Tis the Season for Allergies!

By on 11 February, 2016 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments

nickSpring approaches, peeking around the cold corners of winter. I sense it on these warmer afternoons when the air smells like promise. The dogs are so slap-happy to get some time to lie in the afternoon sun before a chill brings their little bodies back to the warm house. I love spring and all its green blooming glory, but for some pets, spring means allergies.

I have some itchy dogs. Not as in “flea itchy” (homemade flea terminator treats take care of those pesky little problems) but as in “grass itchy.” Many pets are sensitive to things that grow in the yard and can also be allergic to many things in dog food (or “people food” for those who get an occasional treat from your plate). It used to be a hit-or-miss effort to figure out what your dog might be allergic to unless you opted for a full blown and expensive allergy panel from your vet. Now, there are pet allergy kits available online for you to do at home! And Rover doesn’t have to be pricked with a needle 40 times like people do.

ellaSo because I have the itchy pups, whose allergies include things easy to eliminate from their diet (but difficult to remove from their environment), I searched for remedies to help with the things I could not eliminate – like the outdoors. It started with my grand-dog Rosie, a sweet little bobblehead Boston terrier puppy. She was scrubbing the skin off her belly in the grass, biting the skin off her toes and generally bleeding from scratching her skin off. Allergy testing revealed she needed to be wrapped in bubble wrap before being allowed outside — not an option for a bouncing ball of a puppy whose favorite thing is the dog park and a running buddy. Steroids can damage the liver, so those were not a good option. So we started asking smart people like my friend Teresa at Vitamins Plus here in Montgomery. (She is my go-to for alternative healing).

What we discovered is nothing short of a miracle. And it is not a drug, or a medicine, or a cream or a roll of bubble wrap. It is a $20 a month fix. Let me introduce you to Qi Blends!

We bought the Skin Soothe blend, giving a dropper full twice a day. It was easy and yummy enough that they actually opened up and smacked their lips afterward. I am a skeptic, but hey, I believe what Teresa said. And three days later, Rosie stopped scrubbing her belly in the grass. Five days into the drops and the chewing stopped. A week into the drops and the red spots were gone. Ladies and gentlemen, it worked.

I am on my second bottle at Chi Central. The itchy dogs are no longer miserably scratching their backs on the bottom of the coffee table, not chewing their fur off, not obsessively licking. They are able to go out and lie in that sun, roll around in the leaves that are left, soak up the sparse rays and enjoy the first hints of a spring not far off. Removing ingredients from food helped, but the Qi Blend is the exclamation point at the end of the sentence. Qi Blends makes remedies for just about any ailment your pet might have. So, if your dog has an itch that can’t be scratched, or a problem with separation anxiety, or digestive troubles, check these remedies. You can order online or call Teresa to see if she has what you need.

Bring on spring with all its green glory! I can’t imagine not enjoying it with my four legged family – and thanks to my new discovery, we will see you at the dog park.

Lynne Burford is a lifelong animal advocate who has been rescuing since she was a little girl. From birds and snakes to raccoons and foxes, she has rehabilitated and released back into the wild many orphaned and injured creatures. For the last ten years her focus has been on fostering and volunteering with rescues to place dogs into permanent and loving homes. Aside from various sizes of foster dogs, she owns a small pack of chihuahuas.

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