Holistic Hound Recommends:
Holistic Hound owner and homeopath Heidi Hill has found that, as Dr. Shawn Messonnier suggests, omega-3s, antioxidants and frequent bathing all help relieve pets during allergy season in the East Bay.
Here are some favorite allergy-alleviating products:
Nordic Naturals® Nordic Pet: Since omega-3s cannot be made in the body, dogs and cats must receive these essential fatty acids (EFAs) through diet and/or supplementation. The health-promoting EFAs, DHA and EPA, are critical for overall canine and feline health. When allergies strike, the omega-3 fatty acid EPA can support an animal’s natural anti-inflammatory response and ultimately provide allergy relief.
U.S. Animal of Vermont Cell Discovery™ for Dogs and Cats: These capsules are packed full of amino acids, vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, quercetin and more, which support an animal’s immune system against the common grass and pollen allergens.
Animals’ Apawthecary Spring Tonic: This herbal remedy contains nettles, licorice, burdock root and eyebright to provide dogs and cats with allergy relief, especially itchiness, runny eyes and sneezing.
Azmira Holistic Animal Care Aller’G Free: Hill refers to this tincture as an “herbal Benadryl” that helps dogs and cats with allergy annoyances such as scratching, foot-chewing, rashes and ear, nose, throat and eye irritations.
Hill agrees that frequent bathing is essential to helping alleviate pets’ allergy suffering. She recommends using a soothing oatmeal shampoo formula, which works to moisturize and relieve dry, itchy and sensitive skin.
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Holistic Hound is a natural animal-care store that offers organic food and treats, nutritional supplements, pesticide-free flea care and more. Location: 1510 Walnut St., in Berkeley. For more information, call 510-843-2133 or visit HolisticHound.com.