Natural Allergy Treatments for Your Dog

Here are some tips to managing your dog’s allergies

  1. Feed a more natural grain free diet that doesn’t contain corn, wheat, or soy.  Fromm grain free is a favorite of Dr. Carlson.  Remember that treats and chews should be the same ingredients.  Use a metal or glass bowl and not a plastic bowl.
  2. Give an omega 3/omega 6 fatty acid supplement which is usually a fish oil type product.  A regular strength fish oil capsule for a small dog and an extra strength fish oil capsule for a large dog.  Remember to give Vitamin E 200iu for a small dog and 400iu for a large dog 2-3 times per week. Vitamin E prevents oxidative damage from fish oils.  Most dog fish oil supplements already contain vitamin E.
  3. Give coconut oil 2-3 times per week.  1 teaspoon for a small dog and 1 tablespoon for a large dog.  Coconut oil is usually more of a solid oil that resembles lard in consistency.  It is a medium chain fatty acid that helps keep the skin hydrated, is anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial.
  4. Give local raw honey 1 teaspoon per day for a small dog and 1 tablespoon for a large dog.  This has to be local and raw and usually available at farmers markets.  Raw local honey contains pollen and if given in small amounts everyday may decrease your pet’s allergic response.
  5. Give raw apple cider vinegar to help prevent infections associated with allergies. 1 teaspoon for a small dog and 1 tablespoon for a large dog 2-3 times per week.
  6. Give regular baths with non-scented shampoo and wipe paws and body down after being outside with unscented baby wipes.
  7. Try an antihistamine like Benadryl 1mg per pound of body weight 3 times per day. You can also give Zyrtec in combination with the Benadryl, 5mg per day for a small dog and 10mg for a large dog.
  8. Get a Hepa filter for your furnace and an air purifier for the area in your home that your pet spends the most time.
  9. Prevent your pet from getting fleas.
  10. Kefir is a natural super probiotic. Give 1-3 tbs per dog per day. This is found in the dairy aisle at most grocery stores.
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar Tea Body Rinse
  •           1/2 cup Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  •           1/2 cup brewed and cooled green tea
  •           1 cup distilled water
  •           Put in spray bottle, shake well, spray on dog,
  •           Leave on 5 minutes then rinse off

There are other treatment options available through your veterinarian.  Please call 219-942-0909, your Merrillville vet clinic, to make an appointment.