Pet Allergy (Kaphaja Pratisyaya)

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    Pet Allergy

    Pet allergy is the type of allergy caused by the allergens from pet animals. Cats and dogs are the most common pets that cause allergies. Any animal, having fur like rabbit or not having furs like fish and reptiles, may cause allergy. The symptoms are mostly manifested like those in nasal allergy and skin allergy. Ayurveda explains the topics of Kaphaja Pratisyaya and TamakaSwasa where various respiratory symptoms of allergy are described. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is assuring complete cure in case of pet allergies and various other wide range of conditions associated with allergies.

    Causes of Pet Allergy

    The proteins present in the skin flakes, hair, saliva, urine etc. of pet animals are the chief allergy causing agents. Close contact with animals, urine and sweat stuck on upholstered furniture, skin cells that remain on air etc. trigger allergic reactions. Someone with family history of allergy and asthma is more prone to pet allergy.

    Ayurvedic Reference of Kaphaja pratisyaya (Pet allergy)

    Symptoms of Pet Allergy

    Symptoms of pet allergy may be broadly divided into two;

    • That affect respiratory system
    • That affect skin

    When the body’s immune system identifies allergen, it produces antibodies that cause inflammatory response. This results in following symptoms:

    Respiratory Symptoms of pet allergy

    They are caused initially by inflammation of nasal passage. Symptoms include:

    • Sneezing
    • Nasal congestion
    • Itching of nose, mouth and throat
    • Post nasal drip
    • Cough
    • May lead to Asthma

    Symptoms of Pet Allergy on Skin

    Long standing symptoms of pet allergy may lead to diseases like sinusitis, asthma etc. So, it should be prevented or treated at the earliest.

    •  Itching
    •  Reddish discoloration
    • Watery discharge
    • Rashes and dryness

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    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
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    Diet in Pet Allergy

    Do’s (Pathya)

    • Warm water for internal and external use
    • Use more bitter, spicy, astringent taste
    • Maintain personal hygiene
    • Keep pets clean
    • Use of safety precautions like face mask, gloves etc. while cleaning the pets

    Don’ts (Apathya)

    • Close contact with pets
    • Day sleep
    • Cold, rainy, humid weather
    • Smoking
    • Milk and milk products
    • Refrigerated food
    • Excess sweet, sour, salty food

    Yoga for Allergy

    Yogic postures help to upgrade body’s immunity. If done with proper breathing exercise, it will clear the body channels and allow smooth movement of doshas.  Following Yogasanas can be tried to get rid of allergy:

    • Suryanamaskara
    • Adhomukha svanasana
    • Setubandha sarvangasana
    • Matsyasana


    Ayurvedic Treatment of Pet Allergy

    In case of allergy caused by contact with pet animals, the first step is to avoid close contact with them. Beddings, upholstered furniture, cushions, etc. should be kept clean and out of contact with pets.


    Ayurvedic management includes the use of internal medicines, external applications for skin manifestations, and other treatment procedures, based on the condition of patients and their system affected.

    Internal medicines

    • Manjishtadi Kashaya
    • Patoladi Kashaya
    • Neelitulasyadi Kashaya
    • Amrutotharam Kashaya

    • Kaisoraguggulu gulika
    • Swasanandam gulika

    External Application

    • Triphala churna
    • Nimbadi churna

    Treatment Procedures

    Purification therapies as mentioned below can be advised as per the stage of allergy manifestation;

    • Vamana (Emesis)
    • Virechana (Purgation)

    • Raktamoksha (Bloodletting)
    • Nasya (Nasal installation of medicine)

    Single Drugs in the treatment of Pet Allergy

    Ayurveda suggests use of several single drugs with proper adjuvants that will help to reduce the symptoms caused by pet allergy. It includes:

    • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
    • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
    • Manjishta  (Rubia cordifolia)

    • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
    • Pippali (Piper longum)


    1. Shloka No. 6, Nasarogavijnaneeyam, Ashtangahrudayam by Acharya Vaghbhatta, Uttarasthanam.
    2. Charak. Charak Samhita. Vidyotini commentary. Chaukhambha Bharitya Academy, Varanasi. 1st volume. Sutrasthana 20/17.
    3. Ambika Dutt Shastri. Sushruta Samhita Sutrasthan 20/15 “Ayurvedatatvavasandipika” Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan. 221001 Varanasi.
    4. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Pet Allergy  Chapter No. 07, Page No. 44-49.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What is pet allergy?

    Answer: Pet Allergy is the allergic reaction of body’s immune system towards various proteins present in hair, fur, fecal matter, urine etc. of pet animals

    Question: What are the major symptoms of pet allergy?

    Answer: Pet allergy is manifested in respiratory system by rhinitis, cough, sneezing etc. and in skin by itching, rashes, dryness etc.

    Question: How Ayurveda helps in the treatment of pet allergy?

    Answer: Ayurveda is very effective to cure allergy caused by pet animals. Various internal medicines as well as external procedures help to achieve complete cure from pet allergy.

    Question: Can Ayurveda help in pet allergy?

    Answer: Yes, definitely Ayurveda can help a lot in dealing with pet allergies. In case of pet allergy, first of all, avoid close contact with them. Ayurvedic management of pet allergy includes the administration of internal medication, external application for skin manifestations and other treatment procedures depending on the condition of the patient.

    Question: What are the herbs used in Ayurveda for the treatment of pet allergy?

    Answer: Various herbs such as – Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Pippli (Piper longum) etc. are quite effective.

    Question: How Yoga is helpful in Pet Allergy?

    Answer: Various yoga postures such as Suryanamaskar, Adho Mukha svanasana, Matsyana, Setubandha etc. are quite beneficial.

    Question: What is the recommended diet and lifestyle for pet allergy?

    Answer: Intake of warm water, consumption of more bitter, spicy and astringent tasting herbs and spices, and maintaining personal hygiene are recommended. Close contact with the pets, day sleep, exposure to cold and humid weather, smoking, consumption of milk and milk products must be avoided.


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