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7 Home Remedies for Your Dog


When you're feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can use similar, simple home remedies to treat allergies in dogs, ailments in dogs, and other canine annoyances, too? with some simple home remedies too? Below you will find seven great natural remedies for making your dog happy and healthy again, whether they are suffering from allergies, dehyrdation, fleas, and more.


1. Vitamin E for Dogs with Dry Skin

Have you ever wondered how to treat dry skin on dogs? Vitamin E is good for preventing those pesky age lines on your face, and it's also great for your dog's dry skin. You can give your pup a doggy massage by applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin, a soaking bath with vitamin E added to the water, or you can go all "Hollywood" and pop your dog a pill (of vitamin E, that is). 


If you give the vitamin orally, check with your vet on the recommended dosage for your specific dog breed. 


2. Electrolyte-Replacing Liquids for Diarrhea and Vomiting

Flavorless electrolyte-replacing liquids, such as sports waters or pediatric drinks, not only help athletes to replenish fluids, and babies to rehydrate after an illness, they can also supply your sick pooch's body with much needed fluids after a bout of diarrhea or vomiting


Consult your veterinarian as to the appropriate dosage amounts when giving these types of liquids to your dog. 


3. Yogurt and Acidophilus for Dogs

Deliciously plain yogurt is a healthy treat for your dog. Just as with humans, the live acidophilus in the yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog's intestines in balance, so that bad bacteria is swiftly knocked out. If your dog is on antibiotics, a little yogurt will also help keep yeast infections at bay (a common side-effect of antibiotic treatment). You can also give your dog acidophilus pills -- wrapping the pills in bacon is strictly optional. 


Puppies are especially prone to yeast infections, so a little plain yogurt as a snack (or even dessert) can help keep things in balance; especially useful while the intestinal system is building immunities. 


4. Chamomile Tea for Dogs

Chamomile tea uses the natural disinfecting effects of the chamomile plant to settle upset doggy tummies. It is recommended for colic, gas, and anxiety. It can also alleviate minor skin irritations. Just chill in the fridge and spray onto the affected area on the dog's raw skin. Your dog should feel an immediate soothing effect as the chilled tea kills the yeast and/or bacteria on the skin. A warm (not hot) tea bag can also be used for soothing infected or irritated eyes.




5. Oatmeal to Stop Your Dog from Itching

An itchy dog can be quite an annoyance, especially as it goes around scratching itself on any piece of furniture it can reach. But don't blame your dog, sometimes they're ircy because of allergies and can't help but to scratch. If your pup is itchy, forget the backscratcher! Finely ground oatmeal is a time-honored remedy for irritated skin. You can use baby oatmeal cereal or grind it yourself in a food processor. Stir the oatmeal into a bath of warm water and let your dog soak in the healing goodness. Your dog will thank you, trust us. Dogs with skin allergies, infections, and other diseases which cause itchiness have been shown to gain immediate relief with this approach, too. 


6. Epsom Salt Bath for Dogs' Wounds

Dogs can be like kids at times, and as such they are bound to suffer from wounds and the occasional unexplained swelling. Try treating these ailments with Epsom salt soaks and heat packs next time. A bath consisting of Epsom salt and warm water can help reduce the swelling and the healing time, especially when combined with prescribed antibiotics and veterinary supervision. Be sure that your pet does not ingest Epsom salt, however, as it can be very harmful. Also, do not bathe your pet in Epsom salt if there are open wounds.


If soaking your dog in an Epsom salt bath twice a day for five minutes isn't convenient or practical, a homemade heat pack using a clean towel drenched in the same warm-water solution can be applied to wounds for the same effect. 


7. Flea Home Remedies

Does your dog have fleas? Some dogs are allergic to flea bites and just one can cause them to itch for days. Never fear. Before turning to the big guns, try some borax powder. The standard stuff at the store will work wonders on fleas by poking holes in their crunchy insect exoskeletons. A good way to make sure those parasitic suckers get annihilated is to sprinkle the borax on your floor, and then sweep or vacuum up the excess. The invisible borax crystals left behind will kill the fleas and you won't even have to lift a finger. It's inexpensive and practically non-toxic compared to an appointment with the exterminator, just make sure that your dog does not ingest any borax.


