PRLog - July 22, 2014 - TORRANCE, Calif. -- The number one reason pet owners take their dog to the vet is for skin problems. And here’s the other unexpected twist to this story . . . It may not be fleas – but allergies. Allergies in dogs and cats are the second major cause of itchy skin. Dogs and cats tend to show allergic reactions through their skin.
The natural way to relieve allergies in dogs
It doesn’t matter if it’s a reaction to food they ate . . . pollen or dust mite dander they breathed in . . . or something they rolled around in . . . when pets react to an allergen, they usually show this in the form of hives, inflammation and itchiness.
“So if your pet is acting like his skin is on fire,” explains holistic veterinarian Dr. William Farber, DVM,” he may be having an allergic reaction. However, before you rush and spend several hundred dollars to take him to a vet and purchase some anti-inflammatory meds, consider this. You may be able to help his body calm down simply with some shifts in diet. I’ve worked with hundreds of pet owners. And over and over again, I’ve seen how strategic use of nutrition can help bring relief where medicine cannot.”
First, Dr. Farber advises, start with the basics. Invest in high quality pet food. Good pet nutrition forms the foundation for good pet health and a balanced immune response.
“Look for pet foods that have a good source of healthy protein – not just leftover skin and fats,” notes Dr. Farber. “But good protein isn’t enough . . . You need to make sure the food contains all the amino acids. Without all 18, dogs cannot digest protein. And while many animal byproducts in the form of organ meats and cartilage provide important nutrition for pets, pet food companies don’t distinguish between the good and bad. Everything goes in. So more often than not, animal byproducts are a less desirable ingredient.”
In addition, pet food should contain the full complement of vitamins and minerals pets need to thrive. And a good dose of fiber. A pet food that incorporates vegetables as well as meats and grains will offer pets this kind of wholesome nutrition.
And finally, some carbohydrates are good. But Dr. Farber advises looking for non-GMO grains. Some research on GMO grains indicates they may cause allergic reactions and inflammation in animals.
Secondly, ensure a healthy probiotic culture in the pet’s gut.
Just like humans, pets need a thriving culture of healthy bacteria in their guts to help their immune and digestive systems work at their best. As with humans, probiotic bacteria can help pets’ immune systems calm down. A study published in the journal, Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, showed how effectively probiotics can do this when given to dogs early in life. In this study, one litter of puppies was exposed to probiotics. The other litter wasn’t. The puppies exposed to the probiotic bacteria, L. rhamnosus had less allergic reactions to timothy, ragweed pollen and dust mites than the puppies who didn’t have probiotics.
As pets’ diets have changed to more canned, cooked and processed foods, their exposure to these helpful microbes has dwindled down to nothing. Fortunately, an increasing number of pet manufacturers include probiotic cultures in their formulations. Check on the label and look for live, active probiotic cultures.
And to get the most out of probiotic supplementation, it’s important to add this last nutrient to a pet’s diet . . . the green algae, chlorella.
Chlorella nourishes probiotic growth exceptionally well. According to research, chlorella can triple the rate of growth for probiotic bacteria. While this link between chlorella as a prebiotic and probiotic growth is exciting, it’s not the only evidence behind chlorella’s role in helping with pet allergies . . .
Researchers wanted to know for sure if chlorella’s special nutrition could help bring relief to pets who are suffering from skin allergies. So in 2008, they designed a small-scale study to verify this.
In this study, researchers fed chlorella to a group of 5 beagles suffering from atopic dermatitis for four weeks. Another group of beagles with the same problems did not receive any supplementation. At the end of the four weeks the veterinarians overseeing the dogs’ health were thoroughly impressed. Over 85% of the chlorella group had noticeable improvements in both the itchy skin on their backs and reduced inflammation in their ears. In fact for one dog, the symptoms completely disappeared!
“As a pet owner and vet, I know it’s miserable to see your pet whining and unable to sit still because of the rashes plaguing their skin,” acknowledges Dr. Farber. “That’s why I recommend REJUV-A-WAFERS to all of the pet parents who come to my office. With a combination of chlorella, eleuthero and lecithin, REJUV-A-WAFERS give your pet the perfect nutritional boost to help keep their immune system relaxed, their digestive system working well, and their skin happy.”
REJUV-A-WAFERS have the following ingredients:
· Chlorella, which has been proven to relieve dogs of atopic dermatitis.
· Eleuthero, which helps reduce stress and support immune health.
· And lecithin, which works wonders in giving pets healthy skin and a shiny coat.
· Plus, all 18 amino acids for proper protein digestion.
For more information about REJUV-A-WAFERS and pet nutrition in general, please go to https://www.sunchlorellausa.com/
About Dr. William Farber, DVM
Dr. William Farber earned his degree from Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine. He is a well-recognized authority on animal acupuncture, and one of the only 300 veterinarians certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In treating the mind and spirit as well as the body, Dr. Farber combines standard Western techniques with chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture and herbal therapies to treat whatever ails, the rats, guinea pigs, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures who seek his help. He is also an esteemed member of the Sun Chlorella Advisory Board, which helps guide the medical innovation behind Sun Chlorella products.
About Sun Chlorella USA
Sun Chlorella USA offers the finest quality chlorella products for anti-aging, weight maintenance, energy, heart, brain & digestive system, as well as overall health and wellness for both people and pets. To see a cute pet video with more great nutrition tips, just go to https://www.sunchlorellausa.com/
Kim Hegg, Sun Chlorella USA
Kim Hegg, Sun Chlorella USA