I’m no stranger to dogs with allergies. My 7-year-old dog, Stella, is allergic to grass, dust, wool, trees, mites, cats, and even humans. But it took years and a couple of trips to the emergency vet clinic before we fully understood the ins and outs of her issues and how to prevent flare-ups. Her preventative regimen requires every-other-year scratch tests and daily oral drops that are customized specifically for her allergies — and these cost about $1,000 every year.
Goose, our puppy, also started displaying some common seasonal allergy symptoms: licking her paws, belly rash, and overall body itch. The vet prescribed a cream for her belly and an allergy shampoo to use in the bath. While great, this solution seemed like a stopgap. They were only treating the symptoms once they were present, and we definitely wanted to do whatever we could to prevent her allergies without spending another grand per year on this dog! A few internet searches around “allergy supplements for dogs” led us to Zesty Paws Aller-Immune Bites and over 14,000 4.5-star (and higher) reviews on their Amazon listing.
Zesty Paws is chock-full of immunity-boosting ingredients to help your dog fight off skin, seasonal, and environmental allergies. It’s also packed with pre- and probiotics, salmon oil, and apple cider vinegar. Let’s break down what these do:
- Immunity boosters: According to Johns Hopkins University, “Allergic reactions begin in your immune system. When a harmless substance such as dust, mold, or pollen is encountered … the immune system may over react by producing antibodies that ‘attack’ the allergen.” A strong immune system helps appropriately manage the response to allergens.
- Pre-and probiotics: These support a healthy gut and aid your dog’s digestion. They also can improve the immune system.
- Salmon oil: Omega-3 fatty acids are like skincare for your dog. If your dog has hot spots or is itchy, EPAs and DHAs boost their defense. Bonus: This ingredient is also good for joint and heart health.
- Apple cider vinegar: Same as in humans, ACV is a wonder ingredient. It can help to reduce itchiness, support gastrointestinal bacteria, and boost immune system response.
Knowing that dogs can be allergic to things like soy, grain, corn, artificial flavorings, and preservatives, Zesty Paws leaves those out of their ingredient list.
We started Goose on Zesty Paws Aller-Immune Bites over a year ago. She has only had mild belly rashes (not even close to the severe ones she originally had), zero paw-licking, and she is way less itchy. We haven’t had to go to the vet for allergies — at all! We are completely managing her seasonal allergies with Zesty Paws Aller-Immune Bites.