Naturally Caring for Your Pet's Allergies

Written by: Only Natural Pet Team

Naturally Caring for Your Pet's Allergieswith Dr. Jean Hofve

Naturally Caring for Your Pet's Allergies


Transcript 0:03 The interesting thing about dogs and cats is that they're 0:07 allergy symptoms tend to be manifest themselves 0:10 either in the digestive tract or on the skin. 0:13 Pets get horrible allergies: the number one most common 0:17 allergy in pets is flea bite allergies. 0:20 Fleas inject saliva as an anti-coagulant into the dogs so that the blood stays 0:24 liquid so they could suck it up. That has proteins in it and the proteins can 0:29 cause a tremendous allergy and in an allergic 0:32 animal, just a single flea bite, one flea biting one time 0:36 can cause a major allergic reaction. 0:39 What you're gonna see in a dog with hay fever that’s allergic to pollen 0:44 you’re going to see them itch and they will break out in a rash 0:47 or they will start tearing up a hotspot in their skin 0:50 it's called atopy or inhalant allergy. 0:54 Ear infections often have an out allergic component. If you see black gookie stuff 0:59 in your dog's ear, it could be here mites but it's more likely to be 1:02 atopy, or allergy or some other thing going on there 1:05 and it can be either a food allergy or an inhalant allergy. 1:09 Food allergies can also cause the same exact skin symptoms. 1:13 It gets a little tricky to figure out what your pet is allergic to. 1:21 In dogs there are two major ways to diagnose allergies: 1:24 one is with the blood test and the other is with what they cal 1:28 intradermal skin testing; with cats 1:30 you really have to kind of go with an elimination diet1:34 Now the curious thing about food allergies and 1:37 atopy is that oftentimes even inhalant 1:40 allergies will improve or diminish or even resolve 1:44 if you change the diet. If you're using a food that has a whole bunch of ingredients 1:47 try a simpler food.1:49 Your veterinarian is an important partner in this 1:52 because they can help figure out what is going on and what 1:56 needs to be done to change how that animal is responding 2:00 to that trigger.

Naturally Caring for Your Pet's Allergies