Skin Allergies
Natural Remedies



Natural Cures for Dogs and Cats with Allergies

Apr 08, 2017

Itchy nose? Watery eyes? Rashy skin? And, no, we don’t mean symptoms that you are having. While it may seem surprising, your pet can also experience allergy issues that may seem quite common to some that you have experienced. The good news is that your pet’s allergies are typically just as easy to treat as your allergies. From the most common to some of the more unusual, your pet’s allergies can typically be treated using natural cures, such as acidophilus, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil.

What Types of Allergies Are Common in Pets?

The two most common forms of allergies that your pet may experience are food allergies and environmental allergies. As a general rule of thumb, seasonal allergies are situated within the “environmental” category of allergies.

Allergies of any type are an overreaction of the immune system, in which the immune system identifies the allergen as a foreign substance that it must eliminate. As the animal’s body tries to fight this substance, the reactions in the form of allergy symptoms occur.

Several different types of pet allergies are relatively common including dust mite sensitivity and sensitivity to chemicals such as latex or aerosol. Nonetheless, the absolutely most common allergies that may be affecting your pet are environmental allergies that include ragweed, grass, pollen, mold, and trees.

What Kind of Symptoms Will My Pet Exhibit If It Has Allergies?

Much like you experience allergy symptoms, animals do too. The symptoms your pet exhibits may vary depending on the specific allergy it has, but generally animal allergy symptoms are relatively common. Some of the symptoms that your pet may exhibit include inflammation in the sinuses or airways, coughing, excess mucus, nasal discharge, runny eyes, swollen eyes, redness in the paws or belly, and itching and scratching. Bowel issues are also common in relation to environmental allergies and may include issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

What Are the Best Natural Cures for My Pet’s Allergies?

Catching your pet’s allergic response early on is one of the most important steps to fighting allergies. In some cases, you may notice symptoms of allergies in your pet before it develops to a systemic response, which allows you to begin treating immediately and avoid additional vet visits. However, if you pet is red, itchy, and swollen, you should probably head to the vet with the animal to get a more thorough diagnosis. In any event, though, natural cures are helpful supports for safely and effectively alleviating allergy issues in pets. Consider trying acidophilus, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil to treat your pet’s allergy symptoms.

1. Acidophilus

Acidophilus is a form of good bacteria that helps balance the body’s immune system. When the natural bacteria is “in check” in the gastrointestinal tract, your pet’s immune system functions more optimally. You can find acidophilus in the form of a dietary supplement and even in yogurt or food forms for your pet.

2. Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil has active anti-inflammatory and anti-itch compounds. You can apply primrose oil to you animal’s skin to treat dry or itchy skin issues. Likewise, giving your pet evening primrose oil by mouth helps calm allergies and boost the immune system.

3. Omega-3 Fats

Omega-3 fatty acids are more balanced, complex fats than other forms. These supplements help decrease inflammation and relieve allergic responses throughout the body. Omega-3s are especially helpful for treating seasonal allergies. Consider using krill, salmon, or tuna oil as a dietary supplement or topical application for your pet.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another complex fat. This blend contains lauric acid, which actually helps fight the production of yeast, a common inflammatory component. Coconut oil also helps decrease inflammation and can be used internally and externally for treating your pet’s allergy issues.

Try one of these treatment options, or keep reading to learn more about treating your pet’s allergies naturally.

References:
Allergies in Dogs - http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/allergies-dogs?page=2
How to Help Your Pets with Allergies - http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/03/19/pet.allergies.mnn/

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Below you will find user submitted natural remedies for pets with allergies. Our most popular treatment for allergies in humans, apple cider vinegar, is also very effective in our pets. Many users have also suggested dietary changes for your cat or dog; food allergies to certain brands are quite common. We are interested in what you use to combat your pets' allergies, so let us know if you try any home remedies you find here; if you know of a natural cure we don't have listed, please let us know about it!

When writing Earth Clinic about a dog skin allergy or cat skin allergy, please include the brand name of the food you are feeding him/her! We'd like to start pegging the brands that may be causing these issues.



Acidophilus  

Posted by Lynne (Belleview, Fl) on 07/02/2009

Can someone tell me what the correct doseage would be of asodopholus for a 4lb 9oz Yorkie?

Replied by Lisa
Vancouver, Wa
01/20/2011

Not sure but I have 25 lb. Shih Tzu's & I give them 1/4 to 1/3 of a tablet of "1 Billion Organisms per caplet at time of manufacture" Acidophilus Dietary Supplement.

I guesstimated the dosage based on other internet stuff I read on what people gave their dogs. It's good to help the healthy bacteria in the gut flourish & fight yeast infections... like my dog gets in his ear.

I was putting it in cheese, but I think I will switch to those "pill pockets" or peanut butter cuz of my dog's constant ear infection... I think from the dairy he gets now--I've been putting his meds in string cheese.

Hopefully it will help someone...

Replied by Heidi
Washburn, Wi
02/21/2011

Hello everyone,

There are a few general food companies I would recommend. First, cats and dogs should be eating wet food, not dry. The food should be holistic, human-grade and meat based too. I recommend Evo, Innova and Wellness. All lines have grain free, meat based and age related formulas.

If your cat has severe crystals or UTI problems, I recommend Wysong Uretic, which is specifically for urinary tract and crystal formation support.

Replied by Kim
Atlanta, Ga
05/19/2011

My dog is a 4yr old husky and pit mix has a very bad scratching problem. He does not have fleas nor ticks. We pay good money to prevent that. But the thing with his scratching is that as soon as I let him outside to take care of business before he takes care of business he will drag his stomach all across the grass. Sometimes he does this from the front of the yard to the back of the yard. It can be a bit much for me to watch him go through this. He has scratched so much he does have a few abrasions and hot spots. So I hoping the ACV remedy will help. At one pet the vet gave me some meds to an extent they were helping but not enough in my eyes. I dont want him to be on meds the rest of his life either. Well I really do appreciate earth clinic for there chat boards. I hope this will help my dog.

