This is a long article, but I urge those reading this to take time to fully read it through, then you can apply and/or do your own research. .
In over 6+ decades of living life, i have always been around animals and compassionately raised them with loving care. I wanted to share my experiences and information in hoping it will help others on all timeframes or financial budgets, that are coping or trying to find methods of managing and curing issues for their pet..
I am not a veterinarian, but since I have learned much over the years through my pets being diagnosed and treated by professional veterinarians, holistic veterinarians and my own hands-on experience, these are some suggested guidelines.
I’ve spent thousands on vet visits and will my pets ever-never have issues? Well, if they do or if they don’t, at least I will be more knowledgeable and know what to do to manage or cure it before it is a major issue. As you read there will be protocols, practices and products listed, some are directed to Amazon.com so you can see the products, I suggest read this article page first then click on product if you want to see them (if you are directed there, to get back to this article page go to top left corner (if on phone) and under the time Tap on safari and it will take you back here).
On this post, I mainly focusing on dog-pets (fur-babies), but the basic information and tips could apply to other animals, as well. Such as the products suggested in this article for dogs, may not be suitable for “Other” animals, just consider this and research first, to make sure of the safety of using them on any other pet, other than a dog. So to make sure the products & protocols are “That type-of-animal, friendly ones”.
PLEAE READ THROUGH TO THE END, rather than just search for an ailment and/or a quick fix or relief as (I list all protocols at the end section of this post). As there is a specific cycle, timeframe and method in managing, curing and healing issues. After reading through, I list remedies and how to apply them, so you can understand better how to use the appropriate protocol and get a better basic and logical understanding of the causes and the process of healing for your pet.
I know that there is a lot to read on here, but there could be a protocol or method that you may even have been trying to do or doing, but something small or significant you could have missed doing in a specific way or are not doing a certain way that could be more beneficial (which you can further research)
The biggest issue is, discovering what the problem is , how to prevent it from happening and using the correct protocol; as in knowing of which protocol, when, how much, how often and why? Most importantly, one must use preventative measures, but also have protocols ready to use and take action before things get out of hand. As (skin, sores, rash or whatever) needs to have a process and allowed time to heal.
There are times, when issues can even take weeks or months to get resolved. Some issues may need be managing every now & then or for long term. As the cycle of healing and possibly re-triggering or re-irritation and re-injury can occur, making this process of healing a cycle that seems to have no end. “Difficult is the chore, keeping the outside of your pet from having issues, while their environment or feeding them is what’s causing it from the inside.”.
Most importantly, as I said “We must have protocols on-hand and ready to use and take action and efforts before things get out of hand”. If trying to remedy the symptoms or issue, and there’s no progression in healing, one must not hesitate in getting professional advice. Although, certain issues are common and can be dealt with at home, with the right care or product usage and in the correct order to help heal and cure. Some of these issue are not life threatening, but may require repeating protocols daily or weekly to get it under control.
Even though I do prefer a more holistic , homeopathic or natural approach, there are times when traditional medicines are urgently needed to get the issue managed and under control and then a more natural remedies can be of assistance with any additional common occurrences. I explain and go over usage of homeopathic, holistic and traditional remedies more as you read.
In various cases their are issues that can spread fast and get very unmanageable, so you must consider taking action immediately with proper veterinarian care to halt any issues before it becomes overwhelming and way out-of-hand for yourself and your pet or cause additional damage. Often some major illnesses or symptoms can get misdiagnosed (getting a second opinion is always good). More common issues have been remedied by various types of allergy medicines or shots offered to help alleviate several allergy issues (especially severe or reoccurring) these can help to take control of the situation, but in most cases the root of the issue will still need to be addressed & managed. Be also aware and educated of what the veterinarian is offering or prescribing (take time to look it up, as some medications come with high risks).
We want our pets to feel good & be healthy, but when they are suffering we suffer too and they our need help. Sadly, some pet owners just give-up, as they start to feel they have exhausted all means, trying to help their pet. Yet, we can help our pets feel better, get healthier, even cured and at the least manage their issues, so they can live out their lives healthier, happy and comfortable. It’s just that often, many will look for a quick fix, such as a pill or shot to give to their pets in order to help them get cured and over whatever issue, allergy or symptoms they are having. Some issue can be managed by allergy shots, but finding the root to the issues can take time and trials.
Lovingly desperate, we often rely upon a veterinarian to help diagnosis our pets issues and give us help and advice, so we make trips to the vets office and it can get costly. Often we will take our pets to the same veterinarian regularly, so we feel they should know our pet and be able to help in assisting. Most Veterinarians (just as regular doctors) are “Practicing Medicine(s)” and are governed by using traditional practices, they will offer many products and are able to offer expensive treatments, surgeries and may prescribe many types of medicines (which may or not be needed). In all fairness, for the most part, they truly are trying to help your pet. Regardless of this you should always be aware of and ask what your veterinarian is offering or prescribing, as some products (shampoo’s conditioners, allergy shots and etc.) are so strong and good for emergencies, but not always as they may prescribed and others can be high risk medicines, with later side effects such as steroids (used only in cases of emergencies) and must be given a specific way and to be weaned off carefully (some pet owners will resort to any of these out of desperation).
