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 respiratory tract problems can be the issue for some.
Here we give you our allergy remedies, what you can do to help your pet, and an easy recipe you can make at home to help relieve symptoms.
Atopic dermatitis is an overreaction or hypersensitivity to ordinarily harmless substances such as grasses, pollens wandering jew, house dust, and house dust mites. Flea Allergic Dermatitis is an allergic reaction to flea saliva.
Owners often find that their pet's itching starts around spring or summer but then develops into an all-year-round problem. This is because their immune system is being reduced, and they don't have the defenses to keep it under control.
Your pet will present with licking, chewing, scratching, and pulling fur out. If left, your pet can damage the skin, and a secondary bacterial infection could occur. 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 are long-term health-related issues your pet is at risk of developing.
So how do you know which one your pet has?
Flea Allergic Dermatitis
Itching, licking, inflamed skin
A red rash with little pimples
Dry, flaky skin, maybe pink, little scabs
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. Which 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 pet's immune system in good health, using something like our Immune Tonic Liver Tonic and Liver Tonic (Hom) will boost, support, and cleanse the immune system
- Stress-free – keeping them in their happy place, stress is a significant factor in reducing the immune system
Remedies to help!
Our remedies in our Tagiwig range are for allergies
Spring – allergies to grasses, pollen, and wandering jew
Spring (Hom) - homeopathic only blend for allergies to grass, 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 has anti-inflammatory and moisture-retaining properties, so it is excellent to soothe and keep the skin moist and supple. Use the recipe below to help relieve your pet's irritated skin.
2-3 tablespoons 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 put it into a bath.
Take 2-3 tablespoons of rolled oats. You can place this into a stocking to drain it off afterward. Pour into a bath or bowl of hot water. Let it seep for 10-15 minutes or until the water has cooled. Remove the rolled oats, then bathe the affected area.
Posted: Thursday 14 April 2022