Skin Issues, Allergies and Conditions

Sunscreen for Dogs
Posted by Cecile (Oxnard, Ca) on 05/10/2021

Sunscreen for dogs belly and skin cancer:

Hi. I am trying to find a safe sunscreen with a 30 or higher SPF for my 11 year old pitbull's tummy. Epi-pet does not sound safe to me.


Oral Peroxide or MMS Chlorite
Posted by Randall (Live Oak, Florida) on 04/25/2018

Oral Peroxide or MMS chlorite for allergic condition in GSD?

Ted...Have a 1yr old GSD w allergic type dermatitis on belly/paws/muzzle...Antibiotics take down staph/yeast which I think are secondary to hypersensitivity from multiple vaccinations in early mos....Read fr William Campbell Douglas how H2O2 Orally would oxidize circulating antibodies to reset system w new ones....I'd like your opinion, am thinking of trying oral H202 or oral MMS chlorite since no topical treatments seem to get to the root of the problem.

EC: Hi Randall, unfortunately Ted had a stroke in 2015 and cannot reply. Hopefully one of our other wonderful contributors can advise.

Oral Peroxide or MMS Chlorite
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/01/2018

Hey Randall,

If you read through the various pages on EC, you will find that Ted did not back the MMS remedy, so I doubt you will find any recommendations from him on its usage. I suspect your pathology is correct - that early vaccination set up your dog for systemic yeast and sensitivity. You might consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water with baking soda, and also Ted's Borax remedy for dogs to knock down the yeast. That said, you might first start with your diet - what are you feeding? Many, many cases of skin issues are directly linked to grains in the diet such as corn. Start with your dog food label, and if you see grains your first step would be to switch to a grain free diet, single source protien if possible. Feeding trials do take time, so if you have a vet or chiropractor that utilizes AK [applied kinesiology] you might test various foods to see which is best for your pet.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kittyhelp (Tallahassee, Fl) on 06/13/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My 9 month old tux kitty had a dry patch on his ear that was getting bigger. I have a spray bottle of 1/2 water and half mother vinegar. I sprayed a cotton swab and dabbed on his ear daily for a few days and it started getting smaller and very soon was gone. Another time he had a spot just below his ear he had scratched until it was bleeding. I suspect it was a tick. I again dabbed this solution on that spot daily, it dried up and in a very short time was gone. This works great. However, he does not like it at all.


Black Walnut
Posted by Rroo (Greer, S.c) on 08/29/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have found that black walnut works for my dog that has skin allergies. Black Walnut is anti parasite, antifungal etc. Make sure you give the correct dosage for your dog's weight.


Skin Lesions
Posted by Xanadu (N. Mississippi, US) on 04/06/2015

My GSD, an older dog, not sure of age as she is a rescue, has been sick for about a month now, slowly recovering from a respiratory condition. I realized a few days after visiting the vet that I hadn't recieved a diagnosis and after calling still didn't get one. All I was told was that I had been given "two of the best antibiotics known" and a fever/pain med., rimadyl, of which the vet shoved two down her throat before I knew what it was and could object. The antibiotics are doxycycline and ****. I read up on the antibiotics & decided not to give the **** as the side effects were very bad. With the doxy I got confused from having read the dosage instructions for the other and gave her one every 12 hours when it was supposed to be 3,3x day or 9. I gave her none of the Rimadyl as it was side effect heavy also.

He had done a blood panel on her and said she showed signs of infection but no heartworms. She had what the vet called a fairly high fever, clear runny nose, gagging and occasionally a small amount of vomit, difficulty breathing, especially when lying down, fatigue, occasional staring into space or at the ceiling and a sudden development of fear of things she was never afraid of before. With the use of the antibiotic 2x and several supplements 5x day all of that is considerably better if not gone.

What is not better are the skin lesions. At first they were on the last foot or so of her back right up to the top of her tail. Now with the application of Neem oil and less regular addtion to the oil of dmso her back has cleared up. Also her nose had a crust across the top of it which is/was about 1/2 to 3/4 cleared up. I say was because the sores started appearing on the inside of one of her hind legs, a few on her belly and one on one front elbow. They may be the same or something different and it seemed like the more she licked the area the more it looked like the skin of her muzzle was getting pink and slightly swollen.

