.

Food is usually a primary reasons our pets experience allergies. Other foreign substances can include flea saliva (often causing allergic reaction such as flea bite dermatitis), pollen (causing allergies in spring) or other environmental allergens (dryer sheets, carpet freshener), vaccinations (which can cause vaccinosis), insect bites and stings.  

All of these substances are considered to be allergens or allergic triggers. When you pet’s body senses an allergenic invader, it sounds “distress” alarms, which prompts the immune system to produce antibodies called immunoglobulin E. Next, these antibodies cause mast cells to release chemicals, like histamine, into the animal’s bloodstream against the allergens.

Fleas are the common culprit when it comes to allergies in pets. Use a flea repellant recommended by your vet. Remember that flea collars and flea powders are not suitable for cats, as they groom themselves by licking. Flea dips can also be very toxic and do not last long enough for really good flea control.

Pets can be allergic to pollen, mold, dust mites and mildew. Keep all surfaces clean, vacuum rugs and wash pet linen regularly.

If your pet's allergies seem to be seasonal, spend limited time outdoors during allergy season. After taking your animal outdoors to play, it is important to brush them down (gently, but firmly) to remove pollen particles. Air filters can also be fitted in the home.

Sometimes a pet's immune system may develop an allergic reaction to some part of its diet. You can try limit certain foods and keep track of improvements to identify the trigger.

Pets also suffer with contact allergies, (caused by grasses, floor polish, washing detergents and wool rugs). Contact allergies are easily identifiable as they are usually limited to a specific area of an animal's body. The allergen is also usually not hard to find.

Allergies can also aggravate other conditions for an animal such as sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infections, seborrhea, eczema, other dermal rashes and asthma. The combination of symptoms makes it difficult to identify the allergen trigger. Additionally, allergy-related symptoms such as fatigue, lethargy, loss of appetite, itching, scratching, biting and other forms of distress may cause your pet much discomfort.  

A dog or cat showing signs of an allergic reaction may bite, itch, scratch, lick skin red or raw, have visible tenderness and redness to the skin, experience inflammation, skin will be hot to the touch, your dog or cat may experience vomiting, diarrhea or difficulty breathing. If your pet is showing any signs, see your vet immediately. 

Animals are commonly prescribed antibiotics as allergy symptoms return. Long term steroid treatments address symptoms but do not address the underlying cause for allergic reactions. Repeated use of corticosteroids can suppress an animal’s immune system, making it susceptible to other diseases as well as at risk of developing more allergies.

Steroids are the number one prescribed drug by veterinarians to treat all forms of animal allergies, however, have many associated side effects, including weight gain, increased thirst, increased urination, aggression, compromised immunity and can stress the liver and kidneys.

If superficial skin allergies are related to fleas, ticks or other insect bites, topical treatments may help reduce symptoms. Synthetic medications suppress the immune system and antihistamines may be accompanied by side effects.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Natural and holistic remedies can help provide symptomatic relief for the multiplicity of symptoms and illnesses that may affect your animal as it ages, helping reduce histamine and mast cell response related to all types of allergies, strengthening the immune system, providing cellular support and normalizing cell function, delivering vital nutrition, functioning as an anti-inflammatory, blood cleanser and body purifier and reducing joint and muscle aches, pain, wear and tear.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce 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. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) helps support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, helps rehabilitate and repair the performance and health of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, helps rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; helps tone and balance the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps normalize liver enzyme levels; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; helps reduce uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia and ehrlichiosis.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) is used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, soothe stomach upset and support proper elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections, as well as general infections found in the animal body, due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

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.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy) and fever; for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

 



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