Acupuncture can be used to reducing itching or stimulate the pet's immune system. The number of acupuncture treatments that a pet will require varies, but usually owners are asked to commit to 8 treatments (2-3/wk) to assess if acupuncture will work. If the pet improves, acupuncture is done "as needed" to control the pet's signs.
Homeopathy uses extremely dilute substances to treat the pet. There is no one right remedy, and a thorough examination, history, and laboratory tests must be performed to assist the homeopathic veterinarian in selecting the correct remedy or remedies. The following remedies may be helpful:Sulfur, Apis. Mel., Rhus. Tox., Urtica, and Arsenicum Album.
For pets with allergies, supplementation with super green foods, enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil,) antioxidants, and whole food glandular products can be effective. I don't usually use any one supplements but combine several to help improve the pet's nutritional health, relieve pain, inflammation, and itching. See my list of recommended supplement companies.
Certain vitamins (A, C, and E) and minerals (selenium) can act as antioxidants. By increasing the level of natural vitamin and mineral antioxidants, we may be able to prevent decrease inflammation, pain, and itching.
The most important therapy for pets with allergies is frequent bathing with hypoallergenic shampoos, such as those containing aloe vera and oatmeal. I recommend bathing at least 2-3 times per week for maintenance, and sometimes daily bathing for pets with severe allergies.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Corticosteroids ("steroids") such as prednisone and prednisolone are frequently used when treating allergic dogs and cats. While chronic steroid use has many potential side effects that can harm your pet, using low doses for short periods of time can be done safely without long term harm to Molly. However, whenever possible, natural alternatives would be better choices to help control her itchy skin. Here are some suggestions taken from my book The Allergy Solution for Dogs (Prima, 2000.)
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