TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE
How Bee Pollen Helps With Dog Allergies
When our guests
come into our store looking for answers to their dog's allergies, we have to
narrow it down to either a food allergy or an outside allergy. First we seek to
put your pet on the best food that will fit his/her needs as this is the first
step to helping with food allergies and overall health. However, if your pet has
airborne allergies bee pollen may be the answer to build his/her immune system
against the airborne pollens.
Bee pollen is considered one of nature's most perfect foods. It is approximately
40% protein. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee pollen has
many healing properties. It can rejuvenate your body, stimulates organs and
glands, enhances vitality, and brings about a longer life span. Bee pollen has
the ability to consistently and noticeably increase energy levels and minimize
or eliminate airborne allergies.
Bee pollen can help your pet (and even you) through the process of
desensitization. Desensitization causes the body to produce antibodies that will
cancel out the effects of the offending allergens when your pet is exposed to
them. You start giving your pet a minute amount of bee pollen and work up to
about ¼ teaspoon per 25 pounds. It has to be local bee pollen as the bees have
collected the pollen from our local plants.
Ideally, bee pollen should be taken at least six weeks before the season begins
and then continued throughout the season if it's going to work. In the
northwest, we seem to have different types of allergens all year around. Ragweed
is one of the most common types of allergens for dogs. While tree and grass
pollen levels start to drop off as autumn approaches, ragweed sees explosive
growth across the country from late August to late October.
As I stated, it is important that you start with a very small amount as your do
not want to create an allergic reaction from giving the pollen. Keep an eye on
your pet. Watch for any vomiting or a rash on the skin. If this happens, stop
giving your pet the bee pollen.
If you wish to use this supplement and are concerned about a bee pollen allergy,
you should consult a holistic vet. Under the care of a veterinarian, you may
need to test your dog, using bee pollen starting with one grain and gradually
increasing the dosage.
If you would like more info on bee pollen, please stop in and chat with either
Roger or myself.
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