Dogs can benefit from homeopathic remedies.
Dogs can have allergic reactions, including skin allergies, due to a number of causes. Dogs may have allergic reactions to insect bites and stings, certain foods and plastic items such as food bowls. Homeopathic remedies offer allergy relief and skin care through the use of herbs and other natural substances, allowing for home care of skin allergies without conventional medicine.
The purpose behind homeopathy is to provide a natural remedy for whatever ails you. Homeopathic remedies are popular for animals as well as humans, as they provide safe, natural treatments for a variety of ailments, including skin allergies, according to Caroline Tanaka, DVM. Homeopathic remedies can impact different aspects of the canine skin allergy by alleviating itching and irritation or by addressing the allergy itself depending on the application of the remedy and its primary ingredients.
Homeopathic remedies for canine skin allergies can be categorized by the components used or by the form that the homeopathic remedy takes. Topical homeopathy (meaning applied to the skin) is a common category of homeopathic remedy comprised of herbs and other natural plants that can alleviate such skin allergy symptoms as itching, skin irritation and open sores resulting from scratching.
Topical remedy: Boil 1 lb. of oat straw in 2 qts. of water, then add this mixture to the bathwater when bathing your dog. Rinse with yellow dock root, by boiling 1 tbsp. of the herb in 2 cups of water, allowing the mixture to cool completely, then using the strained liquid as a bath rinse.
Some homeopathic remedies are consumed, and they help to strengthen the weakened immune system and other body systems, such as the kidneys and liver, which can alleviate skin allergies internally. Burdock root works to cleanse the blood, eliminating toxins in the sweat and urine. Dandelion boosts liver health, as the liver is an important element in removing toxins from the body.
Other examples of remedies that can be taken internally include yellow dock, licorice root, Echinacea, nettle and sarsaparilla. Dosages vary based on the weight, age and health of your dog, so it can be wise to consult a veterinarian or homeopathic expert before administering these remedies at home.
For dogs with skin allergies, some supplements can be useful, including fatty acids, such as flaxseed oil and fish oil, probiotics, digestive enzymes, antioxidants and kelp. Fatty acids offer anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in relieving symptoms of skin allergies. Digestive enzymes and probiotics improve the digestion of nutrients in the dog’s diet, improving overall health. Kelp offers natural allergy relief, and antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E remove toxins and free radicals from the body.
The homeopathic remedies mentioned are all safe for use and consumption by dogs, but only when used in the right amounts, according to the “Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook.” Although you can employ these homeopathic remedies at home, you should do so with advice from your veterinarian or a specialist in homeopathic remedies. Search online or in your phone book to locate homeopathy specialists in your area. Getting the right dosages and following the right administration instructions is important in using these types of remedies at home.