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. . The main takeaway is that a weakened immune system places hosts to various issues that can occur. Please don’t get overwhelmed and not take the time to read over this website page, as there is possibly an answer, solution or direction of some type for you here. Towards the end of this page I go over all the protocols and product. As you read and scroll you will see sections and issues.
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, I wanted to share these and some suggested guidelines. I know that there is a lot to read on here, but there could be protocols or methods 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).
I’ve spent thousands on vet visits! So 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 for yourself, I suggest you 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. 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 and to make sure the products & protocols are “That type-of-animal, friendly ones”.
PLEAE READ THROUGH TO THE END, There is rather a specific cycle, timeframe and method in managing, curing and healing issues. There are no real quick fixes!! 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.
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?
Tip: Most importantly, one must use preventative measures, but also “We must have protocols on-hand and ready to use and take action and efforts before things get out of hand”. As (skin, sores, rash or whatever) needs to have a process and allowed time to heal. HEALING IS A PROCESS AND OFTEN CAN TAKE TIME. 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 (especially once you know what you are dealing with. Some of these issue are not life threatening, but may require repeating protocols daily or weekly to get it under control.
There are times, when issues can even take weeks or months to get resolved. Some issues may need managing every now & then or for long term. Within 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.”.
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.
Tip: Be aware and educated of what the veterinarian is offering or prescribing (take time to look it up, as some medications come with high risks) and you should always have the last say to what you want for your pet.
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, often they suggest 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.
*NOTE* Regardless of this you should always be aware of and ask what your veterinarian is offering or prescribing. 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 whatever the veterinarians offer and 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. Tip: 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: There are 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. Food Allergy or (intolerance of specific ingredients or types of food or treats) and Environmental allergies can have similar symptoms. This is why, .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.
*NOTE* 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 first 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 and common sense if the issue is taking to long to remedy or heal, get professional help. 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. Also, it 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.
*NOTE* 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 as they can spread so fast and usually need antibiotics shot or medication asap), dermatitis or other skin conditions can also 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 or wiped down in between baths with (dog-safe wipes) others can have added ingredients that may irritate your pet).
Yeast can be blamed for a lot: Yeasty build-up tends to be a common culprit and issue as yeast imbalances can be caused by various reasons from sweating, over active glands in skin, medications, over-washing, to environment and also what a pet is fed (as too much) of something. Yeast even plays a part in the healing process, to some degree. However, once over producing and 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 dilemmas 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), this starts a built-up of gut issues and if everyday given too much of an ingredient in the food or treats fed to a pet they may have built an allergy to it or intolerance to; such as starches from table food as bread, crackers, spaghetti, popcorn, regular potatoes, grains or too high of protein type dog-foods, especially for a not so active pet. Usually in order to completely heal these issues, the eliminating of what is causing it and pet owners must stop giving their pet these foods permanently and use appropriate protocols. Many holistic and more natural based products and protocols need to be applied more than once a day and for several days or even up to a week and then every other day, but the skin needs a chance to have nothing applied to it, for a day or so (in between as well at some point), in the healing process to air-it-out (so-to-say) to give a chance to heal over.
*NOTE* Meanwhile, use an e-collar so your pet does not get to the irritated area and give it a chance for the skin to fully heal and if it’s in an area on its back (they may keep rubbing against something and re-irritant it) and I’ve used 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. If I see my dog rubbing her back (that’s where she gets her flare-ups), I will wash that area with a gentle dog shampoo (such as ones from Colloidal Oats Calming Line or natural dog company, coat defense, or doglyness ) or even just some warm water mix (and equal parts of purified water and apple cider vinegar) as the apple cider vinegar MUST BE DILUTED before putting on any fur and skin and (never to ever be applied to raw or bleeding skin or wounds) . I will massage well into skin (a healing balm or my special aloe vera moisturizing lotion) down into her skin through her fur and let her natural skin oils balance. 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 specific Aloe Vera spray human or vet formula from this company and (let dry) and apply the muricin 2% ointment (as in any medicines read warnings and how to use).
