Skin and Coat Problems....
Most breeds of dog are prone to skin allergies and skin rashes despite our best efforts to keep them clean and hygienic. There are several skin diseases that dogs can suffer from but because of their thick coats, it takes longer for the skin infection to become visible and thus more difficult to diagnose the skin problem immediately.
The skin is the largest organ in any living creature. Thus, it’s largely the open outward reflection of an inside health problem, which can be either mental or physical. With a proper holistic approach, a dog with a skin/coat problem can be restored to perfect health. This will be shown or reflected by the state of the skin and even the fur. There are several ways of fixing skin or coat problems.
Skin rashes in dogs – very much like in humans – can be very itchy and demanding constant scratching. Dogs do experience a lot of discomfort and keep scratching, licking and biting the rashes area of the skin. If dog rashes are not expeditiously treated, they can lead to complications that will not only cost you more but the agony of your dog will also be prolonged.
Treating dog rashes is quite often tricky as most dog owners are unaware what dog rashes look like and some owners just treat them superficially.
There can be a variety of reasons why dog rashes occur.
One of the most common causes of a dog rash is allergy. As is known to many, allergies may result from different allergen sources and you need to know what your dog is allergic to.
Contact allergies are caused by the aggressive response of specialized immune cells to an allergen. When an allergen activates the immune system, it manufactures a protein that causes the immune cells to release histamine, a naturally occurring compound that has an inflammatory effect on the tissues it comes into contact with. Shampoos for dogs can contain a number of ingredients that can cause skin irritation and even allergic reactions. These reactions usually occur rather rapidly after exposure and often become more intense with repeated applications.
Yet another reason for dog rashes is Flea bites.
It is known that fleas ubiquitously present and the only way to prevent your dog from flea-bite skin rashes is to get rid of fleas
We have found with American Bullies, clients who tend to over bath their dogs can also contribute to skin break outs.
Bathing too often can be detrimental to your pet. It can irritate the skin, damage hair follicles, and increase the risk of bacterial or fungal infections.”
Shampoo allergies are an overactive reaction of the cell of the immune system to a protein within the shampoo that the canine body sees as an intruder.
Symptoms of Shampoo Allergies in Dogs Bald patches Blister-like lesions Chronic ear infections Chronically inflamed feet Face rubbing Head shaking Hives Obsessive licking Paw biting Skin infections Skin rashes Swelling, particularly around the face Ulcerations on skin
Treatments for skin issues...
Zyrtec or Benadryl
Yes, Zyrtec is considered a safe medication for your dog. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine that is safely tolerated in dogs and used to treat allergic skin conditions.
Coconut oil is good for dogs and can help aid your pets' digestion, improve their coats, help prevent infection and more. But please note, it is mportant to follow the proper guidelines. As with most things, too much of even a good thing can end up having negative effects.
Coconut Oil On Dog's Skin. In addition to giving your dog orally, coconut oil can be applied directly to your dogs coat and skin. As we stated earlier, because coconut oil contains lauric acid, it is a fabulous immune builder, both orally and topically.
Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT
Clears up eczema
Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
Minimizes doggy odor
Reduces allergic reactions
Creates sleek and glossy coats
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Increases nutrient absorption
Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
Reduces or eliminates bad breath
Helps with coughing
Assists with weight loss
A powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Aids arthritis and ligament problems
Helps prevent infection and disease
Aids in increasing energy
Nutritional oil blend provides omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, plus vitamins A, D3 and E to support normal physical and mental performance.
Also helps get a soft, shiny, healthy coat.
Contains soybean oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil and flax seed oil.
Top-dress or mix with daily feed.
Horses - 1-2 oz per 1,000 lbs body wt
Dogs - 1/2 tsp per 25 lbs body wt
Cattle - 1-2 oz; Goats/Sheep/Swine - 1/2 oz.