Adding up Allergies from Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog

by Deserving Pets on June 28, 2010

Continuing on our pet allergy series…

By varying your dog’s diet, and not feeding him the same food day in and day out, you’ll not only provide him with more balanced nutrition and make him a happier camper, but reduce the opportunity for food allergies to develop. Conventional kibble, in particular, can perpetuate the allergy cycle because they’re not only consumed on a daily basis, but contain various dyes, preservatives and poor quality proteins which can serve as red flags to a malfunctioning immune system.  Variety will also allow you to isolate those items to which your dog might be allergic, and remove them from his diet.

Keep in mind that the intensity of an allergy might be the result of a synergistic effect of two or more allergens combining. Your dog might have a severe allergic reaction to yeast, for instance, and mild reactions to corn, wheat and soy.  And while you might make a point of not feeding him anything with yeast, a food that combines the latter items might produce a reaction just as severe, if not more so.  The fact that these three ingredients are present together will increase the allergic response, even though the allergy to each of them is not nearly as severe as the one triggered by the yeast.

Sidebar:  The number of allergens in your dog’s environment plus the intensity of the allergy to each equals the total allergic reaction.

Every season has its own allergy triggers, which affect different dogs in different ways

Another factor that influences the occurrence of allergic reactions is seasonal change. In northern climes, the coming of winter, when grass, weeds, trees and pollen become dormant and covered over, many allergy-prone animals may experience some relief, while others may actually suffer an increase in allergic reactions to dust, molds and debris from heating systems.  In addition, romping in fallen leaves increases a dog’s exposure to such potential allergens as fungus, mold and mildew. Every season has its own allergy triggers, which affect different dogs in different ways. Whereas an allergy trigger might cause us our eyes to itch and water, it is more apt to irritate the area above a dog’s tail, along with other areas of his body. If we experienced allergies as dogs do, we’d probably be going around scratching our butts while complaining about how bad the ragweed is this year!

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