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How to treat itchy skin and skin allergies in dogs and cats

Skin Support Protocol

Over many years of treating skin disease and nutritional research, we have formulated a natural dietary protocol, which assists of solves up to 70% of skin cases.

It targets the cause of the problem, not the symptoms. The protocol focuses on balancing the immune system and providing the 76 macro and micro nutrients required for optimum health. It ensures the dog or cat has the correct
balance of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and boosts the pro-biotic levels in the gut. This natural and logical approach produces fantastic results.

The science behind the skin support protocol

Introducing a unique protein, like preservative free kangaroo meat or lamb tripe often provides a favourable biological response by reducing allergy causes. Dogs and cats are less sensitised to meat they have not been
exposed to.

Preservative free meat ensures that any potential reactions caused by this unnatural preserving process are removed. Kangaroo is also very low in fat and high in meat proteins, which assist greats with overall health and well-being.

Multi strain probiotics supplied by Protexin® have a significant impact on the digestive tract and the immune system. Modern immunology has shown us that a correct balance of probiotic bacteria directly impacts the immune system by correcting imbalances in T Helper cells which can switch off inflammatory mediators that are involved in triggering allergic responses.

Additional Omega 3 essential fatty acids can help to correct imbalance of Omega 3:6 rations, which exert a further anti-inflammatory effect on the immune system.

Additional dietary zinc can correct zinc deficiency which can lead to chronic skin problems and fertility issues. Absorption of zinc can be impacted by diets that contain high levels of vegetable phytates (such as many commercial
dry foods).

High potency natural antioxidants like milk thistle, quercetin, green tea, beta carotene and vitamin C provide essential micronutrients required to remove oxygen free radicals that are produced in everyday metabolic processes. In animals with allergies, free radicals are produced in much larger amounts, and are involved on “over heating” of the skin. Additional dietary antioxidants can block this effect.

Immune modulating ingredients like astragalus and perilla seed (classic Chinese herbs for the immune system) and colostrum (which provided Transfer factor) impact directly on the T Helper cells of the immune system and correct imbalances that result in pro-inflammatory states.

Cost of skin disease in dogs and cats

The cost of skin disease can be immense. The discomfort to the dog or cat, inconvenience and monetary cost of vet visits and the side effects of drugs like cortisone, makes finding a solution a real priority.

Over many years we’ve dealt with dog owners that have spent thousands of dollars on trying to find solutions to the discomfort that their dog or cat faces every day.

On many occasions our simple natural and holistic dietary and supplement solution has ended their discomfort and provided ongoing relief. Their general health, condition and well-being improve also.

The Skin Support Protocol

There are 4 variations of the Skin Support Program. A dog owner can choose which option is preferred based on their desire to use a pre-prepared meat or roll, or to mix their own meat using fresh meat. The Program is conducted for
6-8 weeks followed by continuing a simplified diet long term. To ensure best results all 3 steps are recommended. However, for mild cases, using one or two products will often get results, remembering that diet is most important.

6 to 8 week program. Then, with a diet change, you have a long term sustainable solution.
Important note: Strict compliance to the protocol is critical to its success.

Find products here: Raw 76 Sensitive Skin, HealthRoll Sensitive Skin, Complete Mix Sensitive Skin, Complete Mix Grain Free, Skin & Coat Formula, Omega Blend Oil

Other Skin Support Protocol Information

After 6 to 8 weeks, gradually stop the supplements (Omega Blend Oil or Skin & Coat Formula) one at a time and a least a week apart. Some severe cases need ongoing supplementation to fully control all the signs of the allergy. If the problem persists, see your Veterinarian or the Vets All Natural office. Pets changing from a processed diet to raw food will often experience detoxification (liver releases stored toxins) after about 3 to 4 weeks on the new diet.
This can worsen allergy signs for a week or so, but do not despair; this can be the start of a long term improvement.

Do not wash the pet with soap or medicated washes during the initial 6-8 week program. Shampoos can strip the natural oils from the coat and cause further itching, as well imbalance the natural micro-flora on the skin.

Do not feed any pet treats during the initial 6-8 week period of diet change, as many treats contain artificial colours, flavours and additives that can trigger allergic reactions. However, if a treat is required, use Vets All Natural HealthChews Skin Support as they contain nothing artificial, and have the additional benefit of immune modulating ingredients. Feeding raw bones is a good health practices for all pets. Use kangaroo bones, e.g. roo tails, only for the initial 6-8 week period.

The Complete Mix Grain Free option is perfect for stubborn allergies that do not respond to the Sensitive Skin formula. About 10% of dogs with allergies will respond favourably to a grain/gluten free diet. This Grain Free formula
uses 50% less mix with a higher meat content.

Conclusion

The Vets All Natural products evolved from our frustration in the way skin disease was being treated. This natural, logical and scientific approach continues to satisfy the needs of veterinary practitioners and dog owners alike.
We encourage you to give it a try.

We endeavour to deliver the best information possible on natural health and diets for dogs and cats. Our articles involve contributions from senior veterinarians and are researched thoroughly. They remain the opinion of Vets All Natural however and we would always recommend seeking professional advice specific to your pet from a veterinarian. © Copyright 2015 Vets All Natural. All Rights Reserved

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