Itchy pet? The 3-step plan to save them!

Are you tearing your hair out at costly vet bills? Are you worried about the side effects of cortisone and other skin medications that your pet is taking?
Avoid the nasty side effects of cortisone or other conventional medications used to treat skin allergies and skin reactions.
Rather act NOW and use our 3-Step plan of action that will save them in the long run!

Starting today - The 3 Step Plan of Action!

Step 1

Support the immune system. The skin is part of the immune system (which is why it is susceptible to allergies!). Strengthen the skin by starting Skin & Coat Tonic now and keep Allergy Itch Ease handy for flare up days (see our 10 % saving when you buy Skin & Coat Tonic and Allergy Itch Ease together). An animal that has strong skin integrity and a stable healthy immune system is less likely to develop allergies in the first place. Continue with Skin and Coat Tonic right through spring and into summer. If you notice itchy days, increase the frequency of the dosage of Allergy Itch Ease. Remember the object is to quickly address the itchiness as soon as you notice it with  Allergy Itch Ease. All the while, continue with the Skin and coat Tonic every day. For further information read our article on pet immunity here.

Step 2

Assess your animal's diet - this is all too often a culprit. Money spent on good quality natural food for your pets is far better than costly vet bills down the road! Choose a good quality pet food especially formulated for skin problems or try to switch to a natural or raw food diet and watch to see if the itching lessens (Vondi's have a great natural pet food formulation especially for sensitive pets available at our store, Unit 6, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town. We also stock Doggobone raw food). 021 797 0193. Our article on raw food tips can be read here.

Step 3

Start a flea program! It takes just one flea to spark an allergic reaction for your poor pet! Flea saliva is the cause of flea bite dermatitis, a skin condition that causes severe itching, redness and inflammation of the skin. The more your poor pet itches, the worse it becomes. You NEED to control fleas (and worms) for your pet. Unfortunately, there are no natural medicines to completely eradicate fleas and so a thorough flea program, such as frontline, is recommended. To counter-act the side effects of any flea program, use Immunity and Liver Support Capsules for best results. Remember to wash ALL bedding, toys and collars in boiling water with natural detergent. Spray skirting boards and fumigate carpets too! To soothe inflamed skin, try giving your pet an oatmeal rinse - the recipe can be found here.

Other factors to consider:

1. Grass

Issue: This is a tough one, but yes, pets may develop an allergy to the lawn. Many pets are so distressed by the itching that they land up inside and rubbing against any carpets or furniture to help alleviate that awful itch!
Solution: Firstly, have your pet stay indoors and see if the itching improves. If this is the case, limit time outdoors or gently wipe down your pet with a cloth before they enter the house to remove grass particles. If they are extremely sensitive to grass, you may need to section off the garden and pave it or lay down stones instead. Many pet owners who struggle with this issue tend to also remove carpeting and lay down tiles or laminate flooring to stop their animals rubbing themselves raw on carpeting. Make sure your animals bedding is washed with natural detergent.

2. Toxins

Issue: The environment itself can be the enemy. Pollution in the air, water and even the garden soil all contribute to animal allergies.
Solution: Make sure your pet has clean, filtered water daily. Feed a diet of clean, natural or organic food and make sure your pet is not fed any toxic foods (see our article on pet toxins here). Don't smoke around your pet and use natural pest control in the garden. Make sure all chemicals used in the house are locked away, or use natural cleaning products instead. Your pet may also benefit greatly from a gentle detox. 

3. Stress

Issue: Have you ever been very stressed and your skin has flared up or you find you develop eczema when you are feeling stressed? The same can often be said for pets. Stress can build up slowly in the animal system and reach breaking point, presenting as skin distress. On the other hand, it may also just suddenly become an issue - cats can start to lick continuously or dogs will scratch and lick when stressed. 
Solution: Try to determine the cause - perhaps a carnet door backfires every morning. Perhaps your pet is suffering with separation anxiety? If you cannot find the cause, try a natural calming aid, like Petcalm, to balance stress levels and normalise stress hormones in the animal body.


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