I want to discuss some allergies because it’s the time of year. we see a big spike in the number of allergic cats and also in dogs. some common signs of allergies here are certainly. the most common ones are looking at the paws scratching at the ears. ear infections, skin infections, rashes on the underside of the belly. Weepy eyes are probably the most common signs, and they also caused a significant amount of discomfort for your pet.
I just touch that just so bad. you just want to you know tear it off. so some of the things that you can do at home are to try to reduce the number of contact allergens on the skin.
What did I tell people about weekly baths to give to their pets?
Normally what I tell people is weekly bathing with an oatmeal-based shampoo that helps just kind of wash away the allergens. that are irritating the skin. the other thing from an environmental standpoint is trying to clean the immediate environment that they hang out and that means laundering their beds regularly.
Cleaning the floor and Air filter
cleaning the floors and then changing the air filter is something we don’t think about all the time. you know we have those air filters nowadays that they say last for three months but if you talk to an allergist. they actually still recommend changing it every 30 days that’s something to think about.
if it gets too bad and you want to intervene and you take your dog to the veterinarian. you know there’s a lot of things tricks up. our sleeve we can do as well certainly any histamines. that we can use for allergies and dogs’ medicated baths.
if there is obviously a skin infection or ear infection. we treat that accordingly with antibiotics or wait minutes or flushes. that we can use and there are some newer itching medications, that are made specifically for allergies. they are actually new to the market here so we certainly have some options.
Homemade remedies for Dogs
There is the first one you probably don’t have on hand it’s called quercetin. it comes in a pill and capsule form you can find it at certain Whole Foods stores. you may be able to find it at a local pharmacy. you can order it online. it’s a compound found in fruits and vegetables and that’s what gives them.
Their bright colors it has natural antioxidant antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. so it’s great for dogs with allergies or their seasonal allergies.
Long-term now there are three other remedies that I’d like to share that you may have at home. that is very easy to find and extremely inexpensive as well.
The first is honey
There have been a bunch of studies done on honey. its benefits for people with allergies, and it can be effective with dogs suffering from allergies as well. you ought to find raw local honey and what happens is as the bees go around and pollinate flowers. they pick up pollen from all of these different plants flowers trees in your local area. that’s actually in the honey, there are just little bits of it in the honey. when you ingest it your body. kind of becomes immune to it and you don’t suffer from allergies as much.
so honey is great and it’s very easy to find just make sure you get the wrong local type of honey.
The second is apple cider vinegar
Vinegar is another great home remedy. you can use this one topically. when you give your John the bath during allergy seasons or times your dog is especially prone to environmental allergens. you should give them back with a few cups of apple cider vinegar in the bathwater and that will help to strip. the pollen and the allergens from his fur and skin, and they will wash down.
The drain with the bathwater instead of clinging to your dog and making his allergies worse. you can also use it as a spray. you would mix a three-to-one ratio. so like 25 percent apple cider vinegar and sub-five percent water in a spray bottle.
Spray it on your dog and just sort of rub it in with your fingers get it down to the skin and again. that will help to remove some of those allergens from his skin and coat. it’s also got antibacterial antimicrobial antifungal properties that are natural. it’s great for skin and co health. it can kill anything that might be in the coder on the skin.
The last one is coconut oil
Coconut has antiviral and antibacterial properties. you can use it’s topically, but it is kind of messy. it leaves that oil behind so I recommend feeding it to your dog. it’s depending on the size of your dog you’ll do about a teaspoon to a couple of tablespoons on his food.
Every other day that will you can feed this year-round to try to prevent allergies. In the same way honey, you can use a year-round on your
dog’s food to prevent allergies.
Homemade remedies for cats
If the cat had a severe skin allergy and was just covered with raw losing sores, and had scratched a lot of her fur off but with some simple and soothing home treatments. way to being itchy-free.
flea bite dermatitis which is an allergic reaction to flea bites so the:
The first step in treatment
To get rid of the fleas use topical flea prevention. Give your kitty an oral antihistamine twice a day. which helped calm the inflamed skin and relieved. some of the agonizing itching she still really wanted to scratch and chew her sores. so she was fitted with an e-collar to keep her from tearing her skin up.
I made a mixture of witch hazel a veterinary skin antiseptic gel, and some distilled water, and gently dabbed it. this is your cat’s sores with a cloth witch hazel has a natural therapeutic. quality that can help reduce swelling and irritation. when used on the skin. the antiseptic jello prevents deeper sores.
Becoming infected cat loves having the solution applied. it seems to relieve a lot of her itching. so I use it several times a day or a couple of days later. we can see that cat sores are not nearly as red and inflamed as they were when her first time seen.
Now that the fleas are gone and we’ve begun the skin-soothing remedies on cats. skin can finally start the healing. the process now, it’s time for the first of what will be the cat’s three total baths, over the next month.
I’m massaging a mixture of coconut oil mixed with a couple of drops of baby shampoo. being careful not to rub too hard on her sore areas. I wash out all the dried blood and crusty skin. we don’t want to leave any soap residue on the cat. so she’s rinsed thoroughly with lots of warm water. like most cats thrilled about getting a bath, but by the time she’s dried, she’s purring like a little engine. it must feel so good to be clean and have all that itchy flaky skin washed off.
once she’s dry I dab on a little of the witch hazel solution to calm any inflammation. cat skin was so inflamed that it was hot to the touch. she still looks like a plucked chicken, but now the open sores are drying up and we can see healthy skin starting to replace it. once that happens her fur will start to grow back.
cats are incredibly sweet the gentle. she has never once tried to bite her scratch. even though I know there have been some times. when she’s been uncomfortable she seems to understand that everything is being done for her benefit. she rewards me with lots of purrs and cuddles for me. it’s an honor to help such a deserving kitty. cat is only part of the way to full recovery.
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