We all know that some point in our pet’s lives they are bound to fall sick and we as pet parents can only help in one way, and that is, look for remedies to stem the flow of the illness. It is always a painful sight to watch our furry canines suffer from problems and it is imperative for us pet parents to seek quick solutions. One such issue that affects a large chunk of dogs is allergies. These allergies can be very upsetting and extremely debilitating. There a quite a few ways to treat allergies but if you’re one of those parents who prefer home remedies instead of drugs and steroids, then read on.
Allergies in Dogs: Home Remedies
Below are a few effective and efficient home remedies for allergies in dogs. Go through them carefully before selecting any one for the treatment of allergies in your furry buddy.
A single leaf of an Aloe Vera plant contains antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that make it the ideal cure for treating burns, hot spots, itches, rashes, etc. To treat allergies in dogs, apply the Aloe Vera gel in and around the affected areas (including itching areas). The gel contains a cooling effect that will help reduce discomforts and aid in the healing process.
Note: Do not use the whole Aloe Vera leaf (use the gel only) as it contains saponins (an orange or yellow substance found in the rind), which is a laxative and can cause sickness to your dog.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another effective home remedy for dog allergies is Apple Cider Vinegar. The vinegar can be used for rinsing purposes to help diminish allergies and skin rashes. Rinsing your dog’s paws with Apple Cider Vinegar will help eliminate some pollens and allergens that accumulate on the pet. If used as a spray, it should be sprayed directly on the affected areas.
Note: Do not use Apple Cider Vinegar on open wounds and bites.
One of the best skin allergy treatments for dogs is Chamomile tea. It contains a natural disinfectant that soothes the skin by erasing bacteria and yeast. Furthermore, Chamomile tea does a wonderful job at curing an upset stomach, anxiety as well as gas problems. So get hold off a Chamomile plant and make some Chamomile tea for your allergic munchkin.
The one good thing about coconut oil is that it gives multiple benefits. Coconut oil contains lauric acid that helps in the decrease of yeast production as well as reduces allergies. It can help suppress inflammatory allergic responses by combining coconut oil with fish oil. Moreover, coconut oil has antibacterial properties that reduce itchiness and boosts the immune system by catering to digestive issues. The usage of coconut oil can be used simply by mixing a portion of the oil in your dog’s food.
Naturally Healthy Diets
A simple yet effective method of treating allergies is by providing your pal naturally healthy foods. Many dog diets have added preservatives and additives that don’t gel well with your dog’s immune system and can cause issues if you don’t opt for a change in diet. Feeding the proper diet with correct ingredients and nutrients is essential in giving your pet a healthy and disease-free life. Make sure to consult a vet before changing your Fido’s diet.
One of the most efficient and natural home remedy for curing skin allergies is oat baths. Oat baths are generally very soothing and bring about a relaxing feeling to your dog. It contains necessary ingredients that help in relieving itchiness in canines. To give an oat bath to your dog, all you have to do is either boil some oat straw or grind the oatmeal before mixing it in your pal’s bathing water.
Note: Oatmeal is a rich source of carbohydrates that yeast thrives on. Thus, opt out of an oat bath if your buddy has even a mild yeast infection.
While there are many other ways to treat allergies in dogs, the above six remedies are perhaps the best natural methods to treat allergies at home. And if you’re skeptical about using any method, you can always ask your vet before going forward.