All Natural Pet: How to Test Your Pet for Allergies: Natural Treatments
Pets have allergies just like humans. What do you do for your all natural pet who scratches, has skin issues, sensitivities to food and environmental toxins? There are several ways in which to allergy test your pets to find out exactly what causes these reactions.
There is an excellent method developed by Dr. Jean Dodds called NutriScan:
“The test measures the levels of IgA and IgM antibodies in the saliva, according to the NutriScan website. These antibodies are produced by the body in order to fight food sensitivities, so they offer the perfect measure of a reaction taking place. In fact, a food intolerance can lead to one of these antibodies showing up in the saliva as early as five months before bowel disease shows clinical symptoms. And, sometimes these antibodies can show up in the saliva without even appearing in the blood.”
These are common food allergies among pets:
Beef, Corn, Wheat, Rice, Soy, Cow’s Milk, Lamb, Quinoa, Venison, Turkey, Chicken, Potato, Duck, Sweet Potato, Pork, Eggs, Barley, Peanut Butter, Millet, Oatmeal, Salmon, Rabbit, White Fish.
NutriScan requires only that a small piece of cotton rope (provided in a kit) be inserted in your dog’s mouth for a couple of minutes. No food or drink 3 hours before testing.
Another form of testing for your all natural pet is The Pet Wellness Life Stress Scan, which uses biofeedback to read the energetic resonance that emanates from the hair and saliva samples. It’s more than an allergy test for dogs and cats as it can identify imbalances and disturbances in the entire body.
“Biofeedback energy status analysis measures the body’s bio energetic balance in relation to various food and environmental factors to which your all natural pet has been exposed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) would call this a balance of yin or yang, with the intention of removing or reducing incompatible energetic disturbances that diminish the body’s Qi or life-force. In TCM, homeopathy and Western holistic medicine, energetic and spiritual disturbances often precedes physical disturbances.
Using biofeedback analysis, the biofeedback device can identify over 300 food and environmental factors that may disturb an animal’s energy balance. Biofeedback measures the body’s energetic reaction to various substances. It’s complimentary and is in no way meant to be inferred as a substitute for traditional allergy testing methods that use blood samples such as the ELISA and antibody testing.”
Allergic skin disease is the most common dermatological problem seen in dogs. Typically, the dog’s skin may appear normal despite a large amount of itching. If a bacterial or yeast infection is present, the skin might show signs of scabs, small red bumps, crusting, greasiness or a foul odor.
Conventional treatment for pets with allergies involves medications such as prednisone or cyclosporine. Antibiotics and antifungal drugs are often used when infections occur. Because these drugs only produce temporary relief from itching and infection, an integrative approach to healing is preferable.
The following tips can help alleviate your pet’s allergies:
- Frequent bathing with natural shampoos is probably the most important thing you can do.
- Feed an all natural pet diet that’s free of byproducts and chemicals.
- Minimize vaccines by using antibody titer testing. Never vaccinate a pet when it’s itchy. Minimize the use of vaccines as much as possible. Dogs and cats don’t need to be vaccinated yearly.
- Antioxidants are extremely helpful to build immunity and reduce inflammation.
- Fish oil reduces inflammation from byproducts that can result from cell damage.
If your pet suffers from IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), there are natural protocols to detoxify your pet from toxins and chemicals which cause inflammation and digestive disorders.
These herbs are excellent for detoxification:
Aloe, Senna, Dandelion Root and Milk Thistle (for liver), and a high quality Probiotic. It’s best to consult your Animal Practitioner, whether alternative or not, to find the best solutions for your pet. As in humans, all pets have different issues and a variety of needs.
A good practice is to give your companions immune-building vitamins, minerals and herbs. They need them just as we do, and your pet will feel better, have more energy and less disturbing symptoms.
Consult a professional before giving these to your pet:
Vitamins C, A, Zinc, Essential Fatty Acids like Flax and Fish, and GLA or gamma-linolenic acid, which is particularly good for the skin.
Herbs such as ginseng, echinacea, licorice root, nettle, yucca, boswellia, turmeric, and slippery elm (in moderation) are also good for treating inflammation.
Many Holistic Practitioners recommend a raw meat diet for dogs who have allergies and sensitivities. They’re able to digest it well and it has no additives or chemicals. The best practice is to check in with your veterinarian or holistic practitioner, get your pet tested for allergies or other, and realize that sometimes it’s a trial and error period of time before you find the appropriate combination for your pet.
By all means, give your all natural pet the healthiest food you can find, supplements, and a vet or holistic practitioner whom you trust and who knows your pet.
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*Sources: NutriScan, Pet Wellness Life*