Allergic to Dogs and Allergies in Dogs Resource

Natural Allergy Treatment

The following section of Dog Allergies Treatment relates to natural treatment i.e. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and will be divided into 3 areas which comprise of:

  • Allergic to Dogs Natural Allergy Treatment
  • Allergies in Dogs Natural Allergy Treatment
  • Understanding Natural Treatment

Allergic to Dogs & Allergies in Dogs Natural Allergy Treatment

The areas concerning natural treatment for dog allergies related to humans and canines are shaped by the following points:

  • The potential number of natural treatments, medicines and therapies said to be beneficial for allergies are considerable. However, as discussed in the area Understanding Natural Treatment (see below), attempting to categorize this amorphous ‘collective’ into a systematic and logical manner can be problematic for a variety of reasons; the article Types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) contained in the area Understanding Natural Treatment outlines one possible way of achieving this.
  • The situation is compounded in the case of dog allergies because there are 2 distinct forms to be considered; namely allergic to dogs and allergies in dogs. Although one type of treatment may be applicable to both forms, distinct differences may exist for another treatment, e.g. the manner in which it is applied or the issue that certain ingredients may be significantly more potent (or even toxic) to dogs than to humans or vice versa. The possible outcome of such a situation is the risk of significant overlap, repetition and blurring of information between the 2 forms, resulting in reader information overload. As a consequence, the reader may end up assuming erroneously that a specific treatment is equally safe for both humans and dogs.

Consequently, given that there exists a disproportionate amount of research and literature on this topic related to human allergies rather than those affecting canines, will place the bulk of articles concerning the technicalities of a given natural treatment, remedy and supplement in allergic to dogs. It should be assumed anything contained therein applies specifically to humans and not dogs.

However, this does not imply that a particular approach cannot be used for treating dogs affected by allergies because, for millennia, certain cultures have used a variety of remedies and techniques to treat an array of animal conditions and diseases. Therefore, an area will be dedicated to natural treatments for dogs experiencing allergy problems i.e. allergies in dogs, because although many of the principles and methods described for humans can be applied to dogs, there are exceptions due to differences in physiology and body chemistry. A simple but revealing example of this is that people have traditionally used onions as a natural decongestant, however they contain compounds such as thiosulfate that are considered toxic to dogs (Cope 2005).

To avoid the problem of over-categorization, given that some natural treatments or ingredients exhibit various attributes e.g. anticoagulant, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant etc., an ingredient or treatment will be described in depth in just one location and simply cited elsewhere when appropriate. For example, licorice will be primarily listed under natural expectorants even though in reality it is said to exhibit numerous other properties such as adrenal gland stimulant, anticancer, antispasmodic or anti-inflammatory to name but a few.

Furthermore, although we will acknowledge various classification traits where appropriate in a given article (e.g. whether a treatment or therapy represents an alternative medical system, biologically based therapy, manipulative-body therapy, mind-body therapy etc.), the practicalities of site navigation mean that creating multiple inner sub-sub levels to cater for all possible variables becomes unfeasible. Therefore, articles will be grouped loosely (e.g. arachidonic acid and allergies will be considered as Nutrition and Dietary Supplements), function-related (e.g. Natural Decongestants contains various relevant articles such as natural nasal, salves or drink related decongestants), or within the framework outlined in ‘Dog Allergies Treatment’ concerning Antimicrobial Treatment, Symptomatic Treatment or Immunotherapy.

Understanding Natural Treatment

This general area will cover the issues and principles of natural remedies and treatments, why people feel frustrated with conventional medicine, defining and categorizing CAM, understanding what are natural products/dietary supplements and integrated medicine, as well as addressing issues such as bioavailability and whether such approaches are based in reality or myth.

Natural Allergy Treatment

Allergic to Dogs Natural Allergy Treatment Allergic to Dogs Natural Allergy Treatment
Discover a wide range of natural treatments and therapies that may benefit people allergic to dogs. From natural decongestants, expectorants and irrigation through to the role that supplements such as Arachidonic Acid, Quercetin and Omega-3 are reported to play in allergy treatments are discussed in depth.
Allergies in Dogs Natural Allergy Treatment Allergies in Dogs Natural Allergy Treatment
Although many of the principles, treatments and therapies contained in the above areas can be applied or adapted to allergies in dogs, it may not always be the case. Therefore, this area will be dedicated to dogs and will include relevant sources and citations.
Understanding Natural Treatment Understanding Natural Treatment
Overview, principles and general guide of natural treatment.
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