Is your pet scratching all the time for no apparent reason? Is his skin irritated and reddish, or seems to be too dry, even scaly? Seems like it has an allergy. Here are some suggestions for natural treatment.
Causes of allergies in dogs
Most cases of allergies in dogs are related to a weakened immune system, when body can not react to invasion of viruses, bacteria or various substances that somehow irritate tissues. Under normal circumstances, the body's defence systems deal with such intrusions, so that they have little or no time to trigger reaction such as allergy. Also, allergies can be caused by improper function of dog's organs that are responsible for disposal of metabolic waste, such as liver, kidneys and skin.
Treatment for allergies
Dog allergies can be treated topically, from the outside, or systematically, from the inside. Long-term herbal treatment can take care of allergies without various side effects on its organism.
Itchy skin can be treated with baths that comprise boiled oat straw. A rinse can me made of dried yellow dock boiled in water. Apple cider vinegar is also a good rinse in case of itching.
Remedies for internal use
A number of supplements can be used to treat allergies. Removal of toxins and free radicals (ionized substances harmful for cellular structures) can be improved by use of vitamins such as A, C and E. Digestion and nutrient absorption is improved by addition of digestive enzymes. Probiotics is term for symbiotic bacteria that help digest food. Addition of probiotics and digestive enzymes helps to boost immune system and fight yeast infections of the digestive tract, which are also common cause of allergies. Inflammations and allergies can be kept at bay by fatty acids.
Herbal remedies can improve both the weakened immune system and improve function of organs whose role is to purify the body of various toxic substances, such as liver, kidneys, and skin.
Dandelion and yellow dock improve liver function and thus boost toxin-removal capabilities of dog's organism. Burdrock root is one of safest supplements for dogs. It is used for cleansing of blood and improvement of elimination of toxins through urine and sweat, and is a good remedy for dry or scaly skin. Immune system function is enhanced by use of echinacea. Substances known as corticosteroids are secreted by the adrenal glands.
Corticosteroids have various beneficial effects on the body, such as anti-inflammatory and anti microbial effect. They also support the immune system. Compounds found in licorice root stimulate the adrenal glands to secrete corticosteroids. Thus use of licorice root soothes itching and inflammation by triggering dog's natural defence mechanisms.