Sep
12

Dog Coughing – Are allergies to blame?

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Dog Coughing - Are allergies to blame?

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Is your dog coughing, scratching, chewing or does he have hot spots? Has your vet told you that he can’t find any illness or disease that could be causing the symptoms? Then your pooch could be suffering from allergies.

Just like people, a dog’s immune system and nervous system can view any substance as dangerous. Even substances or inhalants that are harmless or classed as healthy to most dogs will cause problems in others.  When their systems feel like they are under attack the fight or flight response is activated in them and this can present itself in a whole array of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms, which we then call allergic reactions.

I saw an ad on the back of a bus yesterday for natural cat food, which I am sure is big business these days! Now I am all for feeding ourselves and our pets wholesome, nutritious food without nasty additives or preservatives  but what most people don’t realise is that even so called, “Natural” foods can cause problems in some people and dogs. If we or our dogs are allergic we will not absorb the essential vitamins and minerals from those foods.

Our doggies eat many of the foods that we do. When you look at the ingredients on commercial dog foods, both wet and dry, you’ll notice that most things on the list, your dog would never eat if you weren’t feeding her. Would your dog eat soy, corn, ground up bone, and so on?

Some symptoms to look out for that could be caused by allergies are:

  • Coughing
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  •  Sneezing
  •  Vomiting
  •  Diarrhea
  •  Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  •  Paw chewing/swollen paws
  •  Constant licking

Years ago we had a West Highland terrier and the poor little thing used to role around on the floor trying to get some relief from her itchy skin. She practically lived on tablets from the vet, which we had to continuously pay for. If only I’d known then what I know now!

The Allergy Kit

Some of the substances that dogs can be allergic to are:

  • A few common allergens include:
  • Tree, grass and weed pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas and flea-control products (The bite of a single flea can trigger intense itchiness for two to three weeks!)
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials
  • Perfumes

Inhalants that dogs can be allergic to are:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cleaning products
  • Dander
  • Dust mites
  • Fabrics such as nylon and cotton
  • Feathers
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Mold spores
  • Plastic
  • Pollens such as grass, trees and weeds
  • Perfumes
  • Rubber

All the problems that we have, our pets can have too. Toxins around the house and in the carpets, GMOs (gene modified foods), toxic water (heavy metals, fluoride etc) and air, foods that they would never eat in the wild. If your dog has allergic responses to any of these things they can cause all sorts of health issues.

If they aren’t stopped, dog allergies can lead to serious health problems like recurring ear infections, dog hot spots etc. These can not only cause your dog serious pain, but also be very expensive to treat.

So if you notice your dog coughing or any of the other symptoms it’s maybe time to find a permanent solution.

So what’s the solution?

Well there’s lot’s of medication out there to ease symptoms that you could try but I am never going to recommend any of those! – at a push maybe to ease discomfort in the short term.  If you would like a more natural and effective approach to treating and eliminating your dogs’ allergies, then I recommend The Allergy Kit for Dogs.

It’s an at home allergy elimination treatment that you can do to help your dog. Now it might seem a little bit woo woo but I have been recommending The Allergy Kit for human beans (I am reading the BFG to my daughter at the moment!) for some time now and I have seen these techniques work with my own eyes! I am so pleased that they have made a kit especially for our beloved pets.

To find out more you can visit their site at www.TheAllergyKit.com Once you are on their home page click on the ‘Products’ tab at the top and then click ‘Dog Allergy Kit’.

If you have any questions there is a phone number on their site or you can contact me here or leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers!

With love,

Cathy

 

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