Does your dog suffer from seasonal allergies? Are you looking for natural remedies instead of steroids or medications? There are several natural options available that can help your pup. We will list the top 7 natural remedies to aid in helping ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Not sure if your dog has seasonal allergies? There are some common signs your dog may be experiencing seasonal allergies. One of the first signs is skin inflammation and irritation. Dogs will try to scratch the itch by rubbing against objects and biting themselves till they are raw. Other signs include; hair loss, hot spots, scabs and open wounds. Just like in human beings’ dogs can also experience, watery eyes, sneezing and ear issues.
The natural remedies below can fight seasonal allergy symptoms while avoiding potentially harmful side effects of medications. You should always discuss treatments with your vet before you make any changes.
Here are 7 natural remedies for dogs that can help fight symptoms of seasonal allergies.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat hot spots or itchy skin. You can use a spray bottle to make a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water. The solution can be used to wipe off pollen and other allergens that accumulate and for fighting off rashes or itchy skin. It can also be used as cleaner for your dog’s ears. The acidity of the mixture creates a clean environment that yeast cannot live in. Make sure to only spray on hot spots and itchy areas. Take care to not spray directly on to open wounds or bites.
2. Manage Heat & Moisture
You will want to make sure you dog has access to fresh, filtered water. Dogs who eat dry kibble need more moisture in their diets than a dog on a raw or wet food diet.
Your dog’s living environment also plays a large role in their skin health. Keep your home cool and use a humidifier in dry conditions. While grooming your furry friend make sure to avoid using high heat.
Thyme contains flavonoids, which are plant metabolites that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Thyme also has antiseptic and antifungal properties that are great for treating skin and yeast infections. These infections can commonly happen between your dog’s toes. If you notice your dog gnawing away at their paws, you might want to treat them to a thyme-infused foot bath.
How do you infuse thyme? Boil water 1 quart of water with 1 oz of herb. Cover and steep for 30 minutes and allow to cool.
4. Aloe Vera
You might know that aloe vera soothes minor burns. It also boosts your immune system, making it good for treating skin conditions such as; rashes, hot spots or itchy patches.
If you have an aloe vera plant at home you can simply break off a lower leaf and apply the gel inside to the affected areas. Don’t have a plant at home? You can also invest in a bottle of aloe vera gel. Do NOT buy ones marketed for sun burn relief because there may be additional fragrances that could irritated your furry friends already irritated skin.
The cooling effect of aloe vera reduces discomfort almost immediately and can be applied twice a day.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has many benefits. One major benefit is that it contains lauric acid, which decreases yeast production. Coconut oil contributes to healthy skin and can reduce allergic reactions. It also aids in suppressing inflammatory responses. Coconut oil also has antiviral and antibacterial properties that reduce itchy skin and aiding in digestion.
6. Fish Oil
By adding 1 teaspoon of fish oil you can help decrease systemic inflammation. Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. This will help boost your canines’ immune system and promote cellular health. As a special treat you can also give your dog a half of a sardine.
7. Locally Sourced Honey
Honey provides many remarkable healing properties. The most common use for honey with dogs is for seasonal allergies. Here is why it works: local honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble. Eating honey introduces these spores in small amounts allowing your dogs body to get accustomed to their presence and decreasing the chance the immune system will release histamine. When histamine is the body’s reaction it causes itchy skin and runny eyes.
It is suggested offer adult pets about one teaspoon of raw local honey for eight weeks beginning a month before pollen season. You can also use honey topically on inflamed sports, hot spots or wounds.
Unfortunately, there is no one good solution to treating your pups’ seasonal allergies. Hopefully these 7 at home natural remedies can provide your dog with some relief. Always remember to check with your vet before adding anything to your pets’ diet.