To relieve the dog's allergies and repel fleas in its fur, try a simple solution of lemon water. Fleas are repelled by citrus, so this can work both as a flea preventive, and for making your dog smell clean and refreshing. A useful solution can be made by pouring boiled water over lemons and allowing them to steep over night. This solution can then be applied all over your dog's skin using a fresh spray bottle. And, the tried and true Brewer's yeast method cannot be left out. Brewer's yeast can be given as part of a regular diet in powdered form, sprinkled over the dog food, or in tablet form, perhaps wrapped in a small slice of bacon or cheese.


Home (or holistic) remedies aren't just for tree huggers anymore. It's important to take care of your dog from  day to day, not just when it's feeling a little under the weather, and the best way to maintain the best health is often the most natural way. But most of all, it'll help keeping your "baby" from crying like a hound dog. 


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  • home remedies
    05/23/2013 12:58am

    I wish there were 50 different home remedies in this column, vets are sooo expensive. non-toxic suggestions that have worked for others would be wonderful.
    my dog has a skin condition that is worsening despite over $2,000 in vet bill and meds. I feel I could fix him myself if I just had some ideas of where to start.

    tried the oatmeal and vitamin e suggestions here, need more.

  • 05/30/2013 04:27pm

    are you feeding your dog dry or canned dog food?

  • 06/01/2013 03:54am

    mgp - he eats what i do - grilled chees sand. bites, turkey thighs, hamburger, weiners, beef jerky. when I tried to change his diet he refused to eat it. after 3 days i got scared and went back to people food.

    I do worry about the salt in jerky but it is his afternoon snack - he will go stand by his jerky bin at the same time every afternoon. he is so spoiled will refuse to eat steak somtimes - but will always eat his jerky.
    wish there were a way i could stop the jerky - but how? has been the highlight of his day for 6 years.

  • 06/02/2013 04:51pm

    There are many "jerky-like" dog treats on the market without all of the salt, your dog is bound to like one of them!

  • 06/02/2013 07:11pm

    thanks 2teach - I have tried everydog snack on the market, he turns his nose up at them. pupperoni, t-bonz. rawhide chews. u name it, I have tried it.

    I have to come up with something to replace the jerky that he likes tho - all that salt does bother me, and I suspect it may be his problem.

    so far on my list is sardines and hillshire sausage ropes. something he will regard as a treat and never gets for dinner. help! can you think of anything?

    this is going to be hard. his jerky is the highlight of his day. I will rapidly taper him off if I can come up with a couple replacements to add in and slowly eliminate the jerky. thanks, chris

  • 06/13/2013 10:06pm

    Wait... you're going to switch from jerky to sausage? Sausage has a ton of sodium too!! If you're REALLY worried that he will die of depression without his daily jerky, then you should start making your own jerky with NO added sodium. You can use a food dehydrator or you can use your oven on a really low setting. Just Google 'make jerky for dogs' and you will find all sorts of tips on how to do it.
    Honestly, I don't want to be mean, but you are killing him with the foods you are giving him. I'm not trying to judge you, so please don't take it that way. We all love spoiling our babies. But these processed foods have to stop for the sake of his health! It's okay to feed him homemade food... many people do. But the homemade food needs to be specially made for him, with only ingredients that are healthy for dogs. Research homemade food for dogs to get some healthy ideas. There are many books and websites with many simple recipes.

  • 06/16/2013 12:05am

    thanks pam, i really took your comments to heart. he depends on me for his health and the food that is put in front of him. I have to find an alternative. I am doing the research you suggested and am pricing dehydrators. I hope they come with instructions. is a new concept for me, but sure makes sense.

  • 11/28/2015 10:50am

    Thank you for being a nice person :c)

  • 09/29/2013 12:03am

    You might also want to get out of the Grocery store and into a pet store for treats, and food. There are dog treats out there that are literally 'jerky' just without out the sodium and chemicals that are bad for the dogs. Chicken jerky strips, Duck, are especially good.

    Also, you might try the BARF diet if he eats human food. Real food isn't bad for your dog as long as it's not loaded with the salt and such that we would put in our food. I mean frankly it's not so good for us either.

  • 05/16/2014 07:08pm

    You can buy a food dehydrator at walmart and make your own Jerky. Just pick the meat and slice it thin, pop it in the dehydrator early in the morning and by the evening you'll have jerky with no salt.

