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Fed this way, many dogs respond within 30 to 60 days, but others require additional support, which usually correlates to the severity of the damage. Among the supplements that I have found useful are various mushroom polysaccharides, which help modulate the immune response; curcumin; green tea extracts; and a variety of antioxidants as well as other nutritive-type herbs such as spirulina (blue-green algae). Human research points toward the value of L-glutamine, an amino acid that has been shown to help repair the GI barrier as well as enhance overall immune response, and I often add this to an allergic dog’s regimen.

In the end, allergies are, unfortunately, common in both dogs and their people. Those who are willing to dig down and address the root cause of the allergic response may be able to not only improve the immediate condition, but also have a dramatic impact on their dogs’ health and longevity as well as reduce the need for many prescription medications.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 74: Summer 2013

Tom Schell, DVM is a graduate of Ohio State University. At his practice in North Carolina, he offers traditional as well as alternative therapies and has published several articles on the impact of herbs on inflammation and health. tschelldvm@nouvelleresearch.com.

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Tom Schell, DVM is a graduate of Ohio State University. At his practice in North Carolina, he offers traditional as well as alternative therapies and has published several articles on the impact of herbs on inflammation and health.

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Submitted by Rhonda | May 1 2013 |

My 8 year old cockapoo suffers from allergies. I have been feeding him a home-cooked diet for the past 4 months, very much as you described. But he still has problems. I would be very interested in knowing what the dosages are for the supplements you mention, especially the L-glutamine. Thank you.

Submitted by Debra | May 1 2013 |

Might be a good idea to see a specialist for your pets skin issues. There are usually dermatologists available in most major cites. Check out www.acvd.org to find a dermatologist in your area.

Submitted by Kathryn Gruenthal | June 25 2013 |

This is just what happened with my German Sheperd dog that died a few years ago. This information is too late for my boy but describes to the 't' his problems. Thanks for the information so I know how to handle this if needed in the future.

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