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Ahhh-Choo! How to Help Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies
You may think this year’s allergy season was the worst, and you’d not be alone. Experts suggest it was, and they’re not going to get much better due to climate changes and rogue pollens. They’re bad enough on you, but what about your dogs? Dogs suffer from seasonal allergies more than ever, but the good news is Bernie’s Perfect Poop tackles even the itchiest skin and the runniest nose!
Why are seasonal allergies so bad this year?
According to Healthline, allergy season is getting longer and longer and there’s more pollen in the air. In fact, not only is their more pollen, experts are calling it even more potent than it’s ever been. Why are allergies worse this year? Well, the general theory revolves around global warming and the fact that we’re warming up sooner, for longer and allowing more bloom time to just about anything that would put off pollen. In fact, a study recently showed that between 1990 and 2018, pollen ‘season’ increased by 20 days a year. That means that we (our furry friends included!) suffer almost a month more a year from the effects of seasonal pollen and allergies. That’s a lotta itchy and scratchy and sneezy time!
With climate change not necessarily fixing itself overnight, allergists and immunologists believe that climate-driven pollen trends are likely to make allergy reactions and asthma/respiratory conditions worse in the coming decades.
Decades is a long time for us to deal with the effects, but guess what? It’s a long time for our dogs to deal with allergies too. Good thing we can help them.
Do dogs get allergies?
You bet they do. Just like their hoomans, they’re susceptible to skin, food and seasonal allergies and they respond similarly. Why is that?
Because allergy reactions are overreactions of our immune system. When our bodies encounter allergens, they see them as foreign invaders they need to throw histamine bombs at. That’s great except for one small issue. Sometimes our bodies find it way too easy to identify something as an ‘allergen’ that needs a response, and then? The immune system goes to town.
Why do our bodies react so sensitively? Because our guts aren’t in the best shape.
It’s the same for our dogs. Good dog gut health makes a difference.
What’s the gut health allergy connection?
Your dog’s gut (and ours) have microbiomes full of bacteria. The good bacteria have a sweet symbiotic relationship. We feed them, they help protect us and give us healthier body functions and overall better immunity. Research continues to show that healthy and diverse gut microbiomes in humans are related to fewer allergic conditions and the same can be said for dogs.
The problem is that if we don’t feed our dog’s good gut bacteria well, bad bacteria will take over. It happens in humans too, as less exposure to outdoors, more antibiotic more antibiotic consumption and poor diets in general lead to less feeding of the good bacteria and more introduction of the bad.
Dogs live more sedentary, indoor lives. They’re exposed to fewer microorganisms as we are. They are given courses of antibiotics more than they ever have been. They eat food that has been high-heat processed and offers little nutrient content that feeds their gut. All of this leads to unhealthy guts and an unhealthy gut lets undigested foods and proteins enter your dog’s bloodstream. In fact, research continues to support a ‘leaky gut’ and allergy connection.
So how do we help stop a leaky gut and reduce allergy symptoms in dogs? We work on good dog gut health!
How to achieve good dog gut health?
The sole goal in creating Bernie’s Perfect Poop was to focus on Bernie’s dog gut health. Bernie’s humans knew that good dog gut health was important. They knew that a premium fiber would keep Bernie’s digestive system regular and allow him maximum nutrient absorption with every meal. They also knew that digestive enzymes would help ensure maximum digestion of his food. Too often, a dog won’t be able to fully digest foods and those basic, unbroken-down foods can break their gut lining barrier and enter their blood stream. This is when their immune system hits overdrive, thinking something foreign is invading their body, and they respond with a histamine response.
But perhaps one of the most important ways to build good dog gut health rests in being sure your dog has high-quality pre- and probiotics. Probiotics are the good, beneficial bacteria that you want to thrive in your dog’s gut. Prebiotics feed those good probiotics, so they’re important to supplement as well. Too often pet parents pay attention to the need to give dog probiotics, but prebiotics are as important to help them grow and create beneficial colonies.
Bernie’s humans found giving all those supplements separately was time-consuming and costly, and set out on a way to combine them all in a premium blend that dogs loved.
Why are dog probiotics helpful for allergies?
There’s much research out that shows probiotics are helpful for human allergies, and that’s because probiotics are key for the healthiest guts. The same can be said for our furry best friends.
And the research and evidence for the efficacy of dog probiotics keeps growing. In 2012, a study showed tremendous promise with regard to probiotics and canine dermatitis (which gives them the itchies).
A 2015 study showed that probiotics could SIGNIFICANTLY reduce dermatological responses suffered by dogs. And the research just continues to show how important dog probiotics are to establishing and maintaining healthy dog guts. When your dog’s gut is healthy and he has thriving colonies of probiotics and beneficial flora, there are fewer instances where foods or other allergens break his gut lining and enter his bloodstream to cause allergic havoc.
Why is Bernie’s Perfect Poop good for allergies?
When you give your dog Bernie’s Perfect Poop, you’re not just working on creating the perfect, easy-to-pick up poop. That’s just the end result (see what we did there?) of what Perfect Poop is doing internally. Internally, the premium Miscanthus grass fiber, the pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes are helping build up dog guts of steel. That means their bodies aren’t overreacting to what they think are invaders in the form of allergens like grass, trees, pollen, foods and more.
Sometimes, as the bad bacteria are dying out and the good bacteria are taking over, your dog may seem as if he’s having an overabundance of allergic reaction, or reacting in general to the work being done by the fiber/probiotics/enzymes combo. The truth is that your dog’s gut is balancing, quite likely for the first time in a long time, and once that beneficial flora is the reigning bacteria in the gut? You’ll see differences in your dog.
Allergy seasons seem to be growing, not shortening. And it’s important that you keep your dog’s gut health ready to battle at any given moment. The easiest way to do that is to give them Bernie’s Perfect Poop every day.
While we always recommend Perfect Poop if your dog is having any kind of poop problems, it really is about helping your dog have the best gut health he can have. Good health starts in the gut, and Bernie’s Perfect Poop makes that happen and sends the sneezies and scratchies on their way!
Bernie’s notes on allergies
Just kidding! Ever since my parents started giving me Bernie’s Perfect Poop every day, my itchies and scratchies went away. They say it has something to do with my gut, but I’m just glad I’m not trying to chew my paws off anymore after I come inside from playing.
If you’re constantly telling your dog “Gesundheit!” and hoping he stops scratching and waking you up at 3am, Perfect Poop can help. The fiber, pre- and probiotics combined with digestive enzymes that all taste so yummy are like allergen magic!
Wishing your dog days full of sniffing flowers without paying for it later,
Chief Dog Officer