Treating Dog Skin Problems Naturally
Helpful advice for avoiding and naturally treating problem skin in dogs.
As a result of rescuing dogs for over thirty years, we’ve seen our share of dog skin problems and we’ve also learned how to affectively treat and eliminate most.
We hope that you’ll choose to treat your dog naturally using an ongoing healty diet and supplements that help heal the skin from the inside out. We share the best natural remedies that have worked for us.
Be especially careful when using chemicals to treat skin problems on senior dogs unless directed by a holistic veterinarian!
Fleas and Natural Treatment
This is a biggy and you must understand that you DO NOT need chemical flea medicines to treat and prevent flea/ticks.
Flea and tick issues top the chart for many dog skin problems. Just one tiny flea can cause an allergic reaction for those dogs who are overly sensitive to a bite. Irritation around the base of the tail and the tail itself are often symptoms related to flea allergies.
Today there are many different natural choices to protect your pet from these pesty buggers, yet Veterinarians routinely see dogs with flea problems on a daily basis. However, we also highly recommend that you avoid ALL CHEMICAL flea and tick treatments which can not only further irritate your dog’s skin, but cause him great harm over the years. We recommend that you take a look at the video on this page to give you a better idea of exactly how much harm they are doing.
You CAN control flea and ticks on your dog’s skin by using a safe, natural and more importantly effective treatment like this one that we use.
Is It Environment or Food Causing The Sensitivity?
The key to recognizing whether or not your dog has an airborne allergy or a food allergy is to pay close attention toWHEN(eg: mornings when pollen is heavy or after he eats) he or she is scratching and just how often.
Pin pointing whether it’s all year or seasonal is important to diagnosing which type of allergy your dog has. If it’s only spring and/or fall, etc., then chances are it’s in the air and an environmental problem during that specific time of year.
If your dog has skin problems year round, then there’s a good possibility that a food allergy may be involved; keeping in mind that your dog is obviously healthy otherwise and isn’t showing any other odd symptoms such as ravenous eating, hyper or cold all the time which could indicate a possible thyroid problem.
Regardless of whether it’s food or environment; allergies happen when the immune system is weak and you can strengthen it with a healthy diet, a good probiotic and a daily fatty acid such as a mercury/toxin free fish oil. *It’s also important to understand that your dog can have both types of allergies at the same time.
Leading Causes of Dog Skin Problems & What You Can Do
|Chemical Flea Treatments||Lawn|
|Vaccinations||Poor Diet and
Not Enough QUALITY Protein!
|What To Do|
|Switch to a natural flea repellent|
|Avoid using lawn chemicals where your dog frequents|
or at least rinse/dry his feet
|DO NOT GET BUNDLED VACCINATIONS - The only vaccination the law requires in the U.S. is Rabies. |
See note below regarding giving Thuja before vaccinations.
|Switch to a premium food
& add a good probiotic & Mercury free fish oil.
ALL NATURAL REMEDIES for Skin Related Problems Associated With Allergies In Dogs
- Vitamin C — 100mg for every 10 lbs. body weight once daily
- Vitamin E — 100IU for every 10 lbs. body weight once daily
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids — Must be a good quality & free of heavy metals
- Premium diet with a good meat source
- Bathe with a good oatmeal shampoo and a vinegar rinse (1 part vinegar – 2 parts water)
- Thuja — THIS IS A MUST BEFORE EVER VACCINATING YOUR DOG ESPECIALLY FOR RABIES! For allergic reactions related to vaccinations give 30C of Thuja every 4-6 hrs for 2-3 days
Prescription Meds Used for Treating Dog Skin Problems And Environmental Allergies
Temaril P® — Atopica® — Atarax® — Hydroxizine®
FYI, from what we understand, Atopica® IS NOT A SAFE OPTION TO USE LONG TERM!
Recap For Identifying & Curbing Dermatitis in Dogs
- Rule out fleas and ticks and move to a safer, natural treatment.
- Switch to a super premium dog food if you can afford it. If money really is an issue; switch to a better natural dog food that you can afford. Keep trying until you get the food right. If necessary, try a limited ingredient food.
- If your dog is shaking his head, licking his paws and scratching then there’s a good possibility that it’s a yeast problem. There’s no way around it. You have to fix the diet. Fatty acids, probiotics and a good multi-vitamin will help a great deal. Your goal should be to build up dog’s immune system and you can’t do that with cheap, unhealthy food.
- Scooting on the behind is commonly due to an anal gland problem and unfortunately dogs with allergies will often have gland problems as well. Poor diet and lack of vital nutrients such as fatty acids can cause problems excreting the contents of the anal sacs. Again fix the diet.
- Continuous soft stool can be a symptom of food allergies, food intolerance or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Again, work on the diet by adding a better high quality protein source (more quality meat in his diet) and add fatty acids.
- Your dog’s excessive dry skin could be a symptom of many issues including hypothyroidism. However, a common condition known as Seborrhea Sicca aka dandruff caused by an oil gland abnormality can cause excessive dandruff.
- Feed from ceramic, metal or glass bowls – avoid plastic.
- Cleanliness and frequent bathing with a natural shampoo and skin conditioner for dogs is important for treating dog skin problems caused by allergies and especially bacterial infections of the skin.
We realize how frustrating dog skin problems can be. Start with your dog’s diet and monitor his progress. THINK NATURAL! Avoid chemicals of any kind for your dog unless absolutely necessary. Don’t expect miracles in a week and don’t get discouraged.
This is a process that could take several months (especially if you’re dealing with a yeast problem) before you see results. Most often though, positive changes are evident after a month’s time. Here’s another article that we did on some the less common skin disorders in dogs.