The world is full of chemical formulas designed to get great results at every turn. Flea treatments. Wound care. Allergy remedies. The sky is the limit in what you can get from the vet or pet store shelves in hopes of helping your dog feel better.
Although these innovative solutions have their purpose, sometimes, it’s simply overkill. Yeah, they may work as intended, but there are often hidden costs to consider. Some may temporarily make your dog feel less than stellar while others could have long-term health repercussions.
If you’d rather keep things natural while treating your dog’s allergy symptoms, this guide is here to help. Here’s a look at all you need to know about going green with natural allergy treatment recipes from Jiminy’s.
How Natural Allergy Remedies Work
Before there were drug stores, medical clinics, and the like, people relied on home remedies to cure what ailed them and their pets. They looked to Earth’s bounty and used knowledge passed down through the generations to break fevers, heal wounds, and so much more.
The remedies worked because the natural ingredients have effective chemical compounds at their core. Their therapeutic properties helped reduce symptoms while bolstering the body’s inherent ability to heal over time. For example, aloe vera helps relieve itching due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Modern allergy medicines take many of the same compounds that worked in the past and transformed them into highly effective products. In doing that, though, potentially harmful, or at best, unnecessary, compounds end up in the mix. So, if you want to avoid that, it makes sense to try home remedies instead.
Top Home Remedies for Dogs with Allergies
If your dog has allergies, you can use these remedies to help relieve their symptoms.
Nettle Leaf Tea
Nettle leaf tea has anti-inflammatory properties that have the power to help relieve itchy skin, runny nose, and sneezing. You just have to add a ¼ cup of the tea to your dog’s food each day to help them feel better.
Make this natural allergy treatment for dogs by heating up two teaspoons of MCT oil in a pan. Then, add about two cups of fresh nettles to the pan and sauté them until tender.
Add the nettles to about two cups of low-sodium bone broth and boil for about 30 minutes. Once that's done, strain the mixture to remove the leaves from the tea. To improve the effects even more, mix in a ¼ cup of fresh food-grade aloe vera gel.
Coconut Oil Treats
Coconut oil comes chockful of lauric acid and antioxidants, both of which help reduce symptoms caused by allergies of all kinds. You can use coconut oil straight out of the jar to relieve itchy skin and it works from the inside out when used to create tasty dog treats.
To create the treats, mix ½ cup peanut butter with ½ cup coconut oil. Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon as well for an extra dose of flavor. Then, melt the mixture over low heat until it’s melted and pour it into silicone ice cube trays. Refrigerate the trays until they are set, then pop the treats out of the mold and store them in a bag in the fridge.
Soothing Oatmeal Bath
If your dog has itchy skin, you want to halt their discomfort before hot spots appear. Thankfully, you can do that quite easily by drawing them a warm oatmeal and baking soda bath.
To do that, you’ll need to grind plain oats into a fine powder using a food processor. After that, fill the tub halfway with warm water and add ½ cup of oat powder and two tablespoons of baking soda. Put your dog into the tub and repeatedly pour the water over their coat, being careful not to get it in the eyes.
When it comes to food allergies, it’s best to eliminate the offending allergen altogether. Most allergies arise due to proteins found in chicken, pork, or beef, so consider switching to an insect-based diet.
Keep your dog on that diet for about six weeks to see if their symptoms disappear. If so, you can add in one ingredient at a time to find the offending allergen and create a plan on how to avoid it.
If you don’t notice any improvement in how your dog feels, you may need to speak with a vet about additional treatment options. They can perform tests to identify the exact allergens causing problems and then work with you to find a way to help your pet feel better.
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