  • 09/09/2014 05:06pm

    Have you tried giving him something like smoked salmon, it does have a bit of salt as well but is balanced out with the omega 3's that are great for skin. My dog has severe dry skin and actually gets to the point where he chews off his fur trying to itch the skin i feed him a little piece of smoked salmon daily and use coconut oil directly on his skin everyday I just rub it all over him using my hands. And since then his fur has grown back and he itches less. Also, try looking for wellness bites at your local dog store they are a bit pricey but they are real meat you can smell how fresh it is they also help deliver a lot of nutrients to your dog. Its my dogs favorite treat!

  • 09/09/2014 10:34pm

    The smoked salmon is a great idea. My little boy has no teeth(had to have them pulled last year) so this should work well. Thanks!_

  • 09/01/2015 05:42pm

    @Bell Lauralee -My one dog was scratching all the time and had little white flecks on his hair. He has been to the vet's and his skin is a bit dry. I bought an Omega 3 supplement on Chewy.com and put it in both dogs food. It's a soft pill and I just through it in their food in the morning. The white flecks are gone and the scratching has definitely disappeared.

  • 12/17/2014 01:20pm

    scrufalu, make your own jerky, by dehydrating meat in the oven on a low temp, and don't add anything to it. when it is completely dry freeze it in bags and take out to thaw what you want to give him for the day.

  • 10/03/2013 06:34pm

    I know I'm "late to the party" on this, but I thought I would share some ideas.....

    I have 2 dogs a bullmastiff and an english bulldog. Both of my doggies have super sensitive skin, and digestive tracts. I had tried every type of dog food on the market and my dogs were still itchy, stinky and had lack luster fur.....So I did some internet research and found Nature's Variety. This food is AMAZING.

    If your pooch doesn't like dry dog food try adding some hot water and let it soften up or at the beginning try mixing a little of what you are eating with the dog food. Until he is only eating the dog food....

    After a WEEK on Nature's Variety, my dogs' coats were shiny, their eyes were brighter, and they weren't itchy and flaky. And even better they didn't have a "doggie" smell.

    It is a little more expensive. But you feed them less because it's a higher quality food. I feed my dogs the limited ingredient turkey--Google 5 star dog foods.

  • 02/24/2015 08:33pm

    wow - Just ordered it. My dog is itching so bad! My little Bichon!!

    Thanks I hope it works for her!

  • 09/23/2014 05:28pm

    You can now get low sodium jerky and turkey jerky also make your own. It's simple to make you can use a dehydrator or your oven. Their are hundreds of recipes online and many animal friendly recipes. Making your own will also save you lots of money.

  • 10/12/2014 02:33pm

    I realize this is old news at this point, but maybe it will still help someone. When I changed my dog's diet, he wouldn't eat it at first. I added a bit of olive oil and stirred it up to cover the kibble (Blue Buffalo). He loves the olive oil, and it's good for his skin as well.

  • 08/19/2015 05:15am

    I make my own jerky by slicing chicken breast or beef fairly thin and using my dehydrator. No salt. You can bake in at 200 degrees until it dries out.

  • 08/19/2015 08:20pm

    thanks -you helped me find this thead again! will dog still like with no marinade? cant think of a healthy marinade a dog would like - made soy sauce and brown sugar and no-salt seasoning for thin-sliced sirloin strips and made jerky in long lowtemp vented oven. he loved it as much as jack links people jerky, but felt guilty bout marinade...

  • 09/02/2015 02:40am

    My 3 rescue dogs love the "jerky" I make. I have used thinly slicked turkey breast, chicken breast, and also deer and beef liver. I don't add anything. I just either use my dehydrator or a 200 degree oven until it is dried out. I also rinse them with diluted apple cider vinegar. Fortunately, I have not had any flea problems in several years, but when I did, I bathed them with sensitive skin oatmeal shampoo for dogs, rinsed the shampoo out, rinsed again with 1/3 apple cider vinegar + 2/3 water. After they were dry, I rubbed food grade diatomaceous earth into their coats and sprinkled it on their freshly washed beds. Have not had a flea problem since. I also feed them 1/3 can of sardines mixed in their Halo dog food 3-4 times a month as well as part of a plain baked sweet potato.

