Allergy in dogs - how can I help my pet with vital mushrooms
December 10, 2021
Petra Remsing – veterinary practitioner
As with us humans, the number of allergy sufferers among our pets and large animals has increased significantly in recent years. The reasons for this are increasing environmental pollution, allergenic substances in feed and medicines, chemicals in cleaning agents and detergents, and much more.
In general, any substance can be an allergen. Allergic reactions are triggered in the allergic person by substances from the environment that do not cause reactions in the non-allergic person, i.e. the healthy animal. These foreign substances are called allergens or antigens. Contact with an allergen occurs through the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, ingestion or injection.
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Any animal can develop an allergy
Connection between intestine and immune system
Each animal is unique!
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The most common types of allergies in our animals include:
- atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema)
- Flea saliva allergy
- Feed allergy / intolerances
- Food mite allergy
- Dust mite allergy
- Pollen allergy
- Mold allergy
Important vital mushrooms for allergies are Reishi and Hericium
Reishi can reduce the excessive release of histamine, which has a beneficial effect on allergic reactions. Its cortisone-like effect can also relieve inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes. It is also said to have a strengthening effect on the lungs and heart – it therefore has a positive influence on the body’s oxygen supply, which is particularly important in the case of allergic asthma.
Hericium promotes the build-up of the intestinal mucosa, so that allergy-causing substances from food cannot pass the intestinal wall so easily. This is especially helpful in atopic dermatitis and food allergies.
Polyporus has a good effect on a weakened lymphatic system and is helpful for contact allergies and atopic eczema.
Pleurotus promotes colonization of the gastrointestinal mucosa with probiotic bacterial cultures, which is beneficial after antibiotic therapy.
If itching occurs, Agaricus blazei murrill (ABM) should be given instead of Reishi at the start of treatment.
For mushroom powders there are many suppliers
You will find trustworthy suppliers with controlled organic cultivation in Germany, but unfortunately also less recommendable importers of cheap goods. Read what is important when buying.
Note: The described effects are based on the intake of medicinal mushroom powder prepared from the whole mushroom. Please consult your pet therapist before use.