Are you frustrated with yours dogs itchy skin? Is allergy season wreaking havoc on your best canine buddy? Itchiness, skin inflammation, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or sneezing may be the tell-tale signs that allergies are to blame. If you prefer to go the all natural route here are some all natural herbal remedies for dog allergies. Just what Mother Nature ordered!

1. Aloe. When used externally aloe vera has a soothing effect on a dog’s irritated skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory and wound healer. Apply a light covering of aloe gel to your dog’s skin once or twice daily. Allow the gel to dry and stay on the dog’s skin. Applying aloe all over your dog’s skin can be done by making a rinse and applying it to your dog’s skin.

2. Oats. Bathing a dog regularly with shampoo containing oats helps alleviate skin symptoms associated with allergies. Additionally, dog owners can boil about 1 lb. pound of oat straw in 2 quarts of water for about 30 minutes, strain the mixture, let it cool, pour the strained liquid over the dog’s coat and skin, then give the dog a final rinse with fresh water.

Dogs can break out in hives as an allergic reaction to insect stings, chemicals and poisonous plants. One idea is to make a paste by cooking oats in water, then applying it liberally to the affected areas to alleviate the discomfort.

3. Burdock root can be used to treat internal allergic reactions in dogs. This herb acts as a blood cleanser and antioxidant that rids the dog’s body of the toxin causing the allergic reaction. Add dried or fresh burdock root to the dog’s food. Alternatively, burdock root in tincture form can be combined with glycerin and given to the dog by mouth.

4. Dandelion. A dog’s liver is its main toxin-cleansing organ. Dandelion serves as a liver stimulant to assist the dog’s body in ridding itself of whatever is causing the allergic reaction. Dandelion also acts as a diuretic, which also helps the dog rid itself of waste and toxins. There are two ways to administer dandelion to help alleviate allergies in a dog. One way is to dry the greens and sprinkle one teaspoon of dried herb per 20 lbs. of body weight on the dog’s food daily. Alternatively, the same amount of dried greens of the dandelion can be boiled in unsalted meat or vegetable broth, allowed to cool, then administered by letting the dog drink the broth.

NOTE: Make sure the plants you use have not been exposed to herbicide.

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