Allergies-Get to the Root of the Problem!

Scratching, scratching, scratching. I heard this in the morning, afternoon, even waking me up sometimes at bed. At one point in her life Oreo scratched her eyes so much she lost the hair around them, replaced by bloody scabs. So what do you do when your dog has allergies? How do you know it’s allergies?

Your dog may have allergies if they are constantly

  • scratching at their face, belly, body
  • licking their paws
  • have hot spots
  • get repeated yeast infections
  • get repeated bacterial infections
  • have upset stomach, diarrhea, and throwing up
  • get ear infections
A time where Oreo itched the hair from around her eyes off.

A time where Oreo itched the hair from around her eyes off.

What you can do-First find out the CAUSE (otherwise you will buy endless products searching in the dark for a solution, yet you don’t know the problem):

  • If your dog is throwing up, has upset stomach, or diarrhea, try an allergy food trial. Your dog could be allergic to certain ingredients in their dog food and the trial will be helpful to eliminate them. Food allergies can also lead to yeast, bacterial infections and itchiness.
  • Get a food allergy blood test-they are a bit expensive, but I found out Oreo is allergic to 7 different foods. The test also gave me a list of foods and treats which are safe so I didn’t have to hunt around. You may end up spending more money on treating allergies and food trails than the test.
  • Make sure your dog doesn’t have fleas. If so, get rid of them! Many dogs are highly allergic to fleas (like my dog). If they get one bite, they break out with bacterial infections.
  • Get your dog tested for indoor & outdoor allergies. There is a blood test, but also a skin test (which I have heard is more accurate). This will tell you what your dog is allergic to (examples of things tested are cotton, tree & grass pollen, dust, mold, and feathers).
  • Keep a calendar of symptoms-find out if it’s only at certain times-maybe you are a cleaning product at a certain time during the year, or maybe it’s seasonal allergies.

Trust me-you want to find out what the problem is-exactly-otherwise you will spend tons of money on treatments, vet visits, and different foods. It’s worth the time and investment to find out what the allergy is.

Coming up next time…my favorite allergy products (ones that work for Oreo).

Commendable Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has made a splash lately. People love using it in their foods, to cook and for the many health benefits. Coconut oil is also very beneficial for dogs. However…it must be VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (or unrefined). Refined coconut oil loses all of the benefits and the nice smell too!

The best type of coconut oil for dogs and people alike is organic virgin coconut oil in a glass container rather than plastic. I use coconut oil with Oreo to help her allergies. When it’s around 70 degrees or higher, the coconut oil becomes a liquid. Otherwise, it is solid and easy to scoop out a teaspoon full onto her meal. You don’t even have to refrigerate it-just leave it next to your other medicine or dog food and add a small scoop. If your dog has not had coconut oil before, start with a small amount and build up to a teaspoon or so. If you start with large amounts too soon your dog with have digestive issues. Coconut oil has not been tested in a laboratory on dogs, but many people can’t stop talking about how it has changed their dogs’ life.

I have personally seen an itchy, flaky skinned dog with brittle lifeless fur, go to a dog who is more energetic with a nice shiny hydrated coat. Proponents of coconut oil have said it has helped with problems similar to Oreos’ problems and much more. They have said it’s helped with cuts, wounds. flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and ear problems. Coconut oil has been used to help heal cuts and sooth bee stings.

If you happen to have a smelly dog, many fans claim their dogs smell better when they eat coconut oil with meals. Applying it is easy…just put some on a cut, bump, or lump. If your dog has mouth sores feel free to put it on a tooth-brush or eye dropper (same thing for the ears). You can also apply it to cracked feet to help them ease their way to perfect paws! It’s worth a try before using antibiotics.

Don’t be worried that your dog won’t like it…they most likely will! My dog LOVES it… and she has a history of being very choosy. If you’re worried buy a small amount and if your dog doesn’t like it-use it for cooking!

Coconut oil can help treat or supplement many treatments for humans too:

  • head lice
  • help with losing weight
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • chronic fatigue
  • thyroid conditions

Cooking with coconut oil is encouraged, however, coconut oil eaten in large amounts has not been researched. So don’t eat it like ice cream!