Just like us, dogs can develop food and environmental allergies at some point in their lives. And just like us, genetics can play a part in predisposing an animal to developing allergies, but ultimately nutrition and environment will decide to what degree the allergy is expressed.
Nutrition is the foundation of good health. Good health starts in the gut. By feeding a species appropriate raw, whole pray diet you can help ensure your carnivore is getting the nutrients required for optimal health.
Good or friendly bacteria (probiotics) act like the gut’s defence system against “bad” or dangerous disease-causing bacteria and essential for a healthy gut. Prebiotics offer a fertile environment for the friendly bacteria to grow. A diet that provides all the necessary nutrients, combined with an intestinal tract full of pre and probiotics, allows the body to process, create, and absorb the full nutritional value. A gut with poor probiotic flora can become “leaky”, and will allow absorption of foreign protein molecules that would normally be eliminated in the faecal waste – thus allowing entry of potential allergens.
Love Bugs from Adored Beast is the perfect match of both Pre & Probiotics.
In order to prevent allergies we first need to understand that allergies are an inappropriate or over reactive response of the immune system. By understanding this we can support the immune system to lessen or prevent the reaction rather than just treat the symptoms.
The most common method of treating allergy symptoms are antihistamines, which disrupt immune response, or prescription steroids such as “Prednisone,” which suppress the entire immune system. Both options may provide relief, but at what cost to overall health? Rather than restricting the body’s natural defences, we can support it!
Essiac® For Pets from Altramed provides immune system support for dogs and cats. This herbal formula was developed for human use in 1922 by nurse Rene Caisse, who received it from a Canadian Ojibwa Indian. Essiac contains burdock root, sheep sorrel leaves, slippery elm bark and Indian rhubarb root – all herbs that help strengthen the immune system.
Tru-Pine® for Pets is a potent antioxidant formulated specifically for dogs and cats. It’s made from rose hips, white pine bark extract, and vitamin C. The white pine bark extract is a rich source of proanthocyanidins (OPCs), a class of bioflavonoids that offer antioxidant properties and protect your animal’s body against environmental factors that damage healthy cells. Research has demonstrated that although OPCs are found in many plants, white pink bark is the best source.
Next we will talk about treating the symptoms naturally if your dog is already suffering from allergies.
Until then, healthy and happiness!