*NOTE* As the skin heals it can get itchy, but on yeastie issues, “NO OILS OF ANY KIND” should be used UNTIL HEALED OVER A BIT or completely healed and just scabs (because oils can trap in moisture and with yeast and that’s not good), it needs to be kept clean and dry while healing ((there are the Aloe Vera gel & Aloe Vera spay I use and other types of balms and such too). KEEP READING MORE CULPRITS AND THEN ADDITIONAL REMEDIES DOWN BELOW.
Flea medication and remedies: Most dogs are automatically put on flea, tick and heartworm medicines by their veterinarian. Flea and insect bites can cause a host of chaos upon our pets (even upon ourselves). If a flea may bite your pet, it injects its saliva into your dog’s skin. and this saliva contains enzymes, peptides, and amino acids. It also contains histamine-like compounds that trigger a release from the dog’s immune system. Flea saliva can cause an inflammatory reaction in animals that are sensitive to it. Some dogs have an immediate hypersensitivity to it, while others have a delayed reaction. When dogs feel flea bites, they often chew and bite at their rear by their tail and/or jump up from a resting position. When a dog scratches, licks, and chews, it breaks the skin barrier and can cause open sores and scabs. The licking and chewing can also cause ongoing moisture that can lead to yeast and bacterial infections. Dogs with atopic dermatitis are more likely predisposed to developing flea allergy dermatitis. You may not see the fleas right away, but you will see the evidence of the allergic reaction. Even one flea bite can cause this allergic reaction. Even with no more fleas or on a flea medication and fleas are no longer on your pet to multiply, once a flea has bit your pet or even an ant, mosquito or other insect this can cause a skin issue and flare-up to happened (could take weeks to clear up). So, it is possible if you see itching in your dog, and it leads to hair loss on the middle of the back to the tail base, you need to think flea allergy dermatitis. That’s why Monthly flea-tick/heartworm medication 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 and there are alternate products and ways to control fleas and mosquitoes (if your pet has flea & insect allergies, keep them on monthly flea-tick/heartworm medication).
*NOTE* Flea-Tick and Heartworm medication can sometimes be dangerous or even fatal to dogs with underlying medical conditions. In this case, there can be alternative measures for those whom need flea protection, but have medical issues. Many worry about flea-tick and heart-worm medicines can being too strong administered each month, as the suggested weight of the dog has such a large variance (such as 10-20lbs, 40-60lbs or 60-120pds) and that can be a big difference if you dog’s weight is on the lesser poundage per dose. So, use with caution and gauge that, possibly toxic if given too much medication going into your dog at higher than needed dosage each month. My one doggie has (flea & insect allergies), but all my dogs are given flea-tick and heartworm protection. I just chose to cut my one dogs flea pill in 1/2 (using a pill cutter) and give him 1/2 dosage each month, but I can not miss giving any of them their flea protection ONCE a month (in 28-30 day period). Cutting the pill medication in 1/2 may not be as necessary if your pet is on the higher end of the weight specified on monthly flea and heart-worm medicine, but it also depends on the dogs health and the flea or mosquito situation and at the time how severe it is. Also if on a 6 months supply prescription and you cut pill and give 1/2 of pill each month, then the flea meds will last 12 months and if you do only use 1/2 the pill medication (because of lower weight-end of recommended dosage), just make sure that they are still being effective each month. Flea medicines can be essential in keeping your dogs skin from fleas, insects bites and other issues. Although, some that are given and are to last 3 months at a time, can be putting high doses of toxins in your pet and flea collars can be very irritating and may not be effective or could be harmful to your pet. Always do your diligent research with any-type of product you are going to be giving or using on your pet..
“Nutritional needs are not being met: Good and proper nutrition is the key to all good health and wellbeing. A weakened immune system can cause much havoc in humans and animals . 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 hugh 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 could be there awhile with additional chemical added to preserve them. As well the dry kibbles (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 some basic ingredients such as : wheat, meat or meal by-products of (some kind), yeast, some various protein break downs and unknown “parts” of chicken and other animal meats and fish, among various starches (like regular potatoes), 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 (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 temporarily, but for more domesticated dogs, they seem to require better nutrition.
