What do you know about medications or home remedies that you would use to treat allergy and arthritis symptoms? No, I’m not speaking about the more serious medications that a vet can give you such as steroids either; those should be avoided at all costs!
Avoid serious medication side effects by using natural remedies!
The BIG MYTH: “Antibiotics and Anti-inflammatories or Steroids have very few side effects, your pet will be fine”. This is often very very WRONG. If you are using Allergy meds for your pets, STOP, even if they are prescribed by your vet, stop it now.
My baby girl for instance had chronic allergy issues. I even went so far as to get her allergy tested which was $1,000 bucks and then have the allergy shots built specifically for her needs (I won’t tell you what I spent on that). The shots had very little, if no effect on her poor little body. The vet insisted on Steroid pills, before that it was injections once a month. Those, I had to stop immediately. The challenge? For us it was finding something that would work.
Changing her food was the first serious step. She went from the bagged dry garbage purchased from the grocery or pet store to a very high cost, no grains, no fillers, high protein diet. It did help her quite a bit, I must say, but did not alleviate her allergies totally.
I changed her bedding several times too; always upgraded her bedding to brand new dog beds to see if this would help her. This seemed to have little if no affect. In fact, she always wanted her old dog beds back; she did not care for the newer bedding. But this has everything to do about being a dog and had nothing to do with her wanting to solve her allergy problem.
The only thing that we could physically do for her at home besides the steps above was to make sure we bathed her frequently (at least twice a week) with a dermatitis OR oatmeal shampoo and use proper flea treatments once a month. The holistic vet says that oatmeal shampoo is the best at relieving any itchy skin possible. You have to let the shampoo sit on their skin for at least ten minutes.
When we went for a walk, upon returning home, her paws had to be wiped down with hypo-allergenic baby wipes. In between her toes and halfway up her legs. I had to clean any area that might have come into contact with the grass; this included her bottom and tummy areas as well. She could have an allergy to the grass. What?
There were several other things we found over time that seemed to help in between bathing her.
I brewed mint tea as strong as I could get it and used the cooled tea to wipe down her coat and skin and I soaked her paws in it; she had a habit of chewing on her feet. If you can get your hands on fresh mint which seems to grow wild just about anyplace that you plant it. This is much better than mint tea because the mint hasn’t been dried and the oils from the mint are what you want anyway. The mint oil in the tea had a great calming effect on her irritated and allergy ravaged skin.
My dog chewed her feet so much that they would balloon up from her constant chewing and then we would end up with another infection. Infections always made us use another round of antibiotics which constantly played havoc with her tummy and gave her another yeast infection. I tried to rub her feet with clove oil so she would not chew on them because of the taste, but somehow she always got passed that and found a way to chew.
Do not use anti-inflammatories if it can be avoided at any cost. Dogs can develop ulcers and liver disease from the use of them.
“Safe” steroid use has caused diabetes, vomiting, and diarrhea. While used to stop the itching from allergies, the negatives against steroids are much more serious. If you hear steroids being used in the vets vocabulary, RUN.
Too many cats have developed kidney failure from supposed “safe” pain relievers.
Numerous vaccine reactions, including vaccine-induced cancers have been documented and reported in dogs and cats. These are the vaccines that our pets are “required” to have in order to get a rabies license, or in order to be kept overnight at the kennels or boarding place when their owners have to leave them. It is best to try and avoid these “required” vaccines. Learn to do your own bathing and grooming. Find a friend to stay at your house when you have to be away. Your pet will be much happier to be at home anyway. Avoid dog parks if possible, have play dates with friends and their dogs in a deserted field or one of your own back yards. Do what’s best for your animal; those vaccines are very dangerous.
Allergies are one of the most common reasons that pets go to see the vet. There are a huge number of allergens; but all of them are contained in 3 main classes. These are Food, Fleas and Environment.
The most common signs of allergies look like excessive scratching, paw and anal licking, hair shedding, and excessive dandruff.
If you think that your pet may be suffering from any allergy, there are two things that are recommended for you to try immediately.
1. Eliminate external parasites (fleas or ticks), and;
2. Start a hypo-allergenic diet for 4-6 weeks. There are many out there but even though they say they are hypo-allergenic, read the ingredients on the bag or can first. The first common culprit that has to be eliminated are all grains. Grains are wheat, rice, oats, corn, barley, or any other plant grown nutrient that we as humans eat. Eliminate seeds and nuts as well. In any case, the vet can give you a written prescription for the food. You are sure to get a sure fire hypo-allergenic food this way. It is expensive at about $70 bucks for a small bag of dry food and $3.50 for a can of wet food; they both smell and look like tree bark or tree bark paste. No color added? Looks grey and smells unappetizing and is expensive as heck. You can get a recipe and make it at home; wet food is certainly preferred according to Dr. Andrew Jones.
Some very helpful at home remedies that I used are:
BATHE: Oatmeal shampoo with cool water will ease the itchiest skin. Leave the shampoo on for 10 minutes then rinse well with cool water. With the most severe of allergies, you should bathe the pet at least twice a week. In between bathing, use the mint tea water to soothe aggravated skin. Load a spritzer bottle full of the tea so you have it on hand at all times. Another great topical soother is Calendula ointment; it is an herbal medication that has been successfully used to relieve severe itching. Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas.
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