Part 2: Going Off Apoquel

Sorry, a few days turned into a few weeks and then a couple months from when I published “Part 1: You Know Those Snickers Commercials?” So even though Casey is a normal dog again, here’s Part 2 & Part 3 (or what happened to make Casey a normal dog again).

Raw paws are often the red flags of allergies. Natural remedies provide an alternative to conventional treatments such as Antihistamines.

Paw licking is a classic sign of allergies, and it’s likely your dog is allergic to many allergens in the environment.

Conventional treatments include Antihistamines, which won’t work for most pets, and Corticosteroids, which have short-term side effects such as mood changes and increased thirst and urination.

Natural remedies include:
•High doses of fish oil
•Chinese herbs
•Olive-leaf extract
•Frequent bathing with natural shampoos containing lavender and lemongrass

~ “Natural Remedies to Lick Your Dog’s Paw-Licking Habit” published by Shawn Messonnier, DVM, AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB March 23, 2015.

How does Olive Leaf work?
Olive leaf contains the active ingredient Oleuropein which works by stimulating your pets immune system to attack foreign invaders, while causing no harm to healthy microbes in the body. Which pretty much means that your dog’s body will be armed and ready to fight off any bad bacteria or virus that it comes in contact with. Olive leaf also has anti-inflammatory properties that bring down swelling and decrease pain in joints. This supplement is all-natural and safe to use without any future risks or side effects your pet may experience with prescription medications.

What is Olive Leaf Powder?
Olive leaf powder is a supplement extracted from the leaves of olive trees. It is a natural antibiotic, anti-viral and antioxidant, and has also proven to be effective against yeast infections. There are a number of ailments for which we recommend olive leaf powder as a treatment for cats and dogs:
Allergic Dermatitis
Yeast Overgrowth
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

What types of pets should use Olive Leaf?
Olive leaf is especially beneficial for dogs and cats with ear infections, skin infections, and symptoms of yeast overgrowth (tear-stained eyes and itchy ears and skin). Due to the fact that olive leaf has antioxidant properties, it can be helpful in relieving irritation and inflammation caused by these infections faster than if antibiotics were used alone.

~ “Olive Leaf Powder for Dogs and Cats”

For the Chinese Herbs, I decided on Herbsmith AllerQi. They changed the look of their products, not the formula, so it’s only available in powder form now. I used this product in Oklahoma City when Casey was a puppy. Casey ate the tablets w/no problem, and it helped his allergies (better than Bendadryl). Unfortunately, he turned his nose up at his food w/the powder. You definitely have to mix it w/something!

Here is the full line of products made by Herbsmith. . . .

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Casey’s paws are in my hands now, so I’m praying that I have found the right combination of herbal/natural supplements that will help him.

In addition, here is a link for homemade foot soaks for your pet’s paws after going outside:
“Thirty Seconds to Relieve Your Pet’s Itchy Paws”


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