Dog skin problems can be a major menace. They can range from flea allergy eczema, through mange, to ringworm and diet-related itching.
The trouble is that any dog skin problems can cause licking and scratching and consequent hair loss. What a sight!
Fortunately, we have help here – in the form of Aloe Vera. It’s long been known for its speedy healing of burns and cuts and is also very effective in the treatment of most skin problems.
If there are parasites present, then there must first be eradicated by the appropriate veterinary treatment. Did you ever have to treat your pets with flea powders? Trying to work it down through a dense coat with clouds of acrid white powder flying around … it certainly choked the animal and the person treating it, but I don’t know how efficient it was at dispatching the fleas!
Nowadays it’s all very civilized: you just apply a small amount of fluid to an equally small area of the animal’s skin, and that’s enough to get rid of fleas for a good month. Two of the most convenient are Frontline and Advantage. While you’re looking at these you could also check out Sentinel and Heartgard, which get rid of some singularly revolting parasites.
Once the irritant is gone, Aloe Vera will quickly encourage healing of the skin and hair re-growth. Meanwhile, it will cut out the heat and the itch typical of many dog skin problems and give your dog much relief. Labradors and Retrievers seem to be prime sufferers from these irritating skin conditions, so it’s good to see what this Golden Retriever Breeder says:
“I had been treating one of my Golden Retrievers, Sophie, for eczema with a steroid cream prescribed by the vet for three weeks but there was no improvement whatsoever in her condition. I was advised to use Aloe Propolis Creme on her. Within two days eczema had dried up and within one week her coat was growing back. Since then I have used Propolis many times for various skin conditions and now call it my ‘Miracle Cream’.”
Sobenkel Golden Retriever Boarding Kennels, Lusk, Co.Dublin
Work from the Inside Out …
Because Aloe Vera works at a cellular level, it’s a good idea to work from the inside and from the outside, zapping dog skin problems both ways. It is always recommended that the animal should take the Aloe Vera Gel internally as well as getting any topical preparations when treating dog skin problems. This helps with healthy cell division and boosts the immune system at the same time. Many dog skin problems are exacerbated by a poor immune response.
It’s also important to take a look at what your dog is eating. “You are what you eat” goes the old saw, and it’s true that diet can play a big part in dog skin problems. Processed convenience foods seem to be the culprit. Dogs did not develop over the last 10,000 years eating processed convenience foods, and it’s no wonder that eating only these can have a detrimental effect on their system.
The best diet for dogs that I have found – and mine have been thriving on it for years now – is the so-called BARF diet. … not what you may be thinking! BARF stands for Bones And Raw Food, and really that’s all there is to it. There is an excellent book available which explains it in some detail – click here to take a look at it – and you can read more about the effect of diet on dog skin problems in our Dog Feeding section.
Lumps, Bumps, and Itchy dog skin …
Warts, cysts, lumps and little growths respond astonishingly quickly to Aloe Vera. Simply keep applying, several times a day if possible, and warts quickly give up the struggle.
“My client has a Labrador who had a cyst which I determined necessitated removal. In the meantime Aloe Vera Gelly was applied to the cyst by my client’s daughter, just to see if it might help. On returning to my client’s yard two weeks later the cyst had quite literally vanished.” R.E.J. Doherty, MVB, MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
It’s hard to get Aloe Vera of the right quality, and the very best is only available direct, and not through shops. I’ve managed to source this for you and you can click here to find products to ease your dog skin problems Don’t waste time with an inferior product.
Here’s an interesting item about that most tedious of dog skin problems – a persistent itch of unknown source:
“Predominantly every summer our Jack Russell Sandy suffered from the severe itch and had been receiving ongoing treatment for many years. We decided to try Aloe First spray to see if it might give him some relief. Following just a few sprays he obtained complete relief and did not require any other treatment. Our vet was greatly impressed with this result and now regularly uses and recommends the use of Aloe Vera to others.” Barbara McCluskey BHSAI, Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Note that these products are for human skin problems as well as dog skin problems and work equally well for us two-legged hounds! They are pure, with no harmful chemicals added, so are safe for all ages, from day-old puppies (or babies – really: great for colic!) to the older dog.
Even if the dog licks it off, it’s not going to do him any harm. But I always arrange a distraction, like a dinner or a game straight after application, to give it a chance to penetrate the seven layers of skin, as only Aloe Vera can.
It’s worth knowing too, that you can earn money for yourself while using these top-quality products for dog skin problems. Have a look at how people are developing a lucrative home-based business, almost anywhere in the world
Quick Reference for Dog Skin Problems
The most useful products for dog skin problems are Aloe Liquid Soap, for cleansing skin and washing wounds, Aloe First or Aloe Veterinary Spray, as a first aid application, Aloe Vera Gelly, for just about anything, Aloe Propolis Creme as a natural antibiotic, and for inside, take Aloe Vera Gel to boost the immune system and encourage speedy healing of these tiresome dog skin problems. About ½-3 oz (15-60 MLS) per day for an average dog, more for a big dog and less for a little one (there’s no toxic dose, so you can adjust the amount as you go).
For a brilliant book which tells you exactly when to use a natural remedy – and when you need the vet instead – click here, and check out the section on dog skin problems.