April Showers Bring May... Allergies? 

Spring has sprung! The trees are blossoming and the pollen counts are peaking rapidly. Unfortunately, the beauty of spring is difficult to embrace when you're plagued by allergy symptoms and your pets are no different!

Stephanie Minturn · May 08, 2018

April Showers Bring May... Allergies? 

By Stephanie Minturn 

Spring has sprung! The trees are blossoming and the pollen counts are peaking rapidly. Unfortunately, the beauty of spring is difficult to embrace when you're plagued by allergy symptoms and your pets are no different! Dogs suffer from allergies in the same severity as humans. You may notice the following symptoms in your own furry friend: 

Allergies can make your pet uncomfortable.
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

When your pet is itching and digging at their skin, your first instinct is to treat the symptoms in order to provide relief. This will only mask the problem rather than treating the underlying cause, leaving you to pay hundreds of dollars in vet bills and prescription medications... and the problem still isn't solved! 

Complications from allergies can lead to some very serious health problems, including infections and a variety of intestinal disorders. If your pet is suffering from any of these symptoms, the answer could be directly related to their diet. Pet allergies became more common as the popularity of "convenient" grain based diets began to attract popularity. A Raw diet mimics your dog's natural diet, normalizing and strengthening his digestion and immune system. Luckily, more and more folks are catching on to this trend and are returning to Raw diets to rescue their pets from allergies and other issues which come from grain based food. 

Food allergies arise when a protein is misidentified as an invader in common pet foods and then triggers an immune response in the body. This accounts for the inflammatory response and is the body's way to protect itself from the invader. Containing a healthy balance of essential fatty acids, active enzymes and other immune-normalizing and strengthening nutrients, the Raw diet reduces stress on the body. This allows a natural reduction in inflammatory conditions and lowers the risk of infection. 

Even if you're sure that your dog's allergies arise from pollens or other environmental triggers, a Raw diet is the answer! It's gentle on the digestive system and thanks to its immune strengthening properties, it allows your dog to handle the load of environmental allergens with ease. Often, allergic responses are caused by an extreme overload to all of these activators, accompanied by a weakened immune system, due to a lacking diet. 

By feeding your dog a natural, Raw meat diet, you're taking him back to his roots... Back to a time when allergies were obsolete. That means no more cortisone shots, no more prescriptions, no more antibiotics. Just a healthy and vibrant pup, thriving without the constant nagging of allergy symptoms! 

Resources 
https://www.barfworld.com/allergies 
Grain Allergies in Dogs
Allergies in Dogs.

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Stephanie Minturn

Stephanie Minturn

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!