Seasonal Allergies – More Than Skin Deep

Itchy Skin, Hot Spots, Rashes, Runny Nose, Goopy Eyes, Ear Infections, Digestive Upset, Inflammation, “Just not right!”

If your pet suffers from any of these problems they will benefit from some specific supplements and diet improvements.

Come in to Dexter’s Deli for help!

HOW THE HEALTH OF THE LIVER IMPACTS EVERYTHING ELSE

The liver is arguably the most important organ of the body for maintaining basic health. It is responsible for metabolizing food and detoxifying the body, thus proper functioning of the liver is key to the body’s ability to absorb nutrition, maintain a healthy immune system, and deal with toxins entering the body.

WHAT DOES THE LIVER HAVE TO DO WITH ALLERGIES?

A healthy liver produces an enzyme called histaminase, which acts as a natural antihistamine. When the liver is stressed it cannot produce enough of this enzyme, so the natural protection is gone and allergy symptoms appear.

Dogs have ten times more mast cells (where histamine is produced) in their skin the humans, so itching all over the body is a common way allergies show up. When this inflammation becomes chronic it can lead to disease.

If your pet is showing signs of serious health problems it’s important to see your veterinarian for tests to ensure that they are not suffering from serious liver disease. Our suggestions cannot take the place of proper veterinary care. We recommend coming in to Dexter’s for a bio-energetic sensitivity test by Glacier Peak Holistics to help you ascertain which food and environment issues are problematic.

WHAT HELPS?

Healthy Diet –  Giving your pet the best food possible is the foundation of good health. Including fresh food provides naturally occurring nutrients for the body. Older animals in particular need highly digestible food in order for them to have a healthy immune system.

Herbs – Herbal supplements are an essential component for improving liver function, reducing allergy symptoms, and improving the immune system.

Essential Fatty Acids – Fish oil added to the food is the best source of Omega-3 EFAs. EFA’s reduce the body’s inflammatory response to invading allergens and improve skin integrity. Absorption of allergens through the skin is one of the primary routes.

Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics – These should be a part of every pet’s diet. They reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and improve the immune system. Enzymes improve the assimilation of EFAs by 71%.

Joint Supplements – Those containing MSM, Chondroitin, and herbs help inflammation throughout the body, not just in the joints.

HOW TO USE SUPPLEMENTS SO THEY WORK

Natural, whole-food supplements work best when given consistently over time. They allow the body to naturally and easily adjust to a healthier state. If your pet is unaccustomed to natural supplements, start slowly – spend a week getting the dose to the full amount, and wait 2 weeks between new supplement starts. If your pet is very ill, please use herbs under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

Come in and talk to our staff! They can help you navigate the choices and get started on the path to better health for your pet.

Download a PDF of our Pet Health Guide on this topic.

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