Our 6 year old German Shepherd mix, Bailey, has allergies. Every summer
from July through September or October he goes crazy! He licks his front legs
and gets hot spots on his hind legs that he licks until they are raw and hairless,
(not very appealing on a dog). He also scratches at his mouth until his gums
swell up and sometimes bleed. Bailey also tends to throw up easily during
these months. Our veterinarian did allergy tests and he tested positive for
various grasses, weeds, trees and foods. We put him on a prescription diet
of fish and potatoes from the veterinarian, but last summer he was as bad as ever
- we had to put him in an Elizabethan collar to keep him from scratching himself
so badly. Are there any natural remedies or supplements that could help poor
Bailey be more comfortable this summer?
Dear Hawkins Family,
Yes, there are some things you can do to help Bailey with his seasonal allergies.
Without more specifics of Bailey’s history (i.e., onset of problem, medication used
& response to medication, possibility of over-vaccination, etc. – please see
The Truth About Pet Vaccinations in our Articles section), I can only
give a somewhat general treatment plan.
Seasonal allergies are usually inhalant or flea allergies. Food allergies are
usually not seasonal and blood tests are poor indicators of food allergy. Food,
however, is where you need to start.
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