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Doasges for Natural Supplements for Dog Allergies

by Jessie M.
(Oklahoma City, OK)

My dog Ellie gets really bad allergies about this time every year with the grass and heat. She itches like crazy and has had to be put on prednisone several times.

I am wanting to get her off the steroids and never use them again as they are too hard on her.

I have tried Benadryl and that doesn't seem to do anything for the itching and just makes her out of it.

After doing a lot of research it looks like I have found supplements that may work for her. It looks like they need to be built up in her system before they start working so I want to get her started as soon as possible.

After reviewing Dr. Mercola and Dr.Beckers (both holistic) recommendations for allergies on dogs I haven't been able to find what doses to give and how. I want to be careful and not overload her as she has had sensitive tummy issues but want to give her enough where she can start to get some relief. I don't want to give her anymore OTC meds such as Benadryl.

The supplements they recommend are:

Quercetin with Bromelain
Krill Oil

How should I dose these?

Additional background...

Ellie has had many problems with her IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and GI (Gastrointestinal Tract). It has taken us months of research and trying things but we have remedied most all of her stomach issues through a raw diet.

She is doing really well and hasn't had to be on any antibiotics for GI for months. She does take Carafate for an ulcer issue.

Ellie, a Yorkie, is 6lbs. She just turned 9 years old.


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Jun 18, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dosages for Natural Supplements for Dog Allergies
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Jessie,

That is wonderful that you have Ellie on a RAW diet! Although, it sounds like you still have some GI issues (ulcer?), so you need to give her Carafate. And, even on a RAW diet she still has these skin allergy flare-ups that require Prednisone, and anti-histames. Usually, on a RAW diet there are many health issues that will clear up including skin allergies.

The supplements you are considering would be good for the GI tract (not necessarily for skin allergies):
1. Papain-give her 1/4 to 1/3 the human dose)

2. Quercetin with Bromelain- give 5-10mg/lb two times daily. If Ellie weighs 6 lbs she would need 30-60 mg TWO times daily. Ok to add to food.

3. Krill oil-about 100mg two times daily. This would be excellent for her skin, but may wreak havoc with her IBS. Therefore, start with only 50mg one time daily, to see how she handles it. And after 2-3 weeks, then slowly increase the dose until she is up to 100 mg TWO times daily.

4. I suggest you start her on Antronex by Standard Process. This is a liver supplement, that helps pull histamine from the tissues. Ellie would need to take only 1/4-1/2 tablet crushed into her food two times daily. It will act like a 'natural' anti-histamine and provide support for the liver since she has had Prednisone or cortisone which may stress the liver.

5. Immune support--check out some of these supplements to help boost her whole immune system. But I suggest finding the holistic veterinarian and a homeopathic remedy first:

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

NO VACCINATIONS-I suspect that her allergies AND the IBS may have been triggered by too many vaccinations. Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian for an exemption from vaccinations. And also to get her started on a homeopathic remedy for her constitutional work-up.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Nov 21, 2014
Bromelain and Papain
by: Kathi Jencso

I found the post about bromelain and papain very interesting. I have a rabbit who weighs 6 pounds and has IBS problems. She is on Metronidazole daily for that. She loved Oxbow Papaya Fruit Plus as a treat each day, but Oxbow has discontinued it. I am looking for an alternative with the right proportion of bromelain and papain. Would it be the same for a rabbit as for a dog? Any help on what tablet and dose to give her would be very much appreciated. Thank yhou.

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