It’s that time of year again! The changing of the season brings with it cooler temperatures, changing colors, and, for some, allergies. People and pets alike are suffering through the transition with runny noses, watery eyes, itchy discolored skin, ear discharge, and overall discomfort.
Just like their human companions, dogs can also suffer from allergic reactions to the dust, pollens, and other microbes in the air or on the ground.
But the family Fido does not have to suffer relentlessly to the adverse reactions of fall. There are many natural products pet owners can use to relieve their furry friend’s suffering.
Aloe Vera plants are known for their soothing and healing properties. Mild cuts, burns, or dermal rashes are treated regularly by humans with impressive results. The gel is cool and soothing to the skin, but it also has natural enzymes that heal the skin on humans and animals. Aloe Vera is also a nontoxic plant to doggies.
Use a piece of the Aloe Vera plant to rub the soothing juices onto the canine’s tender skin to help sooth away the discomfort that allergic reactions cause. If buying the gel from a store, make sure it is all natural and not alcohol based first.
For years, people have known that green tea has many therapeutic benefits. This dynamic plant not only makes a great drink, but the polyphenols found in the tea have anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine effects that help soothe the irritated dermis.
Baking soda is a common household product that can be used in many ways. People often cook, clean, and remove odors with this all-in-one product. But it can also be used to make a paste or spray that can be applied to the rash-covered skin of two and four-legged walkers to reduce swelling, redness and itchiness.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that is commonly found in many fruits and vegetables including apples, green tea, and broccoli. It can also be given in supplement form. Known as nature’s Benadryl, it has natural anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antioxidant properties to help the body fight the adverse reactions from irritating chemicals and other toxins.
Giving the pup an oat bath is very soothing. Oats help reduce the itching and discomfort, while bathing the furry mate will help wash off the allergens that get trapped in the fur.
Bromelain and Papain
Bromelain and papain are commonly found in tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya. They have enzymes that help reduce inflammation in the body’s mucous membranes. Taking this as a supplement will help minimize the pain and swelling in the affected parts of the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has become increasingly popular over the last few years as experts have started to see first hand the many benefits of using this product. It can be used for a multitude of minor and significant conditions, including allergies. While it should never be used on open wounds, this dynamic product can help clean a dog’s ears and relieve the itchy discomfort on their skin.
Coconut oil is another product that has become increasingly in demand by mainstream populations. The natural oils found in coconuts has many benefits including helping soothe away the discomfort caused by irritating micro organisms.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year. But for those suffering from allergies, it can also be a very uncomfortable season. Dogs and humans can both suffer from adverse reactions to pollens and other seasonal mites.
Natural remedies are a safer, often more effective way of minimizing the uncomfortable effects of fall related allergies for people and canines.