Skin Conditions

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.

We have helped hundreds of animals just like yours - it is what we do! See what others have to say about us by reading some of The Pet Health and Nutrition Center Testimonials. Feel free to request a Personal Online Consultation or contact The Pet Health and Nutrition Center if you have any questions. We are here to help!

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Product recommendation:

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.

Product recommendation:

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.

Product recommendation:

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.

Product recommendation:

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Our High Potency Digestive Enzyme and Probiotic Formula has been created specifically for dogs and cats. It is formulated with higher amounts of the enzymes and probiotics needed to help your animals properly digest raw food, kibble, canned and home-prepared diets. This is a superior enzyme formula with 13 specialized enzyme strains and the addition of 5 billion CFU per gram of 13 species of beneficial bacteria.


Our Allergy Relief Blend is formulated by a certified Master Herbalist and features nettle leaf, ginkgo leaf, ashwagandha root, licorice root, burdock root and dandelion leaf to help reduce the inflammatory substances circulating in the body, modulate the immune system (because both a weakened and over-active immune system can be responsible), and support the adrenal glands and nervous system that can become weakened from the stress of chronic itching. No other allergy formula is as complete and effective as this one!


Our Liquid Probiotic Formula ushers in a new era of probiotic supplementation for dogs and cats. This pet probiotic supplement features 12 live and active lactic acid probiotic cultures. These cultures are not freeze-dried, as with most probiotic supplements, but instead are living and thriving in a nutrient rich lactic acid liquid known as a microbial consortia.

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Our Systemic Enzyme Formula was developed after years of work with systemic enzymes on various pet and human imbalances such as arthritis, injury, allergies and candida. This special formula is one-of-a-kind, there is nothing else quite like it on the human or pet market. It contains a blend of enzymes that will work to help with a number of different challenges that many animals will unfortunately experience in their life times.


We provide you with the finest food-grade Diatomaceous Earth Powder for your Dogs and Cats. Our food grade diatomaceous earth comes from the finest fresh water deposits, to offer you the best quality diatomaceous earth. Food grade diatomaceous earth meets very strict regulations in terms of crystalline silica (must be less that 1%) and heavy metal content, making it safe for your dogs and cats to consume.


Willard Water is a modified form of water produced from regular water to which the catalyst micelle has been added resulting in catalyst altered water. The altered molecular structure of Willard Water gives it the amazing increased ability to absorb more nutrients, eliminate toxins and wastes, scavenge free radicals and become a powerful antioxidant, reduce swelling, help eliminate skin and ear issues, raise the body's alkalinity and more!

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Buck Mountain Botanicals Wound Balm for Pets is an organic herbal wound aid featuring an emulsion of the extracts of burdock root, echinacea root and yarrow herb in olive oil and beeswax. This wound balm is one of our favorite products and best sellers due to its broad application and effectiveness.

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Buck Mountain Botanicals Wound Wash for Pets is formulated with organic whole leaf Aloe vera gel and Tea tree oil which are put into solution with a natural surfactant. This product is to be applied liberally as a wash and disinfectant for wounds and can be left on the wound to accelerate healing.

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Buck Mountain Botanicals Wound Aid for Pets is formulated with organic yarrow, Achillea millefolium, harvested in full bloom, dried and powdered. It is liberally applied to open bleeding, oozing or otherwise raw wounds. It is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and accelerates wound healing with reduced formation of scar tissue. A favorite! Keep one on hand so it is there when needed!

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Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement for Pets contains the health-promoting and anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA derived from 100% wild anchovies and sardines. These nutrients are important for supporting healthy skin, coat, joints, brain, heart, and eye health. Convenient at home or when traveling. Product of Norway.


HomeoPet Hot Spots Homeopathy for Pets is a homeopathic remedy that provides temporary relief from the minor discomforts of wet eczema and local rashes often referred to as hot spots.

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Keys RediCare Healing Spray for Dogs is an all natural, chemical-free healing spray for skin disorders, allergies & Irritations. Keys RediCare also repels fleas, ticks, flies, mites & mosquitoes! Developed for dogs and their handlers returning from Hurricane Katrina and aimed to relieve the dogs' discomfort, rashes, itching and skin disorders.

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Keys MetaClean Shampoo is an all-natural, chemical-free healing shampoo. Developed to provide relief from itching related to allergies, irritations and hot spots. Perfect for the allergic or sensitive animal in your life. A gentle, healing shampoo with a proven track record in our business.

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Sovereign Silver Colloidal Silver Hydrosol is a safe and effective antimicrobial and immune system strengthener for internal and external use. Featuring small, actively charged particles in safe, low concentrations that greatly benefit the immune challenged!