However, too many medications, products and practices could possibly be causing overmedicating your pet and their issues and filling your pet with toxins to process out of their system. If trying (using) all the products, medicines and chemicals, one after another or all together this can begin to unbalance the natural mantle of the skin (and the system of your pet). All of this will not be allowing or giving your pets skin a chance or time to renew itself, as it takes time for the skin to shed cell layers and heal. All of this tends to create cycles that seem like an endless battle. As the internal system of your pet is trying to process all of it and heal, but becomes full of built-up extra toxins, that now must be filtered through the pets system and out through the pores as well. It can all be an up-and-down roller coaster and exhausting for us pet-owners and pet coping with the issue of skin and it’s health. Meanwhile, we must keep our pets from getting to the affected areas by having them wear e-collars, caring and watching them, so they don’t break open their healing areas and as we find the solutions, proper protocols and patiently wait for them to heal.
In any disease or illness; diagnosis, timing and treatment is crucial:
#1-Recognizing the symptoms: Food Allergy or (intolerance of specific ingredients or types of food or treats) and Environmental allergies can have similar symptoms, it is helpful to be able to recognize the issue as; is it a rash, flea or bug bite, a hotspot sore, yeast buildup, skin has musty smell, a bump, dandruff, fur loss etc. (everyday, make a habit of rubbing and petting your pet all over, not just because it feels nice to your pet, but this is one way to feel or take notice of any bumps, sores and such). Brushing your pet more often helps keep their coats clean, removes excess hair, dead skin and may alert you to an issue. Often you may only notice one small spot or area as your pet’s hair could be covering part of or much of the area of the issue and you may not be able to see, just how large it is or how bad it is. There seems to be “Cycles” within the symptoms, issues and healing as the onset or 1st noticing of an issue, then (with proper protocol), they begins to heal or is in a healing process (hair growing back could take weeks or months). So, if the symptoms or issues are in a cycle of looking like it’s healing, but your dog has symptoms as long as it’s healing be patient.. However, is the your pet is not healing or it gets worse or starts again, you may need to go back and do an elimination trial of what you are feeding them or had just fed of something new, including treats and any human food..
#2-Is it reoccurring, been diagnosed or a new issue: When we notice or recognize something wrong or ailing our pets, we will make an appointment to take them to a professional veterinarian to be examined, checked out and have the issue evaluated. This helps us to find out and know what it is and also be able to recognize it again, if it should happen again (today some may goggle the internet for a quick reference), but it is best to have your pet’s issue evaluated by a professional (you may even get a second opinion). Once you know what you are dealing with, there are some issues you can remedy and care for by yourself at home, by using the proper protocols. Since there can be many various protocols, knowing the proper ones & in what order to use them, how often and why, can all be crucial.
#3-Taking the appropriate action: Use logic, if the issue is taking to long to remedy or heal, get professional help. There is food allergies and food intolerances. Food allergies can be seen through symptoms occurring shorty after eating a certain food and food intolerances can be after a certain amount of food given (so it may not show up until it’s been fed repeatedly or too much of) and then it triggers when reaches a level that is not tolerable. That’s the tricky part, since we need to feed our dogs, like to give them treats and there’s such a variety of choices out there, we won’t know or not (until we try the food or treats suitable for our pets), if they will be allergic or intolerant to it (even could be caused by bug-bites, fleas, animal or pet-sibling bites or scratches from them playing with each other) to the emotions of your pet, or possibly allergic to even another pet in the home..all or any of these can play a large role in causing skin allergy symptoms. Be aware that your pet can find a way to scratch or itch an issue on the skin (even if they can’t get to it, as in a area on their back) as they will rub themselves on something to itch it and can irritate it to the point of bleeding. A tiny irritations (inside fur) or even an internal issue that goes unnoticed or unseen can start to cause damaged to your pets skin and in turn cause yeast or infections to grow and multiply. Out breaks of hotspots (need immediate care they spread so fast), dermatitis or other skin conditions can occur. Often, we try or put too many remedies or such on the skin trying to heal it, but it takes time to see results and you may have to repeat the use of some homeopathic or holistic remedies as the issue is healing, possibly everyday for several days or every other day, as the skin also needs time with nothing on it at some point, to give time to ensure the healing process.
The culprits and finding remedies can be challenging: Often certain medications, products or specific foods can cause yeast build-up to form on dogs skin or in their insides and cause the itching, scratching and biting. Flea bites, bug or insect bites and other outside environments can cause your pets to start the scratching and create bigger issues. Also products (such as strong bug repellants) sprayed upon us or them and around our pets surroundings and even laundry detergent s & laundry products and pesticides inside or on the grass can also cause triggers or reactions. As well as, improperly or over washing our pets skin (unbalancing the PH) as normally dogs only need to be bathed (with soaps or shampoos) once every 2-3 months or even just 2-3 times a year depending on habits of cleaning bedding or wiping down your pet with pet wipes and the dogs living environment unless they roll in dirt or mud and such (but if rolled in grass) they can be rinsed off with clean water, wiped down with (dog-safe wipes others can have added ingredients that may irritate your pet).
Yeast infection can be blamed for a lot: Yeasty build-up tends to be a common culprit and issue and yeast imbalances can be caused by various reasons from sweating, medications, over-washing, to environment to what a pet is fed (and too much of something being fed) and other reasons. Yeast even plays a part in the healing process with issues, to some degree. However, once within the pores and system (gut) it’s a cycle that can be difficult to get a grip on as it can cause a host of various issues and symptoms. Many-a-times yeasty issues can develop from common or minor things such as your pet being overly hot and sweaty or been given too much of the same foods and treats (even healthy ones), that built-up intolerance and gut issues, as too much of an ingredient in the food or treats fed each day (for just an example such as peas or potatoes, grains or too high of proteins), especially for a not so active pet. Usually to completely heal these issues, eliminating much of what is causing it (once you can rule it in or out) and using appropriate protocols. Many holistic and homeopathic products and protocols need to be applied more than once a day and for several days or ever other day, but the skin needs a chance to have nothing applied to it for a day or so as well, at some point in the healing process to air-it-out (so-to-say) as it gives a chance to heal over. Meanwhile, use an e-collar and if it’s in an area on its back (that they may keep rubbing against something and re-irritant it (use an ace bandage with velcro ends and wrap around your pet (not tightly), but to keep it covered so your pet can not get to the area needing to heal.