Replied by Misschris
Nolanville, Tx
05/31/2011

I don't know what you feed your beloved pet, but I venture to say that his diet is most likely the cause of his issues. The following links can provide some insight. At the first link, download the Rex Healthy foods happy dogs (or all of them as I have). Veeeery interesting [EC: Link/website no longer exists]. Gets down to the nitty gritty-valuable information.

http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawpetfood.html

Replied by Lily
Melbourne, Australia, Vic
02/27/2012

I have a dog that's been scratching almost obsessively since he was a puppy and after 2 years of wearing a cone, we narrowed down the possibilities from diet, exercise, anything the vet could think of.

We have gone through maybe 4 vets and so much medication and it's not right for anyone to be taking so much medication because of liver or kidney damage in the long term.

We did an allergens test to detect ALL the possible allergens our dog was prone to and found out he was allergic to pollen, the poor thing.

So it's worth talking to a good vet and really monitoring your pet. We now give our dog evening primrose oil about 3 times a week and it has helped tremendously. There were other treatments such as injecting him with vaccination everyday for a year but we didn't find that too humane.

Good luck and I hope you find a solution :)

Replied by Darcy
Hemet, California
02/29/2012

Look up Grape Seed extract and you will find that it is a good for allergies, also diet plays a big part in illness.

Replied by Kellie
Macon, Georgia
02/29/2012

Can you tell me more about the primrose oil? How do you give it to your dog, I have a shitz about 6yrs and has terrible skin problems and stinks, spent thousands at vets and meds.....

I feel so bad for her all my vets think it's allergy. They have had the allergy test, mine is pollen, grass, certain grass and trees. I think its more.

Any info is worth thanks.

Replied by Gloria
Ormond Beach, Fl
06/01/2013

How much Evening Primrose oil for an 8 pound Yorkie? Can I put it on the itchy spot as well as in her food?

Replied by Aurelia
Ormond Beach, Fl
01/04/2014

Why didn't I get an answer about how much evening primrose oil? For pet allergies?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/04/2014

Hey Aurelia!

I don't see where you posed this question. I see that a Gloria posed the question 6 months ago and then apparently did not pursue the topic further. Now if you are Gloria and changed your name to Aurelia, the reason why the question was not answered 6 months ago is likely because the person to whom you posed the question posted their reply nearly two years ago and apparently has not checked back for replies since.

Now, if you, Aurelia, are actually Gloria and have an 8 pound Yorkie with skin allergies and are looking to see how much evening primrose oil to give to your pet, you can try 1 capsule 2-3 times a day with food.

My computer is glitching up right now and my internet is about to konk out, else I would do this search for you - but you can search the site for Ted's replies in the allergy and mange sections as he does mention use of evening primrose for dry skin.

Good luck!

Replied by Don
Ormond Beach
11/14/2014

We have a 60 pound golden puppy...scratching like mad...how much primrose oil for his size??

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/17/2014

Hey Don!

For a dog that size I would start off with the human dosage as indicated on the bottle.

Replied by Lynn
Ross Shire
06/30/2016

My 2 year old Jack Russell has been on steroids for most of her life now due to allergies and is losing her coat to the extent I will have to have her wear a coat all the time. Can anyone tell me if evening primrose will help her and will it help her coat grow again. I would appreciate any and all suggestions as the vet is at a loss. Lynn

Replied by Deirdre
EC
07/01/2016

Dear Lyn,

Please read Earth Clinic's pages on yeast infections and allergies for suggestions about dietary changes. One of my dog's was having a lot of skin issues and losing all his fur and I insisted the vet run a thyroid panel on him. She then ran an additional T-4 test to verify he was hypothyroid. After a month on the lowest dosage of thyroid medications, his energy returned and his fur grew in thicker and more beautiful than ever. I also put both him on a raw food diet and that has helped his allergies immensely.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
07/01/2016

Lynn, go with you primrose oil but there are so many things to try vit c echinacea, garlic, coconut oil, Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother internally and externally and definitely probiotics, I believe you have to look after the immune system to clear this up so therefore I would look at the diet so give the healthiest diet you can stay away from grain a lot of dry has this remember not a overnight cure try for a couple of weeks then try something else get back if none of these are working we can always look at something else .........good luck

Replied by Linda S.
Kansas
08/11/2016

If you decide to go with the pill pockets, check the ingredients--we have two Aussie brothers plagued with the itchies their entire lives. I don't give them anything that even hints at chicken of any kind in the ingredients. I had been giving them the peanut butter flavor pill pockets thinking those were a good alternative but read the ingredients list one day and discovered that chicken is #1--in peanut butter??? I changed them to the hypoallergenic pill pockets (duck and pea) immediately.

Replied by Susan
Ct
08/11/2016

Totally agree! I was giving my dogs meds in beef flavored pill pockets and noticed an increase in scratching towards armpits. When I realized the pill pockets might be causing an allergy, I hid the pills in their food instead and scratching stopped!

Replied by Konamisan
New York City
12/29/2016
7 posts

Season's Greetings everyone here at EarthClinic!!! Much Love to YOU ALL :) I had to join this forum because this is the MOST informative site on pet issues I've ever researched! God Bless you for creating this wealth of information for our furry family members XOXOX

My story begins below,

I wasn't able to find a specific thread to post my pets issues, so I'll start here since she has been ridden with allergies and worst, skin, digestion, and now hip Dysplasia! I have a soon to be 10 year old female Jack Russell Terrier named Xena.

Xena received a series of vaccine injections and within 24 hours, woke me up crying and running around at 4 am. I got up to check her to see what the problem was. To my shocking disbelief, Xena's face was like a pugs face, since her coat is white, I couldn't believe how red her body was! She was rubbing all over the floor and even ran to the bathroom and jumped into the tub! I kid you not! She had all these grape sized bumps all over her body, shaking uncontrollably, wheezing and howling. I had to rush her to the animal hospital where the doctor gave her Cortisone and Benadryl. This occurred 5 years ago and she hasn't been the same since. The Vet denies that those vaccines had anything to do with what has, and still is happening to her.

It continues with the shaking of the head, which nearly developed cauliflower syndrome in her right ear, terrible yeast infections in both ears, as well as under her armpits, stomach and private area, butt scooting, if she drank water or ate her food, she would vomit that all up.

So here we are today, and believe me, I've done so much research to help Xena. I've changed her diet to raw and homemade meals. I've learned about carrageenan, chicken meal, corn, wheat, grains, oatmeal, soy, Ethosyquin, etc. Anything I fed her either made her itch, scratch, scoot, and shed like crazy.