Well last night I was exhausted, the leg seemed worse than ever, swelling in spots, pinker and feverish, more sores, she would want me to throw her ball & after one time she'd go lay down looking worried which I figured meant she wanted to play but was in too much pain.

In desperation I read here on earthclinic enough treatments to get my head spinning and threw together what little I could find, 1/4 cup ACV, 1 tbsp epsom salts melted into a 1/4 cup very warm water, stirred it all together and sprayed and rubbed it into the leg and collapsed into bed.

Well today she is bouncing around happy, wanting to play, appetite improved (she stole the cat's last night chicken) and the inflammation and swelling in her leg seems 50% better. Here's hoping it continues to improve. I have been giving her the supplements wrapped in balls of Friskies cat food as every other thing I used failed to appeal to her after a couple of days and since I didn't raise her she gives me heck when I try to put them down her throat manually. I am feeding her raw organic chicken which pre-illness she'd wolf down a half chicken but now has been doing good to eat a quarter of one which sometimes takes hand feeding to persuade her to do. Hoping at mealtime this evening she'll also improve there. Just realized I've written a book here. Sorry but hoping it helps someone. Any advice welcome and appreciated.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Birdee14 (Peekskill, New York) on 04/06/2015

I want to thank you all for your comments and pet stories and will try all but the motor oil treatment (although I too have heard it works). I adopted an 8 year old (so they say) shih tzu male.

He has been shedding and scratching and butting himself and has a terrible smell. Cannot afford to take him to vet. Vets are very expensive and not always helpful and the meds they prescribe are very costly also.

Thanks again. I am so glad for the Internet!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/06/2015

Hey Birdee14!

The motor oil treatment may have worked years ago but the new formulations of synthetic motor oil nowadays will either kill your dog or burn its skin. I can't get that message out there enough.

You might look to Ted's Borax protocol for dogs as well as bathing in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy.

One huge step is to make sure you are feeding a top quality diet; look at the ingredient label of your food - if there is corn or grain in the first 5 ingredients it is time to upgrade to a grain free diet. Sometimes simply switching to a grain free diet makes a huge difference.


Prescription Medications
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/15/2014

Hey Patty!

Thanks for sharing your experience!

I prefer to treat my pets with a combination of both western and alternative vets - I admit that I wouldn't touch Atopica in any form with a 10 foot pole! But given your use of alternative treatments and then resorting to using a pharmaceutical with good result - it may be helpful to others to know that this did work for you when all else failed.


Swollen Lymph Node Remedies
Posted by Auntychel (Queensland Australia) on 01/25/2014

I am looking for a remedy for my 10 year old female cat. 7 months ago my daughter and her cat were attacked by a feral cat. My daughter was shredded so badly she is permanently scarred, three days later while having her wounds redressed at the Doctors, she had become so ill an ambulance was called, she was treated for cat scratch fever.

Her cat seemed ok, and I gave her 'Echinacea Goldenseal' to fight infection. About 3 weeks later one of her glands in her neck was about the size of a tennis ball, I gave her the remedy again for 2 weeks, 2 weeks off, 2 weeks on again. The lump halved in size, but still goes up and down, I am giving her colloidal silver and massaging the lump, but it still hasn't gone away. What can I give her to make the gland drain out? There is nothing at the skin level that is ulcerated or seeping, just the lump inside. Thanks.

Swollen Lymph Node Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/26/2014

Hey Auntychel!

Are you sure you are dealing with a swollen gland and not an abscess?

You might consider 'silicea' - 30C for chronic problems or 200C for stubborn problems.

Read more here: http://www.naturalhealingkits.com/Abcesses

EC has a page for draining swollen lymph nodes:

https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/lymph_nodes.html

Herbal 'cleavers' appears to be an excellent remedy for swollen lymph nodes.

