Allergies are a problem for humans and dogs alike, so if you’ve got a pet that is under the weather because of the way it reacts to certain substances, you need to take action.
There are a number of natural remedies out there which are worth experimenting with, so here are just a few examples to try out if your furry best friend is suffering with allergies.
Used in traditional Chinese medicine and known scientifically as Trametes Versicolor, this mushroom is now being studied as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
Turkey tail mushrooms contain polysaccharide-K (PSK), which has been found to reduce inflammation caused by allergies. In addition, the antioxidants found in these fungi can help protect cells from damage due to free radicals - something that often worsens allergy symptoms.
Studies have shown that PSK also boosts immunity and helps reduce allergic reactions caused by pollen or other environmental allergens. So you could add turkey tail mushroom to your dog’s diet and see if this helps alleviate symptoms during the spring and summer.
It’s important to note that, as with any of the remedies we discuss, this should not be used as a replacement for professional medical advice or prescribed medications. However, supplementing with turkey tail mushrooms, alongside conventional treatments, could potentially lead to better relief and improved overall health. Talk to your vet about adding this supplement into your pup's allergy care routine today.
This popular home remedy has been used by people for centuries, and it can also be beneficial for our four-legged friends.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps reduce inflammation caused by allergies. Furthermore, the acids in this natural ingredient provide antibacterial properties that can help keep harmful bacteria away from your pup’s skin and coat.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also rich in minerals like potassium and magnesium, as well as vitamins such B1 & B2, which are essential nutrients needed to support overall health & immunity.
To use it on your pet’s skin or fur, mix one part organic apple cider vinegar with three parts water in a spray bottle and then apply directly onto their affected areas 2 - 3 times per day (or as recommended by a veterinarian).
It is important to note that apple cider vinegar should not be used on open wounds or cuts as it may cause more harm than good.
Lots of people swear by coconut oil for keeping their skin in top condition, and it’s also recommended as a dietary supplement for addressing all sorts of ailments. Once again, these perks can be applied to pets as well as their owners.
From an allergy-fighting perspective, the fact that coconut oil is rich in healthy fats like lauric acid means that it can offer anti-inflammatory benefits, reducing skin irritation and flare-ups.
Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E, which is also a much-needed nutrient for protecting, repairing and preserving the skin.
You can use the aforementioned spray bottle trick with this substance as well; just combine organic unrefined coconut oil with water at a ratio of one to three and get squirting. Just remember to check with your vet before you pull the trigger.
You can also give your pup a spoonful of coconut oil orally once or twice daily to help with their overall health and immunity.
This herbal tea has been used in traditional medicine and is now being studied as an effective treatment against allergies.
Nettle leaf tea contains natural antihistamines which can provide relief from itching and other allergy symptoms.
Also, the tannins present in this herbal tea have astringent properties that can reduce inflammation caused by allergic reactions.
Studies have even shown that nettle leaf may be able to block histamine production - something that often worsens allergy symptoms.
Nettle leaf tea is best applied externally, so brew up a batch, allow it to cool and then rub it gently into any part of your dog’s coat that is in need of treatment; it could have a marked impact on its happiness and health.
Combining vet-approved home remedies with modern pharmaceuticals will help battle any allergies your dog experiences; just remember that there’s no substitute for expert medical advice!