Pet Allergy (KaphajaPratisyaya)

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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 allergy. Any animal, having fur like rabbit or not having fur 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 KaphajaPratisyaya 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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Master’s in Health Administration

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

AyurvedicTreatment of Pet Allergy

In case of allergycaused 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 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

  • ManjishtadiKashaya
  • PatoladiKashaya
  • NeelitulasyadiKashaya
  • AmrutotharamKashaya

  • Kaisoraguggulugulika
  • Swasanandamgulika

External Application

  • Triphalachurna
  • Nimbadichurna

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 (Tinosporacordifolia)
  • Nimba ( Azadirachtaindica)
  • Manjishta  (Rubiacordifolia)

  • Tulsi (Ocimumsanctum)
  • Pippali (Piperlongum)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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.

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