Allergy season is here!
From sneezing and watery eyes to a scratchy throat or runny nose, millions of people deal with allergens that trigger an inflammatory response. But it may surprise you to learn that dogs can have allergies, too.
Pet MD explains that when a dog's immune system identifies a substance as harmful, it can trigger an allergic reaction. For example:
- Certain foods
- Dust mites
- Insect bites
This can be uncomfortable for our furry friends!
Dog allergy symptoms include itchy and dry skin, inflammation, digestive problems, sneezing, eye discharge, and more. Luckily, Bark & Beyond has the inside scoop on how to help. Today, our canine experts share six secret ingredients that will help fight off dog allergies.
Does Your Dog Have Allergies? Try This.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Dogs with allergies will love the taste and smell of salmon! Even better, it helps with allergies. Fleshy pink salmon is a powerful source of omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation. Salmon also contains vitamin D for a bonus immune system boost. Drizzle some Plato Wild Alaska Salmon Oil onto Fido’s kibble for allergy-free meals.
- Vitamin E
Secondly, add Vitamin E to your pup’s diet. It has tons of antioxidant properties to minimize painful inflammation caused by allergies by neutralizing free radicals. Not sure where to get Vitamin E? No worries! We recommend Health Extension Lifetime Vitamins, a top dog multivitamin made here in the USA.
Another secret ingredient to fight allergies are probiotics. Invisible to the eye, the beneficial bacteria live in the gut and help to maintain a healthy balance of microorganisms, which in turn supports a dog’s immune system.
These tasty probiotic soft chews are a guaranteed hit.
Here is a super secret ingredient: turmeric. Yes, really! This spice contains a compound called “curcumin.” When added to dog food, it has incredible anti-inflammatory effect on allergy symptoms. Just be careful with dosage. Use in moderation and always check with a veterinarian first.
Bark & Supply loves Bocces Bakery Tumeric Latte Biscuits.
Don’t forget about quercetin. This ingredient is technically a flavonoid that – like most items on our list – has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well. It can help to reduce the release of histamines in response to nasty allergens and therefore alleviate uncomfortable allergy symptoms.
Feeding quercetin to a dog is easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s found in common foods like apples and broccoli.
Finally, check out colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk produced by mammals (immediately after giving birth) and is rich in antibodies. Colostrum supplements strengthen a canine’s immune system so that allergens don’t negatively impact their body as much.
Say Goodbye to Dog Allergy Symptoms
There you have it!
Six ingredients that fight allergies in dogs. If your pooch has symptoms, try the above. Or for faster relief, Bark & Supply also carries a wide range of proven products designed specifically for dogs with allergies, including Itch Relief Shampoo and Soothing Allergy Relief Wipes.