Spring is here and it’s time to smell the daisies! Or is it? When we say the word “allergy”, the first thing we all think of is Spring with its blooming flowers, pollen in the air and as a result, the itching and hay fever that can come with it. It’s a time when we are more active and enjoy long walks in the countryside with our pets.
For some, spring is an unpleasant time as they associate it with rashes, rhinitis (hay fever), coughing and even hair loss, for both humans and pets. But we can begin by understanding what allergies dogs can suffer and what solutions we can give them.
Let us help you gain a brief understanding of this pathology and how to support your pets naturally. Throughout this article, we bring you the basics of homeopathy for dogs with allergies. Please seek immediate assistance from your local veterinarian or fully qualified Homeopath to ensure your pets get the best support if symptoms continue or worsen.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is a physiological reaction presented by the immune system to the appearance of a harmful substance to the body. But for people who are not so familiar with these terms, let’s translate them a little bit. Allergic diseases in people affect up to 20% of the population, with 90% of environmental dust being the main cause. Such hypersensitivities to dust, a mixture of mites, animal hairs, textile wool from blankets or coats, various types of pollen, among thousands of other substances; trigger allergic processes in both people and animals. If an organism exhibits an exaggerated reaction due to susceptibility to some of the so-called “environmental powders” that do not manifest themselves in other individuals, it means that there is an imbalance in their vital energy that does not allow them to adapt in harmony with the environment that surrounds them.
Based on everything described above, that homeopathic support is focused on our patients trying to restore balance to susceptible areas. In dogs, the most common allergies occur between the first and third years of life. They are most common by inhalation or atopy, allergic dermatitis by fleas, food allergies to certain foods and acquired by contact.
Allergens are foreign substances that trigger the action of the immune system that will produce an antibody called IgE that will trigger the typical symptoms of allergy. The correctly chosen homeopathic remedy will act on all the symptoms, making the patient refractory to these allergenic agents.
To name a few allergy symptoms in dogs:
- Itching (scratching, nibbling, licking or rubbing against objects)
- Superficial wounds
- Redness of the skin or erythema
- Loss of hair in certain areas or in the whole body ( canine alopecia )
- Thickening of the skin is chronic with changes of colour to black
- Nasal congestion
- Rhinitis ( hay fever )
- Cough with or without expectoration
Homeopathic support for dog allergies
The homeopathic support will aim to restore the relationship of our patients with their environment. It will strengthen them so that in the presence of an allergen they are strong enough not to be affected. For that reason, we always encourage not to self-medicate and consult a specialist who can help us before Spring returns.
The homeopathic vet will find their base remedy that would represent the reason why your dog developed the illness. We are facing a “demonstration” of a state that not everybody likes but, even so, the dog must go through (lock-down, loneliness, change of home, etc), exacerbated by the time of the year and the presence of higher reasons to react.
Here is a list of some homeopathic remedies for dogs with allergies. Always good to add these to our animal kit in case of an emergency to help support our pets when they go to the veterinarian, hopefully, they are calmer.
- Apis Mellifica: For stings and contact eruptions that look rosy and hot.
- Arsenicum album: For digestive disorders due to bad food.
- Silicea: Helps to expel foreign bodies like thorns or splinters.
- Ledum: For sharp wounds such as bites or insect bites that are cold to touch.
- Drosera: For strong and deep coughs.
The recommendations in this article are a guide only and are not a substitute for responsible veterinary care. In the case of any serious emergency, injury or symptom seek veterinary assistance immediately.
Homeopathy offers support for both humans and animals by restoring one’s body into balance. It’s important to seek professional advice from a qualified registered homeopath or local Vet for advice or to book an appointment for your pets health issues.
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