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How To Treat Dog Skin Problems Naturally


Is your dog scratching and itching constantly? Our specially formulated supplements address common dog skin problems providing relief from scratching and itching and promoting a healthier coat. Explore our range of allergy supplements for dogs and say goodbye to endless scratching, itching, and chewing.

Here are some ways that supplements can help dog skin problems:


  • Improved Skin Health - Many allergy supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to improve skin and coat health. Omegas are especially helpful for atopic dermatitis, redness, dog dandruff or itchiness due to allergies.

  • Improved Digestive Health - Digestive enzymes and probiotics can be helpful for dogs that experience digestive problems due to allergies.

  • Reduced Allergy Symptoms - By reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system, allergy supplements may help to reduce the symptoms of allergies in dogs, such as itching and scratching, skin irritation, atopic dermatitis, ear infections and digestive problems.


Supplements For Dogs With Itching & Scratching

AllerEazeAllerEaze - All-natural AllerEaze is a dog allergy supplement that contains scientifically proven quercetin, which reduces your dog's histamine response and can take the edge off allergy symptoms. Prescription allergy medications for dogs may provide temporary relief but can have side effects like drowsiness. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that doesn't cause drowsiness and is often referred to as "Nature's Benadryl". AllerEaze is an herbal blend containing quercetin and nettle leaf. Nettle leaf has anti-inflammatory properties that also help relieve dog allergy symptoms. Clients use AllerEaze in combination with Power Probiotic and Olive Leaf Extract for relief for atopic dermatitis and red, irritated skin.


Power ProbioticPower Probiotic - Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for dogs with allergies! Controlling allergies starts with good digestion. The skin is an elimination organ, and so using Power Probiotic is your dog's first defense toward building a strong immune system. Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain probiotic supplement promotes the growth of good, friendly bacteria which boosts your pet's immune system. Because it fights infection and yeast, Power Probiotic is essential if your pet has taken antibiotics. Research* shows probiotic supplements can reduce skin sensitivity and promote the balance of healthy bacteria on the skin to reduce inflammation. Pure and natural. It is especially helpful for pets with skin problems, yeast and allergies. Many pets love the taste of the Power Probiotic!
*Reference: Research study: Health effects of probiotics on the skin. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr.. 2015;55(9):1219-40.


PureOcean Wild OmegasAmazing Omegas
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are one of the best dog allergy supplements because they provide relief for dry, itchy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce the inflammation associated with allergic reactions. They help to maintain the skin barrier and reduce itching to help prevent secondary skin infections caused by excessive scratching. Our high-quality, purified fish oils contain a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids from sardines, anchovies and mackerel.


PureOcean Wild Omegas are concentrated, easy-to-use softgels. They have a natural fishy flavor and many pets love the taste.

Amazing Omegas is our original liquid fish oil supplement for dogs. Processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in a highly bioavailable form, which means increased absorption. It's packed in glass bottles to prevent any chemicals from plastic leaching into the oil. Amazing Omegas are made with a lemon scent and some finicky pets may not like the taste.



Add-On Supplements For Dogs With Skin Infections, Pustules & Redness

Olive Leaf ExtractOlive Leaf Extract For Pets - A natural antibacterial herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times. Helpful for dogs with allergies, ear infections, skin infections and yeast overgrowth (tear-stained eyes, ear discharge, cheesy smell, licking groin, yeasty paws). Dogs use their skin to help remove toxins from their bodies and a build-up of toxins can cause red, itchy and smelly skin. Olive Leaf Extract is a natural alternative to antibiotics prescribed for skin conditions like atopic dermatitis in dogs. Its active ingredient, oleuropein, helps fight against pathogens while causing no harm to healthy bacteria in your pet's gut and mucous membranes. Olive Leaf Extract has antioxidant properties to help relieve the irritation and inflammation caused by skin infections.


