Summer brings a lot of new irritants – mosquitoes, pollen and more. Though you can’t control any of these, you can help relieve your dog’s summer sensitivities with an anti-itch diet.
A foundation of de-fatted green lipped mussel
The reason your dog scratches so much during allergy season is inflammation – a chemical reaction that involves the overproduction of histamine as a way to deal with the ‘threat’ from allergens. The best natural dietary supplement to reduce inflammation is non-defatted green lipped mussel (GLM). High in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, non-defatted GLM is also high in lipids, glycogen and many other vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have proven effective at reducing inflammation. GLM’s anti-inflammatory properties and wide-ranging nutrient panel makes it the foundation of your dog’s anti-itch diet.
Bromelain and quercetin, “nature's Benadryl”
Bromelain and Quercetin have been called “Nature’s Benadryl” due to their powerful anti-histamine properties. Natural antihistamines like bromelain and quercetin fight the effects of summer allergies, without the side effects of over-the-counter medicines like Benadryl – like drowsiness, dizziness, and in severe cases vomiting, seizures, and even death. Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in the stem and juice of pineapples that digests histamine. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables such as grapes and onions, and has been shown to reduce oxidative stress and stabilize the cells that trigger the release of histamine. Interestingly, when combined the effects of bromelain and quercetin synergize for even better results.
Hemp oil can interrupt the allergic response
Your dog’s hypersensitivity is the product of two improper reactions – their body misperceives irritants as a larger threat than they are; or their body overproduces the chemicals to protect itself from these particles. In either case your dog’s body produces too much histamine, which is what causes their allergic reaction. The cannabinoids found in natural whole-plant hemp have been shown to interact with cells that detect foreign materials in your dog’s body. This interaction can then reduce the amount of histamine that’s released as a response to allergens. These compounds can also help increase the levels of other chemicals responsible for ending your dog’s response.
All of these effective ingredients can be added to your dog’s diet to help stop their itching and bring them relief from their summer sensitivities. And when they feel better, you do too.