How To Spot An Allergic Reaction With Your Pet
By Robert Mueller
Sometimes the simplest answers are the most remarkable. In the case of allergic reactions, we many times resort to treating the allergic response by applying what I call “Band-Aid fixes”. That is, trying to mask the symptoms rather than targeting the core problem.
Many of my profound, yet simplistic approaches to reversing poor health conditions can be summarized by improving the immune system. The immune system is by far the most advanced medical break-through known to man. The explanation is simple…strengthen the immune system, and you have targeted the core of the problem in most cases.
Just like people, dogs can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize allergy triggers (called allergens). These allergens are present in our environment, and in most cases, are not harmful to most animals. Dogs with allergies however, will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be contracted by various means; they can be inhaled, ingested, or come in contact with the dog's skin. As the body's natural immune system defense mechanism tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive, and respiratory symptoms may appear.
The mechanism of action to counter the effects of the allergens is quite complex. The technical discussion involving the immunoglobulin antibodies, mast cells, histamines, and the resultant inflammation that results are topics for another discussion. Suffice it to say, that the resultant inflammation causes the various signs associated with an allergic reaction.
Without question, the primary conditions that we try to resolve are the problematic symptoms that these allergens create. The symptoms are dependent on the type of exposure. To varying degrees, humans and dogs react in similar fashion to skin lesions, itching and scratching, runny eyes, ear infections, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, paw chewing, swollen paws, and many symptoms associated with constant licking.
Left untreated and unsupervised, these can lead to secondary infections and may cause hair loss, scabs, or crusty skin.
Many owners resort to doing a blood test to try and determine the type of allergen causing the problem. The allergens come in many forms and can be identified. The resultant suggestions then are to eliminate these triggers from the diet or environment. Some common triggers are grasses and mold spores, dust mites, fleas, household cleaning products, various food ingredients, shampoos, etc. The interesting point is that there are a multitude of potential allergens that can make life miserable for an animal, and there are many more animals that are never affected by these allergens. So, there is a simple explanation why these other dogs are not affected with an allergic response.
The answer is the strength of the immune system. It is no wonder that our pets are suffering so badly from allergies when they are continually exposed to environmental triggers, vaccinations, steroids, antibiotics, and most of all, a continuous diet of dead and devitalized dry dog food. Our company has partnered with several companies to provide adequate protection and corrective action for both internal and external allergen responses. We suggest using Noni Lotion on those reddened and irritated areas of the skin.
For digestive issues causing diarrhea and vomiting we are suggesting Luxolite (white bentonite clay). This miracle treatment acts like a magnet by absorbing toxins that have accumulated in the body, and cleanses the system of heavy metal impurities. This is a powerful way to work in conjunction with the immune system to do its magic as the body's defense mechanism to attack the core problem.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of "Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret", and co-developer of BARF World's BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements - the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie - a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for "The Intelligent Pet" monthly ezine at barfworld.com/ezine
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