So as of the past two weeks, Xena has a terrible yeast infection in the inner fold of her right thigh. Her nose is stuffy, mucus and very dry, her eyes are runny as well! within three days of this infection, I noticed her wobbling and even lose her balance to collapsing if she had to go to relieve herself. Most times, she can't even get up and urinates on herself... another bath!!! This week alone, I had to bathe her three times this week! I'm not getting any sleep, up at different ours of the night when she starts whining. I haven't even been able to have a real meal for myself!!! I'm exhausted and she's hurting miserably! And I'm very low on funds :( I can't even get my chores done.

I am looking at the treatments for the yeast infection (BATH), I bought the milk of magnesia and the Borax. The terrible pain she is in; what can I give her for this? Vitamin C, Ester brand, Colloidal Silver? God help us please!!!!!!

I also have a male Yorkie, Zeus. He will be eleven years old. He has a cataract in his right eye! I tell you, these pets are human. I don't ever want to take them to another vet ever! The most recent vet I had, I told her about Xena's condition, and that I didn't have the full amount of money to bring her in. The vet told me "What do you think I'm running here a free clinic" I was so hurt and devastated by her remark! It's not like I've never paid for my dogs to be seen.

PLEASE, ANY POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS ARE NEEDED.

XOXO

Konamisan

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
12/30/2016

Hello Konamisan, You are to commended for your dedicated care of Xena! I am glad you found the RAW diets and are researching her diet - so very important - kudos! For my own pack, what often helps when they have skin break outs is to alkalize with baking soda in the water. Per Ted "The addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of drinking water may also help, will reduce the problem skin in a matter of hours. This is used only when there is a skin problem, a longer term maintenance issue is the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per liter of water. " What I do is fill a 3.5 liter pitcher with water and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to start, as the dogs sometimes look at me funny when they first taste it. After a few days when they are used to it, I up the dose gradually until I get to 1 teaspoon per liter. I do this for 3-7 days. During this time I also take the baking soda water myself. After 7 days - sometimes less if I see results quickly - I gradually back the dose down to 1/2 teaspoon or even 1/4 teaspoon.

Another cost effective and beneficial water treatment is borax in the drinking water.

Ted's Borax Protocol for Dogs

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/12/2014 "The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs. So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant. Timing: Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume. Or Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears. Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose. This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals."

Additionally you can use a topical solution to treat the skin - try one cup of milk of magnesia and add to that 2-4 tablespoons of epsom salts. You may need to heat it a bit to get the epsom salts to fully dissolve. Use this as a topical to apply to the skin folds. I would caution you to NOT rub the solution into the skin, rather gently dab or paint it on and make sure it is given time to absorb into the skin. Start with these tips and please report back!

Replied by Konamisan
New York City
01/01/2017
7 posts

Happy New Year to ALL!

Hi Theresa,

Thank YOU! So much for reaching out with your suggestions for helping Xena :)

I forgot to mention that I have Xena on (TCM) recently order and began giving it to her 12/01/2016 (3/4) tsp. three times a day to help with her hip; along with Hyaluronic Acid + NAG +MSM for Joints two times a day. At first she wouldn't take it, lovingly talking to her and telling her its to help her heal and be back to her better self again, she is eating all her food now! HOOOOOOOOO RAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH Xena! I know healing takes time, and giving her much of a concoction, I need her to be well again and I'm scared to lose her. I was told, "if I thought of putting her down"????? NO!!! If my girl is ready to go, she'll do it on her own!!! Her Herbalist said I could give her the vitamin C and buffered aspirin for pain, which I'm not able to purchase because I bought the "Arnica 30 by Borion" which was less expensive 15 minutes before I feed her, I give her 5 of the little pellets. So far, I gave it to her 3 times yesterday and twice so far today.

Since 12/29/2016, and my first post, here is what I am still experiencing with Xena;

Her nose is still stuffy with mucus; snorting all night and morning trying to breathe and I, not getting much sleep.

I had to give her a bath last night at 4 am, in the morning, Happy New Year Mama Human. She urinated on herself again :( I allowed the bathroom to be steamy so she could get some relief as I had her soaking. I added one half cup of Epsom Salt for the stiffness with a little Hydrogen Peroxide for the yeast infection, which looks a little better and less redness. She still doesn't like when I try to get in the fold of that area; growling at me and in so much pain. I bought the "COLLOIDAL SLIVER 50 PPM" coming back to this forum, and reading again about the type and color, I bought the one that was AMBER COLOR :( So I have to go back and see if they sell a clear, no additive CS.

She's still not getting up to walk, MY TRUE MAIN CONCERN. I have to carry her from room to room.

Again, my funds are really low right now, but I'm doing my very best to help Xena to HEAL.

I bought the vitamin C crystal form L-absorbic Acid 4500mg. I took this tiny spoon you get when you buy a dog supplement and just put a very tiny amount and put it in her food this morning. No problems, she ate all her food consisting of home cooked chicken, chicken stock, a tad bit of garlic, parsley, cilantro, broth from carrots and celery, chicken hearts and liver, 1 tbsp of organic plain probiotic yogurt, 1 tbsp of virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil no sugar, plus her TCM Herbs and Hyaluronic supplement! SHE ATE IT ALL!!!!! LICKED THE BOWL CLEAN!!! That's my girl :)

So What I want most again, 1. Is for Xena to walk again! No, she didn't break her leg, nor did she fall from any high place. I bought her the 3 stair step, and she learned how to climb it showing her how to get up and down the very first time! JRT's are so smart. Zeus is afraid of the steps. Won't even try to climb it.

2. To heal that nasty yeast infection! Darn thing has been around tooooo long!

3. This now stuffy nose and runny eyes! I've looked at her eyes and they don't look the same bright happy eyes she had!

IN TEARS RIGHT NOW AND PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE HELP ME PLEASE FOR MY XENA'S SAKE PLEASE.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Konamisan XOXOXOXOXOX

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/04/2017

Hey Konamisan, My thought after reading your update is that Xena may benefit from turmeric added to her diet - this to combat inflammation in her joints. There is another product - Yucca Intensive - from the health food store that also helps with inflammation and must be fed with food. The colloidal silver can be taken both internally and applied externally on the skin fold. Also when you do soak her for her itchy skin consider adding borax to the soak water. Sending healing prayers to you both!

