After a long, cold, snowy winter here in Minnesota, we are all excited that spring has finally sprung! The days are longer, the temperature is rising, and the birds are returning. Soon the flowers will start to bloom
Spring Into Action
After a long, cold, snowy winter here in Minnesota, we are all excited that spring has finally sprung! The days are longer, the temperature is rising, and the birds are returning. Soon the flowers will start to bloom…...noses will being to run and eyes will start to water and itch. While Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” it is also known as the dreaded allergy season. This is the annoying truth for many humans, but did you know that dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies as well?
A wide range of allergens can trigger symptoms in your dog. Trees, grasses, and pollens are the big categories, and then there are environmental pollutants as well. Here are a few signs that your dog may be suffering from seasonal allergies:
- Scratching and Biting themselves
- Inflamed and Infected skin
- Excessive shedding
- Paw licking
- Respiratory issues
The good news is there are ways to successfully manage your pet’s allergies. One of these ways is to be sure you are feeding your dog a species appropriate diet. You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat”. While this is true for humans, we can also assume that a dog is a product of what he eats. The difference, of course, is that while we can choose what we want to eat, our pets don’t have that same luxury. They rely on us.
In many cases dogs are fed kibble or dry food composed of inferior quality ingredients that have been cooked or heat processed. Heat processing alters the protein molecular structure and renders the product harder to assimilate and utilize in the body leading to a higher accumulation of toxins, inefficient organ system function and not surprisingly, allergies and skin conditions. Normally it takes 4-5 years for degenerative disease and allergy symptoms to manifest – which is why we don’t begin to see itching, and scratching and hot spots in most dogs until they are about 5 years old. All of this can be eliminated by feeding the animal what it was designed to eat, a raw food diet.
But don’t just take our word for it. Read what some of our BARFers are saying about the BARF® World diet.
Pago and Sasha's allergy problems are gone. They are the healthiest dogs really and I absolutely attribute that to what they are eating, the BARF Diet. They're doing great, even at 10 and 13 years old. We never have to clean their teeth.
- Debby A, Stuart, FL
My dog, Serena had allergies since she was 6 months old (she is now 5).
She had ear infections, severe skin issues where she scratched until she would bleed, and urinary tract infections from licking. She was at the vet at least once a month - during allergy season, sometimes more. We had her tested for her allergies and gave her shots. After 2 years I was not happy with the results. Serena was so bad one morning, I called the vet asking to give her a steroid shot. Her normal vet was not in and I saw a covering vet who asked if I ever tried a raw diet. I never even thought about it since her kibble was supposed to be the best! The vet suggested I call BARF and give it a try. So I did and finally we got Serena to eat the raw diet....and she LOVES it!!! She goes crazy for it (it's gone in about 20 seconds), I decided to stick with the diet and am soooo glad I did. Serena looks amazing. She has so much energy, her coat looks great, and she is super happy. Oh and one of the best parts: not only does her skin look better but she hardly drinks any water now!!!! The raw diet has all moisture she needs :) Everyone has noticed how great Serena looks and I recommend anyone who has a dog with allergies to give it a try. I wish I found BARF 4 years ago. They have GREAT customer service and really care about your dog. I cannot THANK BARF World enough - it is like Serena is a new dog :)
- Dawn B, Jacksonville, FL
In addition to the BARF® World diet, check out our Endless Mountain essential oils:
Endless Mountain Flea & Tick Spray with Diatomaceous Earth - Use this bundle to keep pests away from your pet, their bedding, and you! Diatomaceous Earth naturally dehydrates and kills pests on contact. Sprinkle it on pet bedding, as well as their coats. Use in conjunction with the Flea and Tick Spray.
Endless Mountain Allergy Blend - works great on hot spots and rashes and it prevents your dog from itching and biting themselves. Attacks the allergic reaction or irritation at the root cause. Promotes healing, prevents further irritation, and assists in regrowth of hair.
If you are tired of seeing your beloved pet suffer from allergies, I would encourage you to spring into action and contact one of our Raw Food Specialists at BARF® World. Not only will Fido thank you, but your wallet will as well. Vet bills can be extremely expensive. Wouldn’t you rather spend your money on making sure your fur baby gets the best diet on the planet?
Raw Food Tip:
Toxin Buildup & Detox – Any abnormal foreign chemical can result in a build up of toxins in the body. These can come from flea sprays, shampoos and dips, drugs, flea collars and heartworm drugs. When and if you “detox” your dog, remember that toxins in the body are mainly released through the skin and not through the feces or urine, so you my see increased skin problems even during a detox.
- Robert Mueller Sr.
Cheryl Douglas is one of BARF® World’s Raw Food Specialist. In addition, she offers Administrative support to the BARF® World office, as well as specializing in logistics. She has a strong background in customer service and public relations. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native; born and raised, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
"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!