*NOTE* It all made sense, since most of the kibble dry dog foods, fillers, by-products, (animal-meal) chemicals, wheat, corn, chicken, (carbs), certain grains, starches. As well whatever else in the dog or human foods that pet owners may give to their dogs such as a treat or shared food in which; may additionally contain starch, yeast, wheat (bread, chips, bagels etc. and regular potatoes, grains, dairy, certain fruits and sugars) and these seem to trigger (especially if allergic to any of these) and contribute to the build-up of yeast and allergies symptoms. Pet food companies realized majority of the commercial pet foods available were not sufficient (the ingredients fill the dogs up) and lack nutrients needed and since most pets had grown intolerant to main ingredients in many of them and the insufficient or quality of nutrition they provided and so a mass production of newly formulated pet foods. Yet, all foods are not made for all dogs, since they have various lifestyles and needs. Some made ones with higher proteins (but that’s not good for senior or non-active dogs). Then toppers were created to help add nutrition. Healthy toppers added to your pets foods can add nutrition and can be good, such ones as freeze-dried animal raw organs (there are various ones) and they may not all be the same quality, as some may have too many ingredients or ingredients that will build-up and then cause issues if used for food toppers daily, so check ingredients.
Environmental Allergies: Along with food allergies & intolerances, flea and insect bites (which all could happen everyday, as we feed our pets and as they go outside in the grass or on a walk etc. ). As pets and animals that have weaker immune systems, they could experience more allergies. Most animals should not be allergic to seasonal blooms in certain months, grass and such. However, when susceptible to triggers, several things can cause symptoms, even a variety of household or laundry cleaners, dust and other environmental things and even if you had their food allergies under control. There are some products and items that if a pet or animal is exposed to, it can be dangerous, regardless of allergies or not. These can be strong insect repellants, chemical cleansers, fragrant sprays, or even fragrant air fresheners, incense or diffusing oils all with synthetic scented material instead f natural essential oils scents.
*NOTE* Some practices that may help with environmental flare-ups are : if your dog could become or is sensitive to pollen season or some outside environments as grass, insect bites be aware of outside exposure to those elements. For all pets, it’s best to keep your lawns and backyard lawn mowed and keep pets out of high grown fields or even backyards with grass overgrown. If your pet went walking in dirty or wet roads, (swampy-grass) or grass that pesticides may be on, make sure to clean and wipe their paws coming in from the outside using dog/pet wipes or spray bottle of water and paper towels or washable flannel wipes, this helps remove any dirt or residue from the outside. Also making sure to keep all your pets bedding, toys, bowls and areas kept clean. If pollen is an issue, 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.
*NOTE* 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, the small red bumps or small area rash, a little bit of muricin 2% antibiotic ointment can be massaged in and can help (it may or may not need a continual application.) Also, a holistic veterinarian recommended a solution to use for irritations as well called Domeboro (it 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 with these protocols) a small amount of cornstarch baby powder or coat defense powder to help the chafing and keep it dry and heal it over (do not use talc powders of any kind). This protocol may need to be done a couple times a day. KEEP READING MORE REMEDIES DOWN BELOW.
Allergy & Antibiotic shots : 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, I felt it was 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 only serve to help symptoms, so if triggered again, then the symptoms could start again. So, allergy shots such as Cytopoint or such or over-the-counter meds such as Zyrtec, may or may not help with managing the symptoms and yet, “it does not help in the preventing of 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, it could be the beginning of new allergy seasons or possibly if pet is being feed by others some other treats or being bit by fleas and it only takes 1 bite of it’s saliva (let alone an infestation) to create weeks of havoc or if having a yeast issue already and get in contact with what triggers the flare-ups once again. Anything of those, could be triggering the allergy. Therefore, the protocol & efforts can be deceiving and frustrating, as you may have seen results and there can be flare-ups again. So don’t despair and 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 visited and even from another dog or animal. 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? I will give more information about this as you read on.
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, until it heals.
