Do You Have An Itchy Dog?
There isn't a day that goes by when I'm working as a veterinarian that I don't see dogs that are suffering from allergies and clients wondering if there is a natural remedy for itchy dogs.
These are often caused by allergies.
I'll explain this in a minute.
It's Not Always Easy Being A Dog
Have YOU ever had symptoms of allergies?
Itchy watery eyes, sneezing, asthma, bronchitis.. are all symptoms of allergies.
We humans have got it easy because we can CHOOSE to buy an antihistamine or natural supplement and alleviate our symptoms.
Being a dog isn't so easy. They don't don't have credit cards to buy things to make them feel better and they can't tell in us WORDS just how miserable it feels to constantly be itchy.
Even though they don't tell us in words they tell us in their ACTIONS. When your dog is scratching or licking and chewing they are TELLING YOU that they need help.
You need to be your fur baby's hero and advocate. No one else is looking out for them.
Did you know that dogs get allergies too? How can you know if your dog has allergies?
In this article, I will answer your questions about dog allergies and the natural anti-histamine called Quercetin.
What Is An Allergy?
An allergy is the immune system’s response to normally harmless substances – food, pollen, dust mites, etc. These things usually don’t cause any problems to most people or dogs but for some, their immune system overreacts. The immune system goes haywire!
This overreaction then triggers release of histamine resulting in all the allergy symptoms that make people and dogs miserable.
Symptoms of Dog Allergies
Like I said, it’s easy for us humans to go to a doctor, get checked and get help if we are suffering from allergies.
Dogs cannot say that they are suffering but there are symptoms YOU can watch for:
- Ear infections
- Skin infections
- Licking feet or paws
- Occasionally watery or red eyes and sneezing (not common!)
Food allergies or environmental allergies can cause these problems. There are even some dogs that are allergic to people! Yes, your dog may be allergic to you.
Not everyone likes to take medications and not everyone wants to give their dog medication that has side effects. If you are looking for a natural remedy to dog allergies, Quercetin might be your answer.
Quercetin is a naturally occurring bioflavonoid found in many plants. This natural substance has antioxidant, anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties that all play a crucial role in preventing and healing allergies. Research shows that Quercetin can “turn off” histamine production and suppress or at least moderate inflammation. It is kind of like Mother Nature’s Benadryl.
Quercetin also helps reduce inflammation and that means, less itching!
Are you convinced yet? That’s not all. This natural substance also may have antifungal, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-cancer properties!
Where can I get Quercetin?
Quercetin can be found in rich concentrations in:
- Fresh apples
- Dark cherries
- White grapefruit and grapefruit seed extract
- Green tea
- Chamomile tea
- Summer squash
- and other fruits and vegetables
It is also available in convenient supplements.
Is Quercetin safe for dogs?
Quercetin has been used extensively in dogs and is very safe when given as directed.
Can I buy Quercetin supplements in stores?
It can be difficult to find in stores but it is readily available online.
It is good to note, however, that Quercetin products made for humans could contain an assortment of ingredients which are not safe for use in dogs. For this reason, it is always best to choose a product that is made specifically for animal use.
Your vet can advise you which supplements to use if you are unable to find one.
What are the side effects of Quercetin?
Anything can have side effects if taken above what is recommended. When taken in abnormally high doses, it could cause kidney damage and higher incidence of diarrhea and headaches. So don't do this!
I also advise avoiding use in pregnant dogs as there is not enough data to support the safety of Quercetin in pregnant and lactating dogs.
If you notice any of these adverse effects, please inform your vet right away to discuss how to proceed with treatment.
Quercetin may be a super helpful anti-allergy supplement for many pets but see your veterinarian to be sure that your dog's symptoms are related to allergies and not some other skin disease or parasite such as fleas.