Skin and Coat ailments

The most common reason that dogs go to the vet is skin problems (dermatitis). Dogs with chronic dermatitis have often been on several rounds of antibiotic treatments that usually provide short-term improvement but frequently the issue comes back. Here you will find out how to solve your dogs skin and coat troubles. 

Signs of Skin Disease
  • Itching and scratching

  • Odor, especially when wet

  • Changes in pigmentation

  • Rashes or pimples on the skin

  • Thickening of the skin

  • Loss of hair

  • Lumps or bumps on the skin

Your dogs skin is closely connected with its digestive track. The digestive track removes unwanted materials from the body. If the liver and bowel is not working properly, toxins that normally leave the body will instead build up in the bloodstream. One of the first organs to be affected by this is your dogs skin.

If your dog has recurring skin issues you will want to look and what they are eating to help cure their problem. Food intolerance and allergy's can be linked to any food ingredient additives as well as proteins. The first thing you will want to look at eliminating from your dogs diet are additives like soy, corn, preservatives and coloring agents. Choosing a food that doesn't have these ingredients can help prevent problems.

 

A lot of dietary reactions in dogs can also be caused by the proteins in their food. Finding out what proteins are causing your dogs allergy can be tricky since most dog foods have several different kinds of proteins in them which makes it difficult to completely eliminate a specific proteins. Food allergies can be addressed in two ways: By feeding new and unfamiliar protein sources or by feeding proteins that have been hydrolyzed into small units that wont irritate the Immune system.

Natural Skin Remedies
  • Green tea can help relieve itching. Make up a concentrated tea with hot water, then add cold water to it and apply to your dog with a sponge.

  • Aloe vera gel can be applied directly to skin that is very read and hot.

  • Cucumber slices applied to intensely inflamed areas will help to cool the skin-then will also provide lots of antioxidants if your dog eats them.

  • Calendula can be made into an infusion, put into a pump pack and sprayed on irritated areas. 

  • Soak itchy feet in Epsom salt and cool water for 5 to 10 minutes to relieve itching. apply plantain gel or infusion of Calendula to the red and inflamed kin between the toes.

  • An Oatmeal bath can help calm and cool the skin. Put 1 cup oatmeal in a sock and squeeze it in bath water. water will turn a milk cooler. Soak dog in water for 10 minutes. You can also add 3 drops of lavender oil to the water to help calm you dog.

  • Thyme oil has antiseptic, anti fungal, and antioxidant properties. Put a couple drops of it into rinse water after a bath. 

  • Peppermint oil is a great pain relieving anti-itch, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. Use a couple drops in the rinse water after bath or add a few drops to a squirt bottle with water and apply to affected area.

  • Witch hazel reduces redness, has strong antioxidant activity, and can improve atopic dermatitis when applied as a cream twice daily.

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