Just as people suffer from allergies, many dogs and cats experience occasional or chronic allergic symptoms that make their lives miserable. It is not uncommon in traditional veterinary care to misdiagnose allergies in dogs and cats and provide inappropriate treatment for such things as respiratory infection, insect bites and even hairballs.
Symptoms of Allergies in Pets
Allergic symptoms in felines often mimic respiratory illness expressed as hacking, coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. Allergies in cats can also be expressed as urinary tract infection symptoms. In dogs, scratching, chewing at their skin and repeated licking of their paws is common. This typically produces rashes, skin color changes and sores, particularly on their ears, chin, under arms and on their belly. Chronic symptoms are generally present when the allergy is caused by ongoing or frequent contact with offending substances.
Causes of Allergic Illness
Exposure to allergens in pets is the same as it is in people. Most commonly, allergies occur through:
- CONTACT of the allergen with the animal’s skin or coat.
- INHALING allergens through the respiratory system.
- INGESTING allergens from foods, drugs and other substances.
- INJECTION of allergens is less common but caused by sub-dermal medication under the skin that can ultimately produce a life threatening reaction.
Contact allergies are caused by substances in the pet’s environment that cling to the animal’s fur. These can be from inside and outside sources and commonly include plants, carpet, carpet fresheners, household cleaners, newspaper and dust.
Allergies from inhaled substances range from pollen, dust, mold, tobacco smoke, fragrances to inhalation of allergens in kitty litter.
Ingested allergens are most commonly found in the food your pet eats. Offending substances are often meat, grain and dairy products but can also be a combination of processed foods and additives within the food. Because reactions from foods may not be immediate – taking days to many years to show up, pet owners are often surprised to find that the offending substance is the same brand and type of food they have fed their pet for years. When allergens are ingested by oral medications or pets nibbling on plants, reactions are generally more rapid and easier to detect. Symptoms of allergies caused by ingested substances in felines and canines are often associated with itching, rash, diarrhea and/or vomiting. Cats may have an excessively oily coat.
Traditional Veterinary Care for Pet Allergies
Traditional veterinary allergy diagnosis involves skin patch tests and blood tests with treatments relying on drugs that relieve symptoms and depress the immune system. Such treatments contribute to increased toxicity that ultimately produce chronic disease.
Holistic Veterinary Care for Pet Allergies
BICOM testing of food, water and substances in the pet’s environment accurately detects the exact frequency of offending substances. Bioresonance therapy with the Bicom effectively converts these frequencies into healing energy that stimulates self healing in the animal’s body. Optimum pet wellness is achieved through a holistic approach that requires the pet owner to eliminate allergens in the pet’s environment and provide diet and care based on Martin Keymer Six Pillars of Health that are conducive to maintaining pet wellness.