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Allergies: Nip Them in the Bud

May 22nd, 2019

In my blog last year March, I wrote how Skin Relief, Paw Butter, coconut oil, honey & raw feeding can help your dog combat allergies.

Let’s remind ourselves what allergies are and how they’re demonstrated in dogs… 

An allergy is an abnormal response to something in the environment. It’s very common in humans and it’s much the same for dogs. A substance capable of causing an allergy is called an allergen. People, dogs and other animals that are allergic need only come into contact with very small amounts of an allergen to cause the reaction and the symptoms.

Skin problems in dogs are commonly caused by an allergic inhalant dermatitis (hay fever, atopy). While humans have mast cells in the respiratory passages that become inflamed and cause sneezing, dogs inhale the pollen but develop atopy in the skin. Dogs don’t usually sneeze with atopy most just get itchy which causes them to lick, chew and scratch.

When your dog suffers from inhalant allergies it’s impossible to avoid the allergens as the pollen is pretty much everywhere even though, surprisingly, only about 1% of the total weight of pollen contains the allergic portion! This doesn’t sound too bad, however when you consider that the ragweed plant can produce 1 billion pollen grains and most pollens and moulds can travel 30 miles in the wind … that’s then pretty impossible to avoid them.
 
Allergic reactions these days are not limited to a certain season of the year anymore, for example, spring and spring pollen. We are seeing more and more all year round allergens.
  If your dog suffers from environmental allergies here are few tips on how you can look after his/ her home environment:
 🐶 Choose dog beds that are easily washable – in between washing you can use bicarbonate soda, lavender and orange essential oils to fight the mites.

Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate soda with 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of sweet orange essential oils. Sprinkle on your dog’s bed, leave for few minutes and then thoroughly hoover. 
 
Bicarbonate soda is a great cleaning product for all surfaces and as a bonus, it absorbs smells.
 
🐶 Wash the toys – fabric toys can be washed with the beds. Instead of using common chemical cleaning products to clean rubber balls, Kongs, and squeaky rubber or plastic toys… why not try diluted bicarbonate soda or vinegar?

🐶 For cleaning and disinfecting – dilute vinegar with water 1:1 and wipe the toys. This mixture is also very good for cleaning windows.

HAPPY GREEN CLEANING!!
Jitka xx

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