s spring fades into summer, typically there is a
marked rise in allergy conditions in our pets as all
sorts of allergens (pollens, grasses, trees and
insects, especially fleas) harvest, then escalate.
Contrary to what one might think, allergies are not caused by
allergens but by a series of sensitivities in an individual’s immune
system. These sensitivities result in inflammatory reactions as
certain components interact with the proteins of the allergens.
Therefore, the proper approach to
therapy should be aimed at a
beneficial alteration in the
individual rather than on the
actual allergy signs or allergens.
With conventional medicine,
the use of popular drugs such as cortisone and antihistamines
merely suppress symptoms and can have negative side effects.
Although these can bring about relief, especially in severe cases,
allergy testing a patient is also usually done. A program for
allergy desensitization is then developed and can be effective.
However, I tend to veer away from this process because with
the high incidents of cancer in today’s pet population, it makes
sense for a pet to have an immune system that is “sensitive”
rather than desensitized.
There are many alternative products and remedies
available such as beta-sitosterol (immune supportive
and anti-inflammatory); quercitin (anti-oxidant with an
anti-histamine effect); herbal formulations; Western (containing
ingredients as nettles, echinacea, calendula and licorice) and
Eastern homeopathy, all of which should first be discussed with
a practitioner before beginning.
I prefer the use of combination
homeopathic remedies which
contain ingredients such as
histamin, arsenicum, sulfur
and/or graphites. For skin rashes
caused by allergies, topical application of products containing
calendula, aloe vera and/or plantain can be highly effective.
Pleasingly, high quality fish oil is now a very accepted treatment
across our profession.
Allergies are pesky, but relief is certainly available. Remember,
always consult with a practitioner before beginning any allergy
program. P H
Treat summer’s allergies—
the holistic way.
BY DR. MARTY GOLDSTEIN
GRIZZLY PET PRODUCTS PRESENTS
HAMPTONS PE T № 5 | SUMMER 2015
WELLNESS au naturel
CONTRARY TO WHAT ONE
MIGHT THINK, ALLERGIES ARE
NOT CAUSED BY ALLERGENS.