Flea medication and remedies: Most dogs are automatically put on flea, tick and heartworm medicines by their veterinarian. This will cut down on bites from the fleas causing these issues and that’s important. Yet, even when they were on the flea, tick and heartworm medications and there were no fleas, the allergy symptoms would still appear, so it could be a reaction originally to a flea bite and skin going through the process of healing or a trigger or build-up of something else. Flea & heart-worm medicines can be a vital measure if you live in areas that are prone to fleas and mosquitoes or if you are needing to take control over a flea infestation, but other than that there are alternate ways to control fleas and mosquitoes. Flea and heart-worm medicines can become toxic to many dogs, as the suggested for the weight of the dog is such a large variance (such as 10-20lbs or 40-60lbs and up) and that can be a big difference if you dogs weight is on the lesser poundage, so use with caution and gauge that toxic medication going into your dog at higher than needed dosage each month. Also, flea medication can be dangerous or even fatal to dogs with underlying medical issues. So, please use alternative measures for them. My dogs are healthy and I have used and trifexis and for my senior dog (over 10yrs old), I have used comfortis (flea meds without heartworm meds) as I think the flea/heartworm meds is too strong for her to be administered each month. However, this is why I chose to cut my dogs flea pill in 1/2 (using a pill cutter) as one of my senior dogs is on the lower end of weight-specified not as necessary if your pet is on the higher end of the weight specified on monthly flea and heart-worm medications, but I still get worried. So if on a 6 months supply prescription, if you cut pill and give 1/2 of pill each month, then the flea meds will last 12 months Flea medicines can be essential in several situations in keeping your dogs skin from fleas, insects bites and other issues. Flea collars can be very irritating and may not be effective or could be harmful to your pet.
Nutrition is the key in all good health: It is proven that nutrition in humans is utmost important in fighting against illness and disease and improper nutrition can cause weak immune systems and yeast. So, this is also a factor for our pets as well. As I did research about the way dry kibble pet food is processed and some with horrible chemicals, many even have problems with mites, as they come in large quantities that sit there for a while and a lot of them are just not that fresh. As well the dry kibbles and (canned dog-food too), could be lacking in the nutrition that dogs need; as commercial dog foods are convenient and could just be filling our pets up, but not always giving them the nutritional needs dogs really should have and ingredients in them can cause digestive issues and yeast buildup over time. Plus, dogs (as in any pet), may be needing certain vitamins, proteins or such to help with a deficiency. Many dog foods seem to have the ingredients such as : wheat, meat or meal by-products of (some kind), yeast, some various protein break downs and parts of chicken and other animal meats and fish, among various starches, carbs, fruits, sugars, soy, corn and other types of fillers and these seem to cause a lot of skin issues and digestive issues over time, since it’s not what dogs should be eating (and at the least, not everyday). So check the ingredients you are feeding your pet. Now, if feeding feral cats, dogs or animals that are in shelters or out on streets just trying to survive, this maybe a situation where kibble food or average canned food can be used, but for more domesticated dogs they will require better nutrition.
*It all made sense, since most of the kibble dry dog foods, fillers, by-products, (animal-meal) chemicals, wheat, corn, chicken, (carbs), certain grains, starchy vegetables and whatever else, in the dog or human foods that was given to my dogs in which may additionally contain carbs or starch, yeast (bread, chips, bagels etc. and even peas and potatoes, dairy, fruits and sugars) and these seem to trigger and contribute to the build-up of yeast and allergies symptoms. Pet food companies kept coming out with new foods, since most pet foods had grown intolerant and insufficient, some had created toppers to help add nutrition.. Plus, one must also consider where the commercial dog food is made; there could be other products that are manufactured out of that same factory your pet may have allergies too. As well, what is fed by the farmers that raise the animals used for protein in the pet foods, could be things that your dog may be allergic to. This can cause such confusion because the a product you could be feeding your pet may not be suitable, then you try another, but you still won’t get any better results. (I had also read that changing your pets food after several years to one similar (that agrees with them) and rotate back to original one that was working, just to give variety and tolerance and so their system doesn’t create an allergy from too much of one thing all the time and become intolerant to it, but not sure if all that is totally true. I do think if what you are feeding you pet and it is not giving them an allergy or tolerance and comes in a variety (as lamb, beef, chicken or fish) then I’d rotate maybe doing lamb and beef (just an example). One must also be cautious of ingredients in the dog treats, bones and dog cookies, that can cause issues.