Swollen lymph nodes indicate an underlying problem; its entirely possible your daughter's cat caught an infection from the feral cat. Consider EC's immune boosting remedies :

https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/weak-immune-system-boosters.html


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Riverside, Ca.) on 01/10/2014

I have a small female dog that is very cute but she has a natural fishy odor. I usually have to keep her outdoors due to this. Only it is cold now so I bring her in at night and keep her in a box full of warm blankets. She is not super furry. She would probably look like a hairless Chihuahua if she had no hair. When I bathe her she will smell nice and fresh with no hint of an odor at all, but this lasts for only one day, then the following day she stinks again? I should have named her Mackerel! Her name is Maggie! I have never had this problem with a dog ever before? I have shampooed her and used vinegar like a friend suggested but that doesn't help either. Has anyone had this problem before? HELP!

Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/10/2014

Hey Margie!

I had a friend who also had a fishy dog; for her dog the culprit was the diet - a brand on the inexpensive side from the grocery store.

Take a read at your dog food label; diets that have grains, especially corn and corn by products, in the first 5 ingredients could well be the culprit. Usually along with the rancid aroma the dog also has some other issue - gunky ears all the time, butt scotching/blocked anal glands, chew their feet constantly, scratching all the time. If this sounds like your girl, a diet change is in order.

However if you are feeding a top notch brand, RAW or BARF, and your dog has had a first class meal ticket her entire life - well then, it could just be *her*: some breeds bred for work [even if they no longer perform that work as modern dogs] were designed to have oily coats that most owners report as fishy smelling, or like a bag of fritos!


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Riverside Ca.) on 01/10/2014

Thanks for your advice Theresa. I also have 5 other dogs that eat the same food Maggie does and not one of them stinks at all. I don't buy brown label dog food but I do buy commercial food. I switch around as I don't want the dogs bored with the same type food. I also give the dogs homemade food such as spit turned fresh Chicken and rice etc as well as other left overs the family eats. Maggie is about 9 years old and very frisky, no paw chewing or no problem around the butt. In fact she is a little Alpha female dog and very bossy with the other dogs. Due to age she is slowing down a bit but even as a young dog she had this fishy odor? I will take your advice and change her diet to special homemade food that is better than commercial dog food. See what happens?


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 01/14/2014

You may want to give him a good dose of chlorophyll for some time. This also creates new blood and can be given with pure aloe vera juice. Om


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Riverside Ca.) on 01/14/2014

I may have discovered how to stop the fishy odor on my dog Maggie. I recently bathed her and used Olive oil on her body by rubbing it on her entire body once she was dry from the bath. For some reason this treatment stopped the fishy odor? I used Olive oil because she seemed a little itchy. And I know Olive oil is usually soothing on skin including human skin. Why Olive oil (extra virgin) stopped the odor I don't know? But it did. I rubbed it on her entire body including her butt and tail. I am still feeding her homemade nutritious foods instead of commercial dog food and I thank you all for your suggestions on helping my dog.


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Joann Riverside, Ca (Riversiden Ca) on 01/20/2014

We have had the same issue fishy oily smelly dog...it is only seasonal from October to February and it seems to get worse when we have the heater on we buy good quality dog food from Kens Feed store but that does not seem to help. I think it may be something in the area that blooms or in the air during this time of the year. I have never heard of the hydrogen peroxide in the water... any thoughts on why one shpuld think this will work? Is it safe for our dog? we have paid for allergy testing, did the allergy shots but it doesnt seem to help we were even buying some special dog frood from the vet at 75.00 a bag for about 3 years the food chang didnt help. We currently feed our dogs Premium Edge Skin and Coat.


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/21/2014

Hey Joann!

You asked: "I have never heard of the hydrogen peroxide in the water... any thoughts on why one should think this will work?"

Read up on Oxygen Water on EC: https://www.earthclinic.com//remedies/hydrogen_peroxide.html

In a nutshell:

  • All hostile micro-organisms prefer lower oxygen levels than the body's cells require to remain healthy.
  • Under conditions of optimum health, hydrogen peroxide is produced by the body's immune system in whatever amounts are needed to quickly destroy any invading hostile organisms. It is made by combining water in the body with the free oxygen that is supposed to be constantly available.

When the body is oxygen starved, it cannot produce enough hydrogen peroxide to wipe out invading pathogens, which can then get the upper hand and produce visible disease effects.

