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My dog has severe allergies,she has been on steroid shots and now on apoquel. I stopped them for 2 weeks due to bloody stool and lethargy which she was treated for. Then things got better and I put her back on apoquel and the bloody stool is back so I stopped again. Can I use a saline rinse for her sneezing and is there a natural remedy for her itching? She is on a strict diet of chicken and rice.

Smartliving Guest asked this
November 19, 2015 at 9:55 AM



Dear Helga,

DERMA-IONX is helpful for allergies. It is an oral homeopathic product which stimulates the enzyme systems in the body that aids the immune system and helps with assimilation of nutritional components in diet and supplements. What sets it apart from most homeopathics is that it is in an oligotherapeutic mineral base which has had a charge added to it.

Initially I would give a half dose of DERMA-IONX on the breakfast and supper food. After there are signs of improvement you can give a whole dose once a day. I would also give Probiotics to aid the immune system. OMEGA 3,6,9 is also helpful in soothing irritated skin and improves coat quality.

Diet can also influence the skin. According to Chinese food therapy chicken and lamb are warming. Usually with allergies the body is quite warm and cooling foods would be a better choice. Turkey and fish are more cooling . Beef is neutral. However if a food is a known allergen do not feed it.

I would not do a saline rinse but you could give vitamin C and quercetin orally if you need to.

Please keep us updated so we can help guide you along the way.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
November 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM
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