Itching to get to the root of allergies – from Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog

by Deserving Pets on June 16, 2010

Continuing on our allergy series, from Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog…

The increased frequency of vaccinations is only part of the explanation. How else did this sophisticated system designed by nature to ward off pernicious invaders come to mistake something innocuous for a source of imminent peril; and in so doing, cause such havoc inside the body it has been given the task of protecting? One thing is apparent; the incidence of allergies and asthma has been on the rise in recent years, corresponding not just with greater numbers of vaccinations, but environmental toxins, potent pharmaceuticals and chemical additives in the food supply. Unfortunately, nature did not design the immune systems of mammals to cope with this array of synthetic poisons to which we and our pets are constantly exposed, the result being that the delicate protective mechanisms we were given can be thrown out of kilter.

Pesticide use has also proliferated in recent years, and both dogs and children are particularly apt to be exposed to their toxic residues on lawns

Veterinarians of a half-century ago, for instance, were far less likely to encounter animals suffering from allergic reactions. But then, feeding table scraps to dogs was far more common in those days, and vaccinations far more limited in scope, as opposed to the multiple shots commonly given on a yearly basis today. Pesticide use has also proliferated in recent years, and both dogs and children are particularly apt to be exposed to their toxic residues on lawns; which may also cause far more serious health consequences. Such factors could well account for many of the allergies we see in dogs today, as well as the fact that an allergic dog is more likely to breed progeny with the same problems.

But root causes aside, the thing to remember is that allergies tend to intensify and widen with time, unless aggressive measures are taken to nip them in the bud. That means that the young dog who develops an itch for a couple of weeks in the summertime might be tormented for the entire following summer, with the condition growing progressively worse until it is a year-round problem.

It should be apparent by now that there’s something wrong with the basic approach. The point being overlooked is that the best way for an allergy to develop and grow in intensity is through repeated and frequent exposure to something. Doctors, for instance, commonly become allergic to the powder or the latex in latex surgical gloves. This would not happen if they didn’t routinely use them. Or a woman who works in a hairdressing salon may develop allergic lesions on her hands when exposed to hair dye, while someone who works at a newsstand may become similarly sensitive to newsprint and ink. And as the immune system increasingly responds to such routine exposures, it also develops allergic responses to other items in the environment, such as dust, molds, fabrics, pollens, weeds, grasses and trees. Additionally, feeding your dog the same lamb kibble day after day after day because he was allergic to chicken and beef oftentimes results in a new allergy to lamb!

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