Allergy & Antibiotic shots often help: I had tried everything traditional from all the advice of several veterinarians to other dog owners, but nothing was actually curing them (as getting the outside symptoms managed and healed, but the root of the cause was still questionable). There can be relief from the allergy symptoms (itching, scratching and sores), with several different types of allergy shots, but they’re not all very safe to use and many pet owners will end-up using any of them for their dogs, out of desperation. My vet used a shot called Cytopoint (a protein not a steroid) and a shot called Convenia or Cefovecin (antibiotic) when things got to out of control and unmanageable (where the symptoms were causing wounds or raw skin). Even though it had been recommended to have this shot given to my pet on a weekly or monthly basis, that is not necessary (as I waited to see if the shot was working and how it would last), but I would only use the Cytopoint shots when needed, usually every 3-6 months or even just once a year (while managing in between) or when and if there was an actual outbreak of a flare-up as, I was trying to pinpoint the culprit. Allergy shots such as Cytopoint or (over-the-counter meds such as Zyrtec), may help with managing the symptoms, yet, “it does not preventing the culprits that are triggering them”.
*Your pet may be good and they may not need another allergy shot for months. This will all depend upon if still feeding foods ( including treats & human foods) that are building yeast or re-visiting a grassy area that could have pesticides or pollen and beginning of new allergy seasons or possibly if pet is being feed by others some other treats or being bit by fleas, having a yeast issue already or in contact with what triggers the flare-ups once again. Anything of those, could be triggering the allergy. Therefore, the protocol can be deceiving and frustrating, as you may have seen results and there can be flare-ups again. Don’t rule out mosquitoes and fleas, even if your pet may not have had an issue with fleas, they could pick-some-up outside, at some other area or place and even from another dog or animal. Even an insect bite (ant or mosquito) can prompt them to scratch and itch to cause skin irruptions and these can trigger the flare-ups once again. The biggest dilemma in healing any issue is to know what to be using as the correct protocol and in which one, when, how much, how often and why?
Patients, Protocols and Diligence are needed: Even if you had or have your pet’s food-allergies under control, food or environmental elements could possibly trigger allergies again and vice-versa. Either way and whichever it all has to process through your pet’s system. Meanwhile, in trying to help manage your pets symptoms; it often takes a pet having to consistently wearing an E-collar, even when using healing protocols. Especially if you are not able or going to be around your pet, to keep them from getting to their irritated or healing skin. The E-collar can be taken off when your dog is going to eat or drink and to go out on walks to go potty or when they go to sleep (unless you are able to watch or listen for them getting at their affected area), but it may be needed while you sleep, so they won’t be getting at the affected areas.
Lack of Exercise Boredom and Emotional & Stress Issues: When dogs are bored, their needs not met or have emotional or anxiety stress, they will do what comes natural to entertain themselves (chewing, digging, licking) or even do other things that can be annoying or misbehaving (it’s not their fault). They can not do the things they need by themselves and they must rely upon us to provide for them and help them. Dogs (like any other animal) have basic needs that must be met, such as; of attention and care, to be fed, some treats, getting out to eliminate to go potty and getting enough exercise and rest. Besides getting the basic pet needs to get enough attention and exercise (based on breed, size, activity & age) they usually will be more likely to enjoy resting, being more calm, content and on a schedule of some type. If a pet doesn’t feel well (for any reason), they tend to self-soothe themselves. If your pet is already having allergy symptoms or is feeling stress or bored, this can be a cycle that may create issues for them and their skin. To help boredom, anxiety or stress there are various ways and things pet owners can get or do. There are many dog items such as, snuffle mats, interactive dog toys, dog puzzles and many other items.
*Practice a routine each day that you will do for your pet: this helps your pet to know and be able to depend upon it. Such as; a schedule or routine, to take them out to potty and making sure they go (watch for their clues that the need to go) and a feeding schedule 2x’s a day and going out to potty (may be 2-3 or 4x’s a day) regardless, doing these at (or near) a specific time each day, so they know they can depend upon it. Pets may also suffer from aches and pains in joints and other areas from various reasons and there are supplements for those (such as dasuquin with MSM, Dog CBD) or dog calming chews, hemp oil and CBD for pets can also help calm a distressed or pet with allergy symptoms or having various anxieties.
Getting to the root of the problem: Common culprits causing allergies and other health issues: kibbles dry food and many of the ingredients in them, corn, wheat, grains, soy and certain animal proteins due to intolerance (obesity and lack of exercise), feeding animals human food that they can not digest well or should not need to have, some environmental elements and the dog (or animals) feelings/emotions=stress .
*My dogs developed an intolerance to any foods with wheat, chicken or high amounts of proteins given each day in foods & treats (honestly at first, I was in denial of this). I just did not understand, why my dogs could not eat chicken, while other dogs could without an issue. So, I was making an effort finding dog food, dog cookies and treats with no wheat or chicken (as I was battling to heal my dogs). It was one thing to find grain-free and even corn and soy-free, but chicken and wheat-free as well, that was difficult to find. As many pet foods will even say; beef or salmon as their main ingredient, but in reading the ingredients, chicken, wheat, yeast or starch is in there and in some kind of form and that also goes for every dog cookie or dog treat out there. Pet food companies realized majority of the commercial pet foods available was not sufficient and there seemed to be a mass production of newly formulated pet foods (but all foods are not made for all dogs as they have various lifestyles and needs). Healthy toppers are good as they can be added to your pets foods . Such as freeze-dried animal raw organs (there are various ones and not all the same quality, they may have too many ingredients or ingredients that will build-up issues if used for food toppers daily). As far as dog bones and treats, you may find an all-beef-bully-sticks for treats and bone chews, as they have a large selection at many of the pet stores, but they can get pricey and some hard bones are only good for major chewers or large breeds that don’t have soft mouths. I did find some suitable dog cookie, treats and healthy crunchy bone treats and with some of them, I use a garden plant-pruner cutting tool this helps to cut them in half or so, to divide them up and last more days. “Gnaw Bones” brand has a good variety with just one ingredient of protein and those have been the best so far. I post them on my dogs instagram @hairalwaysonmy floors. I also have most of the products mentioned here on my shop-it “Pet Care” page linked to the products, so you can see, purchase or find them. Just remember, even with ones claiming to be healthy, they may have an ingredient they may not agree with your pet, even if it agrees with other pets or even another pet of yours, so just make a note of that when you give them something, so you’ll know which ones may have caused a flare-up.
