5 Steps To Your Dog’s Healthy Skin
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Issues with chronic dog skin problems are most often misdiagnosed as and tagged as “dog allergies”. We at Nzymes hear this every day: You take your dog to the vet and are told he/she has “allergies”, and they want to do some costly ‘allergy testing’ to prove it. The recommendation is prescribed steroids and antibiotics; or antihistamines or other medications may come into play. Yet, while these items may show some ‘temporary’ relief of symptoms, things are not getting better in the long term. Why? – Veterinarians define an “allergy” as the overreaction of the immune system – so when they see your dog’s immune system over-reacting this way (itching, scratching, reddish inflamed areas, hot spots, etc.) they automatically “assume” allergies, for which there actually IS no cure. Very often, the ears are involved, with itching, swelling, and smell. They may even mention ‘yeast’ in the ears (or feet) but without any conclusion on where that yeast might come from. Well, what is unfortunate is that what is actually being missed here is the overgrowth of yeast that is happening within your dog’s digestive tract… And, as this yeast proliferates throughout the body, including skin and ears, this is what causes the immune system to over-react. The vast majority of these “skin problems” cases in dogs are a direct result of this overgrowth of yeast or leaky gut syndrome…
The symptoms of a systemic yeast infection in dogs are obvious: chronic itchy or blackened skin, hot spots, strange odor, ear infections and raw paws. But what exactly is a systemic yeast infection?
Simply put, a systemic yeast infection in dogs is caused by an imbalance in the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract – the gut. In the gut, there are billions of beneficial bacterial flora colonies, and there are also fungal residents such as yeast. When all is well, each produces by-products that benefit each other. However, when something comes along to upset that balance, this is when troubles begin… For a more complete understanding about yeast click here.
Nzymes offers 2 options for your Healthy Skin Kit – A Small Kit or A Large Kit. The antioxidant product comes in two forms: Antioxidant Treats (in the small kit) or Antioxidant Granules (in the large kit). These two products contain the same key ingredients in different forms.
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|Your Large Healthy Skin Kit Will Include|
How The Products Work:
Antioxidants (Treats or Granules): Each Treat or dose of Granules will begin building your dog’s immune system and assisting the body to better utilize the nutrients in the dog food with these live food enzymes. As natural antioxidants they also help to flush out toxins and provide support to the skin and coat.
Ox-E-Drops: Each drop of Ox-E-Drops will help balance out the pH in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, creating a less hospitable environment for the fungal build-up in the gut. In addition to adding this product to your dog’s food, you will also make a topical solution with it to use daily (see step #4 to learn how).
BlackLeaf: BlackLeaf is added to the dog’s meals beginning week 2. It’s herbal properties are naturally repellant to yeast fungus as well as supporting better immunity overall. Coupled with the Ox-E-Drops, they provide a powerful 1-2 punch in the battle with yeast overgrowth.
Bac-Pak Plus: The high concentratation of probiotics and digestive enzymes in the Bac-Pak Plus is the final key component in rebuilding the GI tract. Bac-Pak Plus assists with the rebuilding of the beneficial bacteria, and is added to the dog’s food beginning week 4.
In Summary: A systemic yeast infection is nothing more than a break-down of the natural condition of the gut, where yeast has overgrown, and friendly bacteria has been diminished. Used in concert, these 4 components help to reverse that trend, slowly but surely returning the GI tract to a more natural state.
To get the best and quickest results, we recommend adding the products to your dog’s meal twice per day. If you absolutely cannot feed your dog twice per day – please add the full daily dosage to the meal once per day.
It is important to note that the Healthy Skin Program is a true detoxification process. Because of this, we recommend introducing the Nzymes products in stages to help ease the dog into the process. Please pay close attention to the timing instructions given on the Dosage Calculator page.
In order to see the results you are looking for, it’s important that you keep your dog on a strict diet. The diet should be high in protein and low in starch & carbohydrates. Yeast thrives on sugar – so anything that the body recognizes as sugar or converts to sugar (such as potatoes, corn, wheat, white rice, etc) will feed the problem. You DO NOT want to feed the problem while you are trying to fight it off.
Please choose a food and formula from our list below and transition your dog to the new food by mixing the old and new food together – increasing the new food and decreasing the old over a one to two week period.
Click on the store locator below the food you chose to find out where you can purchase it locally. If you are unable to find a store near you, go to Chewy.com to purchase it online.
Coconut oil is very helpful in addressing Candida albicans (aka the bad yeast). Use a ½ teaspoon in each feeding for dogs under 60 lbs and a full teaspoon in each feeding for dogs over 60 lbs. Soften the coconut oil and dribble on the food.
Fromm Family Food Gold Nutritionals Dry Kibble
Fromm Family Food Canned Foods
NutriSource Dry Kibble
NutriSource GRAIN-FREE Dry Kibble
NutriSource Canned Foods
Pure Vita Dry Kibble
Pure Vita Canned Foods
Natural Planet Organics Dry Kibble
Natural Planet Organics Canned Foods
Orijen Dry Kibble
Orijen Canned Foods
Precise Holistic Complete Dry Kibble
Precise Naturals Dry Kibble
Precise Canned Foods
Zignature Dry Kibble
Zignature Canned Foods
Ziwipeak AIR-DRIED Dry Kibble
Ziwipeak Canned Foods
All formulas accepted.
