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Ask The Holistic Vet - February 2022

Feb 01, 2022 08:01PM ● By Shanna And Mark Warner

Ask The Holistic Vet

Q: My 8-year-old chihuahua has been coughing a lot. I have been giving him Benadryl for allergies. Is there anything else that would help naturally?

A: That question is an example of how animals are different than people. The mast cell in the body initiates allergic responses. Mast cells release histamine during allergic reactions. People have these cells mainly in the respiratory tract, eyes and nose. Dogs and cats have the majority of these cells in their skin. When we have allergies, hay-fever like symptoms are the most common response. Our pets usually have more skin issues and itching. “You may be barking up the wrong tree” about giving Benadryl. I recommend a cardiac workup with bloodwork and x-rays. Many small breeds have a predilection for developing heart disease which can be caused by dental disease. Sometimes you can smell that something's not right. The same bacteria that grows in the mouth can move to the heart valves. That's why you should provide good dental care. And I hate to break it to you, the antihistamine might be causing more damage than you think. Some in the holistic professions have elaborated on the potential of long-term antihistamine use leading to cancer. Twice yearly checkups will keep you informed about your pet’s health.  Email us at: [email protected]

Brad Roach, DVM, provides natural care for pets, including acupuncture, nutritional consults, herbal remedies, cancer and arthritis treatments. See his ad on the back page each magazine.

Holistic Pet Care, 3001 Tinker Diagonal Street Del City
405-605-6675 -

Best Friends Animal Clinic, 1313 North Harrison Ave, Shawnee
405-273-5617 -

Email your questions for Dr. Roach to: [email protected].