Itching, Scratching And More
Itching and scratching has become a common place with many dogs and cats, amongst chronic ear infection, hot spots and more!! in some cases it can be mites or topical skin issues however in many cases it’s actually the body detoxing!
When the body is in a state of detox/cleansing and healing it can display many symptoms, some are mentioned above but there are other signs of detoxing, to laern more about detoxing please read our detox page.
Natural Wellness For Itchy dogs And Cats
From my experience, study and research over the years, I have found that in almost 98.9% of the serious skin conditions that an animal can suffer, the root cause is an enormous amount of accumulated toxicity in the animals system.
The cleansing, filtering eliminative organs or systems of the body (liver, kidneys, lungs, bowels and of course the skin) are saturated and even clogged from our chemical/toxic laden living and in their weakened, clogged condition are no longer able to do their designed function-clean the blood and eliminate the toxins.
Unclean, contaminated blood cannot provide nutrition to the entire body’s cells which of course includes the skin and UN-nourished cells begin to die. The end result of contaminated blood circulating through the body and organs creating an environment ripe for chronic dis-ease. The blood can only contain so much. It either contains nutrition or it contains toxic contaminants.
The skin is the largest eliminative organ in the body. It is quite logical then that the skin will acquire more than its share of these toxins/contaminants trying to be eliminated and various reactions will naturally occur–itching, scratching,chewing, clawing, digging, bleeding, hot spots, bald patches, open wounds, sores, loss of hair, etc..
The body also produces toxins of its own in the form of by-products of digestion and normal metabolism. If the animal’s system is overloaded or malfunctioning, these toxins as well as the environmental toxins are not being completely eliminated. Major organs that are required for the immune system to maintain health, such as the liver, kidneys and digestive tract become overworked and overwhelmed, and in many cases can no longer fully accomplish their tasks of removing the toxins as they were intended to. Toxins accumulate in the inter cellular space (the space between the cells) and metabolic processes are impeded. All of these toxins can lead to blocked enzyme systems and free radical damage, which can result in immune impairment and inflammation. Any system or organ can be affected primarily or secondarily however, since the skin is the largest of the eliminative organs, it does its best to take over when the bowel, liver and kidneys are not able to properly perform their roles.
Itchy skin is just the beginning and in many cases it is normally triggered by toxins “blowing out through the skin.”
As always, I can’t stress enough that the basis and foundation of all health/wellness is bio-available, (raw) wholesome, nutrition. If you are providing the ultimate diet of raw meat, bones and organs but, your dog or cat is itching, having ear infections, etc. most always it because the cells cannot receive the nutrition due to contaminated, toxin ladin blood circulating in its body.
There is only one way to stop your dog’s misery and that is to get to the root cause of the problem–TOXINS and build up the weakened and/or compromised immune system.
Remove the toxins – throw away not only the toxic chemical laden pest and parasite products but be sure to get rid of all household cleaning chemicals, personal care products that are not 100% naturally based ingredients. Stop feeding processed foods and treats – they contain GMOs, metals, preservatives, additives and synthetics. Stop vaccinating (do you know what vaccines contain? All of the toxic chemicals can be replaced with non-toxic, all natural products. Start with proper nutrition in the form of a species appropriate, raw diet (raw meat bones and organs – NO grains or vegetables). This one action step alone is able to do more for your dog or cats overall-health and well being than anything else. The proper nutrition now being available, will provide the the body with true nutrition and energy which are the building blocks necessary to build a balanced immune system and over all health.
Dogs, being carnivores, are not designed or equipped to eat cooked foods in the first place, let alone processed foods, grains and vegetables. Cooking destroys the nutrients and enzymes so by feeding kibble or even canned pet foods to our dog or cat, they are not getting true nutrition. Pet food manufactures tell you that the food is complete and balanced nutrition for your pet and even lists the nutrients on the label. However, these nutrients listed are either what was available PRIOR the processing of the ingredients or it is a list of the synthetic vitamins and minerals that were sprayed onto the end product before sealing the bag. So, if there is any nutrition at all in the processed food, please know that it is not coming from the ingredients of meat, grains and vegetables they started out with since that has all been destroyed by the processing and cooking at the high temperatures used in the processing. This is the reason the majority of kibble and canned fed animals are pretty much starving for nutrition and always begging for more food. They become obese – not from over-feeding as much as from Mal-nutrition.