RAW Freeze-Dried Dinner Bites
RAW FROZEN FORMULAS
TREATS OK TO USE
Raw Frozen or Freeze-Dried
AVOID THESE TREATS: Milk Bones, Bonz, Beggin Strips, Snausages, Jerky Treats, Greenies, Rawhides, Pig Ears and others. Look closely at ingredients.
AVOID TREATS THAT CONTAIN: Meat-by-products, poultry-by-products, tapioca, sausage, bacon, corn beef, lunch meats, smoked turkey, ham, sauces or gravies.
AVOID THESE GRAINS: Enriched flour, wheat, wheat gluten, white rice*, brewers rice, rice flour*, corn meal, corn gluten, millet, prepackaged breads, cereals, cookies, crackers, pretzels and pasta. (*White rice may be ok if properly balanced in a quality food with brown rice or ricebran)
AVOID THESE WHOLE VEGETABLES: Corn, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, Carrots, yams, etc. (amounts of these vegetables used in holistic pet foods are very small and will not be problematic).
AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS LIKE: Buttermilk, cheeses and cottage cheese.
AVOID ANYTHING SWEET: Fruits, sugar, sorbitol, caramel coloring, honey, molasses, maple syrup, corn syrup or Dextrose.
AVOID PRODUCTS LIKE: Peanuts & peanut butter
TREATS OK TO USE: Try to use treats that are MEAT-BASED ONLY, with no wheat (especially wheat gluten), isolated white rice (brewers rice), potatoes or corn meal.
Here are a few treats that we can recommend
MEATS & PROTEIN SOURCES OK TO USE:
Beef, Buffalo, Duck, Chicken, Fish, Rabbit, Turkey, Cornish Hen, Lamb, Eggs.
(No RAW Northwest Pacific Salmon or Steelhead).
VEGETABLES OK TO USE: Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Spinach, Squash, Yellow Beans.
YOGURT PRODUCTS: Use plain yogurt only – NO SUGAR ADDED!
Adding the NZYMES supplements to plain Yogurt can serve as an effective method of feeding the supplements to the more finicky pets.
As the detoxification process begins, it will be your job to keep your dog’s hair follicles clean so that the yeast may exit the body. We recommend using an anti-fungal or medicated shampoo during this program. If using DerMagic shampoo, please follow the instructions on the PDF below. If using another shampoo, bathe your dog at least 2 times per week while they are detoxifying their body.
Here is a list of shampoos that we recommend to use during this cleansing process. Click on the links to be redirected to purchase:
This step is VERY important so as to keep your dog’s skin clean and comfortable at all times during the detoxification process.
Putting this in a spray bottle makes it convenient and easy to apply.
Between the bathing sessions, use this solution on your dog’s skin 3 or 4 times per day while he is detoxifying his body of the bad yeast. This will help to reduce inflammation, ease the itching sensation, and kill off the yeast as it exits the body.
If your dog has yeast in the ears: saturate a cotton ball with the 2% solution, drip a few drops into the ear canal and fervently clean the ear inside of the ear flap. If the issue is severe, do this 2 to 3 times per day until it is cleared from that sensitive area.
We suggest many different home remedies that can help your dog feel better during the cleansing process and not hinder the health of your dog and the success of the detoxification process like the medications will. It is important that you do not allow your dog to damage his skin by overly chewing or scratching the body. These recommendations will help keep the dog comfortable and avoid damage to the skin.
1. Using plain gold Listerine on the hot spots will help to relieve the itching. Dilute this with some water if your dog has open sores from scratching or biting.
2. Using baking soda and water is also a good ole remedy that helps to ease the itching problem. Mix it with water and use it as a paste or final rinse after a bathing session.
3. Cold compresses are an amazing way to give your dog instant relief from the uncomfortability of the yeast on the skin. Heat makes yeast rise, so putting a cold wash cloth or ice pack on the problematic areas will help them feel instantly better.
4. Use a soft collar to stop chewing and help prevent face and ear damage. It may take some time for your dog to get used to wearing a collar, but it is a great way to avoid damage to the skin. Here are 2 soft collars that we recommend:
There are other lotions and salves that have helped many dog owners find relief during the cleansing process. Please leave a comment below if you have more helpful suggestions of home remedies to help your itchy dog through the cleansing process.
This program purges the dog’s body of the yeast overgrowth. In order to restore your dog’s system back to full health and rid the body of this excess bad yeast – the body MUST go through this detoxification process. This program will allow the body to fully detoxify but it TAKES TIME. Depending on the severity of the situation and how many medications the dog was on prior to beginning this program, the full cleanse can take many months. The cleanse will come in phases and the symptoms will look much worse during the initial cleansing phase. This is good – it is evidence that the program is working. The excess yeast will be exiting through the hair follicles, which is why the symptoms increase. You can expect to see this phase around 1 to 2 months into the program.
It is very important that you keep your dog on this program for at least one full year. Even though many will see the symptoms subside within a few months, continuing to use the products as instructed will help push the body through the cleansing phase and re-balance the gastrointestinal tract – making one happy and healthy dog.
Use a regular healthy maintenance program of Nzymes Antioxidants and Ox-E-Drops to keep your dog’s immune system strong and avoid future difficulty and/or re-occurrence of yeast overgrowth. Using these products on a daily basis (follow dosage recommended on the bottle) will also help support the coat, the joints, the respiratory system and much more.