The recent story of a dog named Adam who is allergic to humans raised widespread awareness of human dander allergies in pets. Adam’s skin was such a mess he didn’t even look like the black Labrador Retriever he was. He was taken in by a wonderful rescue organization, and was ultimately correctly diagnosed and treated.
Pets with a human dander allergy do best with a combination of immunotherapy, an anti-inflammatory diet, and beneficial supplements.
Many pet guardians are shocked to learn their dog or cat is allergic to them. But since humans can be sensitive to pet dander, it makes sense that some pets are also allergic to us.
If your dog or cat has a confirmed allergy, the usual advice is to remove the allergen (in this case, you and all other human members of the household) from your pet’s environment, which obviously isn’t a workable solution.
You can also opt for desensitization injections (allergy shots), or oral drops if available. Studies show sublingual (under the tongue) drops can be just as effective as injections.
Additionally, there may be several homeopathic remedies that can benefit your dog, based on his or her specific symptoms. (*See below for additional help and remedies for your pet.)
Pets with allergies should be transitioned to an anti-inflammatory diet if they aren’t already on one. Diets that create or worsen inflammation are high in carbohydrates.
Also recommended is coconut oil for allergic pets because it contains lauric acid, which helps decrease the body’s production of yeast. Using fish body oil with coconut oil can help moderate or even suppress the inflammatory response.