Replied by Konamisan
New York City
01/08/2017
7 posts

Hi Theresa :)

God Bless YOU and thank YOU for your posts.

This is an update; After a much long day at work, I thanked God for helping me get through a very emotional day. I thought about Xena and miss how She and Zeus would greet me when I get home. To a very needed surprise, I walked into my apartment . Zeus was waiting at the door as always. He was much more excited than usual and was barking. Which is not like him to do when I get home. I walked over to the living room, and there was XENA!!!!!!!!!!! LYING RIGHT THERE WHERE I LEAVE HER WATER DISH!!!!!!! I was astonished to see her, and very much excited. I asked her how did you get out here? since she couldn't stand up on her own!!! She must have crawled out to the living room. Zeus barked again. He was trying to tell me Xena was out of the bedroom!!! Thank YOU Zeus! So that was a blessing for us all. She was whining and crawling around and she crawled all the way to the wee wee pad. She had to go relieve herself, and it was difficult for her to stand up. She let me hold her so she could go, since I can't take her out to walk her. That was a relief for her and me as well.

1. I've been giving her the Borax water solution for four days on, then stopped as of yesterday.

2. She is eating, but I still have to feed her by hand. I have added a 1/8 teaspoon of ginger & Ceylon cinnamon, 1 tbsp of organic coconut oil, and probiotic plain yogurt to give her. She loves it! I sill have to give her water from a baby syringe, which she doesn't fight me anymore to take.

3. I went to the health food store, which I have to travel a distance to purchase the Colloidal Silver 50 PPM. One bought I didn't open and took it back, because it was amber in color. The gentleman at the store said it didn't make a difference??? I did receive my money back and purchased another brand by "Source Naturals" Is this a fluke as well!!!!! The ingredients in this bottle is as follows; "Potassium Alginate, Distilled Water, and EDTA" THE COLOR STILL HAD A YELLOW TINGE TO IT!!! Arrrrrrrg!

4. I wanted to make the Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Black Pepper, and Organic Ceylon Cinnamon paste for the inflammation for Xena. But the Black Pepper, and Turmeric said Organic, but it was manufactured in the same facility where soy, milk, nuts, peanuts, wheat, are processed!!!!! What the heck :(

5. I did give her the bath recommended by Ted! Guess what EVERYBODY!!! :) THE REDNESS IS GONE on her inner skin fold!!! I used the Borax and Milk of Magnesia! I only did it once this week, I will give her another. I did wash her first with "Chlorhexidine 2%", with a 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt to get that kink out of that right hip. I'm just sooooooooooooo exhausted trying to get some sleep and not be late for work!!! I play my "Stress Relief Isochronic" music on a loop for Zeus & Xena when I'm not home, and I play it as well at my job, on a low volume. Xena is back in the room on her bed. Last night, she slept right through the night!!!!! :) I gave her the "Arnica 30" I know it says 5, but I gave her 6 of them and I let her sleep with me :) I want her to walk again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have HOPE & FAITH, that Xena will BE WELL AGAIN. WHEN YOU SAY GIVE 2000 MG OF VITAMIN C, I have the powder, which is 4500 mg. How much of that in spoons do I give her and Zeus??? 1/8,1/4,1/2 etc???? If I am able to afford and purchase the Colloidal Silver, how much of that do I giver her as well???

Love YOU ALL :* XOXOXOXOXOX

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/09/2017

Hey Konamisan, I was advised by breeder friends for dosing Vitamin C - you can start out with 1/4 teaspoon of ground / crushed Vitamin C and increase UNTIL 1/4 tsp per meal Xena gets the runs; when she gets the runs it means it is too much, so then step it back to the last dose. I cannot advise on the colloidal silver, but since you are getting great results with the Mange remedy you might just omit that at this time. I would advise Rescue Remedy for all your family - you and the fur kids alike.

Replied by Konamisan
Nyc, Ny
01/09/2017
7 posts

Good Afternoon Theresa,

Again, thank you for the quick response. I actually look forward hearing from You and others concerned about my experiences I'm having with Xena.

I thought of the colloidal silver due also to the yeast infection that she gets in her ears as well, and wanting to detox her body and researching, this would be helpful. She still has the stuffy nose, I can't buy a humidifier at the this time. Her eyes aren't looking to good in the last two days. That hip has caused her a lot of pain and suffering. I want to help her heal! I don't want to think the worst.

Thank you for your suggestions and support for Xena, WE BOTH Appreciate it for all you and this forum have been able to help us with.

If you have any other information that can help especially for the pain on the hip and for her to walk, I'm listening.

Namaste Love & Light

Replied by Valerie
Toronto
01/24/2017

Hi there, I have a 1.5 year old labradoodle. He's constantly scratching and has some red rashes, sores and bald spots. I've been told he has allergies. He was on steroids and it completely stopped everything, but we don't want him on steroids again. I would really like to try these products, but how do I find out how much to give him? Do I put him on all four? He's about 85 pounds. We really need to find something to offer him relief. Thanks!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/25/2017

Hey Konamisan,

I am late to reply - sorry! If you are still reading, consider one of the many joint supplements for dogs - Flexpet has a product, and there are many glocosamine/chondroitin products out there. They work once they build up in the system and stop working if not taken regularly.

Replied by Valerie
Toronto
01/26/2017

Hi there, I have a 1.5 year old labradoodle. He's constantly scratching and has some red rashes, sores and bald spots. I've been told he has allergies. He was on steroids and it completely stopped everything, but we don't want him on steroids again. I would really like to try these products, but how do I find out how much to give him? Do I put him on all four? He's about 85 pounds. We really need to find something to offer him relief. Thanks!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/26/2017

Hey Valerie,

What products are you asking about for doses?

