Hurrah!! The British Summer is here at long last, however for some the flip side of things heating up is a large dose of hayfever. But what most of us don’t realise is that dogs and cats can be allergic to pollen too. Although unlike us where the symptoms are sneezing, running nose and itchy eyes, dog and cats tend to get itchy all over!
So we’ve put together a few Din Dins hayfever relief tips for your pet;
Bathe your dog in cool, not cold, water. Hayfever often causes inflamed, burning and itchy skin and cool water can simply calm it down. Avoid warm water because it can actually increase the inflammation and itching. Try putting a few handfuls of organic oats or oatmeal in the tub too. Not just any oatmeal, get the colloidal variety made for bathing, like Aveeno. Check it out at your local health food store.
You can apply natural oral anti-inflammatory blends such as proteolytic enzymes like bromelain and quercitin. Try Higher Nature or herbal extracts such as nettle to reduce the itching.
Wash your dog or cat’s bedding often to reduce hayfever allergens that may accumulate there from fur. Dust mites are a major source of problems and frequent vacuuming and dusting really helps. Natural lavender or eucalyptus sprays can keep pests at bay too.
If possible keep your pet indoors during windy spring and summer days when the pollen and mold spore counts are high. A good tip is to let your pet relax in an area of your home where there is no carpet – carpet attracts dust mites and allergens.
Comb your dog or cat daily and bather your dog after walks in the park. Buy natural neem treatments for your dogs coat and skin and teak tea and lavender shampoo is great for soothing sensitive, itchy skin. Get organic if possible!
Irritated and itchy paws can bleed if your dog is trying to relieve the itch with his teeth, so soak your pooch’s paws in a mild Epsom salt solution. Fill the tub with just a little water, enough to cover paws and let your dog stand there or you can soak a cloth and bathe your dog’s feet. Alternatively natural flea sprays of soothing balms can calm the skin and reduce hotpots. Look out for Din Dins organic sprays and paw balms launching soon!
If you fancy trying a homeopathic remedy, mixed pollens are a good idea. Add to your pet’s drinking water with a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar. You can buy all these ingredients from a health store.
Hayfever can be a pain for your furry friend so hopefully these tips will relieve discomfort, but also be aware that dogs and cats can be allergic to anything from dust, an ingredient in dog food, a household chemical or an insect bite, all of which can set off an alarm in the immune system, causing it to pump out large amounts of white blood cells, hormones, and other material called histamines into the bloodstream.
Symptoms for can range from itchy, swollen skin, difficulty breathing, or a disruption of the digestive tract such as vomiting or diarrhea, so keep an eye out.
Din Dins always recommends supporting your pet’s immune system and fighting allergens by feeding a natural diet and adding a good probiotic and omega oil to food. Yumega is a good option …. but watch this space as in September we will be launching our fabulous new natural and organic supplements and spritz sprays to prevent allergens and alleviate skin irritation from pollen or bites from ticks and fleas.