Keep in mind that caring for a dog can be expensive. Food, supplies and vet bills can add up to $1,000 or more per year especially if your dog does experience issues with allergies. Getting emergency care from the vet is costly, so you may need to take a look at health insurance for your pet.
Take your dog to the vet at least once a year for checkups. Because your dog can't tell you if they are not feeling well, you may have trouble knowing when your dog is feeling pain or discomfort. A yearly checkup will help you find any problems before they become huge issues.
Any dog can develop allergies; usually after 6 months of age but with many dogs having issues after the age of 2 years. But allergic reactions seem to be especially common in retrievers and flat-faced breeds such as pugs, bulldogs and Boston terriers.
Remember that with dogs, a little goes a long way. For any of the recommendations we offer, please use small doses, treatments and amounts to start. Start slowly to build up your dog’s acceptance, tolerance and conditioning to each suggested solution.
Natural remedies take time so don’t give up if you do not see an immediate improvement. Most dogs will experience improvement gradually and over a period of 3 to 12 weeks.
It is best to start our pups on immune support before allergies ever begin. Diet and supplements are the most important aspect of overall pet health. The following ingredients are helpful in supporting a healthy immune system:
These ingredients can be found in Flint River Ranch Essential Greens Supplement and EBarf Plus.
For canned food diets we like Life’s Abundance Premium and for Raw Feeding we like BARF from BarfWorld. A well-balanced home prepared meal can also be of great benefit to many dogs.
We use and recommend Alaskan Wild Salmon Oil and EBARF Plus Supplement for every dogs diet. This combination gives a boost to your dog’s immune system, aid on digestion and really helps your dog coat look and feel amazing and healthy.
Supplements do not necessarily have to be ingested. They can be used externally as well. They can be used as a natural skin and coat conditioner as well as natural flea control.
Young Living Essential Oils are considered the best and we use them on our dogs. They work beautifully, our dogs are flea free and they smell wonderful. Our recipes are;
Mix up the following repellent solution and brush or massage it into his coat a few drops at a time. Pay attention to behind the ears, neck, groin and base of tail.
Keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy requires regular grooming. Combing and brushing is essential to removing loose hair/fur and distributing oils through the coat. Bathing should not be done excessively as this removes too many oils and your dog’s skin can dry out. A shampoo that is mild and skin calming can be used once a month.
The best dog shampoo that we have found that is mild and works for both skin and coat contain quality essential oils and blends containing lavender, rosemary, or lemon and coconut oils in a form that is cleansing.
If you have an older dog with allergies, a
doggie detox may be in order to set his or her system up for a successful transition to a healthier life. See our recommendation for a canine detox diet –
Having a dog is a complete joy, and with the tips you've learned here, you can help ensure a lifetime of health and happiness for your pet. Keep learning as much as you can about natural canine health and you will discover the best ways to take care of your furry friend while keeping your vet bills at a minimum.