NOT Drops
NOT Drops - This is a best seller! NOT Drops is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-infection liquid. This homeopathic remedy is especially important for relieving allergy symptoms. It’s a natural remedy for fighting infections and reducing doggie odor and redness. It controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. These tasteless drops can be easily administered to dogs.



Add-On Supplements For Dogs With Smelly Armpits & Ear Infections

K9 Yeast DefenseK9 Yeast Defense - Many dogs constantly scratch due to an underlying yeast condition. If your dog has had ear infections or a smelly odor, especially on the paws, then use K9 Yeast Defense in conjunction with allergy products. This natural antifungal supplement stops doggie odor, chronic ear infections, licking at the groin and scratching at the ears. K9 Yeast Defense is a safe way to get rid of yeast infection symptoms and support your pet's immune system. Since yeast and bacterial growth go hand in hand, it's best to use K9 Yeast Defense along with NOT Drops and Power Probiotic.

Dakota

"I want to let you know how great Dakota, our Golden Retriever that we rescued, is doing. When we got him, he had bad ear infections that he had for months, and his skin was so black in the armpit and groin areas that we thought it was ground in dirt. He also had acid reflux and would bring up bile several times a day. It has taken several months, but the blackened skin (from yeast) is almost back to normal thanks to K9 Yeast Defense. I wish we had taken “before” pictures of his skin because the difference is remarkable. And, for his acid reflux, we started using your supplements (Power Probiotic, K9 Digestive Enzymes, Gastro ULC and Soothing Digestive Relief). We used to give him Pepcid, but we have been able to slowly wean him off. I can’t forget to mention using your food recommendations. His ears didn’t start to clear up until we got him eating food that he could tolerate. Thank you so much for your supplements and all your help. Dakota is a much happier dog thanks to you!"

Pam & Tim, Pennsylvania


What Can You Feed Dogs With Allergies?


Allergies in dogs can be caused by seasonal allergens (e.g. pollen), food and/or external allergens (e.g. chemical exposure). One of the fastest ways to improve your dog’s constant itching and scratching is to change your dog's diet. Many dogs are allergic to certain meat proteins (like poultry or beef) and common allergens such as corn, milk products, soy, peanut butter and gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains). Poor digestion can also be a root cause of many symptoms related to food allergies in dogs, so we strongly recommend that any pet with allergy symptoms use Power Probiotic as well as a digestive enzyme such as K9 Digestive Enzymes or LypoZyme.

Our dog supplements for skin allergies and seasonal allergies can give your pet long-lasting relief, especially when diet changes are made. Ask Ariel's Pet Nutritionist offered holistic consultations in conjunction with veterinarians at VCA hospitals for over 10 years. Her diets and supplement protocols for dogs with allergies, yeast and skin problems have been recommended by veterinarians nationwide. When ordering allergy supplements for dogs, please include your dog's diet and treats on the order form at checkout. We will include free diet tips for dogs with allergies and skin problems on the packing slip that comes with your order. Our low carbohydrate, novel protein diet tips have been giving dogs anti-itch relief since 2005.


Symptoms of Seasonal & Skin Allergies in Dogs


The symptoms of allergies in dogs can vary depending on the type of allergy and the individual dog's response to the allergen. Here are some common symptoms of allergies in dogs:

  • Itching and scratching
  • Constant licking
  • Odor or smelly skin
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Smelly ears or chronic ear infections
  • Discharge from eyes or nose
  • Hair loss
  • Scabs, bumps or hot spots

Some of these symptoms can also be caused by other health issues, so it's important to have your dog examined by a veterinarian if they exhibit any of these symptoms. A veterinarian can perform diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Beebop

"Thank you so much for the allergy and skin solutions! The NOT Drops alternating with the QUENT Drops not only gave my 15 year old Maltese, Beebop, relief from his respiratory and skin allergy symptoms---these amazing products helped his skin to heal completely and his beautiful hair to return so thickly, he looks like a young pup again. His ear inflammation and "gunk" cleared up and he's happy and frolicking like his "old self". He's living up to that Beebop name and wrestling with our other two Maltese, Bambi and Thumper. For the first time in years, his little tail is back up and curled as he romps around our yard. We are eternally grateful to you and continue to recommend you and your products to all of our pet-owner friends and family."