In the the Elimination of specific foods given: In using an elimination diet, remember to write down the dates and what you fed them (could use a calendar you can write on). I eliminated chicken, wheat, and most grains from my dogs diets. To further the research into my dogs reason for intolerances or allergies, I additionally began to avoid giving them anything that was or had starches, soy, yeast, carbs, grains, fruits, sugar, dairy and other fillers in it (boy are they going to miss those pieces of bagels I used to give them!) I also gave them probiotics after they eat their meals, as I tried this protocol to clear their gut as this is where, I felt all the issues may coincide. The elimination diet supported my own suspicions that in order to clear up digestive issues, skin conditions, allergy symptoms and breakouts that the dogs were having; it was going to have to be cleared and healed not only in battling it from the outside of the dog (with the protocols to heal and clean the skin issues), but also with combating it from the inside (as we-humans also do this to help ourselves), from inside the gut. Whereas, I had already seen and had success with healing the wounds on the outside with certain healing products. Now, needing to heal the inside gut. As, obesity, malnourished, imbalanced gut and a weak or compromised immune system can also cause toxins that come out through the skin. Just stay away from things dog just shouldn’t eat, regardless of what is offered, advertised and out on the shelves or online for us to buy (whether the social media internet, google, friendly forums, veterinarians or others, might say that it’s “safe for dogs to eat”). Our dogs ancestors may have been wolves, but our pets are domesticated and it gets a little trickier because their systems, emotions, environments, their owners behaviors and surroundings, can all vary and all have specific needs and they are not the same as a wild dog outside. For each dog may have different levels of activities and tolerance to proteins and various grooming needs, sensitivities, triggers of allergies and the owners availability of funds and time.
*NOTE* The tricky part to all of this is, while trying to figure-out what is causing issues with your pet (whether food or environment), especially when your pet already has an allergy or flare-up. So, unless the allergy symptoms or issue was already in the process of healing or clearing-up, it will make it difficult to distinguish what’s causing it or the true tolerance of what foods, treats or environment caused it. This is where I feel it may become most frustrating, so with this in mind; if your pet is healing while on the elimination-dieting (restrictive diet as described above and below), then keep on the same foods that seem to be healing them (any dog treats as well must be figured out, as a specific kind of treats may be triggering it-over & over again). If your pet does not seem to be having less of an issue or is not healing and still is breaking-out after you stopped giving them what you are eliminating, try another single animal protein and only for 3 days at one time, then change the protein (as too much of the same-kind of protein all at once or for too long a period of time can also cause issues (even food intolerances) in some dogs, especially if they re not super active. So, be careful what is given to your pet to eat (be cautious what other people in your home and around them may give them as well). Also keep on-hand treats that do not cause allergies and upsets with them and if your pet begs for food while you are eating and you are tempted to give them something, have them sit away from you and give them a treat of theirs.
* The main feeding protocol when using Elimination Diet: I only fed my dogs cooked animal proteins, beef (med to med rare) preferably steak-meat cut up and cooked lamb and cooked fish, salmon is a good one (fresh fish is always better than canned), but I keep on hand canned (the lowest sodium ones) salmon, mackerel, sardines plain in water (sometimes ones with oil) and occasionally give them cooked shrimp, cooked ground beef or pork. Since I already knew they could not have chicken and to find out whatever meat protein they could tolerate and not be allergic to I had to try other ones individually, I also added a little amount of some non-starchy veggies; such as chopped up carrots, green beans or tiny bit of kale (stems removed and only give kale occasionally ) it can be healthy, but it can be very had on to the system and broccoli (florets-tops not stem part) once in awhile, as it can be gassy for their digestion (I had to mix in the veggies and cover it with the meat or fish protein for my picky dog). I did this for 2 weeks faithfully (may need to do this process 4-6 weeks). I would feed 1 type of animal or fish protein at a time) and alternated them and I saw good results . I had to still be aware of any bug bites, as this causes flare-ups all over again.
*NOTE* After fully getting it under control and their skin had all cleared up, I kept doing this for a couple more weeks and they had not been excessively scratching, itching, licking or biting. I kept giving them the animal proteins and occasionally a non-starch veggies. I eventually added a dog food (called “Solid Gold” beef canned , Liberty brand (bixbi) or Nulo brand or anything comparable to these) staying away from dry-food kibbles, but there are several grain-free food, ‘limited ingredient dog food’ choices (just be careful to check ingredients, there can be some ingredients in them that over time may build yeast, such starchy veggies, yeast etc..). I adjusted the portions appropriately (to their size and activity levels), as the pet foods seem to put a larger amount that is recommended for feeding amounts, so I use my own calculations and kept giving them the fresh cooked animal meats or fresh fish and rotating the cooked meats then fish (once in awhile I also give as toppers additionally to their food, tuna fish, salmon or mackerel in the can) and non-starchy veggies as toppers to the canned dog food.
