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Allergies

 

Food Allergies

The only way to tell if an animal has an allergy or sensitivity to specific foods is to feed the food and check the results (read the Food Allergies Myth to understand why allergy lab testing for food allergies does not work). The best way to prevent an allergy is to feed a variety of foods instead of feeding one specific formula all the time. Feeding a variety of quality proteins and avoiding starches has been our method of preventing food allergies. The most common symptom we have seen from food allergies is blistering of the skin, usually around the mouth or ears. In most cases, switching to Wysong pet foods and rotating the diet solved the problem. We have had a few people come to us who did the feeding tests and found their pet was sensitive to one type of protein in particular, i.e. beef. Once that protein source was taken out of the rotation, their pet's condition improved.

 

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Skin Allergies

Blisters, irritation, swelling, hair loss and itching can all be signs of an allergy. Skin allergies can be caused by a number of things, such as fleas, food, chemicals, environment, and even food/water dishes.

  • An allergy to flea bites will result in redness, hair loss and possible swelling of the skin. View our recommendations for flea treatments.
  • See above for food related allergies.
  • Chemicals are a major cause of allergies and sensitivities in pets and people. We avoid any products with chemicals, from cleaners to pest control to bath & body products.
  • Some pets may be sensitive to their environment - grass or plants in the yard, dust in the house. If an allergen comes into contact with the skin, it will result in irritation.
  • Food and water dishes are a little known cause of skin problems in pets. Many animals can have an allergy to plastic. This typically results in sores around the mouth. We avoid plastic dishes and use stainless steel or ceramic.

The best defense against all allergies is a good immune system. Feeding a quality high protein diet and avoiding starches is the way to start. It also makes your pet less susceptible to parasites, including fleas and ticks. Avoiding chemicals will also help the immune system. Chemicals in the environment not only cause allergies, but they weaken the immune system and cause disease - lung problems, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer. Chemicals also linger. When you use a chemical cleaner on the floor, chemical residue is left behind, which then gets on an animals paws and ingested when they wash their feet. When the immune system is strong, there is less chance of problems occurring and a milder reaction when they do occur.


When skin reactions do occur, there are natural treatments available. Pet Alive Allergy Itch Ease is a product that has worked to relieve skin itching caused by allergies. Using Calendula cream or gel topically on the irritated area will soothe the skin.

We have had unusual cases with cats who develop inflammation and scabbing on the ears and chin. One cat will also get these symptoms on his legs and tail. The cats are all related, so we believe it is a genetic condition. We do not know the exact cause - probably an allergy to something being brought in from outside, but they all develop symptoms around the same time in the fall. We had tried several treatments, even resorting to prednisone. The prednisone worked, but only while they were on it. As soon as the prednisone was stopped, the symptoms returned. Finally, I decided to try experimenting with their food. I stopped placing any food that contained beef in the rooms where those cats eat. The inflammation disappeared and the scabs started to heal. Once they cleared up completely, I rotated beef back into their diets, and they continued to be fine. Now, when their allergy season starts up, I remove the beef. The rest of the year, they are able to eat it with no problems.

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Eye and Respiratory Allergies

Chemical and environmental sensitivities can also contribute to eye and respiratory irritation. This can lead to pink or watery eyes, inflamed eyelids, sinus congestion, asthma or coughing. Once again, the best defense is a good immune system. Chemicals, indoors and outdoors, can also cause respiratory problems in animals.

Pet Alive has a variety of homeopathic remedies for respiratory conditions, including Sinu-Rite, AmazaPet and Respo-K.

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