Canine Allergies

Glucosamine for Dogs
The number of dogs with allergies has increased dramatically in recent years. It is now estimated that one in seven dogs suffer from allergic symptoms with skin allergies being the most common. Though certain breeds appear to be more allergy prone and genetics plays a role, all breeds and their mixes can be affected. The term allergy describes an unpleasant reaction caused by either a food, an inhalant, or something in the dog’s environment with the substance itself causing the reaction from the canine known as an allergen. Before a dog can have an allergic reaction, they must be exposed to the allergen at least twice. The first exposure causes the immune system to manufacture antibodies to the allergen. A later exposure triggers an allergen-antibody reaction that releases histamine, the chemical mediator responsible for the reaction. Whilst humans tend to experience upper respiratory symptoms when an allergy is triggered, the target organ in dogs is usually the skin, with intense itching being the principal sign. Dogs with allergies often scratch continuously and are miserable, snappish, and generally unpleasant to be around. In order to resolve or reduce the response to the allergen, identifying the problem provides the solution! Dog owners can conduct their own 'process of elimination' style investigations reducing exposure to certain shampoos, outdoor environments or a food stuff to help identify the source of the issues. Visiting your veterinarian will offer skin or blood tests, or a special elimination diet to find out what's causing the allergic reaction. In terms of your canine’s immunity and ability to recover from a skin complaint or allergic reaction it is important to remember that health comes from 'the inside out' and always ensure the dog's diet is rich in the nutrients they need including; water, protein, carbohydrate, fats including Omega 3, vitamins and minerals. Scientific Nutritional Products offer Canine Super Coat offering dogs the essential nutrients for healthy skin and a glossy coat. This innovative supplement is ideal for dogs with a dull coat, dandruff or itchy, flaky skin. Containing cod liver oil and evening primrose oil the essential fatty acids promote a shiny coat whilst amino acid Methionine supplies protein, and the B vitamin Biotin helps produce keratin vital for the formulation of skin, hair and nails. The addition of MSM in Canine Super Coat provides a naturally occurring form of bio-available sulphur which is often deficient in feed, supplying an essential component of connective tissue. Packed full of additional vitamins and minerals including Zinc, Copper, Vitamin E and Vitamin C Canine Super Coat is ideal to assist dog's in their recovery from an allergic reaction, maintain dog's which are sensitive to multiple allergens and support those dog's which simply have dry, flaky skin or a dull coat. For more information about Canine Super Coat, or to keep up with our educational blog by visiting our website

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