Have you noticed that your pet has allergic reactions? Are they clearly feeling really uncomfortable? Well, there are many ways that you can alleviate their symptoms and even prevent allergies from coming back. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best ways to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Hands down, the best treatment for both cats and dogs with allergies is to avoid allergens altogether. This means that the most important thing you need to know how your pet is getting an allergy in the first place. The most common allergens for pets include grasses, mold, seasonal pollen, and cleaning products. Once you’ve figured out which of these is the culprit, these can often be easy to avoid. An easy first step is to change your pet’s diet or routine, opt for a new cleaner, close windows during allergy season, or use an air filter for dust.
But what happens if you don’t know what’s causing your pet’s allergy, or even worse if it’s something unavoidable like grass?
The best first step is often to try out some natural remedies that can help cure allergy symptoms quickly and cleanly – without irritating your pet.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Another great option is to just supplement your pet’s diet with omega-3 fatty acids. These are found in certain fish oils, but you can usually just add them as a special supplement available over the counter. They’re proven to decrease the tendency of your pet’s immune system to overreact to allergens. However, omega-3 fatty acids are best used as a longer term solution, as they can take anywhere between 3-6 weeks before they are incorporated into the cells.
This is one you probably haven’t heard of! Yucca is a root vegetable from South America that has gained popularity in recent years. Besides tasting great, Yucca has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help the immune system of your pet function normally. The best thing about natural remedies such as this is the fact that the pet does not suffer from the side effects that are involved with other treatments like steroids. Yucca is safe for both cats and dogs.
EcoBalance Anti-Allergy Supplement
EcoBalance Anti-Allergy Supplement for Dogs & Cats is 100% natural and acts to modulate your pets immune system, which helps prevent allergy symptoms. It’s made with some of the best natural, allergy fighters like chamomile, turmeric and fish oil. EcoBalance is all natural, with no artificial additives, so your pet probably wont even notice the addition to their bowl! Plus, it’s super simple and affordable! Just use the enclosed scoop to add this powdered supplement to your pet’s diet daily.
(Full disclosure, this is a Vet Organics product. However, it has a significant following and has helped many pet owners contend with their dog’s allergies. As with all Vet Organics products, we stand by this product and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee).
Medications for Pet Allergies
Medicated shampoos and conditioners
For pets that suffer from contact dermatitis, medicated shampoos and conditioners can be an effective way to relieve allergic symptoms. Ingredients in these will range from oatmeal to omega-6 fatty acids to help ease itching, scabs, and spots on your dog’s or cat’s skin.
Antihistamines can help relieve your pet’s allergy symptoms for a short period of time. This can be useful if they are exposed to an allergen outside their home during a trip or if you are in the process of getting rid of the allergic trigger. Unfortunately, antihistamines aren’t always effective and you absolutely must consult your vet before administering any to make sure that you are not putting your pet’s health at risk. Never give your dog or cat human antihistamines!
Orally administered steroids can significantly suppress allergic symptoms. The downside with the use of steroids is that their efficiency decreases when used frequently. It is best to save the use of steroids as one of the last options since they are not as effective in the long run.
As a last resort or in very dire and aggressive cases, immune modulators can also be another method of treatment. They work by stopping white blood cells from stimulating the release of histamine. Usually, such medications do have side effects, like an upset stomach or lower immune system response. That said, they don’t cause dependency like steroids.
Seeing your pet happy and well is the dream of any pet owner. With the different treatment options, you have a variety of approaches under your belt if your pet happens to be allergic to something. You should always remember that keeping the pet away from the allergens is the best treatment there is, and doesn’t come with some of the side-effects of non-natural treatment.