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PONS and Spring allergies

 

Spring allergies have been reported among most breeds and PONS have their share of them, as owners will testify. However, to state that the breed is prone to allergies does a disservice to our beloved breed and is one of many myths circulating the internet. Having stated this, we would like to offer advice on coping with spring inhalant allergies.

A clean environment will help reduce reactions to circulating allergens at home.
Allergens such as dust and pollen love settling on surfaces such as carpets, drapes, shelves, upholstery, etc. A thorough spring cleaning can go a long way to reducing allergy-provoking contamination. However, remember vacuuming and disturbing allergen collectors can initially cause more problems than they solve.


Other environmental remedies include:
 Removing any visible mold from walls and floors using a solution of water and chlorine bleach, or a product that contains chlorine bleach or other fungicides. If you would prefer to avoid chlorine, consider a mixture of white vinegar and water to help kill mold. If you use an air conditioner, be sure to check it regularly for mold contamination. A dehumidifier may be helpful in keeping your home environment dry.
 Consider buying an air filter such as a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which removes particles in the air by forcing it through screens containing microscopic pores. How often do you change your AC/furnace filter ? Try the more expensive ones which are better able to catch more pollen in your home. You may wish to change filters more often than the filter label advises.
 Brush your PON's coat after walks. This will help remove pollen from fur. Pay particular attention to paws and legs. Take walks in the evening when pollen counts are lower. Avoid outdoor play activities during high pollen days.

Members of a general dog breed allergies list have reported success with stinging nettle leaf tea. This mellow tea should be steeped for 10-15 minutes to obtain its full benefits. Additional online research has shown that red tea (rooibos) significantly reduces inhalant allergies. There is no one magic bullet for coping with spring allergies, but owners need to try a range of remedies to help their PONS.

 

Please note:

 

  Birch pollen associated food allergy is a well known phenomenon of
cross-sensitization to birch allergens and food allergens. Foods most
frequently associated to birch pollen allergy are apples, hazelnuts, peaches,
cherries, almonds, pears, carrots, and celery. However, most probably a birch
sensitive individual is sensitized to only some of these food items. You
should see an allergist for evaluation of your suspected food allergy.
Matthias Besler, PhD
(matthias besler ONLINE PUBLISHER, Hamburg, Germany)


If your PON has inhalant allergies avoid: apples, carrots, celery, etc


There are many fruits and vegetables frequently involved in Oral Allergy
Syndrome: apple, peach, hazelnut, peanut, apricot, almond, pear, tomato,
cherry, fennel, melon, orange, banana, carrot, potato, watermelon, chestnut,
pea, plum, celery and grape (according to an Italian Study). Foods frequently
associated to apple allergy include peach, pear, and cherry. Moreover, cross-
reactivity has been observed to kiwi fruit and celery. Birch and mugwort
pollens are associated in most cases.
Golden Delicious and Granny Smith contained higher amounts of allergens than
McIntosh and Red Delicious (Study USA). According to another study in Europe the allergen content of different apple varieties decreased in the following order: Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jona Gold, Idared, Gala, Jamba, and Gloster.