  • 11/26/2015 12:14pm


  • 01/03/2016 02:13pm

    If you are going to feed jerky, maybe get a dehydrator and make your own. Do not use the stuff made in China. It is a death sentence...

  • 06/02/2013 04:45pm

    My dog was starting to have some lameness in his right hind leg so I was searching the web to find a natural supplement to help with this condition. I came across a product called "Nzymes" that not only has helped with my dogs lameness, but I think his skin and ear infections as well.

    There were many testimonies of dog owners who's pets had various skin issues, some severe, where "Nzymes" helped cure the problem. I would check out their web site www.nzymes.com. Good luck!

  • 06/02/2013 07:23pm

    thanks - I did check it out, even emailed them. I havent ruled out their program, which is long and expensive.
    I want to get rid of this long-standing jerky habit first, just in case.
    prob is, everything i come up with (hillshire and sardines) has salt too.
    perhaps i should fix him a lil hamburger patty every day at snack time - he could smell it cooking and perhaps enjoy that. he also loves lamb but never gets it because of the cost. perhaps i can switch off. your replies are helping me think, thanks so much

  • 06/08/2013 07:40am

    Try feeding him a raw diet. Still "human food" but completely healthy. It'll help him (and you) with many problems and make his quality of life better. The good nutrition will also help slow down his need for other snacks throughout the day. As for the jerky, invest in a dehydrate. I make my own jerky at home for me and my dogs and its the best idea I can think of. Just buy some (cheaper than store-bought jerky) raw chicken or steak, cut it into slices and dehydrate it over night. If you don't add salt, there won't be salt.

  • 06/16/2013 12:17am

    I am intrigued by the raw diet thing i have been hearing about. do people actually just cut up raw chicken or turkey or beef to put on his plate? he wont eat fruit at all, and veggies only when they go into his homemade stew.

    do sweet potatoes have any redeeming value? I have been reading about them being in dog food lately, wonder if he would like them in his stew? reg. white taters are a no-go, every dog I have had pukes up chunks of potato, like their tummy doesnt recognize potatoes as food.

    dunno what to do - dont want to waste a whole pot of stew because he rejects sweet taters.

    sorry am all over the place again - scuze me lol

  • 07/12/2014 06:33pm

    I just wanted to add your post a little bit.. My dog is a small Chihuahua/Pomeranian. I would always keep her dry dog food bowl filled, but she occasionally got a little treat hear and there, especially when my sister was pregnant. She stopped eating one day, and was pretty sick, so we took her to the vet. Turns out she has diabetes, and I have to give her insulin shots twice a day.
    At first, I was still keeping her dry food bowl filled with food, she would eat it, and when I noticed that it was empty, or when my dog would paw at the bowl, some times dragging it the whole way across my kitchen floor, I'd fill it again. I felt so bad for her.. if I were her, I'd want more food...

    But they say that it's more about training the owner than training the dog. You have to teach yourself to do, and not to do some things. At first, my dog didn't like it when I started only giving her 1/2 cup of food (half wet and half dry), 2 times a day, morning and night. But that's the recommended amount for a dog her size, and that's not counting the treats that I give her, which she gets one every time she comes in from peeing or pooping.. I give her the shot, and she gets a baby carrot for being good. Dog's typically love veggies.. At first, she would sit at her bowl, and paw at her bowl, wanting more food.. but I had to just ignore it, or tell her to go lay down, it's wasn't time for food yet. She eventually got it. I swear I can say certain to her, and she knows exactly what i said lol. Dogs learn by repetition.

    My point is that he's not going to like a routine change. If he's been getting a certain diet for awhile, he's going to expect that. No one likes to make drastic changes, it's hard. but it's better for him whatever and however you do it.

    Best of luck!! I hope my story helps you in some way. (:

  • 04/26/2016 07:53am

    When my dog gets kinda lame, I mash up MSM pills and sprinkle on her food. You can also get MSM and Glucosamine. I found out about this when I had a dog that was having trouble getting up, I fed her the MSM and within a month she was running around like a teenager.

  • 06/02/2013 07:43pm

    How much jerky do you feed him every day?

  • 08/29/2013 08:50am

    You could give organic coconut oil a go...half a teaspoon every night with dinner,it really helped my Foxie X terrier:-),good luck.

