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The Best Supplement for Dogs with Allergies May Surprise You

Skin and Coat supplement

I am dedicating this post to my favorite product I carry in my natural pet product line, Natural Dog Company’s Skin & Coat Supplement. Not only is this supplement great for the skin and coat as it suggests but it has many other benefits of which my favorite is relieving allergy symptoms. Let’s start by analyzing the nutrient-dense organic ingredients and break down the benefits of each of the first five of these ingredients.

Skin & Coat Supplement Ingredients

Salmon: Salmon is the first ingredient in these supplements. Salmon provides a plethora of health benefits. It is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in healthy skin and coat, relieve itchiness, prevent inflammation, aides in heart health, and strengthens the immune system.

Pea Flour: Pea flour is basically peas without the moisture and peas are a great source of plant protein and fiber.

Flaxseed: Flaxseed is high in fiber and contains anti-inflammatory properties. It is full of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and aids in digestion as well as healthy skin and coat.

Navy Bean: Navy beans are a great source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins.

Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and aids in healthy skin and coats.

In addition to these nutrient dense ingredients, the key ingredients making these supplements so effective are DHA Gold, Biotin, and Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil.

So, why do I love these supplements so much? If the benefits of the ingredients above did not pique your interest, what I am about to tell you surely will. Prior to giving these supplements to my frenchies, I was giving them Benadryl every night! That’s right! Every night! If I missed a night, you could see their allergies flaring up the following day. Very shortly after starting these supplements, I no longer needed to do that! This was a WIN-WIN for me! First, I was giving them a supplement that had many health benefits and second, I no longer needed to give them Benadryl every day! In addition to alleviating my frenchies allergy symptoms, my frenchies (all three of them) now have the most beautiful coats and extremely healthy skin.

If you are worried about your pup not liking these chews, worry no more! The salmon and pea flavors are more than enticing to dogs. My three absolutely love these chews and can not wait to get them every day!

So, what are you waiting for? Get yours now!

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Hot Spots – What Are They, How Do We Treat Them, and How Do We Prevent Them?

What is a Hot Spot?

Acute Moist Dermatitis, more commonly known as hots spots, start out as itchy areas on your dog. The itchiness could be caused by several different conditions such as fleas, allergies, skin infections, trapped moisture, a dirty coat, or even boredom. Some dogs will scratch and bite if bored or anxious and this could lead to hot spots. Hot spots often start as small red and/or moist looking areas. If left untreated they could turn into very large, red, and painful sores. Hot spots are typically caused by your dog. Your dog has an itchy spot, and they scratch the area making it worse. The scratching (or biting) causes the area to become inflamed and in many cases causes a bacterial infection. Hot spots are usually accompanied by hair loss and are most common in the summer months. This is due to higher temperatures and higher humidity. Hot spots are usually hot to the touch due to the inflammation and is where they gained the name “hot spot.” Hot spots can be very painful and very stressing to your dog. So, how do we treat them?

How Can I Treat My Dogs Hot Spot?

I always suggest having your dog seen by your veterinarian if any type of sore appears particularly if it seems to worsen. If a hot spot is on the skins surface and doesn’t present with oozing, clipping back the hair, washing with a medicated shampoo, and applying a topical should suffice. However, if it is oozing, your veterinarian will likely prescribe an antibiotic and topical ointment. If the hot spot is small and not too troublesome, you may try a natural home remedy such as this skin soother. However, if there is no immediate improvement, be sure to promptly make that vet visit. The sore could be something different than a hot spot and you don’t want to be upset with yourself if you did not seek medical advice soon enough.

How Do I Prevent Hot Spots on My Dog?

There are a few things you can do to prevent hot spots. First, keep your dog as dry as possible. Make sure you dry them off immediately after swimming or after a bath. Second, Omega 3’s are great at preventing hot spots. This Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is about the best product on the market in my humble opinion. It contains Fatty Acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 along with EPA, DHA, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin B12. The most important thing you can do to prevent hot spots is to figure out what was causing the initial itching and prevent that. If the root cause is allergies, be sure to get the allergies under control. For information about allergy relief, read this post:

If the root cause is fleas, get the fleas under control. Flea Free is a great natural flea and tick repellent.

If your dog is itching out of boredom, try to exercise them more often, and consider buying them interactive toys such as this [ New Edition ] Dog Puzzle Toys- Penerl Slow Feeder Dog Bowls, Interactive Dog Toy for IQ Training; Slow Feeding, Aid Pets Digestion, Dog Puzzle Toys for Smart Dogs or this Wobble Wag Giggle Ball, Interactive Dog Toy, Fun Giggle Sounds, As Seen On TV.

Basically, whatever is causing the need for your dog to itch, be sure to address it and get it under control.

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Dog Allergies and Natural Solutions

French bulldog running outside

Having a dog with allergies can be confusing and knowing what to do about it can be even more confusing. Dogs can develop different types of allergies including environmental allergies, food allergies, and flea allergies. So, what are allergies anyway? How can you tell if your dog has allergies? And finally, what can you do about it? This last question is what I hear the most and we will get to that. But first, let’s discuss what allergies are and how to tell if your dog has allergies.

What are allergies?

Dogs, not unlike humans, have this amazing system of cells and proteins called the Immune System. The immune system is a complex system that is very efficient at fighting off infections and diseases. Immune system cells are continuously searching for foreign invaders. Once these invaders are recognized, the immune response kicks in. Without this immune response, bacteria and virus’ would wreak havoc. Sometimes, the immune system incorrectly identifies an object as a foreign invader. And, this is where we get allergies. Here is a common example: Pollen gets into your system, your immune system cells recognize it (mistakenly) as foreign invading germs, and the fight starts! So, what does this look like?

How Can You Tell if a Dog Has Allergies?

Just as we can have differing responses to allergies, so can dogs. The symptoms can include itchy paws, red irritated and itchy ears, hives, swelling, red irritated skin, skin infections, ear infections, and loss of fur. Allergies can even cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs. Just as you get an itch from time to time, so do dogs. Just because a dog itches here and there does not necessarily indicate they have allergies. However, if the itching is incessant and accompanied by other symptoms such as redness and ear infections, you most likely have a dog suffering from allergies. So, the big question is: What can you do about it?

What Can You Give a Dog with Allergies?

The way in which you treat allergies in dogs is highly dependent on the severity of the allergies. I am all about the natural paths to solutions so I would personally start with the natural route. I would start by bathing your pup with Itchy Dog Shampoo and providing them with a Skin & Coast supplement daily. If your dog has redness and particularly itchy areas, I highly suggest using this Skin Soother. These are the products I use for my dogs, and they work wonderfully. Before starting this regime, I gave my pups Benadryl every night before bed. This also worked for me. However, as I mentioned, I prefer the natural route, so I changed it up. If the natural route does not work from you, it may mean that your pups allergies are just a little more pronounced. If you have been attempting the natural route for over a week and see no change, try the Benadryl route. I used the grape flavored children’s Benadryl. Each chewable tablet is 12.5 mg. While they state you can give 1 mg per pound of body weight, one tablet worked for my pups. Of course, if it is not sufficient for yours, you can up the dose to a max of 1 mg per pound so if they weigh 25 pounds, 2 tablets would work. If the Benadryl does not work, you may have to go through your veterinarian and your dog may need to get Cytopoint injections or Apoquel tablets. In my opinion, Cytopoint and Apoquel should be your last resort options as there have been adverse reactions reported with these allergy medications. Additionally, there are age and weight requirements when administering these drugs. In most cases, the natural route works, and your pups will thank you for it!

If you have natural options that have worked for you, feel free to share! Knowledge is Power!

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