BioPreparation
  $25.95

BioPreparation is a very special nutritional supplement for animals FAR superior to ordinary manufactured vitamin supplements! This is the original formula developed and tested with over 20 animal species in Russia.  An all-natural, whole food product composed with four of the most nutrient dense algae found on earth.


Buck Mountain Botanicals Organic Black Walnut Hull is one of the most effective and safest worming agents provided by the plant world. The active constituent Juglone makes Black Walnut effective against a variety of intestinal worms including tapeworms, externally for ringworm and success with heartworm (under the guidance of a Holistic veterinarian) has been reported.


Using the Thymus Glandular Supplement from New Zealand as part of glandular therapy for pets is one of the simplest, safest and effective Holistic modalities available to us. Thymus tissue supports and nourishes a stressed, weakened or underperforming thymus gland which plays a central role in cell mediated immunity and the prevention of autoimmune disease.

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Pop's Itch Rescue Pet Shampoo is a USDA Certified Organic shampoo that helps to soothe and heal itchy, sensitive skin. 100% natural, and is made with certified organic oils and naturally extracted botanicals!

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Herbal AloeForce Skin Gel 4oz a combination of raw aloe vera leaf select herbs, ionic colloidal silver, green tea and hyaluronic acid.  Designed to be absorbed through all skin layers.  Naturally calming, soothing, nourishing, toning and more.

Health Care for your pet's skin!

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Colostrum Powder
  $23.95

We offer the finest 100% human-grade Bovine Colostrum Powder available for your dogs and cats. Certified True Colostrum by Cornell University, it is 6-hour, first-milking colostrum. Our Colostrum powder is tested ORGANIC free of herbicides, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and steroids. It is the finest available for your pets being low heat, spray dried to preserve all the natural benefits and no excipients or chemicals are ever added.


Our Basic Allergy & Skin Condition Package was created for those that are on a budget or would like something simpler than our Complete Allergy & Skin Condition Package. It contains the core products we feel you can not do without when trying to resolve these difficult conditions for your dog or cat.


Itchy Skin Spray
  $22.95

Our Itchy Skin Spray for Dogs and Cats is a superb formula for all those itchy canines and felines! It contains a blend of organic herbs that are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, pain relieving and help to heal damaged skin. Developed by a certified Master Herbalist, this formula works quickly to help heal many different types of skin problems.

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Our Complete Allergy & Skin Condition Package was created for those clients that desire all of the products recommended in our Natural Allergy and Skin Condition Protocols for their dog or cat.

 

 


Our Topical Probiotic Spray has numerous beneficial uses for your dog and cat. Comprised of a unique blend of live and active probiotic cultures, this formula uses its beneficial bacterial ingredients to help eliminate pathogenic bacteria for numerous applications. We have had great success using this formula with our clients to help eliminate and/or prevent recurrences of urinary tract infections. It also works well for surface bacterial or fungus infections, incontinence cleanliness, infected ears and skin irritations by helping injuries heal faster. And for that smelly doggy roll, just clean off the bulk of the mess and apply this formula to digest residual waste on the skin or fur to give your pet a quick, natural freshen up.

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Our Male Daily Vitality Blend is the finest organic, all-natural, multivitamin and antioxidant formula available for your dogs and cats. In addition to the organic, whole food ingredients that provide tonifying support for individual organ systems, is a specific herb called Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) included specifically to support balanced hormone levels in your male companion. We prefer getting nutrition from whole foods as opposed to synthetic vitamins for many reasons, and this formula does just that!


Our Female Daily Vitality Blend is the finest organic, all-natural, multivitamin and antioxidant formula available for your dogs and cats. In addition to the organic, whole food ingredients that provide tonifying support for individual organ systems, are two specific herbs called Black cohosh root (Cimicifuga racemosa) and Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) included specifically to support balanced hormone levels in your female companion. We prefer getting nutrition from whole foods as opposed to synthetic vitamins for many reasons, and this formula does just that!

 


Our Antimicrobial Formula is the ultimate herbal blend for boosting your dog or cat's immune system and assisting their body with eliminating pathogenic organisms. Formulated using organic herbs, this blend supports the body's own immune response against Giardia, Salmonella and other bacteria, fungi and viruses that are common causes of diarrhea and other illnesses in our pets.


Organic Detox Tea
  $12.95

Our Organic Detox Tea is a powerful, detoxifying herbal remedy that helps the body remove impurities from the blood and assists the lymphatic system in removing toxins. Often allergies, skin conditions, lipomas and other conditions result from an overburdened liver and kidneys. This results in toxins being stored in tissue, or in the body attempting to push them out through the skin resulting in commonly seen skin imbalances.

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