Sadly, itchy dogs are very common in our modern society. When Sue got her last two dogs many years ago, they both had incredibly itchy skin. Not knowing then what she knows now, she went to her veterinarian and got strong medication to make it better. It did make it better. But it also created a big strain on the dogs' kidneys. When Dr. Suzan Seelye visited her and inquired about the dogs' medications, Sue learned that there is a better, healthier way to deal with the problem. That conversation started the development of Chava Naturals dog herb mixes.
Needless to say that after switching her dogs from medications to a strategic course of herbs and cleaning up their food, the recovery was swift, and the dogs were free of itch for the rest of their long and active lives.
I am telling you here what we have learned, so that you don't have to go through the same trouble:
Itchy dogs have one singular thing in common: toxic overload.
Toxins can come from many places: the ground we walk on, the air we breathe, the food we eat. When the body gets overloaded with toxins and the main way to eliminate them - the digestive tract including liver and kidneys - is blocked or maxed out, there is another way the body can get relief: by pushing them out through the skin. Since dogs can't sweat like humans do, toxins that are excreted through the pores often create rashes, which can get quite itchy.Feeding kibble - dried dog food - compounds the problem. Kibble, being dehydrated, takes a lot of moisture out of the digestive tract to reconstitute. This moisture is now unavailable to aid with the toxin elimination. Most of the time, dogs don't drink enough to balance out the lack.
The best thing you can do to get your dog back into balance is to help with the detoxification process. For the best result, tackle it from two ends:
1) Reduce toxins that end up in the dog
- Feed better dog food
- If you feed kibble, soak it in water or broth
- Use toxin free skin care products on your dog
- Replace toxic household cleaning products with natural ones
- Talk to your vet to reduce or phase out medications if possible (including vaccines)
- Start with a two week Liver/Kidney detox
- After that, feed a daily liver supporting herb mix until the symptoms have subsided
- Use small amounts of Manuka Oil on the rash
- Offer filtered water to drink
- Add healthy oils to your dog's diet, like coconut oil, to add moisture to the skin from the inside
- Keep fleas at bay naturally, i.e. with cedar essential oil
A lot could be said about dog food. To keep it short: regular dog food that you find in the big grocery stores is laden with toxins from medications that is in the meat products, to pesticides, herbicides and fillers that have an inflammatory effect – like potatoes, wheat, soy and corn. Canned food is no better than kibble. A good dog food has meat, entrails and meat byproducts like ground up bones as the main ingredient, uses only cooked vegetables and does NOT include highly inflammatory fillers like potatoes, peas or grains (especially soy, corn and wheat).
With this 'secret' recipe we have helped many dogs go from miserably itchy to happy and healthy in a few weeks. Let us know how it works for you!
This information is not intended to replace advice from your veterinarian. It is what has worked most of the time in our experience. It is meant as a start off point for your own research, NOT AS MEDICAL ADVICE.