Debbie, Florida


Dog Allergies & Skin Infections


Dog allergies and skin infections are often closely related. Allergies in dogs can cause a range of symptoms, including itching, redness, and skin irritation, which can lead to secondary skin infections.

When a dog has an allergy, their immune system overreacts to a particular substance, such as pollen, dust mites, or certain foods. This can lead to inflammation and irritation in the skin, which can make the skin more susceptible to infection. Common types of skin infections in dogs include bacterial and yeast infections.

Bacterial infections can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling and sores. Yeast infections can cause symptoms such as itching, redness and a strong "cheesy" odor.

If a dog has an allergy that is causing skin irritation, it's important to address both the allergy and any secondary skin infections that may have developed. Treatment for skin infections often include antibiotics or antifungal medications from your veterinarian.

To prevent chronic skin infections, it's important to control your dog's allergies. Make changes to your pet's diet and environment to reduce exposure to the allergen. Supplements for allergies and skin health may also be recommended by a veterinarian to support the immune system and reduce inflammation, which can help to prevent secondary skin infections.



Types Of Dog Skin Infections


Skin infections are common health issues in dogs. There are several types of skin infections that can affect dogs and the causes and treatments can vary depending on the type of infection. Here are the most common skin infections in dogs:

  • Bacterial Skin Infections - Bacterial skin infections are the most common types of dog skin infections. They are caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Bacterial infections can occur due to allergies, hormonal imbalances, poor grooming, fungal infections, or parasite infestations. The symptoms of bacterial infections include redness, swelling, and itchiness of the skin, hair loss, and scabs. Veterinarians usually prescribe oral or topical antibiotics for bacterial skin infections in dogs.

  • Yeast Skin Infections - Yeast skin infections are caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. The causes of these infections can include allergies, hormonal imbalances or underlying health conditions. The symptoms of dog yeast skin infections include redness, itching, and a greasy coat. Yeast skin infections are commonly treated with topical or oral antifungal medication prescribed by a veterinarian.

  • Fungal Skin Infections - Fungal skin infections, also known as dermatophytosis or ringworm, are caused by fungi such as Microsporum and Trichophyton. They are highly contagious to other pets and can be transmitted to humans. They are common in dogs and cats with weak immune systems or those living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Fungal infections typically manifest as circular, bald patches on the skin, which may be itchy and scaly. Sometimes, the skin may become red or inflamed. Veterinary treatment for fungal skin infections involves antifungal medication and topical creams.

  • Parasitic Skin Infections - Parasitic skin infections are caused by external parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Common parasites that cause skin infections in dogs include Demodex and Sarcoptes mites. Parasites can cause skin irritation, itching, hair loss and infection. The treatment for parasitic skin infections involves eliminating the parasites with medication and preventing reinfestations with flea and tick preventatives and regular grooming.

A balanced diet, supplements that boost the immune system and support skin health and regular grooming can help prevent dog skin problems. If your pet is showing symptoms of a skin infection, it is essential to consult a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.

Bella

"Thanks so much for your wonderful allergy products. Bella is doing so well with the AllerEaze, Power Probiotic and Gastro ULC."

Lustig Family, New Jersey


Common Dog Skin Problems


Dogs can have multiple types of skin problems at the same time. They may have atopic dermatitis, seasonal allergies or food intolerances and the symptoms can all be similar. Here are some of the most common allergy responses in dogs:

  • Scratching Constantly, Red & Irritated Skin - Usually a result of food or environmental allergies. A pet with seasonal and environmental allergies will tend to itch and scratch more at certain times of the year. Dogs respond to allergens, both environmental and food, with an inflammatory skin response. When your pet is constantly licking, chewing and biting on the same area, the skin can become red and irritated and sometimes atopic dermatitis can turn into a skin infection.