  • 09/13/2013 12:25am

    Tea tree oil

  • 09/28/2013 11:58pm

    I feel with you on this one. I've had problems with this myself. I had a greyhound that his condition got so bad he became almost completely hairless. We spent a fortune on him at the vets office and on special topical treatments, steroids and allergy medications, that all did nothing at all for him. Poor thing itched all the time and his life had become miserable. It got to the point where we were thought we might have to have him put down he was suffering so bad. I got online and started doing research. I finally went to the internet to research. Where I discovered 'Ivermectin Toxicity". Some breeds of dogs are genetically disposed to have problems with Ivermectin (It's a heart worm preventitive), but I believe other dogs are also sensitive. There is a list of different symptoms for dogs you will find most of them quite disturbing. It was actually on a site for toxicity in humans that I found rashes and itching to be one of the symptoms. I took him off of the Ivermectin and within about two months the rash and itching had completely stopped, within 6 months he had completely regrown all of his hair even in places he NEVER had. After the two months of him being off it and getting better I took my other greyhound off of it who had been having seisures After that Not another seisure in all rest of the years we had him. There are now some Heart worm treatments that do not have ivermectin. You might consider checking to see if his current treatment has Ivermectin. I will warn you though, Some vets will NOT accept this as a possiblity for some reason. I just know that as they say, 'the proof is in the pudding'.

  • 05/30/2014 10:14pm

    My dog also had severe, even life threatening skin allergies. I battled MRSA with her and spent thousands of dollars at the vet. I did some research online and decided to switch her food to taste of the wild bison/venison food with no grains at all. Within 2 months I saw a big difference.... 8 months and we were only treating ears and anal glands a couple times per year instead of constantly. After a year it dropped down to 1 time per year and it was very mild. Her skin still turns black, especially in the spring/summer/fall but I have a special shampoo called KetoChlor Medicated Shampoo I use on her 1 x per month in the winter and 3 to 4 x per month the rest of the time. If I see that her skin is starting to really change I use it 3 to 4 x per week for 2 to 4 weeks and it usually does the trick. I wash her bedding weekly and I vaccum her dog bed at least 1 to 2 x per week. This has really helped a lot with her allergies. I recently followed a vets directive to try her on a "diet food" so she could lose weight....even though it was full of grain and she now has a really horrible anal gland infection that we have been fighting for two months to get rid of.:( Stupid, stupid thing to do but I did it. I researched and found out that you can make poultice from epsom salts to clear this up. Supposedly 3 x per day for 10 minutes each time and within a week she should be cleared up. This is the third day and she hates the poultices. This couldn't have happened at a worse time because she had surgery a week ago to remove 5 polyps from her bladder. I have had her anals filled with antibiotic 2 x plus oral antibiotics and still she is a bloody, pussy mess. I am so hoping this works for her. Right now she is getting the compresses and her baytril... if she goes back to the vet next week and she isn't better they want to do laser treatments every other day for 2 weeks!:O I just can't afford that so I am hoping and praying that this works for her. I will post next week after I take her to her appointment on Wednesday to let anyone who may be interested know if this works.

  • 10/07/2014 12:33pm

    Try Listerine original in a spray bottle, use several times a day on skin - do not get in eyes or mouth, and zymox shampoo too. I also am giving Larch tree extract powder as an immune modulator to hopefully reduce the reaction to irritants. It seems to be helping a lot (all three). Good luck!! The yogurt seems like a good idea - I ordered some probiotics and enzyme powder, probably similar effect, didn't get it yet...

  • 06/29/2015 01:49am

    Just an FYI, tea tree oil can be toxic to dogs in high doses either ingested or topically.

  • 10/07/2014 03:33pm

    Can I assume you have tried changing his/her diet to non-grain, non-additives, etc? Allergies would be the first thing to consider.

  • 10/07/2014 08:53pm

    After years of suffering and trying different foods, I had to start cooking for my dog and give her a health food store supplement. (The commercial remedies on the internet did not work either). She started getting better within a week. She was like a different dog and her fur grew back. (She had been on and off Prednisone for a few years and finally almost a year continuously. Her hair was falling out from it and I knew it was killing her.) I even tried freezing her food to kill meal mites. I was determined she was getting off the Prednisone even if she had to live in a cone. The vet couldn't help her. If you need a recipe, I will send it to you. ITCHY EARS, I use a disposable flat round 2" cosmetic cotton applicator rolled up tight the size of a pencil. Wet with witch hazel, not dripping. Pull the ear straight and insert the cotton. Hold the ear closed and remove the cotton in a turning motion. Wipe the rest of the ear with the cotton. STINKY or ITCHY SKIN, dab or spray diluted unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to area 2-3 times a day. Do not rinse. It will not hurt them if they lick it. Do not apply to open wounds or it will burn them.

