We deal with problems like Skin Conditions frequently with numerous clients from all over the country. Our experience with issues like this has helped us become one of the few places people can go for answers to help solve tough issues with their dogs and cats.
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Our Natural Skin Condition Protocol
From our experience there is no single miracle cure for a particular disease state. That is why we use a variety of supplements that all have different effects on the body to produce resolution of the imbalance. The important thing here is that they are TRULY all-natural, whole food nutrients that require little energy by the body to utilize, provide a big nutritional punch and have no scary side-effects! This is especially true when dealing with sometimes hard to alleviate conditions.
Recommendation #1 - Reduce Inflammatory Chemicals
Allergies are the body's over-reaction to an antigen (invading substance). This can be caused by an allergen such as pollen, an ingredient in your pet's food, something in their environment such as a household cleaner, or a substance placed on them, like topical flea and tick pesticides, or in them, like vaccinations. Of course we want to figure out the cause and do our best to eliminate it, but in the meantime we want to help the body to better cope by reducing inflammatory chemicals circulating in the blood stream, like histamine, and balance the immune system.
Allergy Relief Formula for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #2 - Improve Digestion with Plant Enzymes and Probiotics
Allergies are often caused by poor digestion. When food is poorly digested larger than normal food particles that are the result of incomplete digestion can make their way through the lining of the digestive tract and into the blood stream. This results in an immune system reaction and the release of inflammatory chemicals that result in allergy symptoms. Even if this is not the cause of your pet's allergy symptoms, one thing we can be certain of is that promoting better digestion and maintaining thriving colonies of beneficial flora lining the digestive tract will result in a healthier dog or cat. Enzymes will help your animal digest their food quicker and more thoroughly and probiotics have numerous benefits for not only better digestion but a healthier immune system and protection against invading organisms that can help prevent future bouts of diarrhea.
Enzymes and Probiotics for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #3 - Acidify the Gut for Optimum Digestion
Along the same lines of what we talked about above, we want to increase digestion. But this time we want to focus on acidifying the gut to make sure that the proteins, the food particles largely responsible for an inflammatory response by the body are properly and fully digested. Many animals we see are having problems with hypochloridia, or low stomach acid output. Feeding a kibble diet raises the alkalinity of your pet's stomach resulting in incomplete digestion, but dogs and cats can have problems properly digesting other foods as well. This contributes to many inflammatory issues in the body such as irritable bowel issues, arthritis and allergies. In order to acidify the gut many people use apple cider vinegar. We prefer our Probiotic Digestive Tonic for this purpose because it is rich in lactic acid that creates an optimal environment for digestion as opposed to acetic acid in apple cider vinegar.
Probiotic Digestive Tonic for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #4 - Repair the Digestive Tract
Often dogs and cats suffering with allergies or skin conditions have been put through the mill. By this I mean they have seen it all, numerous courses of antibiotics and those "Good for all that ails you" corticosteroid drugs. This leads to destruction of the mucous membrane that lines the digestive tract resulting in a process called Leaky Gut Syndrome. When this occurs larger than normal particles are allowed to slip through the GI tract and into the blood stream resulting in inflammation throughout the body. We want to fix this and the way we do that is by providing the body with what it needs to repair the mucous membrane that lines the GI Tract.
Repair and Strengthen
Recommendation #5 - Eliminate Candida & Autoantibodies
This next product is going to kill two birds with one stone. First, allergies and skin conditions can often be caused by or acerbated by a fungal overgrowth called Candida albicans. This imbalance in the body is usually caused by the use of antibiotics and then not makimng sure that a course of probiotics is used to replenish beneficial organisms. Systemic enzymes, that is the use of enzymes between meals so they enter the bloodstream has been shown to kill candida. The enzymes largely responsible for this action are cellulase and betaglucanase.
Secondly, the overuse of vaccinations has been shown to lead to an increase in autoantibodies circulating in the blood. This is responsible for the increase in autoimmune conditions we are now seeing and other inflammatory conditions like allergies and skin conditions. Proteases, like bromelain, have been shown to break the antibody-antigen bond and destroy these autoantibodies.
Systemic Enzymes for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #6 - Provide Whole Food Nutrients and Antioxidants
When your dog or cat is suffering with an inflammatory condition there will be an increase in free radical production that can further damage tissue and cause premature aging and possibly other disease. So, we want to provide your animal with high quality antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals and other nutrients to aid the body's healing and rebuilding processes. Nutrients from whole food sources are more readily utilized by your pet's body and don't place an extra burden on the liver and kidneys as do synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Biopreparation Microalgae for Dogs and Cats
and/or one of the following:
Male Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats
Female Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #7 - Supplement with Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Inflammation causes discomfort and also leads to the creation of free radicals. Another way to counter this inflammation in your pet's body is with omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3's are anti-inflammatory as opposed to inflammatory omega 6's and 9's found in grains and factory farmed meat (used in most pet food). Fish oil is a good source of EPA & DHA omega 3 fatty acids, but it is important to choose your supplement wisely. Fish oil can be contaminated because of our oceans, so you should purchase a well known and highly respected brand, not just any brand for this particular item. Nordic Naturals produces the finest fish oil in its natural triglyceride form, which studies have shown is the preferred form of fish oil.
Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Pet for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #8 - Reduce Irritation and Heal the Skin
Itching and scratching is the most common complaint when clients mention allergy and skin problems with their pets. This problem can be extremely stressful for the animal as well as the parents. What we try to accomplish with this next product is to reduce the sense of itching on the skin, while healing and rebalancing the skin back to a healthy state.
Itchy Skin Spray for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #9 - Use a Chemical Free Shampoo
Often clients want to continuously bathe their dog or cat thinking this will offer relief fro incessant itching and scratching. The problem is that bathing too frequently can disturb the natural balance of the skin. Once this is done skin problems can often become a chronic condition that gets worse and worse. Compounding this issue is the misleading use of the word "Natural" when companies market their products. Often these shampoos contain parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate that are considered to be natural ingredients but have damaging effects on the skin. Sometimes these ingredients are even left off the label. What you must do when bathing your pet is use a truly natural shampoo provided by a highly reputable company or you can just be making matters worse.
Keys Metaclean Shampoo
Recommendation #10 - Provide a Healthy Diet
Diet plays an important role in your animal's long term health. Feeding a raw whole food diet is the biologically appropriate way to feed an animal. If you do not want to feed raw, or can't for some reason, then sticking as close to whole food as possible is always best. An animal that suffers with allergies or a skin condition is almost certainly having problems digesting kibble pet food.
View our recommendations here:
How to Feed Your Dog
How to Feed Your Cat
If this all seems complicated, and you would like personal guidance dealing with skin conditions for your dog or cat, we would be happy to help. Philip is a Master Herbalist who specializes in conditions such as this. He will provide you with a holistic protocol specifically for your animal. If you would like personal guidance please click here: Pet Health Consultation.