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Chewable tablets containing antioxidants, polyphenols, fatty acids & vitamins to keep your dog's skin and coat healthy. Vegetable based beef and bacon flavoring. Dogs with skin, coat and allergy issues...

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Chewable tablets containing antioxidants, polyphenols, fatty acids & vitamins to keep your dog's skin and coat healthy. Vegetable based beef and bacon flavoring.

Dogs with skin, coat and allergy issues may have the following problems:

-Licking excessively 

-Crustiness around eyes

-Red, irritated skin

-Chewing on paws

-Dull coat

-Dandruff

-Scratching their stomach or ears

These are just a few of the symptoms your dog may have, and if just one symptom applies, your dog could be suffering from allergies or skin & coat problems.   Any breed, size or age of dog can be prone to skin, coat & allergy issues.  Sporting, hunting and competitive dogs are bred & trained to make them really good at what they do.  This also applies to agility dogs, dock jumping dogs, search & rescue dogs, police dogs and other working dogs. They work & train in harsh environments that can be hard on 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 Messionnier, 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 or allergies.  They can happen during different seasons, or year round.  Spring allergy season or dry air in the winter from indoor heat are just a few examples of when dogs may have problems with their skin & coat.

Genetic Causes for Skin & Coat Problems
Genetic causes can mean your dog is more prone to skin & coat problems, including itching, inflammation and irritation. You may see things like redness in their ears or on their chins, white dandruff like flakes in their coats, crusty eyes or watery eyes. They may lick themselves until they are raw or chew their paws. This isn’t fun for you or your dog. It can also distract them from their work, breaking their concentration if it gets bad enough.  It can keep you up at night while they scratch or lick their feet and coats.  
 
Treatments for Skin & Coat Problems
There are many ways you can help your dog, with conventional topical treatments, antihistamines and corticosteroids; and with complementary therapies, such as nutritional supplements. It is always a good idea to check with your veterinarian if the problem is serious to make sure you know exactly what is going on with your dog. But, for mild cases of itchiness, a supplement that provides extra nutrients shown to help support healthy skin and coats may be just the thing to help.  Supplements are safe to use with veterinary prescribed products such as prednisone, but check with your doctor if you have any questions.  Many dog owners want to minimize the use of steroids long term.  Supporting the health of your dog's skin can help with this goal.

Dr. Messionnier supports the use of multiple therapies to help allergic dogs, once an accurate diagnosis has been made. He has many years of experience in treating pets with allergies. Here is what he has to say about just using traditional therapies without considering other options:

“Another thing that is quite troubling to me is that so many pets with chronic allergies are being treated for months or years with potentially harmful medicines, usually steroids and antihistamines, without attempting other safer therapies. The lack of safe, long-term, and effective conventional treatments for allergic pets is the reason I first became interested in complementary therapies. I was frustrated at seeing the same pets in my hospital month after month for their ‘allergy’ shot and a dose of steroid pills. While I could help these pets stop itching for a few weeks, they would always come back for more drugs. I desperately wanted something to decrease their reliance on corticosteroids, which I knew could shorten their lives and was the cause of their side effects of increased appetite, increased intake of food and water, increased urination, and weight gain.*

By getting ‘turned on’ to the many complementary therapies available to pets, I was able to finally offer my patients something other than only conventional medicines that temporarily covered up their symptoms without really addressing the problem and helping the pets heal.” *

* Messionnier,DVM, Shawn, The Allergy Solution for Dogs, Three Rivers Press, 2000

Breeds with Skin & Coat Problems
Three breeds that have been identified as being prone to genetic allergic dermatitis are Golden RetrieversLaborador Retrievers and English Setters. While these breeds may be more likely to have problems with itchy skin and allergies, any breed can have allergic dermatitis. The usual age that allergies show up is between 1 to 3 years old according to reports in veterinary literature. This means your dog can start to develop allergies at a young age, since the symptoms often show up within 1 to 3 years of exposure to the allergens. But some dogs can show signs at a few months of age; it just depends on the breed and their genetic predisposition to allergies.

Checking the list of symptoms is one way to determine if your dog is having problems. The most common symptom will be itching, even if your dog’s skin looks normal. Your dog probably won’t have severe itching at first, it will be more mild or moderate, as a veterinarian would describe it. Severe itching is a more serious problem like mange, fleas or a food allergy, and you should definitely check with your veterinarian for this problem.

If your dog has mild itching and keeps scratching, it can develop into a more serious problem over time. The constant scratching can lead to skin lesions or infections, so you don’t want to ignore even mild scratching. A working or sporting dog that is out in the field or in the water, needs a healthy skin and coat, so don’t let itching put their long-term, optimal health at risk because it can affect their performance. And open wounds or scratches are not a good idea for a dog working outdoors or your family pet.

Ear and skin infections in dogs can become a problem that doesn’t go away and may get worse. So doing something earlier rather than later is always a better choice for your dog.

Environmental Causes
There are many things in the environment that can make your dog itchy. Just like us they will have problems with pollens, molds, ragweeds and house dust mites. You may see them reacting during the same seasons that your allergies are giving you problems. And since your working dog will be out in the field, in many different outdoor environments, the chances of them being exposed to allergens is much higher than the family pet that stays inside or in the backyard.  This is why working & sporting dogs can benefit from a product like Itchy Dog that supports their skin & coat health.