  • Itchy Ears, Smelly Ears, Brown Ear Discharge, Head Shaking, Head Tilting - Can be a sign of an ear infection. When dogs have allergies, they tend to develop inflammation and heat in the ears, head, neck and feet. This inflammation increases the chance of yeast overgrowth and infection. Ear infections are not only stinky, they are uncomfortable for your pet, as most dogs will paw or scratch at their ears to alleviate the pressure and itch. The symptoms can be painful and smelly and often become a chronic problem. Click here to learn more about ear infections in dogs.


  • Butt Scooting - Ever notice your dog rubbing its butt along the carpet? That's a sign that it is trying to scratch an itch or alleviate pain. Allergies and inflammation can lead to anal sacculitis (inflammation of the anal sacs). The anal sacs are intended to be emptied each time a dog has a bowel movement, enabling your dog to mark its territory. Impacted anal glands can be smelly and result from genetic malformation or bowel irregularities, such as constipation. Food allergies and yeast are often contributing factors. Many dogs that scoot their butts have digestive problems and are eating foods with ingredients that cause intestinal inflammation and yeast overgrowth. Most owners find that by making changes to the diet and by adding a few supplements, they can help to relieve the itching. Amazing Omegas can help reduce inflammation and make bowel movements easier. Power Probiotic helps to repopulate good flora in your dog's intestines, boosting immune function and reducing odors overall.

  • Hair Loss & Dry or Red Skin - Hair Loss is typically thought to be caused by fleas and mites. Many pets that don’t have fleas or mites will scratch their fur out because of food and environmental allergies. They will scratch in one area until the fur is missing. This can cause red, inflamed skin and lead to secondary infections. Click here to learn more about hair loss in dogs.

  • Licking & Chewing The Groin, Biting Privates - Constant licking & chewing at the groin is frequently a sign of yeast and allergies. If your pet is licking its genitals frequently, it is important to be sure that your pet doesn't have a urinary tract infection first, as this is also a symptom of a UTI. Pets can get yeast overgrowth due to too many carbohydrates in the diet, treatments with steroids or antibiotics or food allergies. Click here to lean more about licking & chewing the groin.

  • Dandruff, Itchy Dry Skin, Flaky Skin - Dandruff is more than just a cosmetic issue in pets. It can be a sign of an underlying condition, such as allergies or an endocrine condition. Dandruff and dry, itchy skin can be exacerbated by low water intake and a lack of omega-3 fatty acids. Click here to learn more about dog dandruff.


  • Tear Stains, Red/Brown Discoloration, Eye Discharge - We all want our pets to look their best and tear stains can be discouraging. Breeds such as Maltese, Poodles and Chihuahuas are more likely to have tear stains below the eyes. The red or brown discoloration comes from iron-containing molecules called porphyrins that your body produces when it breaks down iron. These porphyrins are excreted through the gastrointestinal tract, urine, saliva and tears. Tear stains are not just cosmetic though. Tear stains can be caused by blocked tear ducts, infection, allergies or yeast. Please check with your veterinarian to be sure your pet does not have an eye infection or blocked tear ducts. Many times pets have excessive tear staining due to allergies (food and environmental), viruses or a yeast overgrowth. Brown tear stains that have an odor are often a sign of yeast. Ask Ariel's K9 Yeast Defense contains natural anti-fungal ingredients, such as caprylic acid, Pau d'arco and oregano, to kill off yeast and help rebalance the intestinal tract. Adding Power Probiotic helps to repopulate good flora in your dog's intestines, boosting immune function and reducing odors overall.

