Skin Problems

Skin Problems

Skin is the largest organ in the body, but is often overlooked by pet parents until their dog develops a skin condition, but this can really impact on their quality of life and make them feel miserable.

Chronic skin complaints are one of the most common health problems seen in dogs and they almost always result from a deeper problem with your dog’s immune system or toxins in their body.

What do skin problems look like?

Skin problems can be caused by allergies, skin infections, over-grooming (licking), fleas and ticks, wounds and hormone problems, and these can have similar clinical signs, despite having different causes.

  • Itching / scratching
  • Bald patches
  • Dull coat
  • Dry flakes / dandruff
  • Redness, inflamed areas
  • Rashes
  • Hot spots
  • Smelly, weeping areas
  • Colour change on the coat
  • Lesions and scabs
  • Swellings or lumps
  • Chewing or licking their feet

Ways to help your dog with skin problems

Step 1 – Identify if the issue needs veterinary intervention.

The health of your dog’s skin is an indicator of your dog’s deeper health … dog skin conditions are often the first sign of immune disease. Even though dog skin conditions appear to be superficial, they run much deeper. This means you’ll need to treat the inside of your dog to see changes on his outside.

If your dog has obvious issues like weeping sores or lumps, then speaking to your vet is essential to help identify the cause and severity of the issue that may require allopathic support in the form of medications.

If you learn that the cause of your dog’s issues are environmental (e.g. dust or grass allergies) or bites from fleas or ticks then it helps to look at their home, garden and walking areas to see if you can help to cut down on their exposure to the triggers. Some vets may offer a treatment that switches off the ‘I’ve got an itch’ message to the brain, but this simply masks the problem and although it may reduce or eliminate the scratching, it doesn’t deal with the cause.

If your dog has less than ideal skin and coat quality, or they itch more than normal, or chew their paws, then looking holistically at your dog’s wellbeing is a good first step and may not fall within your vets field of expertise. To get to the root cause of the issue you may need to support your dogs whole body system to find relief.

Step 2 – Make changes to their lifestyle to reduce the issue

The single best way to help an itchy dog is to feed them a ‘clean’ diet, free from preservatives, colourings or other chemicals, and avoiding starchy carbohydrates as much as is possible as they can aggravate skin conditions.  If you aren’t sure how best to approach this for your dog then a Dog Food Review will help you understand what’s in your dog’s current food, and what they might actually need for optimum health.

You can help your dog to detoxify by using a range of herbs to support their gut, liver, lymphatics and kidneys to do their job properly and clean out any toxins from that they haven’t been able to expel, which may be causing a build up of problems. Having access to all the range of herbs that may be required, and knowing which your dog needs is expensive and complex, but during a Herbal Self-Medication session, your dog can choose from the wide range of detox herbs they need and help you identify what you need to offer to support them longer-term.

Last, but not least, reduce any stress in the humans and dogs in the household. Emotional stress is a big trigger for skin conditions. Relaxing therapies such as Reiki can help your dog to really relax and let go of any emotional traumas that are triggering recurring skin problems.

Skincare Package One


Educate & Enquire

  • Understand what makes a good dog food so you can make an educated choice.
  • One question animal communication session to ask your dog what would help.

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Skincare Package Two


Educate & Relax

  • Understand what makes a good dog food so you can make an educated choice.
  • Distance Reiki healing (60 mins) to help your dog relax and release issues.

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Skincare Package Three


Educate & Heal

  • Understand what makes a good dog food so you can make an educated choice.
  • Herbal Self-Medication to help your dog cleanse and restore their body systems.*

Save £10
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* It is likely that your dog will need at least two herbal sessions to see improvements in skin and coat health.

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