Dog Allergies
A Conundrum Indeed!

Dog allergies, dog rashes, dog itchy skin, dog hot spots, dog hair loss, chronic dermatitis are all signs of failing dog health. Any dog who has symptoms like these, is not a healthy dog.  Our dogs are having more and more allergic reactions than ever before. The canine allergies epidemic is getting worse, not better.

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Where Does the Dog Allergy Problem Start?

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. Continue reading to discover the ' twist '.
  • A truth that evades resolution, an intricate and difficult problem

Within this definition is the reason why it is so hard for most people to solve the dog allergy problem? Where does it all start ? Here is the first thing to understand.

A dog allergy reaction is NOT a stand alone health problem. Allergies do not appear out of the blue for no reason. 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
  • sneezing and nasal discharge
  • red eyes
  • swollen itchy paws
  • bad body odor
  • wheals ( raised bumps on the skin that usually itch or burn )
  • oozing skin
  • digestive system disorders such as vomiting, diarrhea, gas, anal gland problems

What Is An Allergen
Why Does It Matter?

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

Dog allergy reactions are the same as human allergy reactions. Dogs and people both have an Immune System to help us fend off invading pathogens. This is what happens under normal circumstances. Our immune system works to protect us. remember those words?

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. Incidentally, 70% of your dog's Immune System resides in his gut environment. Are we on to something here?

Therefore, the allergy is the symptom. Immune system malfunction is the bigger, deeper problem. The allergy symptoms will show up as inflammation in one form or another, either externally ( on the outside of his body such as a dog rash or an itching dog ) or internally ( on the inside of his body such as an inflamed irritable bowel ).

The allergy reponse therefore, is not the root cause. It is the resulting build up of toxic influences in your dog's body. This toxic build up takes place over time, and causes your dog's immune system to stop working efficiently, or worse, work against itself. You only start to notice a problem when your dog starts exhibiting symptoms, but the truth is that it started long before that.

Three Main Causes of Dog Allergies

1 - Food Allergies

Food allergies commonly occur in dogs that are fed the same food for a long time. Your dog's immune system is having to cope with the same allergens ( proteins ) for so long, that finally it just gives up and starts to have a bad reaction to the protein source. For example, dogs become allergic to chicken because they have been fed chicken dog food every day of their lives, for years.

Guess what? The foods that most often cause allergies in people, cause the same reactions in dogs. Here's a list of some common foods that contribute to dog allergies. Read more about how to improve what you're feeding your dog, here.

  •  Meat ( beef and chicken) or meat by-products
  • Dairy products
  • Wheat ( very commonly found in pet food )
  • Corn ( very common )
  • Soy ( very common )
  • Gluten ( the protein in some grains )
  • Yeast (brewer's yeast)

2 - Environmental Allergies

Dogs like people, can react to anything in their environment. Here's a list of some common environmental allergens.

  • Tap water
  • Dog bed ( flame retardent chemicals )
  • Dust mites
  • Fleas
  • Long term exposure to chemicals 
  • Pharmaceutical drugs
  • dog vaccinations
  • Chemicals in food ( colors, dyes, preservatives )
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Household chemicals products ( paint )
  • Grooming products
  • Pesticides ( flea/tick control )
  • Second hand smoke
  • Car fumes

3 - Seasonal Allergies

Is your dog scratching in the spring, summer and fall? Likely this is a reaction to something in the environment at that time of year. If your dog continues to have allergy reactions during the cold winter months, more likely that would indicate a non-seasonal or year-round allergy, such as a food allergen source or household environment allergen source.

Some dogs ( and people ) have all three allergen problems.

  1. food allergies
  2. environmental allergies
  3. seasonal allergies

So, this abnormal immune response we've been talking about leads to inflammation which leads to a trip to the vet, which leads to drugs to treat the allergy inflammation symptoms, which often leads to  candida/yeast overgrowth which leads to intensified inflammation in the gut, which leads to bowel irritation, which leads to a trip to the vet, which leads to more drugs to treat inflammation for scratching, itching, hot spots and diarrhea and anal gland problems, which leads to more candida yeast overgrowth which leads to so on, and so on, and so on!

Well, I hope you can see the big picture here ? In short, here's a recap.

poor immune system function =  gut inflammation = internal and external allergy symptoms  =  drugs  =  candida/yeast overgrowth = rinse and repeat again and again, and again.

Here's How to Stop the Madness
Solve the Conundrm 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 trace it all back to find out what happened to 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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