Hydrogen peroxide - the food grade that humans ingest - is safe for you and your dog.

And,

The diet you are feeding your dog is fish based; its not unheard of or uncommon for dogs fed fish to reflect this aroma. That said, a fishy smell at the rear of the dog could mean impacted anal glands, and a fishy smell at the front of the dog could indicate a dental is needed.

Given that you have tracked this and have associated the fishy smell to the winter months, its quite possible that your dog has inhalent allergies manifesting as seborrheic dermatitis; I know around this time of year certain pine or cedar trees are blooming in some parts of the nation, while in others mold from snow melt on lawns are in full bloom as well: these pollens and molds can adversely affect your dog.

Read up on EC's seborrheic dermatitis page: https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/seborrheic_dermatitis.html

Often times dogs with seborrhea have a staph or fungal infection going on - and special shampoos are prescribed, ie Sulfadene [triclosan], Ketochlor [ketoconazole]; I have found these products to be ineffective on my own dogs with this condition. What works well for my dogs are some of Ted's remedies:

Allergy skin battle plan for allergy flare ups

Ingredients:

  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. If that doesn't seem to be working and things do not look better [many dogs feel immediate relief right out of the tub on the first dip] you can make a topical skin solution for the troubled spots.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution

METHOD:

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. I have many dogs and when allergy season hits I mix this up in gallon jugs and follow the mange procedure, letting the solution 'work' on the dog for 10 minutes or so in the tub, and then no toweling off, just crating and allowing to air dry.

Additionally you can add pet vitamins, ie Pet Tabs - for a week, along with flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil; you can also try flaxseed oil and coconut oil - 1 -2 tsp am and pm in the food; you should see improvement in a couple of days. Probiotics and digestive enzymes are also useful in combating allergies and skin issues - consider adding those to your dog's diet as well.

Lastly, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of non-chlorinated drinking water may also help to calm problem skin. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water.


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Los Angeles, California) on 02/17/2014

I recently wrote for help for my fishy smelling dog Maggie. Many people responded with various well meaning advice and I thank all of you for trying to help me and my dog. What helped was this: EMPTYING HER ANAL GLANDS! I tried the advice of emptying her anal glands! I watched several people (including one vet) teach how to drain a dog anal glands and I learned from watching the videos on Utube. So I tried it on Maggie while I was bathing her! The glands are located next to the dog anus, one gland at 9:00 and the other gland at 3:00. (The anus in the middle).

You gently push in behind the glands and gently push out, this drains the gland if there is any fluid in them. Maggie had some white cream like substance that came out of her glands. Then I finished bathing her. One video said if the liquid was white the dog was healthy.

PLEASE WATCH SEVERAL VIDEOS BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS.

Maggie no longer smells!!!! And she seems happier! I sure am! Thanks Earth Clinic!


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/19/2014

Hey Margie!

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!

I've groomed many a dog and expressed anal glands and never thought the scent was *fishy* - so this was good information to know.

In my experience the oils expressed have been dark brown; I poked around on google to see about the white, cream like substance that came out of Maggie vs what I have encountered and the dark brown I have expressed out of client dogs. Normal, healthy anal gland oil is typically clear or pale yellow-brown and is a very thin oil; the appearance of thick, pasty brown fluid indicates the anal glands have been impacted; you usually see dogs scooting on the floor in these cases. Abscessed anal sacs will have a red-brown exudate and the dog will often chew at or lick the hind end as these are painful and may potentially rupture.

Anal gland oil, be it normal or infected typically smells foul - and some find it *fishy* smelling ;-)

Everything you ever wanted to know about anal glands and more! :

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_anal_sac_disorders

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/veterinaryqa/a/Anal-Sacs-and-Scooting.htm

Thanks again for sharing and allowing this opportunity to learn!


Fishy Skin Odor Remedies
Posted by Margie (Los Angeles, California) on 02/20/2014

You are welcome,Theresa! I watched several videos on Utube and one lady that raised pure bred dogs, I can't remember which breed stated that her dog was healthy therefore the liquid that came out of her dogs gland was white.