'Allergies' is a catch all phrase that packs a mean punch. What is your dog allergic to? If your vet could not give you a clear answer, and to be fair a clear answer would require extensive testing that is very costly, you might first look at the ingredients in the diet you feed. Very often skin issues are caused by a grain based diet. So read the label and if you see corn and grains in the first 10 ingredients a grocery upgrade is in order, and may go a long ways in improving your dog's hot spots and skin issues. The next thing I would consider is a dip in Ted's Mange remedy to help calm the skin. I would also look at alkalizing his drinking water with baking soda, and even use a water rotation schedule of baking soda water, Ted's Borax protocol for dogs, and plain water. Treating the water can be very effective in stopping a break out in its tracks.

Replied by Konamisan
New York, Ny
01/28/2017
7 posts

Hi Theresa,

It's nice hearing from you, and thank you for responding.

Still, Xena isn't walking, her eyes have mucus in them and am still researching to find a remedy to keep her eyes clean, the yeast infection has subsided and not as irritated as before. I can't find buffered 250 mg of vitamin C! I did purchase DGP, and she has been on it now 1 week. Giving her now as recommended by Harmony 1/2 tablet 3 times a day because she has been able to tolerate it. I've looked at the you tube video for the turmeric paste for the inflammation, but its so hard to find a good quality of turmeric; I've found the it is recommended to give 2500 mg of turmeric in tablet form, but is this the right dosage???

She is eating and drinking water, but again, I have to do it by hand, baby syringe. more water on the pads than in her mouth, but I am making sure she stays hydrated.

I get maybe, 3 to 4 hours of sleep. Everyone tells me that I should just put her down. I'm not being selfish, I know she is in pain, but she is such a fighter! I believe she wants to LIVE!!!!!!!

I don't know what else I could do. A vet will charge me $2,750. to give her antibiotics and is recommending Hills Science diet food. To stop the raw and home cooked meals for her!

If there is any place that I can find the buffered vitamin C 250 mg, an all around excellent brand eye solution, or home remedy eye wash, ALL EXPERIENCED TENDER LOVING CARE WOULD DEEPLY BE APPRECIATED! :)

NAMASTE,

Konamisan

Replied by Konamisan
New York, Ny
01/29/2017
7 posts

Hi Theresa,

I wanted to let you know that my Xena expired at 10:00 am this morning Sunday January 29th.😢 She is definitely my 😇 . As I'm writing this to you, I tell you that I can hear her. She was crying all throughout the evening into this morning. I did a Reike cleansing prayer over her entire body. After that, I picked her up and held her in my arms. She moved her bowls for the last time as she laid in my arms. I told her that I love her very much. I really didn't think that this was the last time I would hold her. I had playing an isochronic tune for unconditional love for her. I laid her down on my bed and at that moment, she laid down and her legs started to move as though she was running. I told her Xena, are you chasing the Angels 😇

I told her I was going to make her some parsley tea and I will be right back. I swear I wasn't gone that long. I came back to the room

The first thing I always look at is her stomach to see if she was breathing. She wasn't 😣 My BABY IS HONE TO HEAVEN I LOVE YOU XENA ALWAYS AND FOREVER YOU'RE AT PEACE NOW XOXO.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT.

KONAMISAN

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/29/2017

Konamisan,

Thank you for sharing your Xena story. I have a feeling she waited for you to leave to make tea before she herself left - she knew the depth of your love for her and did not want you to see her leaving; your connection was that powerful, to keep her here on this earth. When our hearts are touched so deeply, love does not die. I am sure you are hearing her barking to let you know she is safe. Please light a candle and let her know she truly does have your permission to leave. She is an old soul, with much work yet to do. What an honor and a blessing to have had her in your world.

Replied by Konamisan
New York, Ny
01/29/2017
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank YOU so much Theresa,

Thank you for the reminder of lighting a candle. I burned some sage as well. Yes, I can give her permission to journey to a new life where she will continue to be a best friend, and to bring love and LIGHT wherever she is destined to be and live a Faaaaaaboooooo life! She has the gift to being joy to the world.

God Bless YOU and Our Earth Clinic Family... XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

Konamisan

Replied by Valerie
Toronto
01/31/2017

Hi Theresa,

I was referring to the acidophilus, evening primrose oil and Omega-3 fats listed above. I did see a dosage for the Omega-3 fats when I bought it. I'm not sure about the other two. The acidophilus is a powder which my dog isn't loving on his food. I've been putting the evening primrose oil on his sore spots twice a day. For the allergies, my vet said a lot of times the allergies are environmental that you can't do much about. We will re-visit allergy testing if your suggestions don't work. I will definitely check his food as well. We're not sure if these allergies started at the same time as we switched his food. Next, I will have a look at Ted's Mange remedy, Ted's Borax protocol and the suggestions you made for water. Thank you so much for the suggestions. Our poor puppy is so itchy we have to find something to help him.

Thanks so much Theresa!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
02/01/2017

Hey Valerie,

I just use the human dose for my dogs and dose 2x day, am and pm meals. The evening primrose should be taken internally - are you seeing any improvement with the external application? If not I would discontinue the external application. You might also add colostrum to the list of oral supplements - they do make one specially for dogs although the human one can be used too. I dose pills in cream cheese - it is soft enough to thoroughly coat the pills and can be spread thinly. If I have a dog that is pill shy, I feed three cream cheese balls - the first with no pill, followed quickly by the loaded ball, and then followed quickly by another plain ball of cheese. The rapid succession of feeding the balls of cheese one right after the other gets the greedy instinct to kick in and they usually do not figure out the second ball has the pill in it. I find one dip in the mange remedy is a good start and many itchy dogs feel relief right away.

Replied by Valerie
Toronto
02/02/2017

Hi Theresa, I really appreciate your help with this. No, I'm not really seeing any improvement from the evening primrose oil. I will switch to giving it to him orally. He seems to like the taste, so it shouldn't be an issue for him. In terms of the mange remedy, I'm not sure he has mange, would it still help? Our vet seemed confident it was allergies, but we didn't have much of a conversation whether it could be something else. If it would be okay to give him the mange remedy, I will definitely try it. I feel so bad for him.

I really appreciate your advice.

Valerie

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
02/06/2017

Hey Valerie,

I use the Mange Remedy from time to time when my pack gets the skin itchies. Some will develop hives and itchy spots due to seasonal changes/pollens/molds and sometimes from eating bad people food. My 'go to' plan of action is to alkalize their drinking water with baking soda, and to give everyone a dip. The dip does cure mange, but it also is just a good skin cleanser and helps prevent the hives from getting infected and seems to calm itchy skin immediately. The effects tend to last about 24 hours or so - so it will help give your dog a break and allow you to sleep through the night. If used long term on a every other day basis will cause the skin to dry out - so be aware of that, though the primrose oil should help.

