Some pet allergies such as allergic responses to certain food ingredients are easily treated by removing the food allergens from a pet’s diet. We can also treat flea and tick allergies with proven, over-the-counter remedies.
Chronic and seasonal environmental allergies, however, are trickier to treat using conventional methods because their cause(s) are more mysterious, and the pet’s immune system is so overwhelmed it remains in a perpetually hyperactive state. In these situations, acupuncture for pet allergies is a proven antidote.
Try acupuncture for pet allergies
Most of the remedies used to treat allergies are made in a lab and work to treat the symptoms. This isn’t sustainable when pets suffer from chronic, environmental and seasonal allergies because medications and topical allergy treatments don’t get to the heart of the issue.
Using acupuncture for pet allergies is a more sustainable option. By stimulating certain meridians on your dog or cat we can calm an overactive immune system response, which slows down the inflammatory response, quelling the typical symptoms of canine or feline allergies.
Western-based scientific studies are yielding an increasing body of evidence proving acupuncture’s positive effects when it comes to silencing allergic responses in both animals and humans. In addition to slowing down a hyperinflammatory response to better balance the immune system, acupuncture for pet allergies seems to have, “an impact on the hormonal activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, increasing the secretion of ACTH and corticosteroids.”
Since corticosteroids are one of the most common, synthetic medications used to treat animals, it makes sense that stimulating the animal’s natural corticosteroid production – along with generating other anti-inflammatory hormones – is healthier for the pet. Self-generated biochemicals are non-toxic and more easily assimilated into the brain, nervous system and bloodstream.
Symptoms treated by acupuncture for pet allergies
Your pet’s allergy symptoms are not different from humans, although they may be more severe since dogs and cats (although dogs seem to be the most susceptible) are in direct, whole-body contact with many of the more common, environmental allergies such as:
- Dust Mites
- Mold Spores
- Animal Dander (yes – animals can be allergic to other animals’ dander, too!)
When pets are inundated with an environmental allergen, their immune system gears up to respond. But, since the offender is a constant presence in the pet’s life, this system goes into overdrive. At that point, uncomfortable allergy symptoms set in.
The most common symptoms indicating your pet would benefit from acupuncture for allergies:
- A runny nose and eyes
- Perpetual scratching, rubbing, biting or licking
- Rubbing their bum along the carpet (while this can be a sign of worms, pet owners are often surprised to learn inflammation from allergies can also cause discomfort)
- Rashes or “hot spots” on the underbelly and skin
- Redness and swelling between the toes/on the feet
- Excessively dry and/or flaky skin
- An unpleasant odor from the skin
Areas on the body most likely to be affected by pet allergies:
- Flanks (backs of the upper leg, below the hind end)
- Feet, especially between the toes
- Around the eyes
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in your dog or cat, contact Wise and Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center and schedule a consultation. We’ll help you determine the cause of the allergy, if possible, and discuss treatment options – including things like nutritional therapy and acupuncture for pet allergies.
What is acupuncture for pet allergies like?
It’s true that using acupuncture for pet allergies isn’t a quick fix as it typically requires multiple sessions to treat the hyperactive immune system, triggering holistic relief. However, veterinarians practicing integrated medicine can use a combination of treatments; we’ll prescribe oral and/or topical medications to provide immediate relief, and then schedule the acupuncture sessions.
Ultimately, medications can be scaled down and then eliminated as the acupuncture does its job.
To learn more about what pet acupuncture sessions are like, we invite you to read NBC’s story titled, The Case of the Itchy Dog and the Acupuncturist. It describes a scenario we see here on a regular basis; a dog owner has tried everything to help her poor pet, from switching foods and using medications to regularly applying anti-itch topical ointments – all to no avail.
S/he finally gives up and decides to try acupuncture and…voila! Within a few sessions perpetual scratching dissipates, rashes disappear, and both pet and owner are much happier.
Your itchy dog or cat will thank you
Do you have a pet who is going crazy as the result of chronic or seasonal allergies? Give their system a break from synthetic medications and give acupuncture for pet allergies a try. Schedule a consultation with Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center – an integrative and holistic veterinary clinic and we guarantee your itchy pet will thank you!.