Other than that information I really don't know much about this subject. Another little dog I own a little Terrier (Pixie), another female I own didn't have any liquid at all come out of her glands. This little dog is super healthy. very alert and never seems to get ill ever.

What was funny is Pixie seemed very confused when I did this to her like "What the heck is she doing to me! ". I did this while I was bathing her as well! It seems easier to handle the dogs as they are concentrating on being bathed.

I'm glad I could help someone with my experience. Maggie is still doing well and is very happy now. That fish smell much have been awful for her as well!


Borax
Posted by Erika (South Africa) on 12/07/2013

I have a black bull terrier bitch who has a bad skin disorder. Will the borax help her?

Borax
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/08/2013

Hey Erika!

Only one way to find out if borax will help your BT. Start first with Ted's mange remedy to rule out topical parasites; if you see minimal progress after treating every other day for a week then you may wish to try Ted's Antifungal/Staph remedy.


Dog Licking Feet Remedies
Posted by Barbara (Lake Charles La) on 11/27/2013

Dog's licking feet. Has been tested; no yeast and no bacteria. Have tried many holistic herbs and oils!

Rooibos Tea
Posted by Solveig (Cape Town, South Africa) on 11/11/2013

Hi there,

Dogs & Cats with skin rashes or seasonal skin irritations apply luke warm Rooibos tea with a cotton swab to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day for approx 2 to 3 days. The rash will scab up and heal. Don't use Cortisone creams for rash treatment unless it is very nasty.

One teabag in a cup, pour boiling water into the cup and leave it till it is luke warm. Then apply it with a cotton swab to the affected are, you can also use it at room temperature. Just leave the tea bag in for a nice strong concentration.

Regards, Solveig


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Ariadne (Willemstad, Curacao) on 07/16/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, reading about the allergies. Start with a grain & gluten free diet. So, no kibble!!! Raw or home-cooked with lots of meat and veggies, pureed (1 of our dogs spits out the peas and corn!). I do not give pork- just in case that causes the allergy. I also give our 3 dogs a teaspoon of minced garlic- flea & tick deterrent-, sunflower oil- the best for Vitamin E - and ACV

1 of our dogs is very itchy. Had to put him on prednisone till I received my homeopatic remedy Psorinum. I have to wait now for a few weeks before I can start this remedy. This remedy is apperently very useful for most skin issues and also treating mange!

Hope this is helpfull.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Anxietydoc11 (Elkins Park , Pa, Usa) on 04/29/2013

I have a wonderful 12 year old American Bulldog who had a bleeding tongue problem a little over a year ago. He had to be stitched twice and placed on soft food. We stopped feeding him Iams Lamb and Rice Kibble and switched to boiled ground beef, rice and a can of beef and vegetables (twice a day). Ever since the change in diet he began to develop lumps on his back and sides. They turned into large scabs that bled when they fell off.

Our vet thought he had Staph infection and placed him on antibiotics for 9 weeks. Some healed but others remained and now more large scabs on his sides. I just realized that the problem began when we switched him to the boiled ground beef. It might be coincidental but I'm not sure.

I have slowly but surely weaned him off the beef and back on the Iams lamb and rice with a can of lamb as he had eaten for 11 years with no problem. I hope this works and maybe this was only an allergic reaction to the beef.

He is acting fine, eating well and not even itching with these scabs. Has anyone ever heard of this? We are hoping this reconciles itself because no one is sure what this is and how to cure it.

Thank you for any feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

Best to all of you,
Jack's Mom

Dietary Changes
Posted by Debbiefudge (Brighton. Uk) on 08/18/2013

He may have had a reaction to the antibiotics. That's a very long time to be on them!! He would have been better with raw meat. And nothing canned at all. I would have given raw fresh garlic. Bathed him in an anti fungal shampoo and rinsed well and then poured a half water/half white vinegar solution on and allowed to dry and dabbed on coconut oil on the scabs, twice a day. Commercial pet food is responsible for many things!!


