We all know what it feels like to be witness to the unbearable itching that can take over our pets.
We know we want to do something to immediately help them, but could that immediate fix, backfire on us?
It seems that many people are stuck in the logic realm we’ll call Either/Or.
People believe that they either have to give their pets some type of medication prescribed, or watch their pets suffer with bouts of itching.
Although in that moment it may feel like you only have one of two options, that isn’t always the case. We can’t just think in immediate gratification, we must think about the long-term.
The ultimate goal here is not to persuade you one way or the other; it’s to provide information so that there are more options on the table. The best decision is an informed decision, right?
The Reality of Allergies:
Allergic skin disease and allergy-induced ear infections are the #1 and #2 reasons dogs go to vets. Ultimately, conventional medicine cannot cure either one.
There are two common treatments when it comes to the itching. Apoquel or Cytopoint. Being that they are medications, of course they run the risk of side effects. But if they relieve the itch, they might be worth it, right?
Both of these are the types of medications that may seem like they are working for a period of time and then out of nowhere they just stop working. Your dog is itching again and you have to figure out what’s the next step.
In some cases steroids are used as well. These help relieve the itch by suppressing the immune system. So the itch is gone, but so is the immune system. Considering this is the system that fights infectious disease and cancer, we might want to take a closer look.
Short term solution for a long term problem
Initially when you give these medications to your dogs, the itch will go away. But this is only a quick fix and it is not actually solving the underlying problem.
As time goes by, your dog becomes allergic to more things, and the itch may be back at some point.
So if the meds aren’t the fix, what do you do?
The dirty secret
What many won’t tell you is that a majority of allergies are caused by vaccinations. They can even show up just one month after vaccinating!
So if vaccines might be the problem then what?
It all starts with prevention. If we prevent the problem before it begins, we no longer have to worry about the Either/Or statement.
Now of course not everyone is in the position to not give vaccines to their pets, especially if they’ve already been given.
In this case it could be as simple as feeding a balanced raw diet. After this switch, you may notice relatively quickly how fast the itch disappears.
If that doesn’t work?
Although some might be lucky to have the itch stop with changing food, others might not be as lucky.
In this case, try looking for a trained professional homeopathic vet to lead you to a cure. This may require you to be extra-observant of your pet, but in the end your dog will thank you. Even if you might be worried, or have your doubts, at least it’s natural and safe. You won’t notice all the crazy side effects from trying a natural solution, but you might notice that with medication.
We want everyone to have information to make informed decisions regarding the health of their pets. Whatever you decide is up to you, but it helps to make that decision when you realize you have more options.