Has your dog been itching like crazy and shaking his head constantly? Maybe had an upset stomach? This may be an allergy or a sensitivity – so what can you do?
Help your vet to help your pet
Your vet will be able to help find out what is causing the problem and then they can help with a number of treatment options including medical treatment, care products such as a soothing shampoo or conditioner, and dietary changes. Ask your vet for advice as they are ideally placed to help you.
There are different causes of sensitivities and allergies
Food sensitivities and allergies – A reaction to a particular food or foods
Environmental allergies – an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as mites, pollens, dust and moulds
Fleas – an excessive reaction to flea bites.
How can nutrition help?
- In the case of food allergies, by using ingredients less likely to trigger a reaction
- Improving skin quality can help increase the protection from external allergens
- Reducing the inflammation responsible for the itchy skin
HELPING WITH FOOD ALLERGIES AND SENSITIVITIES
When dealing with a food intolerance look for foods with unusual proteins, which your dog is unlikely to have eaten before. So an ideal food has unusual proteins and limited number of ingredients to reduce the risk of feeding a problem causing ingredient.
Also helpful are hydrolysed proteins, where the protein molecules are cut into small pieces making it less likely to trigger a reaction.
HELPING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES AND SENSITIVITIES
Your dog’s skin is his first layer of defence against environmental allergens. So, it makes sense that creating a healthier skin will help to improve that barrier protection. Nutrients such as Omega-3 from fish oils and vitamins and minerals such as zinc, vitamin A and B-complex can all help support a healthy supple skin.
RELIEVING THE SYMPTOMS
Omega-3 fish oils can support the body's natural anti-inflammatory process to help with the distressing itching your dog will be experiencing.
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