Dietary Changes
Posted by Colleen (Colorado, US) on 07/12/2014

Hi Judy from denver, I would not try the garlic at all, (since it is poisonous to pets) I would not worry about the feral cats (since sometimes they are way healthier than domestic) since they are not vaccinated or fed junk grain food. I would however continue with the meat diet and lots of coconut oil - put on paws and they will lick it off - and get a dropper from a dropper bottle and a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar to your pets water and food on a fairly consistent basis - this will really help with their immune system and constitution - any older dogs, be sure to bring the water to Them, since some times they will be too tired to get hydrated (have noticed that with my husky malamute - 13 yrs old. She gets a meat diet (likes it lightly steamed and eats the bones and all) and lots of sweet potatoes and veggies -green beans etc. (some times she'll eat quality can food if we are on the road or busy.) They make a really good topical at health stores with comfrey, I would also recommend for skin issues (or make your own with comfrey root). good luck.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/24/2015

Hey Rose!

Your dog may be avoiding drinking the ACV water because it is new/strange -and the amount you are adding might be too much for his palate at this time.

If this were my dog I would offer him plain water to make sure he does not get dehydrated. If he is drinking the plain water just fine, try adding 1/4 teaspoon of ACV to 1 liter of water and see how he tolerates that; if he accepts the spiked water let him get used to it for a week and then increase to 1/2 teaspoon per liter. Once he accepts a tiny bit of ACV in his water you can gradually increase week by week to the dose to you wish.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Sue (St. Jospeh, Mi) on 04/27/2015

Your dog may be detoxing thru the skin. I would feed a raw meat diet.


No Grain Diet
Posted by Person_who_cares (Everett, Wa, Usa) on 04/20/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I did not have any trouble with my West Highland White Terrier's skin until she was about 6 years old and then it started in with hot spots, bleeding from an ear, excess thirst, excess itching and scratching and excess urinating, all I found were symptoms of fungus/yeast infection in dogs.

Searching the internet, most articles for treating skin problems are to use apple cider vinegar, which works but it is treating a symptom and not getting to the reason for the skin problems. If vinegar is showing signs of improvement, odds are the skin problem is a yeast/fungus infection.

With respect to treating dog yeast/fungus infections, I found a very good article online that I thought I had saved but cannot now find it. It said do NOT feed the dog grains, including oats, no potatoes or sweet potatoes, no peas and no honey because they turn into sugar in the dog and feed yeast/fungus. It said to use anti-fungus shampoos and conditioners with a certain anti-fungus ingredient that I did find at a pet store chain. It said to rinse the dog with a hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar mix watered down and to soak the dog's feet in that.

All vet pet doctors wanted to do was to throw steroids at it and to blame her breed. The results showed that that the majority of dog pet food manufacturers and many vets do not have a clue about yeast/fungus infections in dogs and actually contribute to the dog's health problems by putting the poor dog on dangerous steroids, which shorten any dog's life and gives them other health problems. I spent over $3000 in vet bills on my dog's skin problems. I had to ask the vet to do an allergy test, which showed she is allergic to nothing. The vet showed no interest in anything other than throwing steroids at the symptoms and not finding out the cause like a real vet should/would do. Another vet said they did not treat chronic skin conditions - blah! The problem is that many vets do not have a clue about effectively treating dog yeast/fungus infections when this should be basic knowledge to them.

The results of the no grain, no potato, etc. diet are my dog now has hair where she had none, no flaky, itchy skin exists on her any longer, she rarely scratches or itches at herself. She drinks far less water and urinates far less. She seems much happier.

I initially found a dog food with none of the yeast/fungus feeding ingredients in it that I had to rehydrate but the dog food smelled and I wanted a dry dog food that I could just put out and not have to mess with. I found a dry dog food held together with millet, which does not turn into sugar in the dog. This dry dog food is the only dog food that my dog was ever absolutely nuts about and eats with enthusiasm. Earth Clinic said to share the names of such foods in one place and in another place says not to put the names in the article so I will not share the name of the dog food that my dog is absolutely crazy about and which helped her finally have a healthy coat after two terrible years of skin problems.

Do not use those oat shampoos on a dog with skin problems because the oats in it are a source of food to the yeast/fungus. Find a good anti-fungus shampoo/conditioner to use.