Strengthen The Immune System
The key to self-healing (yes the body is designed to heal its self but it must be nourished and kept balanced) is a strong defence system (immune system) which protects from everything such as harmful bacteria to out of control cancer cells. More than their mainstream counterparts, animal naturopaths believe that a weak immune system plays a key role in causing disease in the body. For instance, antibiotics will kill harmful bacteria however, they do not discriminate – they kill the “good or friendly” bacteria that make up a large part of the immune system in the process and they do NOT have any affect what so ever on what weakened the immune system in the first place. This is why animal naturopaths such as myself, focus far less on things that cause disease and more on how to restore and maintain wellness.
The chronic diseases we commonly see in animals (and humans) have their basis in an immune system imbalance, e.g. diabetes, allergies, asthma, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, repeated/chronic ear infections, cancer, etc. The body has the ability to heal its self; when the immune system is strong and supported with raw nutrition and the laws of nature and providing we can bring back homeostasis.
Balance the flora (friendly bacteria) throughout your dog’s body
A fact often overlooked in detoxing and promoting balance in the immune system is that 80% of the immune system is housed in the gut. The intestinal tract/gut is often the “first line of defence” for the body and must be in good order for the animal to maintain a healthy immune response.
Beneficial/friendly micro-flora produce short chain fatty acids that modulate the gut pH and provide a source of fuel for the cells lining the gut. This, in turn, strengthens the intestinal cells and helps enhance nutrient absorption. Micro-flora also produce digestive enzymes and synthesize vitamins. One of the most important roles of lactic acid bacteria is to stimulate the immune response in the gut. These micro-flora can directly block attachment of potential pathogens to the intestinal wall. They are also known to modulate the intestinal environment to inhibit the over-growth of potential pathogens and produce immune stimulating factors.
Exercise is actually an immune enhancer. It creates immune enhancing chemicals, and increases oxygen, which helps fight antigens more effectively. In some cases our dogs and cats are not getting as much exercise as they need. Play more games of fetch more often than once a week, take longer, brisker walks. Get the heart rate and respiration up at least once day.
Our dogs and cat companions sadly spend far too much time indoors, they need to be in the sunlight more. Sunlight supports and strengthens the immune system, lowers blood sugar and blood pressure, utilizes calcium and phosphorus, increases red and white blood cells, calms the nerves and increases adrenaline; it reverses jaundice; it increases circulation; and it helps eliminate or “detox” pesticides and other chemicals from the body’s system.
Natural Remedies to ease symptoms (will not remove the cause)
While you are switching to a raw diet and or putting your dog or cat through a detox you may want to use a natural remedy of some kind to help ease the symptoms of itching or discomfort.
We have a few natural products on our website that help and aim to treat the above issues and assist with the detox at the root cause, rather than just addressing the symptoms, CBD which can be bought in store and Colloidal Silver
We also have a natural range of products that will help relieve some of the symptoms too
Wild Wash shampoo for itchy or dry coats is a natural pH balanced pet shampoo with super conditioning and anti-irritating Soybean Phospholipids and Neem; a natural flea deterrent, with its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. Nutrient rich Sea Kelp nourishes and promotes hair growth whilst Aloe Vera soothes and calms.
Wild Wash shampoo for sensitive coats puppies & kittens is a natural pH balanced pet shampoo with super conditioning and anti-irritating Soybean Phospholipids and Neem; a natural flea deterrent, with its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. Nutrient rich Sea Kelp nourishes and promotes hair growth whilst Aloe Vera soothes and calms.