Natural Remedies for Your Dog and Cat Allergies

natural remedies for dog allergies

Dogs and cats can fill a home with joy and warmth. Their presence is often therapeutic, beneficial to both children and adults, and they end up being considered as family members. Unfortunately, pets also fill homes with allergens. 

Having a runny nose, sneezing, and putting up with skin irritations is not easy. Families in this situation have three options: give up the pets, take allergy medicines, or try natural remedies for dog allergies or cat allergies. 

natural remedies for dog allergies

​Natural Remedies for Dog Allergies and Cat Allergies

Giving up the pets means giving up the joy and warmth they bring. This may not be a good idea, especially for families with children who adore their furry friends.

Taking allergy medication daily is not advisable either since most medicines have side effects. These range from gastrointestinal issues to dizziness, sleepiness, and nausea. They can impact the quality of life.

Therefore, natural remedies for pet allergies remain the most viable option. They are widely available, easy to use, highly effective, and very accessible. 


Some of them involve removing or reducing allergens. Others relieve the symptoms. And, quite a few strengthen the immune system. One thing is certain. They are all worth trying.

1. Reduce Allergens

Here are few simple solutions to reduce pet allergens and, implicitly, allergy risks:

  • HEPA filters – They can be installed in air conditioners, ventilation systems, and vacuum cleaners. They trap pet dandruff, dander, hairs, and other small air particles that could trigger or worsen allergic reactions.
  • Room restrictions – Sometimes, limiting the dog’s access to the kitchen, living room, and bedroom of the sufferer makes further natural cures for allergies unnecessary. It certainly helps to limit the contact of the person suffering from allergies with the pet.  
  • Bare surfaces – Carpets, rugs, and upholstery are an important part of a room’s décor. However, they trap pet hairs and dandruff, and it's important to find a cleaner that is pet-friendly. They can be difficult to get completely clean. On the other hand, a bare floor is much easier to vacuum and sanitize.
  • Diligent hygiene – Pets receiving regular baths leave less hair and dandruff behind. People who wash their hands thoroughly after petting their furry companion suffer fewer allergy attacks. Also, regular vacuuming and sanitizing of the floors is a great way to remove allergens.
  • ​Bedding – ​By far, the biggest area that allergens build up is where your pet sleeps. Cleaning your dog's bed frequently will help keep the allergens from spreading around the house.
regularly bathing your dogs and cats can lessen allergies

If these measures prove insufficient, there are many natural remedies for cat allergies and dog allergies available. They can be used alone or combined, they have no side effects, and they relieve symptoms and prevent further allergy attacks.

2. Relieve Symptoms

Quercetin

It is a potent flavonoid found in grapes, apples, olive oil, onions, and other foods. It strengthens the immune system, and reduces respiratory tract and mucus membrane inflammations, providing benefits similar to Benadryl

Butterbur

It prevents histamine release into the body, quickly relieving allergy symptoms. Its action is similar to that of Zyrtec, but free of side effects.

Stinging Nettle

It is another natural treatment for dog allergies that prevents the release of histamines and, implicitly, allergic reactions. It is available as capsules in pharmacies and health stores. Homemade tea and tinctures work just as well.

Saline Water

Used for nasal irrigations, it effectively eliminates mucus membrane irritants and aids the decongestion of the respiratory tract.

Vitamin C

It stimulates antibodies and adrenal hormones production, countering the histamine-related inflammatory flare-ups.

Vitamin B5

Pantothenic acid is a potent anti-inflammatory with immediate beneficial effects on allergy symptoms like skin redness, puffy eyes, and respiratory tract irritations.

Probiotics

They reduce allergy symptoms and improve quality of life while improving digestion and strengthening the immune system. They can be found in many foods, like pickles, sourdough bread, kefir, and more. They are also available as supplements.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

They are a powerful anti-inflammatory. They reduce immune sensitivity and they boost overall health. You can find them in flaxseed, eggs, butter, salmon, and nuts.

Conclusion

These natural cures for dog allergies work very well both separately and combined. Their results usually become noticeable within only a few days, especially if you try these along with vacuuming areas your pets use. If one remedy does not work in one particular case, it may be a good idea to increase its use, combine it with other remedies, or dig deeper to identify the source of the allergy.

you don't have to give up your pets for an allergy-free home

One thing is certain. These natural remedies for dog allergies and cat allergies are very convenient and worth at least a try. If they do not work, the pet owner has a decision to make. Give up the pet or take allergy medicines every day. Hopefully, the suggested treatments will work. The family can then enjoy the presence of their furry friend for years to come.

About the Author Allen Michael

Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.

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