Problems: Itchy Blackened Skin, Yeast, Pyoderma(?)
FORWARD: Ginger, as can be seen from the photos, is one of the very worst cases of horrible, itchy blackened skin symptoms we have seen since 1999. Wherein, we have dealt with maybe 60,000 cases over those years. Ginger’s story is yet one more perfect example – of a dog starting out with some minor itching and skin issues, and then things getting highly exacerbated once the typical ‘allergies’ treatments – steroids/antibiotics – come into play (see also the story of Savanna). These meds, while giving some temporary relief of itchiness, begin making the internal Yeast imbalance much worse. And, in this case, where more vaccinations were given – right at the beginning – this became one more highly negative factor. Our experience with these issues over all those years confirms this statement, as well as our conclusion that rabies vaccination is likely the most frequent cause of the core root problem (yeast overgrowth); and that antibiotics represent the ‘easiest’ cause of this “all too frequent” and horrible disorder. The other main factor in dogs ending up with these issues – is underperforming or weak immune function. These dogs just cannot correct the gut environment imbalance when it gets destroyed.
At the beginning of May, we started noticing that our almost 13-year-old mix breed dog, Ginger, was starting to have some skin problems. She has had some minor problems in the past, mostly in the spring, so we didn’t think much of it. She progressively started to get worse but I thought I could manage her “hot spots” with hydro-cortisone sprays etc.
On June 6, we decided to take her to the vet as she was really getting bad and she was scratching non-stop. He wasn’t sure what she had but took a scraping to see if it was mange. The test came out negative so he said she had “pyoderma”. He gave her a prescription for antibiotics and also gave her a cortisone shot and Benzoyl peroxide shampoo. She was also due for her annual vaccination shots, so they were administered as well.
We did all that the vet told us to do and she still wasn’t doing any better. Actually, she was worse! We took her back a week later; he did another skin scraping which was negative again for Mange. He didn’t have any other suggestions except to take her to a doggy dermatologist and gave her another shot and more antibiotics. I suggested running a thyroid test and he agreed to do that. Her T4 thyroid result was low so I went ahead and did the full thyroid work up and that came back fine. By this time I didn’t know what to do, as I knew the dermatologist would be quite expensive and I wasn’t sure that that was something we really wanted to do.
On the 22nd of June, I thought Ginger was going to die.
Her skin was red and inflamed and she was running a fever. I started looking on the internet for some kind of answers and that is when I came across the NZYMES.COM web site. I figured she must have poor immune health. I was a bit skeptical at first but thought it would be less expensive than all the vet bills and testing etc. the vet wanted to do. When I spoke to the vet about the (NZYMES) Healthy-Skin Program he said he didn’t think this was the issue, but I decided to go ahead and take a holistic approach since his methods hadn’t worked and only made her worse.
So I ordered the Healthy-Skin Kit even though I wasn’t sure she would survive till the products came. I went right away to the vet and purchase the Malaseb shampoo and also followed program instructions to obtain and use a recommended food. The NZYMES® Healthy-Skin Kit products came on the 25th of June and we started her on them right away. We followed the program by the book. I had my doubts along the way as to if I was doing the right thing for her or not or if I should have had her put down. She had good days and bad days with fever, diarrhea and weight loss. She had lost most of her hair and had the ugly blackened skin. My teenage boys called her “Resident Evil”. She would get chills and we kept her covered with a blanket so she wouldn’t shiver. We bathed her every day to every other day with the Malaseb shampoo. When that ran out we got her the Universal Medicated Shampoo, which we liked better and rinsed her with a mixture of baking soda water. We kept her sprayed with the topical (solution) too. We also purchased the Comfy Cone, because she wouldn’t stop scratching and that helped a great deal. I’m glad we did as we didn’t have to constantly yell at her and it was much better than the hard plastic cones.
It is now just past 3 months and Ginger is doing so much better. She has grown most of her hair back but still has some issues on her head and legs. For the most part, she is doing quite well and has gained most of her weight back. She’s still a bit itchy but the baths are down to twice a week. I have also added coconut oil and omega 3-6-9 to her diet. She’s come a long way in 3 months and I’m sure she has more time before she is completely through the detox as she has had her 13th birthday and it’s supposed to take a month for every year.
I am very happy with the results that NZYMES® Healthy-Skin Kit has provided and the new diet has given her. My theory is, we had adopted a Parrot in January of 2008 and Ginger wasn’t happy with not getting all the attention or having a bird in the house, even though she got, even more, attention now to compensate for her being nervous around the parrot. I think her immune system suffered from her age, the antibiotics that we gave her, cortisone shots, the immunizations and lack of good nutrition even though we fed her a middle of the road dog food. She still doesn’t like the bird but seems more tolerable of her. I hope she will have a couple more happy and healthy years with us thanks to NZYMES® Healthy-Skin Kit.
Almost a year has passed now and a lot has happened. Ginger was making great improvements with her initial skin issues but it seemed that I just couldn’t get her over the “hump” so to speak.
So I decided to try a different vet back in November of 08. I had heard he took a more holistic approach even though he wasn’t considered to be a Holistic vet. Well, he said that she had staph and that I needed to put her on medications. I really didn’t want to do it, but conceded. A week went by and I took her back for a check and she actually seemed like she was doing better. During the following week, we started to notice that she was having the same symptoms like she did the initial time. I came to my own conclusion, that the medication that we had been giving her may have been one of the reasons she got so bad in the first place. I immediately stopped and contacted the vet. Surprised to find out what I had told him, He didn’t really have any other suggestions except to take Ginger to a Holistic vet which was about 50 miles away and I just didn’t want to do that.
I went on the internet to do some research of my own and came up with giving her some other options. I have been including the NZYMES® Healthy-Skin Kit in her daily routine since the beginning and even though she lost hair and had difficulty cleansing, it wasn’t near as bad as the first time. I’m sure it was the NZYMES® and also feeding her Eagle Pack dog food as well as bathing her several times a week with her special shampoos. I also give her Ultra Oil skin supplement and sometimes include coconut oil too.
She made great improvements over the winter months and we were actually down to bathing her once every two weeks! In the last month, she has become increasingly itchier and has had a terrible ear infection that I think we have under control now. We are back to bathing her every few days again but this is the same time of year that it all happened last year. I have no idea what is causing her to react this way, as the most of our pollen here is gone. I guess we may never know but the great thing is, she is still with us even though she shows her age of 13 ½.
L. Wisner – Spring Hill, FL
NZYMES NOTE: The mention of the Parrot, and the dogs reaction, brings up one point that is commonly overlooked. STRESS, regardless of cause, can be a very negative factor related to digestive health, as it can cause a negative impact on pH balance and body chemistry, which then may result in loss of beneficial bacteria that needs to be built back up. In these ‘really tough’ cases, such negative factors can play out like this – stretching the problem out for a long time. The ultimate goal of the NZYMES Healthy-Skin Program – is to HELP the immune system eradicate the troublesome Yeast that had taken over the gut (due to loss of good bacteria) and then RESTORE healthy amounts of bacteria as rightful master of the gut/digestive environment. This process can be enormously challenging many times, especially when the immune system is not able to do its part, as well as other negative factors.
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