Dog Health Insurance 101
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By: Robert Mueller
It’s really true. Sometimes the simplest answers are the most remarkable.
In the case of allergic reactions, many times we resort to treating the allergic response by applying what I call “Band-Aid” fixes. That is, trying to mask the symptoms rather than targeting the core problem. However, many of the most profound and significant approaches to reversing poor health conditions are achieved by simply improving the immune system. Although this may sound too simple to be true, this is by far the most advanced, medical break- through known to man.
Just like people, dogs will show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize allergy triggers (called allergens). These allergens are present in our environment and generally are not harmful to most animals. Dogs with allergies however, can have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be contracted by various means. Then can be inhaled, ingested or come in contact with the dog’s skin. As the body’s natural, immune system defense mechanism tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear.
These allergens create many types of problematic symptoms, which are dependent upon the type of exposure. Humans and dogs react in similar fashion with various degrees of skin lesions, itching and scratching, itchy, runny eyes, itchy ears and ear infections, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, paw chewing, swollen paws, and many symptoms associated with constant licking. Untreated and unsupervised, these can lead to secondary infections and may cause hair loss, scabs, or crusty skin.
Many owners resort to having expensive blood tests done to try and determine the type of allergen causing the problem. Allergens come in many forms and can be identified this way. The resultant suggestions then are to eliminate them from the diet or environment…common triggers like grasses and mold spores, dust mites, fleas, household cleaning products, various food ingredients, shampoos etc. But why do they affect only some of the dog population and not all dogs? Why are some humans so highly sensitive to these triggers while others are not?
There is a simple explanation why certain dogs and humans are not affected with an allergic response. The answer is the strength of the immune system. Simplistically put, if you strengthen the immune system you will solve the core of the problem in most cases.
It is no wonder that our pets are suffering so badly with allergies when they are continually exposed to environmental triggers, vaccinations, steroids, antibiotics, and most of all, a continuous diet of dead and devitalized dry dog food. We highly recommend the raw food diet, a biologically appropriate diet for you pet – the natural, healthy raw meat diet that will start to rebuild and improve your pet’s immune system immediately.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”.