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    Spring is here!

    Spring is here!

    Spring has arrived and so too has allergy season. 

    Spring is one of our busiest seasons here at Natural Pet.  One of the main reasons is that it is the time that allergies can flare up.  For many pets presenting with allergies it is mainly the skin that is affected, but for some respiratory tract problems can be the issue.

    This blog will be focusing on our allergy remedies, what you can do to help your pet and an easy recipe you can make at home to help relieve symptoms.

    The two main allergies we see at Natural Pet are Atopic Dermatitis and Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD).

    Atopic dermatitis is an over-reaction or hypersensitivity to normally harmless substances such as grasses, pollens wandering jew, house dust and house dust mites.   Flea Allergic Dermatitis is an allergic reaction to the flea saliva.

    Owners will quite often find that their pets itching starts around spring or summer but then it develops into an all year round problem.  This is because their immune system is being reduced, and they don’t have the defences to keep it under control.

    Your pet will present with licking, chewing, scratching and pulling fur out.  If left they can break the skin and a secondary bacterial infection could set in.  Pet will quite often end up on steroids and antibiotics.  These will help with the immediate inflammation, but once worn off the inflammation returns, and also there is long term health related issues your pet is at risk of developing.

    So how do you know which one your pet has?

     

      Atopic Dermatitis

      Flea Allergic
      Dermatitis

     Common Symptoms

      Itching, licking,
      
    inflamed skin

      Itching, scratching

     

      Defining Symptoms 

      Red rash with little
      pimples

      Dry flaky skin, maybe
      pink, little scabs

     

      Where

      Paws, stomach, inner
      legs, chin, nose, ears
      and face.

      On the back at the
      base of the tail, on
      the tail, ears and
      sometimes stomach

     

     You can read more in-depth information about these skin problems on our health page Atopic Dermatitis and Flea Allergic Dermatitis.

    The key to getting on top of allergies long term is to boost the immune system.  This can be done through

    • Diet – feeding your pet a raw food diet
    • Healthy gut – feeding probiotics such as yoghurt and tripe to look after the good bacteria in the gut, we do a Leaky Gut Kit to help detox and build up the gut.
    • Immune Boost – keeping your pets immune system in good health, using something like our Immune Tonic and Liver Tonic will boost, support and cleanse the immune system
    • Stress free – keeping them in their happy place, stress is a big factor in reducing the immune system

    Remedies to help!

    Our remedies that are for allergies

    Spring – allergies to grasses, pollen and wandering jew

    H.D.M. – allergies to house dust and house dust mites

    F.A.D. – allergies to flea bites and flea saliva


    Oatmeal Rinse

    Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and moisture retaining properties, so is great to soothe the skin and keep it moisture and supple.  Use the below recipe to help give relief to your pets irritated skin.

    2-3 tablespoon of rolled oats

    Warm to hot water

    Depending on how you want to use it, you can either put it into a large bowl of water to wash over the irritated areas or you can put it into a bath. 

    Take 2-3 tablespoons of rolled oats, this can be placed into something like a stocking or drained off afterwards.  Pour into both or bowl of hot water. Let it seep for 10-15 minutes, or until it the water has cooled.  Remove the rolled oats then bath the affected area.

     

    Posted: Fri 06 Sep 2019

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