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Part 2: Pets and Their Endless Allergies...

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Dry, itchy skin is a nuisance for our pets, and we as owners sometimes look to natural supplements for this common and unpleasant problem.

Treating this type of itching can be difficult, as many things can cause it.Food allergies, seasonal allergies, fleas, ticks, mites, and skin infections are just a few of the culprits.To complicate things further, more than one thing could be causing your pet to itch.If you notice lesions on your dog's skin or the itching is out of control, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

And before buying any supplement, some vets recommend taking a close look at your dog's diet.

As we said in Part 1, pets should ideally be fed a diet relatively high in protein and low in processed carbohydrates. It makes sense that before we add supplements to our pet's diet, we need to reduce health, which often starts in the gut. For animals that eat typical commercial pet food, you can add any additive known to man that can relieve itching, but even that won't solve a problem forever, unfortunately.

!!!Always read the ingredient label of your pet's food carefully.Look for foods that contain meat as the first ingredient and avoid foods labeled as "byproduct" and "flour," excluding flax seed meal. It all comes down to the quality of the ingredients.

You may feel overwhelmed by the large number of natural products promising relief from chronic itching.Here are some common supplements recommended by veterinarians:

->Fish oil - The omega-3 fats found in fish oil help reduce wastage, which can reduce the intensity of many allergies. Omega-3 also improves responses to pollen and other common triggers found in the environment. Look for the purest form of fish oil with a mild taste and low odor. You can break open the capsule and add the liquid directly to your dog's wet food.Make sure you balance the essential fatty acids in your pet's diet.

!!!Important: Most premium pet foods are high in Omega-6 fats, so you need more Omega-3 supplements to balance them properly. Omega-6 fats can make a difference, we recommend that pets get five times more Omega-3 than Omega-6 in their diet. Too much fish oil can also have adverse effects. Consult your veterinarian before becoming a member.

->Coconut oil - Coconut oil can greatly improve any condition, including itching and dryness.It may also reduce allergic reactions. You can apply coconut oil directly to your dog's fur, on dry and cracked areas, cuts and wounds.You can slowly add coconut oil to your pet's diet, Thursday teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight.

!!!Important: Coconut oil is high in fat.If you put in too much food, your dog may get diarrhea. The coconut oil content advice may also not be a good choice for overweight animals. Coconut oil should also not be given to dogs with pancreatitis.

->Digestive enzymes - Digestive enzyme supplements are used to treat a variety of health problems, including itchy skin.

!!!Important: Ask your veterinarian about the recommended intake amount.

->Yucca - It is used to treat a number of diseases in animals. This is a great alternative to cortisone.It is almost a natural cortisone in the plant.

!!!Important: Yucca is available in capsule and liquid form. Because it has a bitter taste, do not make sure to dilute the liquid with water or mix well with your pet's food. Follow all product directions and work with your veterinarian regarding dosage and application advice if you are considering adding a supplement to your dog's diet.

->Pre-Probiotic - Prebiotics and probiotics for dogs work together to specifically support a healthy red biome that protects your pet's overall health. Probiotics can strengthen your furry friend's immune system, improve digestion and help maintain a healthy weight. Probiotics help manage food allergies and food sensitivities.

Fortunately, there are holistic pet foods in the store that contain the supplements described above, as well as those that exclude most allergens, and some foods don't even contain any of the allergens listed in Part 1, Foods We Can offer to help your pet feel better.

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