  • Skin Tag, Small "Pimple-Like" Growths - Skin growths, like skin tags or pimples, are often diagnosed as mast cell tumors, especially in older dogs. Mast cell tumors are the most common type of skin cancer in dogs. Mast cells are immune cells that respond to allergies and irritations in the skin. They contain chemicals such as histamine and heparin, which are released during an inflammatory or allergic reaction. A sudden histamine release can cause swelling, vascular changes and inflammation. They can form a tumor or growth when they begin to multiply abnormally. Click here to learn more about mast cell tumors in dogs.

  • Diarrhea, Vomiting, Inappetence - Allergies can cause serious digestive upset in some pets. While this type of reaction is more common with food allergies, some dogs are more sensitive. The majority of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract, so it is very important to keep your pet's microbiome in balance. Click here to learn more about digestive relief for dogs.

Need Help?

We understand how hard it is when your dog is suffering from allergies, and we will do all we can to help. It can be confusing when trying to understand which dog supplements would be appropriate for your pet. For more help finding the best natural remedies for dog allergies, please email us at [email protected]. Please note that we cannot provide consultative advice due to veterinary regulations, but we will be happy to provide articles and information so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for your dog.



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Cat & Dog Allergies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if my dog has allergies?

Common symptoms of allergies in dogs are constant scratching, itching, licking especially of the paws, chewing, red bumps and rashes, hot spots, hair loss and ear infections. Dogs with food allergies may experience digestive problems such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Why is my dog itching and scratching?

Excessive itching is called pruritus and it can be caused by environmental or food allergies, fleas, ticks, parasites, bacterial or yeast infections, dry skin or mast cell tumors. It’s very important to bring your dog to the veterinarian to get a diagnosis, especially since there are so many different causes of scratching and itching.

Why is my dog always scratching but doesn't have fleas?

Fleas aren’t the only reason that dogs scratch themselves. Many dogs itch and scratch due to allergies or dry skin. Diet is also an important cause of itching and skin problems in dogs. Feeding a hypoallergenic, novel protein diet is helpful. Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil relieves inflammation, helps allergy symptoms and can give dogs a lustrous, shiny coat.

What can I give my dog for allergies over the counter?

The best natural remedy for dog allergies is quercetin. It has been referred to as a natural “Benadryl”. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that suppresses the histamine response that causes the itch and inflammation. AllerEaze is an herbal blend of quercetin and nettle leaf to provide powerful antihistamine relief to dogs and cats with allergy symptoms such as excessive scratching and itching, constant licking, red skin, hair loss and hot spots.

What can I give my cat for allergies?

Quercetin is helpful for cat allergies. Quercetin naturally reduces the histamine response. A probiotic is also very important for cat allergies as food allergies are a common culprit for cat allergy symptoms.

How can you help cat or dog itchy skin?

The fastest way to help your cat or dog with itchy skin is from the inside out. Many pets with dry or itchy skin have allergies and the food they are eating can be the biggest culprit. Dogs and cats can be allergic to many common meat proteins and ingredients such as corn, soy and gluten. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been scientifically shown to be helpful for allergies. Many commercial pet foods do not contain a sufficient amount of omega-3s. Adding a few supplements to your pet’s regimen to reduce allergy symptoms can also give them much needed relief from constant scratching and itching.

What is a natural hot spot treatment for dogs and cats?

Most topical hot spot treatments will only work temporarily to ease the itching and redness. The best natural hot spot treatment is to determine the source of the itch. Pets that suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies do not get runny noses or watery eyes like people, their immune systems respond with itchy skin, redness and hives. Your cat or dog may constantly bite and lick, creating hot spots. The best way to prevent hot spots and allergies is to avoid the triggers. Many pet foods, even premium brands, contain ingredients that your dog or cat may be sensitive to. It is important to read the labels to see what is really in the food and to add natural supplements, like Power Probiotic to boost the immune system, AllerEaze to suppress the histamine response and Amazing Omegas to reduce inflammation.