Skin Issues, Allergies and Conditions

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Akf (Beaverton, Or) on 12/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

First thanks to Earth Clinic and contributors. This if for dogs with skin issues and their people who it's driving crazy! I discovered these items because I have dealt with yeast issues.

Our dog is aprox. 8 years old and a rescue that is probably a Flat Coat Retriever or a Black Lab mix - he has long wavy hair. He developed skin issues a few years ago - especially in winter. He was going nuts chewing and causing hotspots. He also had flaky oily skin year round and this is much better now too. The vet prescribed steroid pills, creams, etc. That helped only slightly and we didn't want him on the rest of his life. We tried cutting out all the likely allergens from his diet w/o luck. He is still on a quality food with no likely allergens.

Finally he is having a better winter if I consistently give him this "treat" he loves every day.

I mix 3 large soup spoons of quality yogurt with a couple tablespoons of ACV and a couple tbsp of Fish Oil and 8 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract.

I also add 3 drops of the Grapefruit Seed Extract to his water once or twice a day.

There was the start of a spot this year when I wasn't consistent which I applied Coconut oil to a couple of times and it went away.

I told the vet about this mixture and she said it was safe and that she knew some of it would be helpful/healthful.

I hope this helps lots of pets and their people! It is such a relief for us!


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.

Replied by Sahar
San Pedro, Ca
04/22/2013

Could you please share with me the name of the no grain food made with millet that your dog loved? Also, the name of the shampoo? I have a miserable yeasty beagle, and can use all of the help I can get. This forum is made to help people... so you should be able to name Names! :)

Replied by Jennifer
Port Orchard, Us
04/30/2013

Please allow the lady trying to help people who have sick dogs like hers tell the name of the dry dog food product containing millet she used that healed her dog. She's not a business with commercial interests and just giving her opinion. What happened to free speech? Help our pets!!! How is this any different than "liking" things on Facebook Etc?

Replied by Tonya
Arizona
09/06/2020

Please share the name of ghe dog food. I have a 4 month old Boxer that is living on benadryl and bagbalm to have peace.

Please ..

Tonya


Olive Oil

Posted by Gass (Independence, Mo) on 03/04/2013
5 out of 5 stars

For dry flakey skin on my german shepard I used 2 tbl spoon of olive oil once a week on his dry dog food till gone. I mean when I got him it looked like bad dandruff on a black sweater. He also had a 1" & 1/4 long, about 1/2 tall tumor looking spot on his butt he was nalling at- and it cleared it up also. Also his coat became so shinny it looked like I had wipped him down with the olive oil.


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.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
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.


Prescription Medications

Posted by Patty (Ocean City, Md) on 09/14/2014
5 out of 5 stars

12 yr old tea cup poodle: After 3 yrs of trying Acupuncture and herbal treatments for my little Sapphire we have success. She had lost hair on stomach, all her neck hair, elephant skin on back legs and generally was so miserable, smelled, and just slept in curled up ball. Our vet 60 days ago wanted us to try new dosage of Atopica for CATs due to Sapphire being only 4 lbs, apparently the dog version doesn't have small enough dose. New dosage of the Cat version of this medicine was approved to give small dogs. Within first 3 weeks smell was gone and hair was growing back on her neck and stomach. After 45 days even the elephant skin on back legs is completely gone. She now sleeps with legs stretched out, runs and plays almost like a puppy again.

60 days - We now give her the dose every other day. To keep upset stomach side effect eliminated we keep medicine refrigerated and give her bite of treat 1st before giving her the medicine. A little food and chilled medicine have all but completely eliminated the only side effect we had of vomiting.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
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.


Pseudopelade

Posted by Jc (Concord, Ca) on 03/20/2012

My 9 y/o yellowlab was recently diagnosed with Pseudopelade. It's a skin condition and basically the hair follicle is damaged and no longer able to grow hair. My poor little guy is getting bald spots all over his head. I was wondering if anyone has dealt with this and had any info to share. Thanks very much.

Replied by Jd
Montreal
09/03/2016

Hi, I just saw this while browsing around on here and wanted to reply even though you posted 4 years ago. My dog-who is now 8-was diagnosed with pseudopelade when she was about 2. It took a very long time to figure out what it was, she had bald spots all over her body, some large areas on her neck with no hair, eventually a biopsy was done and sent to a dermatologist and then we had the diagnosis. The vet told me that it's not painful, itchy or contagious and the treatment (steroids) would only be for aesthetics (hair growing back), so we decided against that. Strangely, a couple months later her hair started growing back, and she hasn't had any bald spots since! I'm not sure if this is related-but it also coincided with a particularly stressful and emotional time in my life-when that period started for me is when she began getting the bald spots, when that stress ended for me is when she suddenly got better...so maybe my stress was affecting her immune system-who knows. But thought I would share my experience with you, I hope your lab's hair will grow back too!

