Skin allergies and ear infections are the top reasons dogs see their veterinarians. Dogs can be allergic to the same things as people, but the symptoms may be quite different. For example, the pollen that makes a person sneeze may make a dog’s feet itch. Allergies to fleas, environmental substances and food are the most frequent problems.
Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common skin disease in dogs. Flea saliva, not the flea bite, causes a dog to itch and be uncomfortable. Saliva from just one or two fleas can cause severe itching and scratching of the skin and can make a dog incredibly uncomfortable for weeks. The discomfort is disproportionate to the number of fleas and can last long after the one or two culprits that initiated the flea allergy dermatitis have died.
Allergies to environmental sources can involve outdoor allergens like ragweed, grass or pollen, while mold, dust mites, cleaning chemicals, cotton and wool are potential indoor allergens. Symptoms can include excessive itching, scratching, grooming, rashes, sneezing, watery eyes, paw chewing, and skin inflammation.
A food allergy can cause a dog digestive upsets like gas, diarrhea or vomiting. Symptoms can also manifest as itchy skin, red or irritated eyes, nasal discharge, coughing or sneezing, inflamed ears or swollen paws. To complicate things, a dog may develop an allergy to food they have been eating for some time.
Allergens vary, but the allergic reaction is the dog’s immune system fighting against a pathogen. NuVet Plus® contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and herbs that can boost a dog’s overall health and help strengthen his immune system. Alfalfa, beta carotene, blue green algae, brewer’s yeast, and cat’s claw are ingredients that are particularly beneficial to a pet with allergies.
Alfalfa is considered a very nutritious herb that is frequently used to alleviate some allergic reactions. It is particularly beneficial in fighting inflammation caused by contact allergens.
Beta carotene or Vitamin A is an important antioxidant that works with Vitamin C. The team supports the health of the skin, immune system, and mucous membranes which protect the body from invading allergens.
Blue green algae is an excellent source of chlorophyll, which acts as a detoxifier and blood cleanser. It also contains sulfolipids which resist viruses. Blue green algae strengthens the immune system, aids in wound healing such as injuries caused by excessive itching and scratching, boosts the production of red blood cells, and increases the body’s resistance to potential allergens.
Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of B complex vitamins. It also contains the trace mineral chromium and a high quality protein. These support skin health and aid in tissue formation. Healthy skin tissue reduces the incidence of and damage from contact allergens.
Cat’s claw contains several bio-active compounds with long impressive-sounding names including sterols, polyphenols, proanthocyanidins, oxindole alkaloids, quinovic acid, glycosides and triterpenes. The combination of compounds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. As an antioxidant, cat’s claw strengthens the immune system against invasion by potential allergens. The anti-inflammatory quality of cat’s claw reduces swelling from existing contact allergies.
Identifying the source of your dog’s discomfort from the host of possibilities is a daunting task best approached with the help of your veterinarian. Once the source of your dog’s dilemma is identified, minimizing or perhaps eliminating exposure is the best option.