When Sydney and Rodrigo were puppies, they itched a lot after being outside. We were told that this could be due to the growing mushrooms in the yard. We added ground flax seed to their diet and the itching stopped. Now, 2 years later, they have itchy paws during hay fever season (Spring and Summer) and our veterinarian approved Benedryl.
When I was at Poochapalooza, a dog walked by my booth who had very dry skin and I overheard dog lovers sharing tips to give relief to dogs with itchy skin. I was tempted to jump in and share my two cents, but decided (for once) to just listen. It was interesting how quickly the subject turned to dog food. I would have loved to recommend Life’s Abundance, but they only have a chicken formula and while publishing Keep the Tail Wagging I’ve learned that some dogs are allergic to chicken. Say it isn’t so!
So when I got back to my computer, I sent out inquiries to dog owners to find out what they’re feeding their dogs and I’m excited to share this with you. One thing I’ve learned in my 6 months of promoting Life’s Abundance is that people are pretty loyal to their brand – if it’s working for their dog, then who am I to tell them to change? You’ll find that people have found success with several brands…
Update: In April 2013, we switched our dogs to a raw food diet. This post has been updated to remove food and treats that we no longer feed to our dogs.
Foods and Supplements that Offer Relief to Dogs with Itchy Skin
I, like the person who you saw at the dog show, have a dog who had unbearably itchy skin. The poor thing was itching on her sides so often that she barely had a chance to lie down and relax–her feet were always up on her sides! Not only was it bothersome to her, but the sounds of her itching kept us up throughout the night as well. I did some research and saw that fish oil was known to help a dog’s coat and skin. I immediately went out and bought some, and after a week’s time, I noticed
a huge difference. My dog could finally be herself again! ~ Alex Ota, TenFingers4Paws
Cook at Home
Sonya Fitzpatrick, the pet psychic, has a lot of experience with dogs and skin allergies. She recommends putting them on a diet or white rice and poached white fish for two weeks. It clears the skin right up! Sonya makes most of her dog’s food and has a number of other recipes to keep their coats and teeth shiny and healthy. Click HERE for recipes on Keep the Tail Wagging.
Ruth Roberts, certified in Traditional Chinese medicine food therapy, shared a standard crock pot recipe* that can be adjusted based on an individual pet’s Traditional Chinese medical pattern. Because it is real food cooked and high in moisture, helps dry itchy skin. Ruth also recommends using a vitamin supplement with the food to help prevent nutritional imbalances and calcium to prevent bone imbalances.
* Before using this recipe, please review it with your veterinarian to ensure proper nutrition.
Now it’s your turn!
If you’ve managed to combat itchy skin by changing your dogs diet, I’d love to hear what you did, the food you chose, and how it worked out? Share your tips in the comments below for others who may be in the same boat. Thanks!