*NOTE* In the event that I did not have fresh or frozen cooked meats or fish to add to my dogs food as toppers, I would always keep on hand (Nulo brand freeze dried meat organs) and added some of those crushed up and some whole sprinkled upon their canned solid-gold brand dog food. Every now and then when I didn’t have fresh meat or fish to add to their meals I would sprinkle some of the Nulo anyways, just so they could remember getting the fresh as well, but when I only had the Nulo and they would still enjoy it. Occasionally, (only as a treat now and then) I gave them some Greek plain yogurt there’s only 1 brand I found around here that was safe enough called FAGE plain 2% Greek yogurt. I found that this one was okay to give to dogs, it has no sugar or sugar substitutes that are dangerous to dogs or bad stuff added. Once in awhile I would put blueberries and strawberries in it too (you can grind them up in a blender and then mix it into their foods if they won’t eat it alone. I also would mix coconut oil with tumeric herb powder (only a small amount as 1/8 to 1/4 for every 10pds of a dog, but use caution even in larger dogs as they could have an intolerance to it and use only occasionally). It would make a paste and I would add it to their food once in awhile only if needed for inflammation, but not everyday. I have also given supplement-vitamins of fish oil or a fatty acid such as omega-3 or omega-6 oil (you can get some prescribed from your veterinarian), they can also get these vitamins from feeding fresh or canned salmon, sardines or other canned fish. I also always keep on-hand, pure canned pumpkin (plain) this can help if stools are runny or diarrhea, give until better. Yet, if diarrhea is not better within 2 days, get your dog to the doctors to have checked. I have also have given my dogs a safe and pure Aloe Vera (a safe and specific one) that I list below in protocols.
*Make sure to write down the dates and what you had fed your pet, use the elimination-diet and the reintroducing of proper foods to them, so to rule out culprits and to figure out how your pet reacts to foods, environments and etc. This helped me pinpoint what they had flare-ups from or not, as I added or tried another protein or whatever treats (I didn’t need various different things to feed my dogs (pet), I just needed to know what would cause them to have issues and I eliminated that totally (that’s how I figured out the chicken and wheat was a culprit for my dogs), but eventually there were flare-ups and allergy symptoms that occurred from a flea bite or a mosquito or another insect.. Even if it was just one or one bite.
*I can say, after using these protocols, it has been more manageable and my dogs have clear skin, shiny coats and are not excessively itching, scratching or licking at all (only to groom themselves or an occasional self-soothing when trying to calm themselves). Not that my dogs (or any pet) will ever not scratch, lick or itch themselves, they do. As my dogs are subjected to insects and such many times, as we do a lot of outside living, but I take precautions. If I ever notice an area that could have been a reaction (to a bug bite, allergy or whatever) or is irritated by my dogs scratching or licking, I clean the area and use whichever protocol needed to help soothe and heal it and it goes away. So, there may be an irritation or skin upset again, even after your pet is healed. “At the least, one can learn to manage these skin upsets and when any may occur, being able to use the proper protocol immediately and to keep it from becoming unmanageable and constantly frustrating or aggravating to either my pet or yourself”.
*I had come to the conclusion, that the elimination diet did help me figure out what foods my dogs were having issues with, but I also learned dogs just should not be eating things that dogs, just should not be eating and certain foods can only be given as one in awhile in small amounts as a treat or eliminated totally, these could be such as, starches (potatoes bread etc), soy, yeast, carbs, grains, sugar, dairy, cheese, yogurt, certain fruits, and other fillers etc..I also realize that some dogs can develop seasonal allergies and could be more sensitive to certain foods and environmental things then other dogs. Some dogs also like to groom themselves more than others and it may appear that they are reacting from allergies, but could be just cleaning themselves. Most often dogs get a bug bite or an irritation from some thing, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an allergy and with the proper protocols it may go away within a day or week or so.
*NOTE* There are seasonal blooms in certain months, different areas and variety of household or laundry cleaners, chemicals, dust and other environmental things that may trigger allergies again, even if you had their food allergies under control. If your dog seems to be sensitive to pollen season, avoid going outside in the early morning and late afternoon when pollen levels are at their peak. Cleaning out AC vents is beneficial because pollen, dust mites and dander are allergens known to stick and get trapped in them as well. For all and any-dogs walking in dirty or wet roads, grass (swampy) and grass that pesticides may be on, make sure to clean and wipe their paws coming in from the outside. Keep lawns mowed and keep pets out of high grown fields. In using any products for allergies or sores, rashes and etc, some of the same remedies mentioned on this page can be used on the skin for healing flare-ups from food, pollen, seasonal, detergents or laundry softeners, and environmental allergies. Using the knowledge of which one, when to use it and how often to apply. If their skin or outbreak is very raw or bleeding, do not use the apple cider /water solution, gently wash with gentle soap for dogs and rinse area, chamomile and lavender tea (make the tea, let cool then apply with teabag) can also calm itchy irritated skin. Then wait a day or two (let it heal some before using the apple cider/ purified water diluted solution). Another product could be used called coat defense it’s a powder can be applied (they have shampoos too) . The recommended aloe vera spray mentioned here as well (let dry) and you can also apply skin soothing balm such as this one from natural dog company. These are all helpful ( choose one remedy at a time) see what works better for situations If sores or area looks like it could get infected or probably is, after washing and rinsing the area, use the aloe vera (let dry) and apply the muricin 2% ointment. As skin heals and for dry skin healing, use organic sesame seed oil or vitamin E oil, but do this only if the skin is dry or hair loss, no oils of any kind should be used on yeastie issues, until healed over a bit or completely healed (because oils can trap in moisture and with yeast that’s not good), it needs to be kept clean and dry while healing. Use e-collar so your pet does not get to the irritated area and give it a chance for the skin to fully heal.
