It's yellow car season, and my nose keeps reminding me! Unfortunately, so does Lu's. Poor guy starts sneezing and coughing like crazy this time every year. Over the years, we've tried and tested a few solutions for you that we'd like to share with you now.
First, some science:
Seasonal allergies are a result of the body over-reacting to environmental allergens that invade the body, like pollen, dust, and molds. While these things aren’t inherently dangerous, the body can categorize them as threats anyway and react in a way that causes imbalance. Here in South Carolina, tree pollen (that pesky yellow dust) is our main culprit with peak pollen season lasting from February to May!
Tip 1: The Coat
Keep it clean often! Lu, who normally gets a bath every six weeks or so, gets a bath EVERY WEEK during pollen season. It doesn't help that Lu also loves to roll in grass like a madman as soon as the weather turns nice. Steady baths not only keep him smelling fresher but also rinse all that excess pollen off his coat. (We LOVE the Kin+Kind Argan Oil Shampoo for smelling great and feeling soft.)
Tip 2: The Skin
The skin needs proper care and nourishment to remain healthy. This time of year, even as the humidity rises, it's crucial to make sure that the skin gets all the nutrients it needs to reduce inflammation. Lu recommends Ultra Oil, which has a balance of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. It's hempseed based but also has the oily fish, so there's a great blend that makes the body absorb the nutrients more efficiently - plus, thanks to the hempseed, it smells more like olive oil than gross fish!
Tip 3: The Body
During an allergic reaction, the allergic dog or cat has an excess of heat in the body, causing the redness, itchiness, sneezing or other symptoms so often accompanying an allergy. Scutellaria, Plantago, Alisma, Gardenia, and Gentian Root are all herbs that work within the body to drain this excess heat. Luckily, you don't have to hit a specialty store to find these - vet formulated Herbsmith's Clear AllerQi supplement is full of these healthy herbs to help your pet survive the season!