Replied by Stellaluna
Oregon
02/19/2017

Valerie,

I have been making dogfood from ground turkey and cruciferous veggies only and coconut oil (this is to fight yeast) - after a TON of natural remedies, coconut oil probiotics, primrose, silver etc.---In this last week I have seen a HUGE change - my husband has been adding a raw egg to Stellas food once a day. I have a new dog - scratching less, ears are not inflamed, she doesn't stink (yeast) anymore AND her little permanent red "goggle eyes" are almost GONE!!!!

Replied by Melanie
Wichita, Ks
02/24/2017

I would definitely find an alternative to steroids. Using too much steroids can lead to Cushings Disease later in life. No cure for it.

Replied by Albert
South Africa
03/06/2017

rub 70% DMSO on your dog's hip.

Replied by Sam
Sa Australia
03/10/2017
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So sorry for your loss.

It truly does hurt as they take a piece of you with them. I am in tears reading your last post.

Love to you and your furbaby angel x

Replied by Jan
Melbourne, Australia
04/08/2017

I found your journey and ongoing love and persistence with your beloved dog very moving and was so sad to hear that she had died. But it was her time to leave and even though it is so very sad for you it must be a blessed relief for her. And what a truly wonderful job you did caring for her so lovingly. Your grief will fade a little but you will never forget her or stop loving her. What a wonderful human being you are.


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Posted by Alison (Toronto, Canada) on 09/02/2013

Hi. I take in rescues, rehabilitate them and rehome them to a loving home. Raven came to us last year, but was a mess (giardia, bladder infection, severe hair loss, sores all over his body, ear infection, 15 pounds underweight, diarrhea, etc, continued kenneling, allergies) & had been through a lot, so he stayed with us. We've had him for one year and cushing's has been a question. He is 9 years and 4mths. I am feeding him a no grain dog food, (potato & turkey), dasuquin (for athritis??), salmon oil, slippery elm powder. I give him Bach Flower remedies. Also, chamomile tea when need be. Last year in July, when I got him, I had his rabies vaccinations and started him on Revolution. In August, his allergies really started up. He couldn't go outside, the pollen, hayfever and goldenrod through him for a loop. Also, I wondered if the rabies vaccines & revolution were bothering him. It all made so much sense. But, living where we do, there are a lot of mosquitos and if I don't give him revolution, there is a chance of heartworm. Now, it's a year later and he's suffering again. He does itch a lot, (I bathe him with a nice african oatmeal item), I wash his laundry in non fragnant no chemical biodegradable soap or just baking soda or vinegar. Can anyone suggest an alternative to the Revolution and the Rabies? I really think that these are causing him problems and a lot of vets don't believe in holistic. Thank you so much. I really appreciate anyone and everyone's help. Raven is really a great guy, wonderful gentle soul and even through his horrific suffering, he wags his tail, gives kisses and is the most wonderful loving guy. I want to do what is best for him. The vet that we have is very good, but there is some controversy regarding the holistic treatment for rabies/revolution treatment.

With gratitude and in kindness,

Alison

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/02/2013

You may be able to get a waiver from your vet for the rabies vaccination - that or make sure you get the 3 year instead of the annual. For heartworm try the daily oral tablet you may wish to consider Nemacide/Decacide [diethylcarbamazine aka DEC] - this only after a negative heatworm test. It's sure been a rough year for allergies :(

Replied by Lynn
Reno Nv
10/22/2013

I have read that yew would help after vaccination but I found that out too late to use it on my dog. I adopted her when she was 8 so she probably had been given shots many times since our Animal Control requires them for licensing. But instead of rabies shots, I had titers done and her numbers were so high that Animal Control waived her rabies shots for the rest of her life. Titers were expensive but worth it to me, because she has terrible itching.


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Posted by Tracys (Livermore, Ca) on 04/16/2011
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We wanted to thank all of you that have posted about curing "allergies" in dogs. We have a 7 yo Lab who has suffered immensely for the last 4-5 years from what we are told are allergies. Itching constantly with sores all over his body. We even tried the expensive allergy shots and daily prednisone steroid. Nothing helped. It's gotten worse over the last year too.

We found your posts and started giving him daily Apple Cider Vinegar spray on his skin with half water mix, twice daily. We also give him about 1/4 cup of plain yogurt in his food twice a day. He used to smell like yeast, he was dx with a yeast infection a month ago. He had a yellowish color that would come off his skin in the shower from it. Within a few days we started noticing less itching and the smell went away. We have been doing this remedy for two weeks now and it's a true miracle!! He itches maybe a few times a day now, if at all. His sores are healing and going away and his skin is clearing up. He no longer smells too. We are amazed that we have spent thousands on curing him and the Dr never mentioned this remedy. He is like a new dog. More energy and sleeping through the night!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who posted on this!! WE and our dog appreciate it and are forever grateful!!!

Replied by Linda
Nyc, Ny
11/13/2011

I have a cat that had an allergy: he started sneezing so hard that the blood would comes out from his nose. He got this allergy one day, later I found out that he went on the stairscase when they just polished the floor there and he got this on his tummy - the allergen. I took him to the doctor a few times, gave him different antibiotics that didn't help. And I decided to wash him with baby shampoo (I do it monthly) and all allergies disappeared!


Posted by Claudia (PDX, Oregon) on 02/27/2008
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What has made my dogs skin and coat beautiful is a daily combination of 1/2 tsp of ACV mixed in some plain organic yogurt. I use "nancy"s". My big dog- black lab mix has yeast issues in his ears and paws and it has cured this problem but also improved his coat as well as the coat of my other dog. I see huge skin improvemnets. It took about a month to see the difference as I think it changed the PH of his gut thus working it's way out to the skin. I got a little lax on the routine and right away notice the old problems back. Needless to say I am going to do this everyday from now on. One more thing- my dog with the yeast problem has been allergy tested and has a dairy allergy- I figured I would take a chance with the organic yogurt and I have seen NO ill effects- it is full of all the good bacteria- not sure if that made the difference or what.

