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Why dogs scratch; Ticks, fleas & Allergies ?

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Itchy witchy flea and spider, ticks, and mites no wiser

At Frank and Jellys we are currently getting inundated by fur mums and dads asking us for help and advice for itchy, scratchy fur babies. Be aware most skin itchiness is caused by an allergy or parasite. Loss of hair and scratching is the result.

So what, why and how can we help them?

Fleas: At this time of year fleas enjoying jumping out of the long grasses over to our beautiful pets. Like head lice in children, they love lovely clean pooches. So before you go out on a long meadow walk make sure to put some coconut butter on your fur baby. Another natural and holistic approach against fleas is Fenugreek Powder.

Ticks: Again spreading Organic Coconut oil or butter on your pooch will protect him on his walk against these little beasts. However, should you already find a tick in his fur, pull it out slowly. Be gentle, we need to get the head out. What you can see is its body only. If you do not want to use your tweezers or hands, use Tick Twisters. Spray afterwards with some Leucillin as disinfected on the wound and watch out for symptoms of tick-borne diseases.

Allergies: Human are no strangers to allergies. Ours’s and our dog’s immune system behaves very similarly. Some dogs are more prone to allergies than others by the way. When we talk about allergies we distinguish between seasonal and food allergies. Seasonal allergies can be caused by blooming plants and trees. Regular brushing and bathing, as well as air filtration and limited exposure to the elements, helps and could prevent the risk developing allergic dermatitis. Food Allergies are also a cause for itchy skin. It has been known that some dogs may be allergic to certain proteins like beef, dairy, chicken and or grains, rice or wheat corn. Skin redness and itching are often the first signs. Eliminate certain foods for one or two weeks and see if it works.

Yeast Infection: This is the most common skin infection after Fleas and Ticks. Dogs have a natural healthy amount of yeast level in their body but this can sometimes be kicked out of balance that is when there are starting to itch, scratch and chewing their paws. Vets usually prescribe steroids. However, once your fur baby’s overactive immune system is turned off, it can’t do its job of regulating and balancing the normal flora. Our four legged friend end up with yeast bloom. Secondary skin infections are also often treated by vets with antibiotics. Antibiotics are well-known to destroy all good bacteria along with the bad, wiping out healthy yeast levels in the process. So how can we help Frank and Jelly to balance and strengthen his and hers immune system? The answer: natural organic products. Something like coconut butter, apple vinegar or Immuboost (an Echinacea based product). Add these to their food or give directly to eat or drink, a spoonful should be enough. Change to coconut flakes if the oil or butter is too rich to digest. Be a good example and have some yourself. It won’t harm you. The slightly reluctant patient might come around very quickly if he can see that you are both sharing.

There are also Bacteria skin infections and virus ones. If any treatments suggested in this post have not worked you need to see your vet as these could be the causes.
A Bacterial infection often turns into a virus. For prevention of these diseases, we can offer a colloidal power spray.

Mites: Mites are the reason of mange in dogs. Mange causes sky irritation, making the dog scratching himself non-stop. There will also be hair loss and scabs. Puppies and older dogs are at great risk. Keeping your pooch in good health can help prevent mange. Boost his immune system straying Leucillin occasionally on their skin.

Leishmanial is also an external parasite, transmitted by a mosquito bite. Leishmanial causes itchy skin, hair loss, and injuries. To prevent this happening use Oz Oil Soothing Tea Tree Cream as an insect repellent properties.

Fungi: Our four legged friend might have some areas without hair, usually with some scaling of the skin. Fungi is contagious both for other animals and humans. Even if the injury goes away with treatment, it is important to do some check-ups. The fungi may still be there and come back. In some cases, the problem is solved with a topical ointment. Our Doggy Detective and Frank and Jellys have made very good experiences with Colloidal Silver. Please look have a look at our review page.

Bad cornification of the skin (seborrhoea) excessive scaling skin, like dandruff. It is usually caused by a bad diet or stress. Sometimes it can be solved with a specific shampoo or by avoiding stress conditions.

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin caused by certain substances common in the environment. It is a genetic disease that will be with the dog for his entire life. Please speak to your vet.

Hormonal imbalance Thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries or testicles. Any alteration of the glands that regulate fats, proteins or hormones may cause skin problems.

We hope this leads you into the right directions to help your fury friend to enjoy life and only have a good old scratch now and then, just for fun!

Paws of Love

Frank and Jelly 

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