Dogs are my superheroes. Who can lose a leg & move right on making the best of 3 legs with unflappable enthusiasm? Dogs! They face dark times with courage & humour. But there is one thing that can change your canine into a raving maniac. That thing is itchiness. Allergies are the kryptonite of the canine world. Unfortunately here in Australia they are all too common. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all canine allergies disappear. I can’t. But there are definitely ways we can help! Read on to find out how to STOP. THAT. BLASTED. ITCH!
Does your dog itch, lick, scrape & gnaw at his skin in a frenzy?
Then there’s a good chance your mate suffers from an allergy. Your dog may even be driven batty and keep at it until there is an open wound. Over 70% of skin conditions in dogs are estimated to be allergy related. Sneezing, vomiting, and nasty poo can also be signs.
The other most common reason for scratching is dry skin. You can determine if your dog has dry skin with a quick examination. Part your dog’s hair and have a look. Do you see dandruff? Is the skin cracked or tough? This is a great indication of dry skin. If it’s dry you need to moisturise your mate! If the skin isn’t dry the likelihood of allergies is high.
What causes allergies in dogs?
Unfortunately lots of things do. A very common allergen is grass. I know. How unfair! Other frequent allergens include fleas, flea control products, food ingredients (like beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy), mould, dust, and cleaning products. These allergens can be tough to avoid – unless you keep your dog in a plastic bubble! And determining which allergen is making your dog miserable can be a serious conundrum. But don’t despair!
We DO have ways to stop that BLASTED itch!!
1. Improve your dog’s gut health. My research into canine allergies identifies a strong link between dog’s skin health and diet. Gut health is essential for full body health. If your dog suffers from allergies take care of the gut. Try giving your mate a Probiotic to keep a healthy balance of flora in the digestive tract. This can definitely help. And it can’t hurt. Also heaps of allergens can be found in dry processed food. Give your dog a healthier new diet and you may well see a new dog! Many people have had great success moving from processed kibble diet to raw meat. Here’s some more info on diet from animal nutritionist Alla Koegh.
2. Soothe & heal your dog’s skin. With a bit of magic the BLASTED ITCH can be stopped! Itch Magick is a topical treatment containing iodine to disinfect sores and a strategic blend of natural essential oils to heal, soothe and moisturise your dog’s skin. The feedback on this product is amazing! You can use the concentrated Itch Magick Cream on hots spots, paws and smaller areas or spread the Itch Magick Lotion right across the belly or wherever your dog needs it.
3. Protect your dog from contact allergens. If your dog has itchy bits from a contact allergy you can prevent that contact. The Suitical Recovery Suit covers and protects the whole core of your dog’s body. It’s a comfy fit too, very breathable and stretchy. If your dog is just needing some chest coverage an EzyDog Rashie should do the trick. For those poor dogs with crazy itchy paws, Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots are a great choice. They’ve got a breathable mesh upper to allow for airflow. For inside use you can cover those paws up with some Dog Socks to keep your critter from gnawing at them. Keeping the affected area unexposed and dry will get the healing happening.
4. Need relief NOW! Got any apple cider vinegar on hand?
Here’s something you can do straight away if you’ve got the right ingredient. Mix an equal amount of warm water with apple cider vinegar. Apply it to your dog’s itchy bits. Rub it on or apply it in a spray. Careful around the eyes! The natural acidity of the cider can be very healing. For a longer term plan you can add up to a tablespoon of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water or food. Start with a small dose and work your way up. Smaller breeds will require less than larger ones. Doing this every day can help treat dog skin allergies from the inside. Apple cider vinegar is naturally antibacterial and can improve a dog’s overall health when added to its food or water.
I hope this post reaches the people whose dogs need it most. I want to do whatever I can to alleviate allergy related suffering in our beautiful super dogs. It’s the pits!
As always, if you have any questions about anything I’ve mentioned just post a comment or ring me on 1300 725 781 and I’ll do my best to help.
All the very best to your pack!