Often pets will get red bumps or irritations in areas on different parts of their bodies, but common areas like on the stomach or groin and under arms etc. could be a rash or heat rash (similar to a baby’s diaper rash) and it can be from various things like sweat, dirt etc.. After washing the areas, a small dap massaged in of the Muricin 2% can help , but also a holistic veterinarian gave me a solution called Domeboro, but can be bought on Amazon) and you make a mixture of it and dap on gently with a cosmetic pad a cotton ball and it is very soothing. I have also used ( after in conjunction) a small amount of cornstarch baby powder (do no use talc powders) to help the chafing and keep it dry and heal it over. This protocol may need to be done a couple times a day.
One fix does not fit all or any issue: It’s not one fix or one thing that fixes all, but it’s been much better for my dogs and it has cleared up the constant issues they were having. Remember when using any homeopathic, holistic remedies and even with traditional methods, it’s not always going to be a quick fix, as it takes time to see results and you may have to repeat the use of some homeopathic or holistic remedies as the issue is healing, possibly everyday for several days or just every other day, so to give time with nothing applied to it or on it to ensure the consistency for healing. Keep in mind also some sores while healing can get the skin itchy and I use a protocol for that too.
***Here’s the Protocols; that I saw successful results with.****
1. Yeast issues cause fungus, bacteria and issues can grow fast: I’ve had success with “Apple Cider Vinegar also known as ACV (I use Braggs) any brand must be DILUTED with equal parts of purified water (using a mixture of 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 purified water) put into a spray bottle or make enough in cleaning larger areas, such as a body rinse (even after shampooing) to balance skin from cleansing (careful not to get it into their eyes) and use towel to pat dry or you can apply with square cosmetic cotton pads where needed and once area is dry in addition you can apply the skin soothing balm . If their skin or outbreak is very raw or bleeding, do not use the apple cider /water solution, gently wash with a gentle dog soap (coat defense and natural dog company have good pet shampoos as well then rinse, wait a day or two and let it heal some and then use the diluted solution). In the meantime use the aloe vera spray or chamomile and lavender tea cooled apply with tea bag (let dry) and you can also apply skin soothing balm by natural dog company. Or can use the powder by coat defense. If sores or area looks like it could get infected or probably is, after gently wash and rinsing the area, use the aloe vera (let dry) and apply the muricin 2% ointment and you can also then use the skin soothing balm. As skin heals for dry itchy-skin use organic sesame oil and vitamin E oil, but only if the skin is healed a good bit or on area of hair loss that needs hair to grow back. Do not use oils of any kind on yeastie issues until healed over completely because oils trap in moisture and with yeast and that is not good, it needs to be kept clean and dry while healing . Use an E-collar , this way your pet does not get to it and irritate area even more and gives a chance for skin to heal. This solution (along with using the e-collar), seems to really work well in managing or curing yeast issues on the skin, outbreaks, paws and yeastie-ear issues (be careful around eyes the solution can sting or burn), if needing to use in that area, use q-tips on precise areas, but do not use a q-tips down in dogs ear). A holistic veterinarian also told me about a shampoo that is plant based called DouxoS3 for cleaning.
Yeastie Ears or cleaning Dogs Ears: Do not use q-tips for cleaning dogs inner ears. If needing to clean in the ears (there is a proper way to do so), the dogs ear canals are “L”-shaped and I use cotton cosmetic squares pads and apply the solution mentioned above (not too saturated), but enough to clean down inside, using a new cotton pads each time, until clean. Some dogs need their ears kept clean more often than other dog. So, always keep a check on them and when you see build-up, clean them. This is for casual cleaning up the ears, it there is a chance your pets ears are infected you need to take them to a veterinarian and get them checked. If after cleaning and the ears get better, but issues come back, it could be not just yeast, but bacterial in its system and may need a convenia shot (antibiotic) to clear it up. If irritation is upon the inside flap of ears, I’ve used Domeboro (burrows) applied with gauze gently dapping on area. I applied once or twice a day, let alone a day to heal, then as needed. Domeboro (burrows) can be used on other areas from bug bites to rashes on irritated areas as well.
*NOTE* Remembering to comfort your pet as you apply any types of medicines or healing products. Sometimes there can be a loss of hair from irritations, pet scratching or rubbing areas. Once the affected area is healed (on areas) that need and hair to grow back, I will often massage organic sesame oil, vitamin-e oil or coconut oil, in the area that needs the hair to grow back (has to be done a couple times a day while the hair is growing back), this will help stimulate the area. The e-collars work to keep them from getting at the areas needing to heal, but if it is on their back, your pet may try to itch itself on something and break it open again (you have to watch them closely during the healing period). I also have used an ace bandage that has a Velcro on the ends and it can be wrapped around them (not too tightly) and covers the booboo area on their back, this helps from them rubbing their backs on something and time to get to them and distract them from continuing to itch it on something and breaks it open again.
2.“Skin Soother” is a balm in a tin, by natural dog company and it works really well for rashes and other skin issues (clean area then gently, rub in well). I’ve used it on their paws in between their paws, carefully around eyes and I’ve used it on different rashes on their bodies and even in areas of hair loss (massaging a little bit into that area a couple times a day for a week) it’s been very healing. They have other products as well and they are not only for their paws and noses!!
