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Dogs with skin, coat and allergy issues may have the following problems:
These are only some of the symptoms your dog may have, and if just one symptom applies, your dog could be suffering from skin, coat and allergy problems. Any breed, size or age of dog can be prone to skin, coat & allergy issues. Sporting, hunting, and competitive dogs are bred and trained to make them great at what they do. This also applies to agility dogs, dock jumping dogs, search & rescue dogs, police dogs and other working dogs. They work and train in harsh environments that can challenge their skin and coats. This same special breeding can also make them more likely to have the problems listed above. Dogs that spend time outside hiking, camping, swimming or on daily walks will also be exposed to environmental allergens. According to Dr. Shawn Messonnier, a nationally recognized expert on holistic medicine for animals, “Although there are many causes of itchiness in dogs, the most common is a genetic inflammatory disease called atopic (allergic) dermatitis, often called skin allergies. If your dog is scratching regularly without signs of skin lesions, chances are he has an allergy.” *
Any dog, no matter the breed or size, can have problems with their skin & coat. They can happen during different seasons, or year-round. Spring allergy season or dry winter air from indoor heat are just a few examples of when dogs may have problems.
* Messonnier, DVM, Shawn, The Allergy Solution for Dogs, Three Rivers Press, 2000
Skin & Coat Problems
Many breeds are prone to genetic allergic dermatitis, such as Labrador Retrievers. Allergies usually appear at 1 to 3 years of age. Pay attention to constant scratching, which can lead to skin lesions or infections over time. Your dog will thank you for taking action sooner rather than later.
Treatments for Skin & Coat Problems
There are many ways you can help your dog, such as topical treatments, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements. For mild cases of itchiness, a supplement providing extra nutrients to support healthy skin may be just the thing to help. Supplements are safe to use with many prescription products but check with your doctor if you're not sure.
Itchy Dog® Recommended Usage
1-25 lbs. give 1/2 chew/day
26-50 lbs. give 1 chew/day
51-80 lbs. give 2 chews/day
Over 80lbs. give 3 chews/day
Double the recommended usage for the first 5 days. Administration may be divided into a.m. and p.m. During allergy season, you may need to increase usage again. Try adding one chew or as much as doubling usage again for a short time.
Essential Fatty Acids, OPC Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Zinc, Alpha lipoic acid, Dried seaweed meal
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