September 7, 2013 • 6:33 pm
Quercetin is a flavonoid (also called a bioflavonoid) that has anti-oxidant, anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. During an allergic reaction the body releases histamine. Histamine contributes to inflammation, redness and irritation. Research has shown that Quercetin can “turn off” histamine production and suppress, or at least moderate, inflammation. For this reason, many have coined it “Nature’s Benadryl”.
Full article Dogs Naturally Magazine: Nature’s Benadryl: Quercetin
Filed under: Allergies, Quercetin
September 1, 2013 • 10:11 pm
Locally grown honey may help prevent seasonal allergies.
A study published in 2011 supports the anecdotal evidence. The study followed 44 patients diagnosed by their physicians with birch pollen allergy. The purpose was to evaluate the effects of the pre-seasonal use of birch pollen honey on the patients’ allergy symptoms and medication use during the birch pollen allergy season. The participants consumed incremental amounts of birch pollen honey from November 2008 to March 2009 and then recorded their daily allergy symptoms and medication use during the birch pollen allergy season, from April 2009 to May 2009. An additional 17 patients serving as the control group took only their usual allergy medication. The results were highly encouraging
Full article Dr. Jean Dodds’ Pet Health Resources Blog: Raw Honey: A Sweet Food for the Health of Your Pet
Filed under: Allergies, Raw honey
Dogs are taken to the veterinarian for skin problems more than any other reason. Most often they are itchy and that itchiness is typically due to allergies. The text of canine and feline dermatological diseases is large because there are hundreds of skin diseases, however, it can help to start with some generalities when determining the cause
Full article Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital: Dog Allergies and Lesion Locations
Filed under: Allergies, Lesions
Dogs, like people, can be desensitized through “immunotherapy” using shots or drops that deliver small doses of the allergen to “train” the immune system to tolerate foreign proteins.
Both technologies are now about a century old, but for humans and animals, allergy shots are more commonly used.
Full article UW Madison News: Oral drops for dog allergies pass another hurdle
Filed under: Immunotherapy, Oral drops
There is some evidence that one of the causes lies within the gut. Epidemiological studies have linked changes in the bacteria species present in the colon to the development of allergic diseases.
Mice treated with antibiotics had elevated levels of antibodies known to be involved in allergies and asthma.
Full article: Rise in Allergies Linked to War on Bacteria
Filed under: Antibiotics, Gut bacteria
Symptoms of flea bite dermatitis are the result of your Pet’s allergy to flea saliva.
Just as one bee sting can cause an allergic reaction in some people, the bite of only one flea may be sufficient to cause a problem for some Pets.
Read more at Banfield Pet Hospital blog: Flea Bite Dermatitis, Flea Allergy
Filed under: Allergies, Flea allergy, Skin diseases
Allergic symptoms are caused by specialized cells with receptors that react to Ig-E, an antibody made in response to foreign substances. In the spring, trees, flowers, and grasses can all produce allergens that stimulate Ig-E production.
Allergic patients either produce too much Ig-E or are more sensitive to it. In dogs, the highest concentration is found in the ear canals and skin. As a result, allergies most frequently present as inflammation in the ears or itching skin.
Read more at Star Exponent: Can allergies cause my dog’s ear infection
Filed under: Allergies, Ear infections, Environmental allergies, Otitis
Food allergies are not food intolerances despite common confusion.
The most common clinical signs are severe itching, scratching, and chewing.
Read more at Dawg Business: Food Allergies in Dogs
Filed under: Allergies, Food allergies, Itching, Skin diseases
February 8, 2011 • 7:28 am
Flea allergy dermatitis arises from a negative immune response to flea saliva resulting in subsequent skin lesions and intense itchiness.
Hypersensitivity reactions to the flea saliva happen as the pet’s immune system is exposed to the saliva antigens repeatedly and over time.
Read more at VetLive: Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Filed under: Allergies, Dermatitis, Flea allergy
December 29, 2010 • 4:59 am
Allergy testing is a way to get a positive diagnosis for atopy (inhalant dermatitis) and to a lesser extent for contact allergies.
Scratching, licking the feet, chewing, and red irritated skin are all symptoms of atopy in the dog. Atopy is the name given to allergies that result from breathing in pollen, dust, or mold. Other than flea bite allergies, atopy is by far, the most common cause of allergies in dogs. When an allergy to a specific substance can be identified, the dog can receive immunotherapy (hyposensitization injections).
Read more at Pet Education: Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy in Dogs
Filed under: Allergies, Atopy, Skin diseases