Lack of Exercise Boredom and Emotional & Stress Issues: When dogs are bored, if their needs are 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 are as children). So pet’s will act-out, be annoying and can misbehave when especially trying to tell us something, as they can not speak and tell us what’s wrong! They also can not do the things they need by themselves, 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; love and attention, proper care, fresh water in clean bowls, nutritious foods & treats to be fed, have a routine of getting out to eliminate to go potty to depend on and making sure they eliminated, along with getting enough exercise and rest. Besides getting those basic pet needs, they usually will be more likely to enjoy resting, being in a more calm atmosphere, and content on a schedule they can depend upon each day (of some type). Also, 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 things pet owners can get or do. There are many dog items such as, snuffle mats, interactive dog toys, dog puzzles and others.
*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 they need to go) and a feeding schedule 2x’s a day and going out to potty (may be 2 to 4x’s a day depending on dog or situation and make sure they do eliminate when they go out), doing these at (or near) a specific time each day, so they know they can depend upon it. Pets need rest and relaxation often, whether it be younger or aging dogs coping with distress or various issue. . Especially, when they are trying to heal and may need help to relax or get to sleep at night. Also if and when they suffer from anxiety, upsetting modes, traveling and allergy symptoms. 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 that can also help calm a distressed or pet with allergy symptoms or having various anxieties. I have also used Choniquin full spectrum Hemp oil extract or chews, (they have different strengths depending on dogs size)
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, starches and certain types of animal proteins (due to intolerance), feeding animals human food that they can not digest well or should not need to have, some environmental elements, fleas & insect bites, scratches or cuts, living situations, over-trying or applying all kinds of protocols at once or one after another not allowing healing, over washing (as in too often), the dogs (pet or animal’s) feelings/emotions, if overstressed or has anxiety, obesity and lack of exercise).
*My dogs developed an intolerance to any foods with wheat, chicken or high amounts of proteins given each day in foods & in 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 without any 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. As far as dog bones and treats (I often make my own doggie cookies), but 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.
*NOTE* I did find some suitable dog cookie, treats and healthy crunchy bone treats one of them (“Gnaw Bones” brand they have a good variety, my dogs liked the beef tripe twists or bison twists) with just one ingredient of protein. I use a garden plant-pruner cutting tool and this helps to cut them in half or smaller, to divide them up for my dogs. If you are like me and give treats often or everyday (cut treats in half portions, unless they are small already) that way, after each meal or whenever you give to them, it won’t add up to too much, too many or not only in costs, but in their digestion and system as well. Just remember, even with foods, treats or supplements claiming to be healthy, they may have an ingredient they may not agree with your pet, even if it agrees with other peoples pets or even another pet of your own, so just make a note of that when you give them something, so you’ll know which ones may or could cause a flare-up. I post them on my dogs instagram @hairalwaysonmy floors. I also have some of the products mentioned here on my shop-it “Pet Care” page linked to the products, so you can see or find them.
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 diet, but added more nutrition. 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(like regular potatoes), 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, so it would not keep happening. Over time pets can experience (just like humans), obesity, malnutrition, imbalanced gut and a weak or compromised immune system, these can cause toxins to purge out through the skin and other dilemmas to arise. Just stay away from things dog just shouldn’t eat, regardless of what is offered in stores, 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. Since, 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 newly happened or exposed to that newly 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), in order to know for sure, keep on the same foods that seem to be healing them (as any dog treats ingredients must be analyzed as well), so not to be triggering it-over & over again. If your pet is not healing and still is breaking-out after (eliminating a protein lets say) it may take a couple weeks and your pet has to heal in the meantime, for you to be able to notice. Then, try another single animal protein and only for 3-5 days, after that see if they are starting to heal or get a reaction. Also, be careful what is given to your pet to eat by other people (in your home and around them may give them as well). Keep on-hand treats that do not cause allergies or 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.
* My feeding protocol when using Elimination Diet: I only fed my dogs cooked animal proteins, beef (med to med rare) preferably steak-meat cut up, or cooked lamb or 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 (in plain water & sometimes ones with oil) and occasionally give them cooked shrimp, cooked steak chopped-up (pork or ground beef-minimally). Since I already knew they could not have chicken, but in order 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 hard 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 3-4 weeks). I would feed 1 type of animal or fish protein at a time) and alternated them and I saw healing results. However, I had to still be aware of any bug bites, as this causes flare-ups all over again.
