I remember years ago after one of our dogs had puppies she developed a bad case of allergies to grass. This was a terrible thing due to the fact she loved to run around outdoors and this affected her way of life for a while. I soon learned that her immune system had been weakened and that caused the reaction to the grass.

This was many years ago and I certainly did not know at that time that allergies are caused mainly due to a weak Immune system. Since she had just gone through surgery with having her pups and nursing them she was at risk of a weak immune system. Now knowing this we can prevent with supplements that support our mothers immune systems when they are caring for puppies, nursing them and at the time when the pups are weaned away from Mom.

As for when a puppy or a pet in your family goes through stress you have to relate to how the dog is reacting to know this. I feel if you feed a quality food source with supplementing with vitamins and take precautions at the first signs of stress you can possible avoid most of the allergic reactions your dog could have.

Diet and Regular Grooming is important

How can you take precautions with living in today’s world of toxic overload:

  • Fatty acid supplementation in the diet.
  • Frequent bathing with a hypoallergenic shampoo
  • Avoid direct contact with allergens, such as pyrethrins, found in flea collars, pesticides, grasses, and materials, such as wool or synthetics, used in carpets or bedding.

I mentioned several great products in the article last week with flea and tick season upon us. You can read this article here

Several other sources we have found to be beneficial to keep our dog’s immunities strong are:

Lifes Abundance Products

We feed the all life stages blend for both our adults and puppies on a regular basis. 

PawTree Products

Occasionally I have fed the white fish and salmon food. And I always supplement my puppies and nursing mothers with the  salmon oil. 

NuVet Products

All our adults have been on the NuVet plus for over 15 years. This is a great supplement for breeding dogs. 

Why are allergies quite common in our dog breeds now?

I feel that this is from repeated exposure to substances that are not natural. What I mean by that is the preservatives on their food source and the chemicals in their environments.

A very large number of substances can act as allergens. Most are insect, plant, or animal proteins, but small chemical molecules can also cause allergies. Common allergens include pollens, mold spores, dust mites, shed skin cells (like pet allergies in humans), insect proteins such as flea saliva, and some medications.

Here are a few symptoms to be aware of with allergies:

  • itchy skin
  • hair loss
  • swelling
  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • lack of appetite and weight loss

(these can be immediate-type hypersensitivity, also called anaphylaxis or shock, and delayed-type hypersensitivity)

Take note of how your pet is reacting, are they itching at their paws, or are they inflamed on their belly?
These would be signs that my pet has a reaction to something they have come in contact with.
If my pet has a loss of appetite I would be more concerned about something they have eaten.

Keep an eye on your pup’s overall health and behavior

A phone call to your veterinarian for what to watch for is also helpful. Many offices now have trained staff to help with routine questions.

Always make note of any changes your pet may have experienced such as a new diet, a new environment any stress and anxieties they may be going through. Early actions of an allergic reaction can save their life. 

With our go-home package, we give you all the information on what your puppy has been given both with vaccinations and diet and supplements.  I hope you have found this article helpful. If you are considering adopting a fur-ever friend we at the Siess Ranch specialize in fitting our puppies in the best suited homes. Check out the nursery  and contact us with any questions you may have. 

 

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