The #1 Issue in Dogs
It’s the number one thing I get asked about every single day. The itching, scratching, foot chewing, yeast, red skin – it’s so common in so many dogs.
That’s why in this week’s episode of “It’s A Dog’s Life,” Carter – the CBD Dog Health Education Director, joins me to talk about allergies. The symptoms, dangers in common medications, and what we can do to help your dog’s allergies naturally.
I promise it can be done!
Medicine is confusing
Have you ever looked at an ad for a prescribed medication? They’re sometimes over 2 pages long and have some words that I don’t even understand. Who wants to read that!? I know I don’t and a lot of customers don’t either.
Well if you actually took the time to read some of these ads, like Apoquel for example – the number one leading prescription medication for dogs with allergies. You will see warnings like “may cause symptoms to get worse.” So, you’re taking a medication for your allergies that will maybe cause more allergies.
There’s a reason these ads are confusing and long – so no one reads them!
That’s why I always say, if you can’t pronounce the ingredient, it’s probably not natural or safe.
Natural Solutions to Allergies
What they eat is their medicine.
If you feed a diet that’s not suitable for your pet, it causes an imbalance in their gut microbiome. This is really important because their microbiome is the foundation of their immune health.
Now you may be thinking, “What’s the gut health have to do with my pet’s skin and allergies?”
And the short answer is EVERYTHING.
In fact, 80% of your pet’s immune system comes from their gut health. So, when your pet’s gut becomes unwell it weakens natural defense systems.
Unfortunately, if you’re feeding a kibble diet, the ingredients may be the root cause of your pet’s allergies.
The ingredients and starch used in kibble are the number one contributors to pets allergies, inflammation, and poor gut health. Ingredients like wheat, starch, sugar, BHA, glyphosate, corn syrup, and the MEAL. You may seem some ingredients like corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, basically anything that ends with “meal” – not good.
When you see “meal” in the ingredients, this is the worst parts of the animal or ingredient that can’t be used for humans. This could be because the animal was sick or the meat just went bad. So stay away from the word “meal” and if you can, stay away from kibble.
When you feed a fresh raw or freeze-dried diet, that’s free of common allergens, the body will start to heal itself. The healing begins when the allergens are removed. This allows the gut inflammation cycle to be broken and nutrients to be absorbed again.
For those of you feeding a raw diet and still seeing allergy symptoms – this part is for you!
There are hot and cold proteins.
For our pets that are prone to allergies, stay away from the hot proteins like chicken or lamb. Chicken is the most popular product you see in kibble foods today.
Stay closer to cooler proteins like pork, sardines, and turkey so you don’t cause inflammation and allergy symptoms.
Cleaning Out The Medicine Cabinet
It’s not breaking news that a lot of the medications prescribed to our pets are suppressing their immune system.
In fact, a lot of the vet prescribed medications are the source of our pet’s allergies!
Like I mentioned before, Apoquel is the number one medication prescribed to dogs for allergies, and some side effects include allergy symptoms.
Even though Apoquel can help the itching for a short period of time, the side effects are hurting your pet’s immune system to cause further damage, and you guessed it – more allergies!
There are natural products to replace your pet’s apoquel and the other medications harming their immune system.
Natural Home Products
Start thinking about all the laundry detergent, general cleaning products, carpet cleaners, candles, and air fresheners you use in your home. Now, start thinking of all the chemicals in those products being used on everyday items. I know, it’s cringe-worthy. Now start thinking about all the different ways your dog is interacting with these chemicals.
All of these products contribute to the poor air quality in your home by releasing synthetic chemicals and toxins into the air.
One more for you, what about the products used in your yard?
Sometimes when we’re taking care of our yard, spraying the grass, and putting down the fertilizer, we don’t realize what ingredients we’re putting right in front of our pets. All of these affect our pets negatively one way or another.
Also, imagine your pet’s paws picking up these chemicals and bringing them into your home. And even worse, when they lick their paws and ingesting these synthetic chemicals.
It all sounds like a nightmare, but there is a happy side to this! There are many natural options for all your home products.
If your dog’s parents were prone to allergies, so will yours. Also, there are many breeds that are already genetically prone to allergies.
- Chinese Shar-Peis
- Wirehaired Fox Terriers
- Golden Retrievers
- Boston Terriers
- Labrador Retrievers
- Lhasa Apsos
- Scottish Terriers
- Shih Tzus
- West Highland White Terriers
Even though we love all of these breeds, a lot of them will experience a form of allergies in their life. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and prevent them from coming, naturally!
The good news is, there are natural solutions out there.
I know these resources and products can be sometimes hard to find, that’s why I’ve put together my complete list of trusted brands I use myself in my house, yard, and for my pets.
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years, and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.