*NOTE* As in anytime changing the diet or food, for dogs (and humans) can experience diarrhea and so, I also always kept on-hand, pure canned pumpkin (plain canned pumpkin only, others could be dangerous) this can help if stools are runny or diarrhea (has bulk soluble fiber content) give 1-4 tablespoons with meal (depending on dog size) until better. Yet, if diarrhea is not better within 2 days, you’ll need to get your pet to the Vet to get checked and make sure there are no other issues happening. If I did not have any canned plain pumpkin for symptoms of diarrhea I have used my pure Aloe Vera (a safe and specific one I list below in protocols) and about 1 teaspoon or tablespoon depending on pets size.
*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 canned dog food (called “Solid Gold” beef canned, Liberty brand (bixbi) or Nulo brand or anything comparable ingredients to these and the peas in them did not seem to bother them, but no potatoes as that would be too much starch everyday), staying away from dry-food kibbles, but (if your dog likes them only use a smaller bit and mix with better foods) there can be some ingredients in them that (over time may build yeast, such starchy veggies, yeast etc.) and there are several grain-free food, ‘limited ingredient dog food’ choices, just be careful to check ingredients. 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 (tuna fish, salmon or mackerel, sardines etc. and non-starchy veggies) as toppers to the canned dog food.
*NOTE* In the event that I did not have fresh or already cooked meats or fish (cooked and froze for later use) 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 specific canned dog food. Every now and then (even if I did have fresh cooked meat or fish to add to their meals), I would sprinkle some of the Nulo anyways, now and then just so they could get that nutrition and enjoy their food. Occasionally, (only as a treat now and then) I gave them some Greek plain yogurt there’s only 1 brand I found where I live, 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. Ripened Papaya is also good for digestion (can tell when fruit is ripe enough inside as the outside is yellow & some red) -not green-you can buy them greenish yellow, but wait till much more really ripened to eat and inside should be more orange-redish .. It’s good for acid reflux and helps digest foods better. Dogs can benefit as well!! I also would mix coconut oil with tumeric herb powder and only a small amount as 1/8 to 1/4 tablespoon in their meals for every 10pds of a dog (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.
*NOTE* 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 and from my doggies anxiety and emotions.. Even if it was just one bite, the symptoms flared-up (on my one doggie) and I had to get through the process of healing that flare-up, while trying to eliminate possible culprits in my dogs foods. So, it was crucial I had my dogs on a flea medicine and a reputable dog-CBD chews for calming, when needed.
*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 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, crackers, popcorn), soy, yeast, carbs, grains, sugar, dairy, cheese, yogurt, certain fruits, and other fillers etc. IN FACT, I stay away from giving my dogs any starches (potatoes or pasta, bread crackers, popcorn), soy, yeast, carbs, grains, sugar, certain fruits, and other fillers etc. because I don’t want to go through even a start of a trigger on their skin (they do get yogurt, some fruits once in awhile) and cheese just if I need to give them medicine-pills in. .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 like to groom themselves more than others and it may appear that they are reacting from allergies, but could be just cleaning or self-soothing themselves. Often dogs may get a bug bite or an outbreak, an irritation from some thing or either from anxiety or their emotions, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an allergy. It may just need the proper protocols to quickly manage it and can heal or go away within a couple days or a week.
*I can say: after using these protocols and the ones below, my dogs allergy symptoms had been more manageable, they have clear skin, shiny coats and it has cleared up the constant issues they were having . They finally and are not excessively itching, scratching or licking themselves anymore (only to groom themselves or an occasional self-soothing when trying to calm themselves). Although it took often weeks or months at a time in different cycles of healing, while I was learning what to do, what protocols to use, how often and etc. and I did have success.
*Not that my dogs (or any pet) will ever not scratch, lick or itch themselves, they may. 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 with gentle soap and rinse, then I use whichever protocol needed to help soothe and heal it and help it to go away. So, there may be an irritation or skin upsets again, even after your pet is healed. “At the least, one can learn to manage these skin upsets as they 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”.
