Can herbs help my dog's allergies?

By Dr. Jonathan Smith


One in four dogs in North America suffers from the discomfort and complications resulting from allergies. Both environmental and food allergies can cause much frustration and grief to dog owners. I continue to see an ongoing explosion of chronic ear and skin infections in dogs of various breeds. Feeding a fresher, healthier diet has improved many of my patient's symptoms, but many still continue to suffer. My frustration with these cases led me in 2010 to begin studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and integrate these into my practice. Unfortunately, after 5 years, I have not been able to achieve the desired results from TCM. I have not found that my use of these alternative modalities has been effective at relieving or helping allergic dogs. Here is a list of some local veterinarians that are using TCM and alternative therapies:

Dr. Julia Harrison/Eastgate Veterinary Services: 250-598-1067   

Phoenix Rising Veterinary Care, Courtenay BC 1-250-338-2316

Dr. Jeff Grognet, Qualicum Beach BC 1-250-752-8969

Location & Hours

Location & Hours

2263 Mt.Newton Cross Road
Central Saanich, BC V8M 1T8
(250) 652-5505 (250) 652-5548 Fax

Mon-Fri  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm

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After hour emergencies : 250-475-2495 Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital

or WAVES Vetererinary Emergency Hospital 778-432-4322 - 

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