No Grain Diet
Posted by Lourai (Phoenix, Az) on 10/11/2020

We have our dogs on limited ingredient diet, no grains. It's not at a grocery store, you have to go to the pet store to get it. Starts with a C. The dry food we use is pricier than some, but my little Maltese/Shihtzu mix's fur is shiny and she has energy like a puppy. I also add a meat topping with no sodium because she is so picky. She's 10 1/2. She still has allergy flare ups, but seasonal, not food related.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nicole (Pottsville, Australia) on 03/16/2013

hi I have a two year old pug x jack russell, Izzy. She has been itchy and scratchy for it seems like forever. She has a rash at the moment that looks like pimples in her groin area and she is continually chewing /licking her feet and scratching her chin ears and eyes. Where her tail joins to her body she gets dry scabs. She also has an odour. I have taken her to the vet several times about this and they give her prednisolone and antibiotics. This seems to help for a little while but her coondition comes back as soon as she has has finished prednisolone and antibiotics. I am currently feeding her a BARF diet. Thank you for the info on ACV I will try it and see if this helps her.

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Posted by Judy (Denver, Co) on 08/03/2013

I have border collie mix that rubbed his eye for short while and had brownish hair just down from tear gland but I didn't notice any draining.

I also have miniature american eskimo with weeping eyes. Boots quite frequently lickes her eyes like a mother dog might. Lately he's been licking her head. I;ve noticed her rubbing her head on hardwood floor. Yesterday he licked her head and all she had was wet hair. Today I noticed he had a crust in corner of his eye and I scratched it off with my fingernai and it was actually a scab and it looks like a crater and red but not bloody. He started licking my Lala's head and kept at till I made him stop. Now she has a red spot with no hair and a scabby looking spot thats dark gray off to one side. This red spot with no hair and dark grey thing is all about the size of a nickle, which is pretty big on her small head. It's hard to believe this came about in 24 hours.

We have ferrel cats in the alley and some spend time under rv parked in back and my dogs make a B-line for that rv and run under it to chase the cats away. Who knows what those might have.

I don't know quite what to do. I have dog vits I give them occasionally. Boots likes them but Lala sometimes refuses them. I'm retired and don't have money for a vet. Their dog food isn't the best but I give some of my veggies, fresh fruit, meat and fish and my brown rice.. I've looked up recipes for dogs and they're pretty much what we eat. Frankly they'd rather eat my food than theirs. I eat organic as much as I can.

Except for an occasional itch they don't scratch a lot. Lala sheds too much in summer so I give her fish oil capsules and that stops. The reddish part of patch on Lala's head looks like ringworm in humans but not dogs.

I have organic apple cider vinegar but not sure how to use it, expecially around the eye. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.


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Posted by Debbiefudge (Brighton, Uk) on 08/18/2013

Hi. I wouldn't use the ACV around the eye area at all. Put some in their drinking water. I would give fresh raw garlic daily in case the ferral cats have fleas.. (Most likely). That could be what started off the sore near the eye. A flea bite. Just bathe it with some cool, boiled water to keep clean and dab on a little coconut oil. And allow to heal, don't pick the scab off. As for diet. Stop commercial dog food all together and give as much raw meat, raw bones as you can and your scraps.


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Posted by Meile (Dallas, Ga ) on 11/05/2013

My dog has had a skin infection and just got done with her steroids and now she has the same thing again. I want o know if there is anyting I can do to be able to fix it myself. she has bumps that look like pimples and when you squeeze them puss comes out then blood and then the next day she has a blad spot from the scab that forms. I have tried hydrogen peroxidie sprayed directly on her skin. I haven't seen any changes with that. I give her a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with her food a day. She is a 14 lb. chihuahua mix dog. She is a rescue dog that I got 5 weeks again. So I don't know much about her history.


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Posted by Fiona (Tustin, Ca) on 11/12/2013

I suggest you give your dog bath with aquarium salt with methylene blue. Or it can be magnesium chloride.The skin needs balanced minerals. Also these baths will draw toxins out. I have tried this with my 2 dogs. I think the older dog can run much better after this bath.


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Posted by Amanda (Tennessee) on 09/12/2016

Would you let me know what kind of raw diet did you try? Any suggestions where to find recipes?



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