*NOTE* In using any products mentioned on here for allergies or sores, rashes and etc. some are the remedies that can be used on the skin for healing flare-ups from food, to pollen, seasonal and environmental allergies. Using the knowledge of which one to use, when to use it and how often to apply. Always use a clean utensil whenever scooping-out or putting into using any remedies or medications and wash your whole hands (front and back) you don’t want to risk any addition issues from germs that can get into skin or area. Use the back of your hand to apply ointments or solidified oils before applying them onto your pets skin (organic coconut, unrefined peanut, organic sesame & other unrefined organic oils firm up and become solidified if cool or in put in refrigerator. 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 (such as Colloidal Oats Calming Line or natural dog company, coat defense, or doglyness ) rinse area and use my aloe vera gel or aloe vera spray or also chamomile and lavender tea (make the tea, let cool then apply with teabag) these can calm itchy irritated skin, until other remedies can be used. As mentioned above the “Getting to the root of the problem-paragraph” there are also Dog CBD) or dog calming chews, hemp oil and CBD for pets that can also help calm a distressed or pet with allergy symptoms or having various anxieties. I have also used Choniquin full spectrum Hemp oil extract or chews, (they have different strengths depending on dogs size)
One fix does not or may not be fit to fix all or any issue: It’s not one fix or one thing that fixes all. However, there are similar remedies for different skin issues. Yet, they’re to be used at certain times and in specific ways that may differ from each other and then it will have more beneficial outcomes. Often when using a holistic or homeopathic remedy and even with traditional methods, it’s not always going to be a quick fix. It can take time to see results and you may have to repeat the use of some holistic or homeopathic remedies as the issue is healing, possibly several times a day for a week or so and possibly, then just every other day for a week or so and as well, at one point with nothing applied to or on it to ensure the consistency for healing. Keep in mind sores while healing can get the skin itchy and use the protocols mentioned here to help calm your pet and their skin.
***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, instead gently wash with a gentle dog shampoo (brands from natural dog, coat defense or doglyness or DouxoS3 pet shampoos) then rinse, wait a day or two and let it heal and only use this solution/mixture when skin is not raw. In the meantime use the aloe vera spray or gel or chamomile and lavender tea “cooled” and 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 gel or spray (let dry) and apply the muricin 2% ointment and you can also then use the skin soothing balm or my aloe vera moisturizing lotion. As skin heals it can get dry or itchy, you can use the skin soothing balm or my aloe vera moisturizing lotion for continue healing. Then and only when the skin has healed a good bit use some organic sesame oil and vitamin E oil, but only if the skin is healed or if there is hair loss areas for 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 and can cause cycle of havoc again, it needs to be kept clean and dry while healing. Use an E-collar and 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).
Yeastie Ears or just cleaning Dogs Ears: Some dogs need their ears kept clean more often than other dogs. If needing to clean in the ears of your dog (there is a proper way to do so), the dogs ear canals are “L”-shaped and I have use cotton cosmetic squares pads, as I apply the solution/mixture (ACV & purified water, but not too saturated) just enough to clean down inside and using a new cotton pads each time, until clean. Do not use q-tips for cleaning dogs inner ears.So, always keep a check on them and when you start to see a build-up, clean them. This is for casual cleaning-up the ears, if 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 or some type of antibiotic to clear it up. ALWAYS MAKE SURE INSIDE THE EARS ARE KEPT (after cleaning them, out in rain, after bath, moisture in their ears can cause issues) To DRY, USE COTTON OR GAUZE AND DRY DOWN INSIDE THE EARS and NEVER use harsh astringents or or alcohol in or on your pet!! If the irritation is upon the inside flap of ears, I’ve used Domeboro (burow’s solution) applied with gauze gently dapping on area. I applied once or twice a day, let alone a day to heal, then as needed. Domeboro (burow’s solution) can be used on other areas from bug bites to rashes on irritated areas as well.