  • 10/07/2014 11:34pm

    Some dogs have a gluten allergy that causes red, itchy skin. I don't know how to test for it, but there are commercial gluten-free dog foods out there.

  • 10/08/2014 08:19am

    There are a myriad of ingredients in people food that are not good for dogs. It may take longer that three days but any time you change a diet it is best done gradually. Sounds like you tried to do it cold turkey. Anything I have read has said to convert them over a period of time.

    Since it sounds like you feed your dog mostly meat based products why not start out with a full meat canned dog food (I used Evangers)? Just put in a teaspoon with their regular meal and gradually increase the amount.

    Dogs are not straight carnivores. They are actually omnivores. I have yet to find a dog who will not devour pumpkin or sweet potatoes. Green beans are recommended for overweight dogs.

    All of these suggestions so far are for diet. I would also suggest bathing your dog in an oatmeal bath. Aveeno puts out one that is very convenient to use.

    Hope this helps.


  • 10/11/2014 03:36am

    For the longest time our boy had a skin problem. I searched everything. The only thing that worked for him is this:
    1) Borax bath twice a week for 2 weeks, do not rinse let air dry.
    2) Revaluation once a month.
    3) After the 2 weeks of borax bathing & on Revaluation, oatmeal bath once every 2 weeks for one month.
    You should start to see some improvement after a month. Chewy had sarcoptic mites which burrow down into the skin. The Borax baths kill the mites & Revaluation keep them from coming back. The oatmeal baths are to sooth the skin & help it heal. This worked for Chewy.

  • 12/17/2014 01:17pm

    My dog had itchy skin and nothing helped not even the vet until I finally found the right food. I switched to 4health which is a median priced food. I generally feed only dry food but I do occasionally use canned because my dog is prone to constipation. I also give plain yogurt and about once a month I cook a whole chicken till it is falling off the bone, remove all skin and bones and I freeze the chicken meat to give as occasional treats and use a little of the broth over the food once a week. I freeze in an ice cube tray, take one out and let it melt then add to the dry food. Also good for giving if a dog has been ill, vomiting, diarrhea, to get their digestion used to food again.

  • 01/02/2016 06:14pm

    I do things the other way round. I give very little dry food and chop raw chicken or add mince beef or beef and pork (burger meat?). My dogs will eat practically anything and the cats eat all sorts of things raw, mice, birds, baby rabbits, geckos etc so I don't worry about 'introducing' raw meat to their diet. They certainly don't! I also always boil chicken carcases and use the stock for soup for me and strip all the skin, meat and cartilage off for the animals. I only throw away the bones. Over here in Spain even the supermarkets sell stripped chicken carcases for boiling for soup. Also packs of chicken livers and hearts.( I also make 'human' liver pate )

  • 01/27/2015 06:01pm

    Step one: STOP FEEDING HIM THAT. You argument that he won't eat other food is invalid. If you offered a kid brownies all the time, then gave him a plate of steamed carrots and Brussels sprouts, he'd reuse till you gave him another brownie wouldn't he? If your dog also has behavioral issues, it's because you've shown him that HE is in charge and not you. My dog has gone 8 days without eating, don't give up, you are in charge.

    Step two: if you really can't stand the convenience of dog food, buy the "Dog Food Secrets" cookbook and treat book and diy home cures to feed and treat your dog. Honestly? Grilled cheese and other things that should never be in a dog's diet, unless a tiny piece once a year? NOOO!!!!!!

    Step three: buy Tropiclean Oxy Med Itch Relief Spray if needed

    Step four: once on a non-terrible diet, try the oatmeal and baking soda bath again

    Step five: don't share your food if that's what you eat. If I sound repetitive, that's because I fear that I might not be getting through to you. Don't give the kid brownies, you are in charge, demand the carrots and Brussels sprouts be eaten!

