Itchy skin issues are some of the
top concerns that cause people to take their dogs and cats to the vet. Pet owners have tried all types of dog itching remedies and often are frustrated.
I was a holistic Esthetician for
humans for many years and studied the skin intensively. I always noticed that the skin is a
reflection of what is going on inside.
People and Pets are the same. Typically it was diet causing skin problems - inflamed, red skin with bumps was typically food allergies, or something in the environment causing it.
With a truly holistic approach for our furry friends, the entire body
can be reestablished to it’s optimal health, which is always mirrored in the
condition of the fur, skin and overall well being of the animal.
Dogs and cats can be allergic or
just intolerant to many things in their environment. They often times can be more sensitive to
their ‘situation’ than we realize.
They can be reacting to any number
of things. However, it is most often due
to their diet. Can also be from a reaction
to over vaccination. However it of
course, could just be a simple flea
intolerance, sometimes it is the grass and pollen in the yard or dog park, or
direct contact with chemicals in the home such as like laundry
detergent, candles, dryer sheets, floor cleaners, weed killers etc.
The first order of things is to diagnose your
pet’s itching to find the cause. The task for you and your veterinarian is do
some investigating to discover the origin and finding an effective natural dog itching remedies. Sometimes going to a
conventional Vet to help with figuring it out is needed even if you are not
going to treat with their drugs.
The most usual, conventional treatment
for itchy skin and chronic ear infections is to use harsh drugs, that
eventually cause side effects. Most
often they prescribe a round or two of antibiotics as well as
steroid-injections and often some cream filled with chemical topical
ingredients, not fit for licking.
Even though at first they work for treating
the symptom of itchiness itself, some steroids like ‘Cortisone’ can eventually
cause more harm than good. They can weaken the immune system,- even ruin
it’s ability to function normally. They
tax the liver and kidneys, which can eventually cause your pet to be susceptible to infections and metabolic issues in the long
Many Vet prescribed treatments for the skin
can be overly dehydrating to the skin
and ears, and aggravate the
problem in the long run.
However, if you’re like us, you want
to keep away from going for the unforgiving drugs and try something more natural, organic and holistic.
This is why 'Colloidal Silver for Pets' is my go to remedy for almost any skin condition right off the bat. Safer and more effective than antibiotics and steroids. it is an antimicrobial and strengthens the immune system.
The use of ’Holistic therapy’ to treat skin conditions may be the most unheeded natural therapy for dogs with skin disease.
'Colloidal silver dog skin allergies' is one of the most often searched long tail keyword on google for skin issues . that is because this combo= synergy! It is like the magic bullet in many cases!
What to look for to Treat Holistically?
A dull, brittle or coarse coat,
dandruff and inflamed, rough, scaly or greasy skin with dark spots can be clues to the
complications that go more than skin deep with your pet. Toxic chemicals can accumulate in your dog or
cat’s system – usually from excessive vaccines or medications and/or a kibble diet and of course fleas - these culprits are the must common causes of itchy skin.
But beware chemicals of all kinds do very often affect
the body’s immune systems.
The most likely culprit, however, hands down is wrong diet, kibble with sweet potato or legumes is considered grain free, however it is not starch free. Starch is often a big part of the issue. There is no good kibble honestly. They are all made with starches to hold them together, overcooked and over processed food is the start of most skin issues I am afraid. Lots of pets are especially sensitive to complex carbohydrates, which can cause an inflammatory response that manifests itself as itchy all over- usually with red, inflamed feet, GI track upset or frequent ear infections.
are very usual in pets, possibly due to genetics or the fact that many dogs and
cats are often fed the same dry kibble for months or even years on end, with no
variety in their diet or without being offered another source of nourishment.
‘Hot spots’ or extreme itching
accompanied with irritated and inflamed ears and possibly loose stool, are all
the tell tale signs of food allergies.
A dull, coarse coat and / or oily, foul smelly
skin are indications of a low quality diet as well.
One of the most often detected causes
of food hyper-sensitivity in dogs and cats is the grain and carbohydrates in
our pets daily diets. It is a good idea to get your pet onto a good probiotic/enzyme supplement as the source of many itchy skin issues stem from the gut.