*NOTE* If it’s a chronic ear issues; keeping your ears as dry as possible is crucial and what has helped my dogs chronic ear infection was a one time treatment at the vets called CLA and then, antibiotic called clindamycin for to give and a ear wash called triz chlor after the ears healed once in awhile if build up, but after using it you have to also take a gauze and make sure the inside of the air is dried. Also avoid giving any type of starches, regular potatoes, yeast, bread, crackers, wheat, corn, grain or sugars and possibly chicken or any other protein your pet could be allergic to.. just stick to his dog food and check ingredients and also check the treats you give make sure that don’t have these ingredients or any non-healthy ingredients in them.
*NOTE* Remembering to comfort your pet as you apply any types of medicines or healing products or protocols. There are Dog CBD’s that also can help calm your pet during the process of healing or managing allergy issues (not for each and every day, but as needed for during stress ..
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 Trifexis and Comboquard safe and effective over the years (careful to take notice of pets weight/dose, as mentioned above paragraphs) and I’d stay away from flea-medications that 1-dose is good for 3-months (that’s alot of toxins), and for 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 well, if put on before walks outside. Also, in 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.
*NOTE* 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, pure vitamin-e oil or organic 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.
4. I use specific Aloe Vera products : There is one company and their products I have been using for over 4 decades and there are several aloe vera products in particular that I use and keep handy for my pets too: one is a spray called aloe-first and can be for humans and vet formula either one can be used, another is the aloe gelly (for various wounds or irritations), aloe moisturizing lotion. It’s like a cream in a tube (for dry scaly skin or skin trying to heal or soften scabbed skin. I even have used it when I first see my dog itch and get irritated as mentioned in the first paragraphs about yeast infections here) and the aloe juice drink-juice called Aloe Vera gel-juice (1 teaspoon or tablesp0on depending on size of pet) and for dogs only the one in yellow bottle (the plain one) . All these products I have been using myself and for my pets over the years and it’s the only Aloe Vera product that has been successful in assisting to help with the healing of my pets with many ailments (including my own, my friends and family’s). 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, please let me know is you have any questions about any of this!
5. Clearing the gut and regeneration of new cells: I think this is what really 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, just for example: the project hive company dog treats, nature gnaw company bones, great choice company-beef and sweet potato wraps. Also a brand called “healthful” sweet potato chews and “jinx” beef broth bone cookies (I was able to find these at local grocery stores or walmart) often if its a store you frequently go to, you can ask them to get them in for you 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 and cooked to add to my dogs food, I would always keep on hand, (Nulo brand freeze dried meat organs) to add to their limited ingredient (grain-free) beef canned dog food as I found Solid Gold dogfood , Nulo or Liberty (there are other brands that are similar in goodness canned, and some are freeze-dried or fresh). I just researched and found ones that had limited & quality ingredients . I also, don’t go by the suggested amount to feed on back of the dog food can as the amount suggested is almost double and because (since, I give extra toppers, treats and my dogs are not super active nor do they require the suggested amounts).
*When researching, I also found that after several years on the same foods, it could be necessary to change the brand or dog treats (coming back to a good one again if no issues with it), but if all is good I’m not changing it.. I would just make my own dog food, but for the convince, plus with the vitamins and such already in the canned ones, I just add the extra goodness and nutrients. Also with the raw meat diets, I just don’t want to chance the quality or of any bacteria in those. Yet, if wanting to just to give variety and tolerance to their system not to 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. If what you are feeding your pet, is not giving them an allergies or intolerances and comes in a variety (whether lamb, beef, chicken or fish) and if your pet has an allergy to (chicken, lets say) then I’d rotate maybe doing lamb and beef (just an example). One must also be cautious of any ingredients in your dog’s treats, bones and dog cookies, that can cause issues.
*NOTE* What may be good for my dogs and what they can tolerate, may not fit yours. I truly believe for all pets, it all has to do with generally healing the insides and balancing of the gut microbiome and it’s not the same ingredients in doing so for dogs as in humans..
*Once removing, not giving 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. You can, if you want to write to me, get in touch with your personal issue and need help with suggestions or guidance in reference to your struggles with pet allergies or to tell you story. Please don’t hesitate and 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.
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Thank You for taking the time to read this article. You can 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.
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