  • 08/24/2015 12:22pm

    Try Tea Tree Oil, I have a lot of success with it. I have fostered about 25 dogs in the last year, several have come in with Flea Bite Dermatitis, Yeast infections and other allergy related Dermatitis. It is amazing. I add 10 drops of Tea Oil to 1/4 cup of Shampoo in a small spay bottle, fill with warm water and shake, the bathe the dog. I suds really well and the let the suds sit for 10 minutes, then rinse very well. Make sure to not get the solution in the eyes, ears, genital and anus areas. Tea Tree oil can be toxic if ingested so make sure you rinse the coat really well after use. I also use a good condition afterwards, the skin usually heals in a couple of days and the conditioner will keep it from being drying and flaking. Sometimes I have to do a second treatment in a week.

  • 09/01/2015 12:53pm

    HI scrufalu
    I would be getting your pooch checked for Canine Cushings disease. 'Many' cats and dogs are mis diagnosed for 'summer itch' or eczema /dermatitis when in fact they have Cushings.
    Cushings is when their body produces too much cortisol and the side effect is incessant itching, also panting a lot and or drinking excess of water as well, depending on how severe the Cushings is.
    I would be checking with your vet to see if the vet has ruled out Cushings, its much more common that thought and is often the culprit. Especially if the pooch or cat has had cortisone/prednisolone drugs for anything in the past as it can trigger Cushings in your pet.
    One of mine has Cushings but does well on 'holistic' home remedies etc. So please get your dog checked or at least rule it out with your vet :)
    I hope its not but it might explain the itching for you both ..

  • 12/17/2015 05:24pm

    traceyangel - my dog was recently diagnosed with Cushings. I am interested to know what type of treatments you use. The vet just put him on Vetoryl and I would really like to not use these meds. What kind of success have you had? Thank you!

  • 09/01/2015 01:11pm

    We have 3 pugs, 1 of them was constantly licking/scratching/biting, etc. We tried everything, too. Finally, I switched all of them to Blue Buffalo Grain Free for small breeds. The difference has been night & day for my sensitive skinned baby. The others love it, too. Each morning we wash their faces, especially their wrinkles. I add a few drops of witch hazel to the baby's water-that seems to help, too.

  • 09/02/2015 01:11am

    dang I wish the comments were in order of date! took me quite a while to find your post. I will ask about cushings disease if I ever go to vet again, they have given up.
    I started this column 2 1/2 years ago. thanks to all the wonderful suggestions, he is still going. I thought I was going to lose him.

    I now make his jerky, and use many of the suggestions people have made. he gets homemade chicken noodles a lot, gluten. just this week we are using gluten-free noodles. now that I have found this column again I see more new ideas and suggestions to try.
    I even thought salmon was poisonous to dogs! so glad to learn they can eat it.
    I do think what I feed him is part of the the problem, and the hardest thing to change. mealtimes are all the excitement he gets these days, and what he lives for. am still working on that.
    his final bath rinse has red vinegar with mother in it. so many helpful ideas - many yet to try.
    after much trial, $$$ and error, I have found a couple of meds that work the best for his lumps, breakouts, infected areas and sores. betadine iodine where he cant reach to lick, and RX mometamax where he can. mometamax is expensive, but have found a mail-order generic that is less than half the price.
    thank you all so much, your suggestions and comments have lengthened bobo's life. he is coming up on his 11th birthday.

  • 09/02/2015 09:36am

    try giving your dog kefir (found in yogurt section) ever day and wiping him down when he comes in from outside with a damp towel that's had apple cider vinegar on it - it's an anti-bacterial and Ph balance. You may also want to try Science Diet Sensitive Skin and Stomach. If you have a bukky breed, they do much better on brain free products - Science diet has 2 - SD and Ideal Balance - but try that after the sensitive skin

  • 09/10/2015 08:58pm

    Our Italian Greyhound suffered from a skin condition and we spent lots of money with little result until we had our vet do a biopsy. It turned out to be skin cancer which we had no idea dogs could get. Once we learned the malady we saved a lot of money in treatment. Just a suggestion....

