Canine skin conditions can be a challenge.  For the best results a comprehensive external and internal approach is recommended, including the use of homeopathics.

Diet & Causes

It is important that your dog has a good diet so introduce raw foods like carrots, zucchini and raw meat (beef is a good option).  Chemicals in their food and/or in the external environment can often create problems for dogs.  Also be aware of the use of chemical sprays like carpet cleaner, air freshener etc.  It’s also important to consider the possibility of fleas, which most dogs often have.  Shampooing with a low allergen, fragrant free shampoo is a useful treatment here. This should always be the first step.

External Treatment

If remedial actions like shampooing don’t improve your dog’s skin condition then  your next option is to externally apply cold (refrigerated) Aloe Vera juice on to red skin areas with a cotton ball. This is really soothing and helps reduce itching.  Once this has dried, apply Weleda Comp. Cream for eczema.  Aloe Vera can also be administered internally to the dog.

Internal Treatment

Internally, we’d recommend Wheatgrass powder to support the immune system and help with the elimination of toxins.  Evening Primrose Oil is also recommended as an omega 6 nutrient that is specifically helpful in the healing of skin disorders.

Homeopathic Treatment

Thuja would be the best homeopathic remedy to start with due to its specific actions on the skin. Sulphur may also help but should be given once the skin has moved beyond the current state and begun healing.  Sulphur is effective as it feeds connective tissue, helping restore the damaged skin.  Both remedies can be administered internally in a 30c potency.

This article was written by the specialists at HealthPost.co.nz. All of the treatments mentioned here, including Evening Primrose and Thuja, are available for secure online purchase from HealthPost.

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  1. Ronny says:

    Raw food diets will rarely solve and can often exacerbate skin conditions – beef and lamb proteins, and wheat are among the most common allergens that dogs with sensitive skin react too. If there is a dietary component to your dogs skin condition, then a food trial is often necessary and a prescription diet with supplemented EPAs and a balanced omega ratio is often necessary. These often used hydrolysed proteins or novel proteins that the dogs immune system rarely reacts to. Alternatively an intradermal skin test can be performed to determine the root of the problem.

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