Allergy season is here. My caseload of allergic dogs has certainly doubled in the last month. It seems worse this year than others. Some are citing the drought here in California for the increased pollen counts. Whatever the reason, allergic skin and ear problems are making these dogs miserable. But treating the skin and ears with antibiotics, antifungal, antihistamine and steroid or other drugs is just treating the symptoms, not solving the problem.
Ideally, allergy testing to find out what pollens are causing the allergies and then giving allergy shots or oral drops to decrease the allergic response would seem to be a more direct way to solve the problem, right? Well here is the reality if you do spend the hundreds of dollars for testing and immune-therapy:
No wonder so many dogs are simply treated for the symptoms. But treatment is also a mixed bag.
But there may be a less expensive, natural way to treat allergies. The answer for some dogs may be Bee Pollen.
What is “bee pollen” how does bee pollen work for allergies?
You have all probably seen bees with yellow bags on their back legs. That is pollen they have collected from all of the plants they have visited while collecting nectar to make honey. Bees are not fussy and will visit any flower, large or small, including many with pollens to which your dog is allergic. This pollen is collected from the bees by bee keepers and sold alongside their honey.
Bee pollen is believed to be a “superfood” that improves resistance to disease, improves endurance, extends longevity and protects from radiation and cancer. The science is a bit shaky for all of these claims. But it does make sense that it can help with allergies.
Giving a dog small doses of pollen to which it is allergic is the same as giving shots or oral drops containing the same pollen proteins. It is a natural way to desensitize your dog to pollens. But there are some things about treating with bee pollen you should know:
Bee pollen is an inexpensive, natural and safe way to give your dog relief from allergies. Why not give it a try? Consult a holistic veterinarian in your area.