Alternative Medicine for Pets/Cat with severe allergies

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Hi Susan,

I am writing today to try to get more natural relief for my 13 year old cat named Charlie. Charlie is pretty much allergic to everything, literally. He has been getting allergy shots every week for about 5 years. He has also been on steroids for longer than that. He also has severe asthma, which from what I am told is from inhalant allergies. He does moderately ok when taking steroids. Because I know how bad steroids can be and since he has been on them for so long, I am attempting to wean (and keep) him off the steroids. I ran into a natural product called amazapet from PetAlive that does seem to help with the asthma, plus I switched his cat litter which made a profound improvement with his asthma. However, he is still having itchy skin, with sores on his body from licking so much. He has totally been off the steroids now for about a month, however, with as bad as his allergies are doing without it I am fearing that he may need to go back on them. Do you have any recommendations on what I can do/give Charlie to help him with his allergies. I really do not want to put him back on steroids. I have tried cooking for him and feeding him fresh food, but he will not eat either of these.  

Thank you so much for the help,
Ricki and Charlie Jones

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There are lots of things to say, but it's better to have you read my book, Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet. You can get it FREE by going to my site http://naturalsforanimals.com and filling in the pop-up form. You will be sent an e-mail with a free PDF attachment of the book. There is a lot of valuable information in it that will help you immensely with your buddy's issues.

I would look into homeopathic remedies as well, either by researching on-line or by finding a holistic vet who practices homeopathy. If you can't find one locally, I highly recommend setting up a phone consultation with Dr Gerald Wessner. He is awesome. His phone # is 352-245-2025 to set up a time.

I don't know what food you are feeding him right now, but if you haven't tried Indigo Moon from Solid Gold, give it a try. Very few cats don't love it, and it is an extremely high quality, hypo-allergenic food. Also, if you are using just dry or processed canned food, I would ad a good enzyme and pro-biotic supplement.

Raw honey is great for air borne allergies,but be sure to find one that is locally produced; within about 50 mile radius from where you live. The closer to home the better.

Apple Cider Vinegar is also good for allergies, but it is usually tough to get cats to take it. Homeopathy is tasteless and pretty easy to administer even to a cat.

That's about it. Hope this helps.

Sue

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I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.

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I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site, http://critteroil.com

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As stated above: Graduate, New York School of Dog Grooming, Orchard Kennels School of Training, Utah State University (BS), Certified Hypno-therapist, Certified Stress Management Consultant and ordained minister. Personal studies over 20 years in Canine nutrition, alternative therapies and holistic medicine.

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