Dog Allergies
A Conundrum Indeed!

Dog allergies is a diagnosis that covers many things. When your vet says your dog has allergies it's a way to explain a whole range of dog health problems, like dog rashes, dog itchy skin, dog hot spots, dog hair loss, chronic dermatitis, and more.

Any dog who has problems like these, is not a healthy dog. Bottom line! Dogs shouldn't have these problems at all. Dogs are having more allergic reactions than ever before and the canine allergies epidemic is getting worse, not better.

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The Dog Allergy Problem
Has a Mysterious Twist?

Let's look at the definition of Conundrum so you can see why I use that word to describe the dog allergy problem.

  • A riddle whose answer has an unexpected twist.
  • A truth that evades resolution, an intricate and difficult problem

Continue reading to find out why it's so hard to solve the dog allergy problem? Here is the first thing to understand.

A dog allergy reaction is NOT a stand alone health problem.

Dog allergies are a symptom of a bigger, deeper problem happening

inside your dog's body.

What Is An Allergy?

According to Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary:

An allergy is a condition of unusual sensitivity to a substance or substances which, in like amounts, do not affect others.

In other words, your dog is reacting to substances which really shouldn't, under normal circumstances, bother him.

Remember these words ..." under normal circumstances ".

Dog Allergy Symptoms

Dog allergies may be characterized by these symptoms.

  • itching, scratching
  • rashes
  • sneezing and nasal discharge
  • red eyes
  • ear problems
  • swollen itchy paws
  • bad body odor
  • oozing skin sores ( hot spots )
  • digestive system disorders

What Is An Allergen and Why Does It Matter?

Allergens are usually protein substances but, can be non organic things too, such as light, cold and heat. An allergen is any substance which causes an allergic reaction. Allergens can be the underlying cause of other dog health problems too. There are three main types of dog allergies.

Allergens cause inflammation.

  • inflammation of the eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • inflammation of the ears ( otitis )
  • inflammation of the skin ( dermatitis )
  • inflammatory bowel disease and other inflammatory digestive system issues ( gastritis, enteritis ) such as diarrhea
  • inflammation causing ( anal sacculitis ) dog anal gland problems
  • joint inflammation and pain ( arthritis )
  • inflammation of the respiratory system such as sneezing, coughing, breathing problems ( bronchitis )

Dog allergy reactions are the same as human allergy reactions. Dogs and people have an Immune System to help fend off invading allergens and pathogens. Our immune system should work to protect us. If this is not happening, it means the immune system...

  • is unable to work hard enough,
  • or is reacting incorrectly to what should be a harmless substance

The Allergy Response Your Dog
is Experiencing is Not the Real Problem

So, here's the twist to the dog allergy story.

70 % of your dog's Immune System resides within his gut environment.

Ask yourself this question.

Is it possible that my dog's immune system isn't working properly to fend off allergens and pathogens because his gut microbiome is out of balance?

If so, then...

  1. That would make the allergen that causes the inflammation, a symptom, wouldn't it?.
  2. It would also make Immune System malfunction a bigger, deeper symptom too, wouldn't it?
  3. So, following the logic, the gut microbiome imbalance would be the root source of the problem then. Right?

The allergy response therefore, is not the real problem. Your dog's allergies are the resulting build up of toxic influences that have:

  1. created a gut flora imbalance 
  2. damaged the intestinal mucosal lining creating dysbiosis aka leaky gut
  3. caused your dog's immune system to stop working efficiently, or even worse, work against itself ( autoimmune ).

You only noticed a problem when your dog started exhibiting outward symptoms. The symptoms you can see. The allergy symptoms will show up as inflammation either externally ( on the outside of the body such as a dog rash or an itching dog ) or internally ( on the inside of the body such as an inflamed irritable bowel causing diarrhea ).

The truth is, that the allergy problem started long before that. The ' the twist ' to dog allergies lies deep inside your dog's gut microbiome.

Here's How to Stop the Madness
Solve the Conundrum of Canine Allergies

So if you have an itching dog or any of the other dog allergy symptoms listed above, let's get back to more ' normal circumstances ', shall we? How do we do that?

Let's find out what happened to your dog's gut microbiome and the resulting effect on your dog's Immune System. That's where the interesting ' twist ' comes in. Find out where and how it all went wrong.

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