We highly recommend a species appropriate raw diet for all carnivore
pets. See here for more info on feeding raw-
Colloidal Silver for Skin
Also get them started on colloidal silver sprayed on the skin, in the ears and internally as well to
begin to clear the condition. Give internally as well to kill the bacteria from the inside out.
Also use it in a homemade shampoo- use 1/4 c. baking soda, 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar 1/2 c. colloidal silver or water- add 1 Tablespoon or a bit more of Dr. Bronners Castile Baby Soap- stir well. Wet your dog or cat down with water then work in this mix in the fur saturating the skin. Let it sit on the skin for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse. This will give an immediate relief of the itch. Then spray all over the itchy areas with the colloidal silver 3 or more times a day. Or purchase our colloidal silver shampoo here: Colloidal Silver Shampoo
Boosting the immune system with colloidal silver is great as it can really help to prevent the inflammatory response as well.
There are other products that can really boost immunity as well. Using a goodmedicinal mushroom supplement ( see below) can help the immune system. There are amazing benefits of the use of SHROOM IMMUNE for boosting immunity in unhealthy pets.
Also there are other immune boosting herbs that can help. Turmeric for sure is worth giving in the form of golden paste. Licorce Tincture is a good natural anti- inflammatory like a alternative steroid. Getting your pet on a good milk thistle tincture or adding the powder to their food can often support the liver which is extremely helpful when your pet is taxed.
What Might Be the Cause?
Of course our pets do scratch, lick,
or chew for a wide variety of other reasons as well as the main culprits. These other concerns are ranging from
allergies to boredom to parasite infestation as well- so it is not always diet
or over vaccination which are as common causes as fleas and flea medications.
Over vaccination is not spoken about much by the conventional vet. So go to a holistic vet and research about this often 'hidden' subject.
Vaccinosis is the cause of many skin issues including injection site tumors.
Of course one of the most common causes for incessant scratching, licking and chewing are fleas, ticks, and mites. Often fleas can go unseen until there is a large infestation, and mites are tiny and microscopic, often just look like dirt. Ticks are usually easy to spot if you do a going over your pet’s body once a day. So don’t think that your pet isn’t suffering from parasites just because you can’t see them. Always do a daily check and make sure you are not missing something. Then treat with natural essential oil sprays and other methods- see our post here: Treat for Pests naturally.
When our pet’s scratching gets out
of hand, it is often the result of allergies to food or other triggers,
including pollen, grasses and mold.
Household cleaning products are another common cause. Our pets
may also develop a skin irritation like a hot spot which can be caused from
compounds such as pesticides or unnatural
ingredients in the soaps they are shampooed with. If this is the case you need to make some changes
in using all natural ingredients in your
Just as humans with anxiety deal
with nervous tics and other odd issues, pets can also have a physical reaction
to psychological concerns as well. The
fact is that some dogs and even cats can
actually start up a kind of animal obsessive-compulsive
disorder. It can show up as licking, scratching, and odd chewing behaviours that
can cause intense damage if not managed properly. Some pets express their insecurities by scratching or biting their skin or paws. Looking into forms of treatment such as
massage, TTouch, Flower Essences or perhaps a ‘Pet Whisperer’ could be helpful.
A combination of influences, including
dry, winter weather and fatty acid deficiencies, not even moisture in their
diet, too many baths, can cause dry skin in your pet. It reacts
to the discomfort by chewing, scratching or licking at his skin or fur. Adding coconut oil, salmon oil for EFA’s and
getting them on a species appropriate diet
as well as giving a good quality filtered water.
If your pets’s little body is not manufacturing
enough of the thyroid hormone or creating too much cortisol, some surface skin issues can occur. You may
notice bald spots, and your dog may scratch or lick as if bothered by
allergies. Sometimes adding kelp to the
diet can help with thyroid balancing.
Sometimes the reason why your pet is
licking or chewing unreasonably could be due to discomfort internally. One must not rule out the possibility that
something is making your dog or cat physically uncomfortable.
One example might be if you see that your dog is biting her paw frequently, she might actually
have something sharp tuck in her foot
Compulsive licking or chewing can
also be a reaction to joint and bone problems, including arthritis and hip
dysplasia. If this is the case research
‘holistic help for joint issues’. There
is much to offer in this area.
You have to do the detective work and get to the cause of the issue, once you find the source remove it and then treat holistically.