3. For flea and mosquito control, I have found safe and effective, alternative products that work very well: I use Wondercide spray (just a light mist on them, cover their eyes when spraying it) and Coat Defense, it is a powder that you just sprinkle a little at a time on your pet (a little goes a long way) and rub into their fur and skin, it works real well, I only have to apply it once in awhile or whenever I know my dogs are going to be out where they will be outside for awhile and mosquitoes and flying bugs may bother them. Also by using a flea comb by holding my dogs skin and comb gently all over several times to check for fleas as well as continuing to vacuum to rid them of fleas. If I see an area on my pet that seems to be irritated by the fleas, I will use the same protocol mixture above of the diluted apple cider vinegar (I like Braggs brand w/the mother) and equal parts with purified water, as mentioned if the area is raw or bleeding I do not use the apple cider solution (until area is more healed over) I will use my specific aloe soothing spray , chamomile and lavender tea or domeboro (pat liquid with cotton ball or cotton pad) on the area (let that dry) and if sores or area looks like it could get infected or probably is, use the muricin 2% ointment and as skin heals for dry skin healing use organic sesame oil (which repels fleas) and coconut oil to help dry skin. I always use an e-collar on my dog so that my pet is not re-irritating that area more by licking, biting or scratching it (so it will have a chance to heal). As mentioned, Muricin Ointment 2% it is an antibiotic ointment for dogs (and humans) you can get from your veterinarian or your own doctor it’s used for various issues.
4. I use specific Aloe Vera products : There are four aloe vera products in particular that I use, one is a spray called aloe-first and can be for humans and vet formula, another is the aloe gelly (for various wounds or irritations), aloe moisturizing lotion (for dry scaly skin or skin trying to heal or soften scabbed skin) and the aloe juice drink-juice called Aloe Vera gel-juice and for dogs only the one in yellow bottle (the plain one) these products I have been using myself and for my pets since the 80’s, it’s the only Aloe Vera product that has been successful in help with healing my pets with many ailments (including my own, my friends and family’s) over the years. I had given these products to anyone that needed it. While being a fulltime RV-er, it was not as easy to do that anymore, so I made a link to purchase and get products mailed out. If interested in them; the link to website and to get a discount as well is https://myhealingaloevera.flp.com, pleae let me know is you have any qiestions about any of this!
5. Clearing the gut and regeneration of new cells: I think this worked so well, by avoiding foods that can build-up and cause yeastie issues or allergies. Some treats I’ve found that my dogs eat daily that did not cause issues, for example: the project hive company dog treats, nature gnaw company bones, great choice company-beef and sweet potato wraps, and as a treat only once in a while, I gave them some yogurt the brand I found for example: is called FAGE plain 2% Greek yogurt, I found that was okay to give them, it has no sugar, dangerous sugar substitute or bad stuff added. In the event that I did not have fresh made meats or fish bought to add to my dogs food, I would always keep on hand, (Nulo brand freeze dried meat organs) to add to their canned solid gold dog , Nulo or liberty dog food. There are several different brands of these, but these had limited & quality ingredients and my dogs were able to tolerate with no issues.
*Yet, once removing, not using or cutting out, all the things that seemed to be giving them outbreaks, keeping their meals stricter and no human snacks-sharing even of it’s something that dogs could eat (because of those sad eyes begging, give them their own non-allergy approved treat), having them eat only what dogs should be eating and it can became more manageable. I noticed much improvement from limiting taking my dogs in high-lawn-grass or swampy, moldy, yeast or pollen possible areas and using dog wipes or spray bottle of water and paper towels or washable flannel wipes, to clean off their paws after being outside. If you have to leave your pet and they have flare-ups or allergies and may itch and scratch, they need to wear an e-collar or you may get some dog CBD’s because if you are not there to watch them, they may re-irritate the area and it starts over again. Pets can start to scratch and itch even if they get a bug bite or has anxieties. Some also like to groom themselves a bit. I will take the E-collar off, when my pet is going to eat a meal, if difficult in getting to drink water and if taking my pet outside for a walk. Pets need rest and relax often when they are trying to heal and to help them relax or get to sleep at night or if and when they suffer from anxiety, upsetting modes, traveling and aging dogs coping with various issue, I have used CBD’s for dogs. Also if they have to wear an e-collar while you are asleep or cannot be watching, as they may get to that area during that time and re-irritate it.
It may take some time to figure out the things that are causing your pet (dog) and to find solutions in coping and managing your pet (dog’s) allergy issues.
I pray this information will help others. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions on what to use and of how much or the process in which protocol in what order to do so, for what issue. You can also check out my Instagram @hairalwaysonmyfloors for my dogs, in the highlights, I show food and treat ideas!
Thank You for taking the time to read this article. Please let me know what you are going through with your pet, what issues they are having and what you have tried and what has not helped or has helped your pet. Thank You!
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C .Star. V
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How does the coat defense repel fleas and ticks?
I apply the coat defense regularly.
We are fulltime RV-ers, so our dogs are around different environments all the time and when the weather changes (incline to mosquitoes and bugs) or if there’s area where there might be a grass, woods or contact with other dogs, I make sure to apply the coat defense before I take them out, it lasts on them for awhile. You just need to use it and when you feel it is needed The coat defense creates a repellent barrier, it also can heal skin. You can learn more about it on their website. Also good is a product called wondercide it is a spray. Any other questions let me know 😃