Canine Skin Allergies and the Acupressure Points That Help Them!
“The following post is copied, with permission, from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Blog and written by Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow, co-founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute.”
Posted on June 23, 2013 by Tallgrass
Summertime and the pollens are flying while the bugs and fleas are biting. Not only do too many dogs have allergy issues, there are so many different types of allergies that react to offending environmental substances, called allergens. Though dogs exhibit allergic reactions in a variety of ways, there are only five types of allergies: contact, flea, food, bacterial, and inhalant. The most common allergen type is inhalant, or atopy (pronounced “at-ta-pee”).
Being able to identify your dog’s allergen is helpful in avoid it as much as possible. Common allergens include:
Bug and flea bites
Grass and tree pollens
Household cleaning chemicals
Snow melting chemicals, plus
Specific foods and treats (especially with coloring).
If you suspect any secondary infection, be sure to see your holistic veterinarian. The usual medication for allergies is antihistamines which tend not to be effective for dogs unfortunately. Turning to acupressure for help can make a difference in your dog’s comfort and ability resolve allergies.
The following acupressure points can boost your dog’s immune system to ward off allergies:
Large Intestine 11 (LI 11), Pond in the Curve – Enhances the immune system, reduces itching (pruritus), and benefits skin disorders.
Large Intestine 4 (LI 4), Adjoining Valley – Used for allergic dermatological issues and benefits the immune system.
Lung 7 (Lu 7), Broken Sequence – Benefits skin issues, especially abdominal itching, and strengthens the immune system.
Stomach 36 (St 36), Leg Three Mile – Helps prevent allergies. Additionally, this point is used to enhance the movement of energy and blood throughout the dog’s body to support good health.