A dog that trains, works or hunts and often lives outdoors will be exposed to more environmental allergens. Their high activity levels while they are working or competing will also stress their bodies, so extra nutritional support is important.  Dogs that live indoors and are family pets can also benefit from Itchy Dog if they have any skin, coat or allergy problems.

Recommended Usage 

1-25 lbs.

½ tablet per day

26-50 lbs.

1 tablet per day

51-80 lbs.

2 tablets per day

Over 80 lbs.

3 tablets per day

 

Double the recommended usage for the first 5 days. Administration may be divided into a.m. and p.m., if desired.  During allergy season, the amount of tablets you give your dog can be increased, if needed.  Try adding one tablet a day to help your dog feel better.

Ingredients 

Itchy Dog was developed to provide ingredients that are known to be beneficial for skin and coat health, such as:

Essential Fatty Acids (96 mg): Fish oil is a common source of EFAs. Veterinary research has shown that fish oil supplements were effective in reducing itching and inflammation in 11 to 27 percent of allergic dogs. EFAs are often recommended for dry flaky skin and dull coats. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important for dogs with skin and coat problems. Many veterinarians recommend using EFAs along with other supplements for best results.

OPC Polyphenol Antioxidants: OPCs are very strong water-soluble polyphenol antioxidants from plant extracts. They have been shown in research to be 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E. Antioxidants help the body control free radicals that can cause inflammation and cellular damage. When the body is exposed to an allergen, histamines are released and an allergic reaction may follow. This is why antihistamines are recommended for allergies. OPCs have been shown to reduce the production of histamine-forming enzymes.  OPC is oligomeric proanthocyanidins which are found in many plants such as apples, cranberries, pine bark, grape seeds or the skin of peanuts.  They are safe, have been used for many decades, and have been extensively researched for use in people and animals.

Vitamin A (1000 IU): An important fat-soluble antioxidant that is needed to maintain normal epithelial tissues (skin, mucous membranes). Also important for cell maturation, tissue building/repair and immune system health. It is used to treat skin disorders, among many other benefits, and is important for protein utilization. A deficiency can cause skin lesions, dryness, abscesses and cracking.

Vitamin E (10 IU): An important fat-soluble antioxidant with a great deal of research on its benefits. Essential to cell membrane health and survival, this antioxidant promotes healthy skin and coat. Inhibits leukotrienes, which is a biochemical in the body that can cause inflammation. Supports a healthy immune system and stops cell damage by inhibiting the oxidation of fats from free radicals. Veterinarians have reported low blood serum levels of vitamin E in dogs with demodectic mange. It is recommended, along with other antioxidants, for this condition by veterinarians.

Zinc (1 mg): An antioxidant that is an essential nutrient for the synthesis of bone, healthy skin and resistance to disease. Zinc is an important mineral that is found in every cell in the body. Linked to a healthy immune system. Important for protein synthesis and metabolizing carbohydrates. Two rare skin disorders have been linked to zinc deficiency, and supplemental zinc is recommended by veterinarians as treatment.

Alpha lipoic acid (30 mg): A unique antioxidant with its own benefits that also helps restore and recycle other antioxidants like vitamin C, E and glutathione. Its ability to fight both water-soluble and fat-soluble free radicals makes it especially beneficial. Free radical damage to cells has been linked to inflammation. Alpha lipoic acid is an important part of the process that turns carbohydrates into energy in the body. For active working dogs this benefit is crucial.  It is also beneficial for nutritionally supporting pets with allergies.

Dried seaweed meal: A green food that contains many essential amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, B and E vitamins, choline and essential fatty acids. It is a good source of beta-carotene and is a highly bioavailable (absorbed easily in the digestive tract) free radical fighter.

Other Ingredients: Dried Whey, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vegetable Based Beef and Bacon Flavors, Safflower oil, Fish oil

FAQs

Can my dog use ZoomDog?
ZoomDog products can be used by dogs of any activity level, size or life stage. Our safe formulas and weight-based daily recommended amounts ensure that any dog can be a ZoomDog!   .
 
How much does my dog need to take each day?
Daily recommend amounts are listed by weight, so make sure you have a current weight on your dog for best results. The recommended daily amount starts at 1 pound and goes up from there. Please see the "Recommended Usage" for specific recommended amounts. If your dog has severe skin and coat issues, we recommend doubling the recommended usage until symptoms subside, at which point you may return the regular usage amounts.
 
Can I use Itchy Dog and a ZoomDog joint product together?
Yes! You can use both. We recommend giving the full usage amount of one and half the recommended usage of the other. For example, in allergy season, use a full amount of Itchy Dog and a half amount of Joint Health Soft Chews. If your dog is competing or if they get stiffer in winter, when skin and coat issues aren't as much of a problem, use the full recommended usage amount of Joint Health Soft Chews and half the usage amount of Itchy Dog.
 
How long until I see results?
Many people see results within the first two weeks. Make sure you double the recommended usage for the first 5 days, as stated on the label instructions. Supplements can take up to four to six weeks to develop significant results. 
 
Will this work for my dog?
ZoomDog works very well for most dogs (please see our product reviews). Make sure that you use the recommended daily amount for at least a full 30 days. All dogs are different and in the small chance that ZoomDog soft chews don't work as you expect, we are happy to send an alternate product to try or provide a full refund of the bottle price.
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