Does your dog have bugs?
Fleas, ticks, lice, mange or mites. If your dog has picked up a bug, chances are it’s what is making them itch. Have a close look at their skin on their bellies, behind their ears and around their neck and lower back. Look for bugs, flea dirt, bite marks, nits, anything out of the ordinary. If you find anything you need to deal with it immediately.
*Bug prevention note: Garlic is Mother Natures natural bug repellent. A tiny bit of garlic in their food will repel bugs and worms. But everything in moderation. Large amounts of garlic are not good for dogs, but small quantities do wonders. Many Vet’s might caution against garlic but quickly sell you a man-made toxic chemical to put on your dog’s skin. This chemical will poison and kill bugs when they bite your dog. Ask yourself this; if it poisons bugs to death, what is it doing to your dog? And why is a man-made chemical safe for your dog but a mother nature grown pesticide isn’t?
Maybe your dog has a food allergy
Often food allergies will show up on your dog’s face and skin. The skin around their eyes and muzzle might be red with some hair loss. Their ears may have an unpleasant odor or discharge. In between their toes can be red, puffy or inflamed. Their overall skin can be flaky or crusty, red and overall itchy or infected.
*Food allergy note: Dogs bodies are designed with the ability to break down and digest almost anything. The enzymes in their saliva should be thick and mucusy to keep their bodies healthy. Feeding processed food like kibble effects their bodies ability to produce these enzymes. Feeding raw food and tripe will encourage their bodies to create the enzymes they need to fight off illness.
Could be an environmental allergy
There are so many things in and around your house your dog might be allergic to. Could be your laundry detergent, yard pesticides, environmental allergies such as grass, pollen or mold, could even be their own plastic food bowl. Pay attention to when your dog is itching. Is it seasonal or only when they are indoors or outdoors? Are there common denominators when the scratching starts or stops? When you’re examining what it could be leave no stone un-turned. Think about any new soaps you might be using, carpet cleaner or detergents. Also think about every new thing in your yard; Maybe you got new shrubs or topsoil. Any little thing could be the culprit.
Or is it psychosomatic
And if none of the above are the culprits maybe your dog has an emotional issue that is upsetting them. Have their been changes in your home life? Divorce? Children leaving for college? New job? Company from out of town? Any stresses you’re feeling, your dog might be feeling as well. They sometimes displace stress in different ways. If you’ve ruled out all the above possibilities and your dog is still scratching, it might be time to call a dog trainer or behaviorist.
Nutrition side note
Mother nature designed dogs with a brilliant immune system. Only when their immune system is compromised are they vulnerable to some of the above issues. If you’re having issues like this with your dog you might want to ask yourself some questions. Why is your dog’s system vulnerable? If you’re not sure maybe it’s time to contact the proper professional. Keep in mind Veterinarians are not Nutritionist. If your dog has a compromised immune system due to a nutrition issue, call a Nutritionist.
Written by Brenda Mcburnie, Certified Dog Trainer and Natural Nutrition
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