Allergies and Itchy Skin

by companion on September 28, 2015 in Blog

Itchy itchy skin…It’s a problem isn’t it? I have soooo much to say about this but I’ll try to keep it short. It seems most people have a dog or cat with allergies and/or itchy skin. When your pet’s body is trying to get rid of something unwanted (toxins) it usually tries to escape via the skin or the paws which could be what causes the itching or licking. Think about this, if you ate the same exact thing day after day after day for years and years dont you think your body would start rejecting it at some point? Same goes for our furry friends. Also, wouldn’t you get totally sick of eating the same thing every day? Gross…seriously. Your pets feel the same way. Mix it up a little. Even if you aren’t feeding cooked or raw (eh em… you should be, and I can help you by creating a meal plan) you should still be mixing up their meals. Even if you’re feeding canned/dry buy a couple different kinds. Try chicken/veg for 2 days, then beef/veg for 2 days, then pork/veg for 2 days and rotate. Not only does it give your pets a variety of flavors but it gives them a variety of nutrients and vitamins that their bodies need just as much as ours do. Another reason for allergies is breed origin. Our pets’ ancestors came from different places all over the world where certain foods were abundant or easy to find. If your pet is eating a type of food that was not readily available where their ancestors lived, their body might reject it – causing itchy skin. Another major culprit is wheat. Wheat, corn and soy are the 3 most common allergens in pets. Their bodies were never meant to digest them. There are no useful vitamins or minerals in them so your pets’ bodies try to rid them. Always give your pets a completely wheat/grain free diet, that means no “treats” that contain wheat either! That could solve the allergy problems alone. If after a month of grain free you don’t see improvement in itching you’ll have to slowly eliminate one type of food at a time to find the culprit. Many dogs are allergic to chicken so try going without for a month, then try eliminating beef, and so on. Also, try not to use any fertilizers or pesticides on your lawn and if you have to always use an all natural brand. The chemicals soak right into their cute little paws and into their systems, causing an allergic reaction. Please keep in mind that finding the allergen could take some time, stick with it, don’t get frustrated, and all will end well. Eliminating allergens is crucial to your pet’s health. Your pet’s immune system is not functioning optimally since it has become sensitized to the allergen. If you ignore the itching/licking it can quickly escalate to inflammation of the eyes, ears, respiratory system, and digestive system – causing life threatening diseases. Also, I know I’ve said it before but get your pets an all natural daily vitamin to help boost their immune system. If you need help or detailed tips regarding allergies or anything else for that matter please dont hesitate to ask, I’m always happy to discuss your pet’s health 🙂

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