EC: More Yeast Infection Remedies for Pets here: http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/yeast_infections_dogs.html

Replied by Jo
Bend, Or
02/06/2009

I have recently started the acv and organic plain yogurt on my golden, can someone give me a rough estimate of how long it took until you noticed a marked improvement in the skin?


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Posted by Isastuff ( Vaucluse, France) on 11/23/2009
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Apple cider vinegar and flax seed oil cured my cat of skin allergies

Thanks to your website and to the positive feedback of so many readers my 18 year old cat has stopped tearing the hair off of her back. She looks healthier than she has in years. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I started spraying her body with pure organic apple cider vinegar. The raw parts where her skin was torn on her back, I dabbed with a mixture of 50% water 50% organic apple cider vinegar. It immediately stopped her from constantly licking, gnawing and chewing of her back. I also added two drops of ACV to her small water bowl and a teaspoon full of flax seed oil to her dried cat food.

She bore the treatment patiently for a few days but on about day 5 or 6 the spraying of ACV started to annoy her. And she started chewing herself again. In despair, I took a paint brush and put something called Betadine (a yellow colored disinfectant with iodine used in hospitals after operations). She stopped again. Then after a few days I took the ACV spraying treatment up again for about three more days. It's been a month and her hair is growing back. She no longer looks like a skin-head and her fur has never been more shiny.

Replied by Great Dane Mom
Conneautville, Pa
04/13/2011
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An even better choice of oil for dogs and cats is fish oil! Dogs and cats are carnivores, and do not process plant matter efficiently. Their bodies can use the omegas in fish oil much more efficiently. Since my dogs have been on fish oil their coats are super soft and shiney!


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Posted by Barb R. (Peterborough, On Canada) on 08/30/2016
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Have been battling seasonal allergies (hay fever) in our 12 yr. old border collie/lab cross female for 7 years. They last from Aug. till frost hits in Nov. here in Canada. She came as a rescue from another family and we immediately started her on the raw BARF diet, which we have been feeding our dogs and cats for many years. Have tried the ACV in her water, (she doesn't like to drink so we squirt it down her mouth many times a day) an ACV spray externally; both were working until mid Aug. when symptoms came on full blown.

We have tried the vet route with antihistamines, that only work for about 1-2 hours and the latest one we tried, agitated her to the point she and we, were up all night. The ACV spray is working on her itchiness but needs to be administered often so while on the hunt for a tranquilizer or something that would let her (and us) sleep most of the night, I thought "what do humans use" and thought of melatonin. It is a natural hormone, esp. used for jet lag, etc. and while researching, discovered that in dogs, it is very effective for thunder fear, anxiety, and sleeping as it acts as a mild sedative, with very few side effects. So we bought some (super cheap) and it worked immediately.

So for 3 full days now, we have administered 3 mg. (1 tab) every 8 hours. Since she is elderly but fit, she does need to sleep so we are doing this schedule. For other sizes they recommend 1.5 mg. for small dogs, 3 mg. for medium and up to 6 for large over 100 lbs., every 8 hours. Hope it continues and we are still using the ACV spray on her externally to relieve the itch many times per day.


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Posted by Wilma (Venice, CA) on 08/22/2008
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My dog was under medication for allergies about 6 months out of the year from Mar - Oct. Finally, I decided not to use steroids or antihistamines because I knew long term usage was not good. After reading the website, I started with ACV, especially after she would rub her face from itchiness and her eyes would start to get infected. I put it on the top of her head and it seemed to help the infection. But I was only holding it at bay because her eye and chin were red from itchiness. The improvement was that her belly was not red and raw from scratching and she still had her fur. My friend said to add raw garlic. Within one day, I saw marked improvement around her eyes. At first I was hiding it in meat but then I figured out I could put the ACV and raw garlic in her food and mask it with _____'s Amino acids. Well, that did the trick. Her eyes are beautiful again and so is her chin. No more rubbing her eyes and face raw.

Replied by Pendragons
Southern Illinois, Il
03/04/2012

Please never feed your dog garlic in any form. It contains theosulphate which is a toxin for dogs. While small dosages may be fine, I would never take the chance.


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Posted by Carol (Swansea, MA) on 05/10/2008
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I've use the sodium perborate three times in one week on my Rough Collie. Let's just say it has been over 24 hrs since I had to use benedryl which he's been on for over a month. He is still biting but to a minimal. I also placed him on Pinnacle fish and sweet potatoes diet and I put a fourth cup of raw meat for protein. We also spray 30 sprays of Collodial Silver into his food 1x daily. along w/some vitamins. I hope this progress continues and I'll keep all of you updated. Thank you, Carol St Martin.


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Posted by Keri (Kalispell, Montana) on 03/31/2008
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After a year of constant yeast infections and allergies in my lab/aussie mix, someone told me to check the label on her dog food. Come to find out, Brewer's yeast was one of the number 1 ingredients. It seemed that the added yeast was making the problem worse. I switched dog foods to a product that did not list Brewer's yeast and have not had a yeast infection since. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but for anyone with animals prone to yeast infections, it's worth looking into.


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Posted by Ellen (Leander, Tx) on 08/04/2013
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My nine-year-old corgi has had terrible allergy problems since we moved to Texas. They seem to get worse as he gets older.

I have switched his diet from premium dog food to raw and cooked. I have tried Benedryl and a daily dose of Zyrtec. The antihistamines helped a bit.

While researching ways to increase immunity in dogs, I happened upon information about colostrum. I ordered a goat's milk colostrum for dogs from Amazon.

I noticed a difference the first day I added the colostrum to his food. Even with the other allergy medications, his eyes watered like crazy. It's been five days now, and his eyes are dry. He is only making little, dry eye boogies like normal dogs do. He is not licking his paws like he usually does.

Next week, I plan to ween him off his daily Zyrtec. I'm sure in the days and weeks to come I will notice other health benefits from the colostrum. I'm hoping they help his seizures also.

Replied by Ellen
Leander, Tx
08/05/2013

Correction: The colostrum I purchased is bovine (cow), not goat.