JD


Rectal Tissue

Posted by Brooke (Austin, Tx) on 09/15/2011

I have an 82# rescued, senior female Rottie who started "scooting" and had rectal bleeding. I took her to the vet, who found no blood in her intestines, but did find hookworms, which I treated her for with medication he gave me. Her anal sacs are fine, and the vet pronounced her otherwise healthy.

She tested positive for heartworms awhile back, and I've had her on the Bandit's Buddies program (google it online for complete info) for three months now. I'm concerned that the Nature's Sunshine HSII formula (hawthorn berry, capsicum and garlic) might be part of causing this tenderness and bleeding from her rectal tissues because of the capsicum being a nightshade, which dogs don't eat in the wild or digest well, so I stopped that part of the program (for now). I've been cleaning the area with 1/2 Epsom Salts & peroxide, then putting Vitamen E oil on the tissues, as they seem dry and almost cracked. There's no indication of infection or pus, just bleeding. To treat her internally, I've given her 1 TBS drinkable aloe (with a syringe) at night. And after reading these posts, I also just gave her about 1 1/2 TBS of melted coconut oil, which she gobbled up. Her diet is a high-quality dry food (first ingredient Salmon/no corn or wheat) that she's been on for about seven months w/no problems. She also gets a TBS or so of wet food 2x per day mixed with Nature's Sunshine Artemesia blend (a really thorough mix of vermifuge herbs).

My question is: does anyone here have any other suggestions for natural remedies to speed the healing of those rectal tissues? My first instincts are poultice, but I don't think she would hold still for that! Any other herbs I can add? I have shelves of capsulated herbs and tinctures, as well as quite a few homeopathic remedies. Thanks!


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


Salmon Oil

Posted by Kathryn4 (Lanham, Maryland, Usa) on 11/28/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have come acrross a remedy that may help others concerning redness and scratchiness on my beagle mix. Every day I give salmon oil squirts over his food - no more itching and redness. A miracle!


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.


Skin Yeast Infection

Posted by Donna (San Diego, Ca) on 02/03/2012

The fur under my dog's chin was chronically damp, and she developed a persistent yeast infection. After a lot of research I purchased a tube of Monistat, the stuff they sell OTC for vaginal yeast infections. I rubbed it on the infected area once a day for 3 days, and voila! Yeast infection gone, never to return. It may not be natural or holistic, but it is cheap, easily available, quick, and it works.


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.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
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:

http://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 :

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


Tufts of Hair Coming Out

Posted by Stacie (Spring, Texas) on 08/11/2011

My 8 year old pug has an odd skin condition that we can't quite pinpoint. Her fur looks "polkadotted" around her back half, and if you gently pull the hair at the dots it comes out in a tuft with dead skin attached. She doesn't have a strong smell, or obvious bald spots, and she does not itch. Of course, our weather here has been extremely hot and humid, so I don't know if that plays a part or not. What she has does not sound like what is usually described as mange or a yeast infection. Any ideas?


Turmeric

Posted by Robinbirdee (Deland, Florida) on 03/06/2011
4 out of 5 stars

Have found turmeric to be helpful--some have grown smaller will try virgin coconut oil my dog has many problems and this site saves me from many trips to the vet thank you so much!


Yogurt

Posted by Gordon (Edinburgh, Uk) on 05/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Got dog from cat and dog home about 7 months ago so far £500 in vets fees, Pet Plan refuse to pay out as underlying condition. Has been on steroids, numerous creams etc to treat his skin, ear, chin and tail problems. Has been fed on a dry food diet. Mites etc ruled out

The thing that I have found that has helped the most is yogurt, Natural plain organic probiotic and should contain Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus acidophilus ( Yeo Valley ) is one,

For a medium sized dog collie etc, one tablespoon in food morning and night, will take a week or so to see real improvement and may suffer from loose stools to start with.

Medicated shampoo did help the first time used but as it strips the oils out of the skin dandruff etc returned for a few days then slowly cleared up, do not overwash the dog unless advised by the vet also for his chin used 1 pint boiled water with 1tsp salt (cooled)to wipe his chin with cotton balls after eating so no bacteria can build up,

For the yeast and allergies to build up there must be an underlying cause so am going to switch his food and try something with a higher protien content, this will take some time as can take a while to show results but at least it seems to be under control and a big improvement on what he was like before, will also be starting omega 3 tablets once the food is sorted out as this also helps skin conditions and a lot of dog foods do not contain enough.