Since we can’t speak dogs have a lot of ways to tell us that something is wrong. I thought I would talk a little today about how we tell you we have an issue with our skin or coat. If you see us scratching, licking, or chewing we probably have a skin issue. Here are some of the things that can cause us problems.
- Food Allergies – As we have talked about in other blogs there are a lot of bad things in some dog foods. Things like wheat, corn, yeast, food coloring, and fillers can cause some dogs some real problems. If you haven’t seen my blog on comparing your dog food, please click compare.
- Seasons – Now that we are in winter our skin may simply be dry due to the house low humidity. When we are outside in other seasons we could have allergies to pollen, weeds, dust, grasses, and mold. Most of the time a simple bath will eliminate the issues caused by the seasons.
- Food – Adding olive oil, coconut oil, or peanut oil to your dog’s food bowl helps with some dogs. Try one to three tablespoons depending on the size of your dog.
- Shampoos – If you are using shampoos that are not made for dogs you will actually increase the skin problems of your dog. These shampoos will dry the skin and remove the oil from your dog’s coat. Mom researched the market and found some great dog care products that are all natural, will not dry the skin, and provide natural essential oils for the coat. Check out the Lavender & Eucalyptus conditioning shampoo at this link or ask Mom about it when you stop at the store.
- Fleas – Some flea collars can cause more problems than they solve. If you do not want to add chemicals to kill fleas and want an all natural product you need to select a product that is proven to stop fleas from landing on your dog while not irritating the skin. Ask Mom about the products she found that are excellent solutions.
- Dog Treats – Of course I know you are only eating the dog treats from One Lucky Dog Bakery since these do not have wheat, corn, soy, or preservatives. Just in case you didn’t see my dog treat compare blog click here.
I hope this helps, if not talk to Mom when you are in the store.
If your dog is itching excessively and shaking his head all the time there is a very good chance that the dog is allergic to something. If you have been reading this blog you know I’m a dog and not a Vet but at the risk of getting a lot of Vets mad at me I’m going to try to give you a few of Fergus’s tips on allergies, specifically food allergies.
The signs of a food allergy are, an ear infection that simply will not go away, chronic diarrhea, chronic gas, itchy feet or an itchy rear end. Food allergies are the biggest cause of allergy problems in dogs. The biggest causes of food allergies in dogs are wheat, corn, and soy. If you stop in at our bakery in Medina Ohio and talk with my Mum the first thing she will tell you is allergies are why she only makes dog treats that have zero wheat, corn, and soy and why she carries dog food that also does not have these ingredients. She also stocks frozen and freezed dried raw dog food that is a great supplement to your dog’s diet. There is also a chance that your dog is allergic to chicken, beef, or dairy and the only way to find this out is by eliminating items during a test period.
Retrievers, Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Cocker Spaniels are the breeds that have the most allergy problems but food allergies can occur in any breed.
I am going to do a little counter surfing since the Peanut Butter dog treats just came out of the oven. I know these contain no wheat, corn, soy, or preservatives that will cause me any allergy problems plus they smell and taste good. See you at the store.
Is your dog constantly scratching behind the ears or biting and scratching the legs and feet? The first thing you should do is go get your dog food bag and take a look at the ingredient label. If you see any of the following items on the label you need to look for another dog food.
- Food Coloring
All of these are very common allergens for dogs and and are the primary reason why the only dog foods that are sold at our bakery do not carry these ingredients. Stop at the bakery and talk with Mom about the problem and I’m sure she can help you and your dog.
It is also possible that the shampoo you are using is drying out the skin of your dog. You should change to a natural shampoo that has mild cleansing agents and thus will not dry the skin and strip the coat of its natural oils. The shampoo should also contain conditioning oils to make the dogs coat shiny and smooth. Check out the shampoos that we carry at the bakery, use these and your dog will thank you after you have a lot of fun at bath time.
The last thing you need to think about is your dog treats. These should not contain wheat, corn, soy, food coloring, yeast or preservatives. There is a fresh batch coming out of the oven and it is time for me to do some counter surfing. These batch is Chicken MacKnight and I love the white meat chicken and carrots in this one.
I hope that I have helped with the scratching.
Here are some easy tips for some common allergies:
- Fleas – A daily dose of garlic in the diet or apple cider vinegar in the water bowl will make us dogs resistant to fleas. If you check the ingredient list of our gourmet dog biscuits you will find garlic and this is one of the health reasons why we use garlic in our dog treats.
Instead of using chemical flea collars try an herbal collar scented with aromatheraphy oils of Pennyroyal, Citronella, cedar or eucalyptus.
- Skin Allergies -Kelp in the diet is important to relieve any skin and scratching allergies.Anitra Frazier offers a lemon rinse for itchy skin. Massage in lemon rinse, an herb tea made by pouring a pint of boiling water over thinly sliced lemons, skin and all. Let stand 24 hours.
The above tips come from a book I had recommended to you in a previous blog. The book is ” The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats” by Diane Stein.
Stacey uses this book and many others to come up with the best healthy dog treats that she can make for Jane, Knight, Cookie, and me. After we test them you receive the benefits from our gourmet dog bakery.
Some dogs have them, I don’t. Either I am lucky or it’s my diet (more about that later in this article) but since many dogs have allergies I thought I would give you some things to think about.
Holistic physician James F. Balch defines allergy as the inappropriate response by the body’s immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. Dr. Balch tells us that allergens are found in foods, inhaled as pollens, molds, dust, feathers and transmitted by insect stings or fleabites. An allergy to flea saliva can result in a persistent itching rash. Allergens can also occur by skin contact with irritants such as detergents, flea collars, insecticides, and petroleum products. If your dog is always scratching, has skin rashes, runny eyes, sinusitis, cough, a recurrent urinary track infection, vomits frequently, has diarrhea, or a lot of gas the culprit may be an allergy. Dogs with inhalant allergies will often chew their feet. An allergic emergency is anaphylactic shock and since this is life threatening getting us to the vet immediately is a must.
Over 33% of all pet allergies can be traced to foods. The chemicals, dyes, flavoring and preservatives in most commercial pet foods are the causes. We dogs have a very low tolerance for chemical toxins and petroleum products. Did you know flea collars are made from the same chemical as nerve gas?
If your dog has allergies switching to a preservative free dog food or a natural homemade diet with supplements could be the solution to the problem.
Our organic dog treats contain zero preservatives plus we have added natural ingredients that supply additional vitamins for your gourmet dog biscuits.
Portions of the above came from “The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats” by Diane Stein. This is a great book to have.