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Spring Allergies and PONS
|Countless numbers of PON owners are seeking help with their
PON's allergies and therefore PON Digest has taken the decision to present
information on this timely topic. As stated elsewhere on this site, owners
are urged to consult their veterinarians when considering treatment for
all health issues. Canine allergies may be caused by a wide range of
triggers which include food, contact and inhalant sources. Pollen-related
allergies are more common in spring and autumn and owners need to know how
to cope with this situation.
If after testing, owners discover that their PON reacts to airborne pollen,they should try and keep their PON indoors during heavy-pollen days (consult pollen.com and similar sites for pollen counts). On windy days, it is best to avoid opening windows to reduce the amount of incoming pollen. Owners should make sure to thoroughly brush their PON's coat after short walks in order to remove any pollen which may have fallen on fur.
As owners are aware, allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system, which overreacts to exposure to substances called allergens. The result of this over reaction is inflammation. How can owners control inflammation before it becomes a major health issue ?
Studies have indicated that the inflammation process can effectively be controlled by using natural supplements such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These are the 'good' type of fats found in oily fish, flax seed oil and perilla oil, and also in capsule form. One of the best known of these anti-allergic and inflammation fighters is Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). This belongs to the omega-6 family.
Magnesium is also an essential mineral that plays a part in reducing the allergic reaction and minimizing the effects of inflammation. Allergy sufferers have found that using magnesium supplements may reduce their symptoms (J. Royal Soc. Med. 1995,88(8):441-445). Please consult your veterinarian for exact dosage.
Additional alternative remedies include acupuncture, stinging nettle, organic local honey and organic apple cider vinegar. Clearly, there are NO instant snake oil type treatments for coping with canine allergies. All remedies take time to be effective and professional veterinary advice should be sought by responsible PON owners.
Although antihistamines and steroids are often used to treat canine
allergies, the simplest way to eliminate the problem is to remove the
allergy trigger. It is therefore important to keep your PON's living area as
pollen-free as possible. Owners are encouraged to buy vacuum cleaners with a high
efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filter to trap dust mites and