Itching dog syndrome
I recently read of a lady whose dog has suffered from an itchy rash for several years. She’s tried everything, apparently. Finally, now that her dog is 7 years old, she is considering changing his food to see if that might help. Had I had any hair left I’d have been pulling it out when I read that. Having an itching dog for that long must have been a nightmare!
The term ‘you are what you eat’ applies to dogs as well as humans. Eat a nutrient-rich, wholefood diet in sensible proportions and you can reasonably expect to stay healthy. Fill your body full of junk food every day and you’re likely to encounter health problems.
Now if that applies to humans, why on earth do people consider it doesn’t also apply to dogs? Fill a dog full of highly processed junk food every day of its life, and unless you’re exceptionally lucky, you’re going to have an unhealthy dog. In fact you’re more or less guaranteed to have an unhealthy dog. You just may not know it until it’s too late!
Cure an itching dog from the inside out
Except in the case of an environmental allergy, a dog’s rash is nothing more than an external manifestation of an internal problem. It’s your dog’s body telling you that what’s going into it in terms of food is not agreeing with it. Even if the cause of the rash is environmental, an improved diet can still help. Because a healthy diet is likely to reduce internal inflammation, and that is exactly what causes a rash of any kind in the first place. Inflammation!
If your dog has an itchy rash, immunosuppressant drugs from the vet are not the answer. They’re never the answer. Neither are highly medicated dog shampoos. Both are going to simply treat the symptoms rather than the cause. And the drugs are going to put your dog’s health at risk by switching off its first line of defence. It’s immune system.
If your dog has any itchy rash, consider changing its diet. The rash is the harm being done to your dog that you can see. Just imagine what’s going on inside where you can’t see!
And if you do nothing else, at least add some omega-rich fish oil to his or her diet. It’s been proven time and time again to cure or at least minimise canine itchiness.
If you need help with a diet, consider one of my diet plans. A properly structured diet plan for your dog could save you thousands of pounds over time. And give you more happy, healthy years with your best friend!