Dog Skin Problems: Ailments & Options
Natural Approaches to Healthier Skin for Your Dog
Skin problems in dogs is the #1 issue for which we receive calls and letters each and every day. It is a very broad category, and the troubles can range from mild to severe. On the milder side, dogs may be dealing with a poor coat, dandruff or flaky skin, occasional itching/scratching and perhaps seasonal hot spots. On the more severe side, dogs may be faced with terrible itching, biting, scratching, chewing, hair-loss, odor, blackening skin, oozing sores, ear infections, eye infections or UTI’s. Keep in mind that all the issues just listed are NOT the problem, but SYMPTOMS of a larger problem.
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Regardless of your pet’s current condition, there is a natural approach to help address it. The milder issues mentioned above may be due to a simple deficiency in the diet. By simply adding Nzymes Antioxidant Treats or Sprouted Granules to the diet, many of these issues will generally melt away. For the more severe issues, a full-on approach, like our Healthy Skin Program, would be recommended.
The Skin is the largest organ, covering the whole body, and it is a filtering organ. The vast majority of these issues is stemming from the inside out. In other words, something is out of balance on the inside that filters out to the surface creating the irritation. The phrase “Dog Allergies” gets bandied about quite often as almost a catch-all term, but is it REALLY allergies?
A wise man once summed it up this way. He said, “There are many ways in which a man can destroy his own health, but very few ways a dog can”. He went on to elaborate that a man can drink, do drugs, over eat, run around, pick fights and end up in a mess. A dog – outside of genetic factors – gets 3 things: the food he eats, the water he drinks, and whatever he receives by way of vaccination. If your dog is having skin issues, it is likely that 1, 2 or all 3 of these items are at play. Let’s look at those 3 things.
The vast majority of what is sold today as pet food is there for one reason – It is a repository for waste products left over from the human food industry. Big Brand Companies are profitizing from what would otherwise be waste. On top of that, they are treated with preservatives, additives, colorings, and flavorings to make them palatable to your dog. ALL OF THESE are detrimental to the health of your dog’s gut. These chemical additives, and poor ingredients lend themselves to the breakdown of your dog’s normal digestive flora. Why do they use those chemicals in the first place? To stop bacteria from growing and keeping the food from spoiling in the bag. They give it a longer shelf-life. The downside is these same chemicals affect the GOOD bacteria that is critical for your dog’s internal health. In addition, these foods contain high volumes of starchy carbohydrates, like corn, brewer’s rice, etc. These carbs convert to sugar during digestion and feed YEAST, a fungal resident in the gut, normally kept in check by good bacteria. So in battlefield terminology, the bad guys are being fed, while the good guys are being slaughtered. Are you beginning to see the problem? (Foods We Recommend)
I think we’ve all had a drink from a garden hose while growing up, and somehow we lived – LOL. Clean drinking water is a hallmark of a First-world society. We should all be thankful for clean water. Obviously, chlorine is used as an agent to keep the water free from bacteria and other organisms that would make us very sick. Normally, this is not a big problem. BUT, if you are dealing with an animal with a GI tract compromise, it does become an issue. For animals with these heavy skin conditions, we do recommend using filtered or purified water for drinking. Re-building the natural bacteria is essential in restoring your pet’s health, so why introduce anything that would impede that process?
There have been volumes written on the problems regarding the over-vaccination of pets in our modern world. Our friend, Dr Jean Dodds and many others, have long advocated for a change in vaccine protocols. Rather than go into a long segment here, we recommend visiting DogsNaturallyMagazine.com and search for articles on this subject. They have holistically minded vets on staff as well as other contributors, who well document this issue.
Most traditional approaches are focused on treating the symptoms. There is a good chance if you are reading this, that you have been through this already. Antibiotics and Steroids are commonly prescribed, and often will seem to alleviate the problem – until they wear off. Then it’s back to square one, right? Actually, its worse than that. The downside of using antibiotics is the loss of more gut bacteria, and the downside of steroids is the suppression of the immune system, which is necessary to get well. So you gain temporary relief at best, but the PROBLEM remains. Other modern therapies include prescriptions for a different class of immune suppressants. Like steroids, they suppress symptoms by shutting off immune response to them. But the problem is still there.
If the foundation of your house became broken, and large cracks ran up your walls, you could fill them with putty and paint over them, and they would probably look good for a while. But your foundation is still broken! You haven’t addressed the PROBLEM, only the SYMPTOM. What’s going to happen now? Eventually, your house will sink further, and all the putty will crack again. So you go buy SUPER-PUTTY – that’ll fix it! Nope. Your problem is foundational. This is the problem with focusing on the superficial, instead of the structural. The problem is not in the attic, it’s in the basement. Your dog’s basement is his gut. It is the foundation of his health.