First: The information below is not intended to take the place of vet care or common sense. It assumes that the pet is otherwise healthy, this information is to be used in conjunction with conventional veterinary care.
Many dogs who have been diagnosed with allergies, can also be suffering from systemic yeast overgrowth. The typical conventional treatment of antibiotics and steroids only address symptoms not the underlying cause.
Kramer suffered from allergies, but our other dog Auggie tends to be susceptible to yeast overgrowth.
A gut that is affected by yeast overgrowth tends to also develop chronic illness like bladder and ear infections (this also happens with people as well.) Malassezia pachydermatis is a yeast commonly found in the ears and on the skin of dogs, a healthy immune system, 80% of which is in the gut, keeps them in check. But once that balance is disrupted the cycle of itching, hot spots, vet visits begin.
So how in the world does this happened and what can be done about it?
This process usually starts with antibiotics -
Antibiotics are necessary and life saving so I am not saying to ignore veterinary care, but many do not understand the need to rebuild the gut flora after use.
About two weeks after antibiotic use we start to see ear infections with its smelly discharge (which leads to more antibiotics) itching, hair loss, endless scratching.....blacken skin...sores, hot spots, and a very distinctive stinky smell. Which leads to more trips to the vet, vague diagnosis of allergies, and or fleas - and expensive vet bought food (with by products ) that the dog will not eat.
Kramer would eat anything (he once stole tofu) but would never touch the foul smelling expensive prescription diets.
This is the protocol I have found that works for the dogs in my life..
Kramer, I need some help here. I have one itchy pup. Vet suspects seasonal allergies. The itchiest area on Mattie is her belly. Will you salve help keep her from itching, especially at night when she should be sleeping?
Kramer's Salve: Hello Janice, yes Kramer's Salve can help with itching and preventing any hot spot from becoming infected. Simply clean the itchy area with a gentle shampoo and apply twice daily,...See More
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Janice: Both Mattie's regular vet and the vet nutritionist do not think it is food as Mattie doesn't have any symptoms that go along with the food allergy (vomiting, diarrhea, etc). They ...See More
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Kramer's Salve: you are welcome, from my experience food allergy does not necessarily include vomiting or diarrhea but your vet will know your pet best. Also bathing as often as possible can cause dry skin and itchiness (think of when our skin is dry how it feels.)
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Janice: The shampoo that I'm using is sold only at the vet's office and has oatmeal in it which is supposed to be good for the skin. I agree that food could still play a roll, but Mattie ...See More
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Kramer's Salve: look for ingredients like by products, wheat, corn and soy - they typically case the most problems. also the probiotics in organic yogurt can replenish Mattie's stomach flora whic...See More
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Janice: Should it be plain yogurt? I'll have to look for some and see if Mattie likes it. How much would you give to a pup? Have any particular brand that your pal likes?
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Kramer's Salve: Kramer use to eat anything, pickles, tofu, and some other stuff he shouldn't have. So all I had to do was feed it to him directly. But anything flavored (and taste like "ice cream") usually worked. Also they really need one or two teaspoons per day, for about 7/14 days- anything else is a bonus. But My brood is partial to Stonyfield Farms vanilla and strawberry and ate it as a treat at least once a week. If you want to really have Mattie make a mess, you can freeze it as well :) Quite a few quality dog foods will also have probiotics in them as well. They are usually listed in the ingredients as "Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product"
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Please check out Dr Kim Bloomer's blog and her product review of Kramer's Salve....thank you Dr Bloomer
Hello, I am Joy, Kramer's mom.