Alternatives To Benadryl For Dogs
You and your adventure dog have hiked the Himalayas, tussled with the Tetons, and have torn through every 'indestructible' toy money can buy. Your canine is a warrior, not afraid of anything life has to throw his way - that is, besides the things that make his skin crawl and puff up like a a packed of chewed up bubble gum!
When your dog has an allergic reaction to his environment, insects, or food he has ingested it can be among the more serious live events your pack will ever deal with. This is why it is so important to know when to go to the emergency vet, when to let him trot it off, and when it may be beneficial to give him an all natural supplement to support a healthy allergenic response.
Should I Give My Dog Benadryl?
Benadryl is an antihistamine given to canines primarily for itchiness caused by an allergic reaction, for motion sickness, or as a sedative. Benadryl mainly affects the body by inhibiting the release of histamine.
Giving your dog benadryl in small doses will not cause serious damage, but dogs' kidneys are not as equipped as the human kidney when it comes to filtering out chemicals from medicine designed for humans.
If you are on the road and do not have any supplements that support a healthy allergenic response, there is purported research that suggests to give your dog 1mg per pound of body weight.
If your dog has glaucoma, is in his later life stages, has bladder/kidney issues, an enlarged prostate, has hyperthyroid disease, heart disease, or high blood pressure, look for all natural alternatives to keep him healthy, inside and out!
Common Canine Reactions To Mild to Severe Allergic Events
We've all been there, at least I certainly have. You let your pup outside to go play, let him back in only to find her a furry softball has replaced her lovely snout. The first time you encounter this, it is easy to fear the worst for your woofer.
Fidobiotics recommends giving your vet a call immediately if their is marked facial swelling and/or if your companion's breathing seems irregular.
The fact is, many things can cause an adverse event, from an insect sting or bite, to food, to a nasty rash of hay fever, or even a spell of increased sensitivity to pollen or grass.
The epidermis, or the skin, of your dog is his first line of defense to the outside world. As such, you should pay close attention when there are abnormalities. If your dog has frequent flair-ups, it may be time to give him a supplement that supports healthy skin and coat.
It is important to remember that a dog's normal allergenic response is tied to his or her immune system. Did you know that 65% of your dog's immune system is housed within the gut? Giving him an immune supporting supplement to wrangle the rash might not be such a bad idea.
Giving Your Dog All-Natural Ingredients To Support His Skin and Allergenic Response
There are many all-natural herbs and other plants on this green and giving planet that can keep Fido happy, inside and out!
Ashwagandha root, for example, is known for its purported ability to support a healthy inflammatory response. Another ingredient spoken for its role in maintaining a healthy inflammatory response is turmeric, a bright yellow powder most known for its role in Indian cooking and cultural purposes.
Coconut oil is another fantastic and readily available item to give your dog. One of its known uses is in promoting the canine's healthy response to bacteria within the ear and other areas prone to fungus. Simply adding the oil to a dogs fur after a bath can be a nice way to keep him extra soft and cuddly. Don't want to get messy with all that oil? The more popular way of administering this lovely fruit oil is through powdered supplementation.
Probiotics, one of the most abundant and naturally occurring wellsprings of digestion support, helps the body do what it does best! That is, supporting healthy nutrient absorption to keep your tail-wagger's skin as healthy as can be and to the task of takin on whatever Mother Nature throws his way.
To put it plainly, probiotics are naturally occurring bacteria that promote healthy digestion, support a healthy immune system, maintain a healthy skin and coat, and give your furry friend's belly a hug - toots be damned!
Common Canine Food Allergies
While there are many things that your fur-ball may interact with that can cause him suffering, the most common issues dogs have are food based allergies. While your Uncle Buck may have given Bingo all the table scraps he could handle, it is wise to be very careful with what your little guy ingests.
The most commonly known canine food toxin is chocolate. Chocolate is incredibly dangerous for dogs and should be kept out of reach, as even a small amount ingested can be enough to send Fido to the emergency vet.
Beyond chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, xylitol (found in toothpaste, candy, gum, and processed baked goods), and avocado should all be kept as far away from your canine as possible, as it can bring your friend a world of suffering, pain, discomfort, and even death.
If you come home to your lion-hearted lassie chomping on a feast of any of these items, take them to your local veterinary professional right away.
Where's The Beef?
It is mostly common knowledge that canines are under the order Carnivora, but, did you know that your mellow mongrel is much more of an omnivore? It's true.
In fact, some experts say your dog's diet should only be made up of about 50-75% animal based protein with vegetables 20-33% and grains finishing things off.
It is a very good thing that a dog's GI tract is capable of breaking down and digesting fibrous plant matter and grains, due to the fact that many dogs have meat specific allergies. Canines can be allergic to any and all kinds of animal, including beef, chicken, fish, bison, pork, and more. This is why you should closely monitor your buddy's stool after changing him to a new kibble. If he is allergic to most animal proteins, try giving him a vegan probiotic powder for dogs that uses plant based digestive enzymes.