Your Pet’s Itchy Skin and Allergies -  Causes and Solutions

Itchy skin is an inflammatory reaction of the skin and occurs when the pH balance of the body is too acidic. The common reason for acidosis is an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune system that is week.

Inflammation as a result of an acidic overload will decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease its ability to repair damaged cells, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. Certainly, the body will not be able to deal with allergens and allergies, be it from long grass, dust mites, flea bites or any other irritant.

The skin is the largest eliminatory organ in the body, which is why skin and coat problems are often the first indicators of poor health and care. Yet, almost every pet suffers from some sort of skin condition and allergy. This ailment will not just disappear on its own and importantly, eventually will lead to more severe illness. Do not ignore these signs. Treating with cortisone is not the long term solution and will only suppress the symptoms.

It is imperative that one embarks on a campaign to boost your pet’s immunity and reduce inflammation within the cells. This is the ONLY solution. Your pet’s diet should be wholesome and natural, including vegetables and legumes which are essential in producing natural antioxidants and thus, protects from sickness, dread diseases and general poor health.

Omega-3's play a huge role in your pet’s health, skin and coat, itching, irritation, allergies and bacterial infections. Although flaxseed oil is often touted as a substitute for fish oil, new studies show it’s not a reliable alternative. A good quality, pure fish oil is essential.

CBD Oils are said to have a “’miraculous”” positive solution to itchy skin and all inflammatory disorders. CBD’s interaction with the canine can reduce inflammation

which affect skin ailments and bladder disorders.

Other recommended supplements that are beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders and boosting immunity are Apple Cider Vinegar, Rooibos Oil, Spirulina and Pro-biotics.

The use of poisons to rid fleas and ticks will also adversely affect skin. Remember, chemicals and poisons are extremely acidic and thus will lead to inflammation. Whilst it is always tempting to use strong chemicals and poisons to rid these pests, it will impact on your pet’s well being and sensitive skin.  The use of natural chemical free repellents is well advised and can be just as effective if applied regularly. Khakibos spray is a fantastic natural deterrent.

Another huge mistake we make in treating skin ailments is bathing our pets regularly and using harsh chemically based shampoos. This aggravates the skin even further and does more damage than good. Make sure that your shampoo is totally natural and contains absolutely no parabens or chemicals. These natural ingredients or shampoos would be ideal – Khakibos, Buchu, Rooibos, Neam, Mint and Chamomile, etc.

Here, the recommended dose as per the supplements suggested:

Omega 3 Fish Oil (not flaxseed)

Dosage:

  • Small – 500mg per day
  • Medium & Large – 1000mg per day

CBD Oil

Dosage:

  • Small – 2mg per day
  • Medium – 4mg per day
  • Large – 6mg per day

Rooibos Anti-itch

Dosage:

  • Small – ½ t. spoon per day
  • Medium – 1 t. spoon per day
  • Large – 1.5 t. spoon per day

Spirulina

Dosage:

  • Small – ½ t. spoon per day
  • Medium – 1 t. spoon per day
  • Large – 1.5 t. spoon per day

Apple Cider Vinegar

Dosage:

Small – ½ t. spoon per day

Medium – 1 t. spoon per day

Large – 2 t. spoon per day