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Posted by Bubbleboysmom (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/17/2013
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I know the potential side effects of cortisone shots and steriods, but I must say our 5yr old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has CHRONIC severe food and environmental allergies (ear infections, flaking skin, open sores, watery eyes, lethargy) and we have literally tried EVERYTHING and spent a small fortune doing so... Including organic exotic ingredient diets like: raw rabbit, kangaroo & lentils, garbanzo beans etc. We have seen every type of specialist & tried every kind of medicinal/homeopathic therapy including: Atopica, Enzyme (yeast-decreasing) therapy, predisone, allergy shots... You name it~ we've tried it! The ONLY thing that has ever proven to give him instant relief and comfort have been Cortisone Shots. We don't do antibiotics or oral steriods anymore, and we keep him on the highest quality exotic protein (limited ingredient) diets because we would love for his immune system to rebound and have a fighting chance... But when the allergies spiral out of control every 4 months or so~ Cortisone injection is our saving grace. He's better within 24 hrs~ skin returns to a normal healthy color, ears improve dramatically, and he's running around like a happy puppy again! I know there are horror stories out there and I'm all about natural healing (I'm an (all organic) vegetarian who has never had a flu in her life), but everyone should be informed of the benefits to Cortisone injections when weighing their options. Every creature's biological makeup is so very different, so what may spark miracles in some- could very well wreak havoc in others. Consider your options carefully.


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Posted by Robin (Virginia Beach) on 05/13/2016
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I am caretaking my brother's Shih-Tzu, who is the sister of my own Shih-Tzu. I know that skin problems are genetic because I struggle with periodic scabs on my dog. However, My brother's dog has an absolutely horrible skin problem where she is bald in 30 percent of her body and the skin is sticky and smells horrendous. I too have assisted him and tried everything-yesterday I bought vetricin which was recommended by my groomer. Its safe to spray areas where the dog will lick. I just gave her her second bath in Miconazolle-type shampoo and let it sit on her for 15 minutes-then dried her and sprayed again with Vetricin. I shall keep you posted.

I wanted to mention-I see a lot of posts about changing the diet. I have a lab mix that was my husband's when we met. For the first 3 years that I've had her-she's had a chronic ear problem where gobs of gunk would come out of her left ear-everyday.

Finally her ear is better! After several vet appointments and ointments-washes-etc....a new vet suggested that she may have a food allergy and said that most of the time the allergy is CHICKEN!!

She hasn't had chicken in 2 years and her ear is clean as a whistle.


Posted by Livelyladyv (British Columbia, Canada) on 10/09/2015
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I have a puppy who was suffering terribly five years. she was seen by different vets and we couldn't seem to clear things up for her no matter what we did. She would chew on her front paws so her feet were swollen twice their normal size. The skin was bright red, then she started scratching her face and would scratch it until it bled. She also licked her genitals until they were ulcerated And would hide in my closet all day. I was at the end of my rope and one night I googled "canine yeast infections". then I was led to the Great Dane Lady's site. I started my puppy on her recommended products on July 8th and I can tell you EVERYONE notices Molly's improvements. Her feet are normal size and no longer red, she her genitals are back to normal size and no longer ulcerated and she is with us constantly and no longer hiding in the closet. It cost $125. + shipping and duty from the USA but was the best money I ever spent. I am just now going to order more of some of the products as I'm starting to run low on some things but I can't tell you what an amazing difference these (all natural) products have made for my little Molly. People used to think she was an old dog when she was only 1 yr old. Now she's five and the lively, loving puppy she once was.


Posted by Rhoda (Newfoundland, Canada) on 02/24/2015

Hi, I have a Retriever/Shepherd mix that I adopted at approx. age 1. After a few months, he developed allergies. His scratching would keep us up at night and was very intense. His face would be ripped open, bleeding and raw. His vet practised both both traditional and holistic medicine.

It has taken about 6 months to get under control, but he has gone from 3 reactine tablets (which only eased, didn't eliminate the scratching) to being drug free and scratch free. What changed? I took him of his dog food, and changed to a high grade food called canisource, the Herring Flavor. Most food allergies in dogs result from chicken, beef, grains and dairy. This is why I choose a fish source protein. This food is expensive, but so are trips to the vet. I also mix in boiled vegtables that I mash together. I use sweet potato, carrots, turnip and green beens. I make big boilers and freeze containers.

The vet doctor also suggested that I give him Omega 3 (seal oil) capsules for the inflammation that his allergies cause. His ears and anal glands become inflammed. He gets 3 in his breakfast and 3 in his supper. MOST fruits and vegtables are okay. Stay away from tomatoes, grapes, onions and a couple more..These are simple foods with only one ingredient and allergy friendly. My dog has pineapple for a snack at lunch time and an apple before bed. He is strong, healthly and his coat gleams. I am so glad to have found a way to cure him of his allergies. It didn't happen overnight, it won't and his cells have to regenerate. It took 3-4 months. Now that his allergies are under control, I can introduce one food at a time in small, consistent amounts for a couple of weeks to see if the allergies reappear. I have done so with both chicken which caused pretty much immediate scratching and with beef, that started his scratching after building up in his system after about a week. These were removed from his diet again and he is allergy free again. Next I will try cheese or peanut butter. Hope this helps someone else out there that is struggling to help their furry friend.


Posted by Lauren (Queens, US) on 09/17/2014

Hey EC....Guys....This site has always been there for me and so because of this, I am so happy to share my two cents which hopefully will help someone who has to watch their dog suffer through allergies. I own a cockapoo who is 7 years old. He has been suffering from allergies since he turned 3, however, as he is getting older, it's starting to get worse....his paws are almost black even though he is white so go figure...the worse was when recently I noticed that he had developed a hematoma in his left ear...he was in so much pain...the vet said that was because of the constant shaking of his head when he eats something that he is allergic to....now what bothered me is that I buy the best food for him....you name it I tried it...Blue, Orijen, Wellness etc....nothing worked...until finally, I found a food called Acana limited ingredients dog food. It's a food that is made in Canada with only the freshest ingredients and what amazed me is the ingredient list....I waited for at least six weeks to write this post just to be sure....update...my dog still scratches but....rarely and I am beyond happy...his paws are almost white again with only traces of black so go figure....The type of food I buy is pork with butternut squash. Try it guys and let me know if it works....Thanks for hearing me out....



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