  • 09/14/2015 12:22am

    roy - he had surgery on a huge growing messy wart. doc had to chase roots across body, thought sure it was cancer. came back benign. I am barely able to keep up with outbreaks and infections. the hard little warts continue to appear, and they seem to be prominent in infected areas. dermatologist doc says no more antibiotics; she's stumped. so am using good rx topicals I have stumbled upon on internet, doc approves them (3) by fax .
    poor guy hates being inspected and treated daily. but he is still goin and seems to feel good.
    I know I am treating symptons rather than cause but cause just isn't being found. have been thru a lot of food changes, with nothing making a difference. expensive allergy tests came back that he is borderline allergic to everything. am trying gluten-free now. dunno where to go from here.
    he seems to get worse after a bath regardless of shampoo type, I even thought maybe he is allergic to water! so frustrating.

  • 09/13/2015 08:13pm

    whats the skin condition?

  • 12/21/2015 04:27am

    Hello this might help. Great information. http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  • 01/03/2016 02:10pm

    I understand what you are going through. I have/had allergy dogs and it is so frustrating. Best money spent is an allergy test (blood) to rule out foods and to start awareness of environmental allergies. You may have to give up your favorite wool rug, wipe feet as they come in the house , or other prevemntative measures, but you will know what is causing it. I had one that was allergiuc to the skin yeast so it was double bad with him... If you can afford a doggie dermatologist, then even better! These suggetsions would be awful for one of mine - he is allergic to oats and brewer's yeast. What food do you feed and what kind od do do you have? Ever used Atopica?

  • 05/08/2016 08:16pm

    did the VETadvice work at all?? my Golden n shepard have had dry flaky skin for about 8 mo. The Golden also has fleas n mites!! Been to the vet several times also with NO RELIEF! AND yes lots of $$$ spent. Casey my Golden has a bald spot from his neck down to the middle of his tail, I don;t know what to do. SOMEONE, HELP

  • 05/09/2016 12:56am

    thank you all so much for trying to help. bobo passed away a month ago of uncontrollable diabetes. looking back, I think this was related to his bad skin condition.
    was feeding him people food, jerky, even shared my candy.
    he had had blood tests before, why was blood sugar prob not revealed?
    we both paid a terrible price because I did not make enough effort to follow your valuable advice. you all were right.
    best 1st step for skin - comprehensive blood test.skin problems are usually a symptom of internal issues.
    feed right, no sugar.
    best med I found for sores thru all this is rx mometamax, now generic (is derma-vet at California online pharmacy I used.) for cleaning affected area, iodine was better than clorhexidine.
    am grieving, feeling awful guilt, I did indeed kill him with 'kindness'. and anger at vet for not testing blood sooner - I was there often enough.
    I started this thread 3 yrs go - thank you all for your efforts to help bobo and me. I read every one of them and tried quite a few. he would refuse all changes till I was afraid he would starve to death, so I would give in. tks again, scrufalu

  • using all suggestions
    05/23/2013 01:25am

    me again - am saving this page in faves, next will try chamomile. lemon water and borax for fleas, epsom salts for soothing. I didnt even know epsom salts could be used on dogs.
    please dog owners, contribute natural remedy treatments.
    acidopholis is an excellent suggestion, especially after a course of antibiotics.
    one thing that works for me - hide pills in cream cheese bites.

  • 06/02/2013 07:47pm

    How much jerky do you feed him everyday?

  • 06/02/2013 07:51pm

    How much does your dog weigh?

  • 06/03/2013 03:24am

    mgp - he weighs 30 lbs - a bit too much. he gets about 20 bit-size hunks I tear off. 4 diff kinds. jack links, oberto, old trapper, etc.
    today at 'jerky time' I gave him half a can of chix noodle soup - lower salt with the juice drained off and only 3 bites of jerky. he was all excited about the chix noodles and ate the jerky last, wanting more chix-noodles out of the can.
    is not ideal I know, but encouraging. thanks for your interest - I have no one else to tell stuff like this.

  • 06/03/2013 03:37pm

    Well, I'm going to try help u as much as I can.

  • 06/03/2013 04:03pm

    What type a dog? How much is he supposed to weigh?

    On your part, you need to find info google or couple books on natural, instinct canine dog food. There is so much info out there but comes down to basic instinct food. Nothing fancy. One book (of many on this subject) by kymythy schulzte. But don't use her book as a bible. It only can point you in that direction.

    If you do this research, you'll understand where I'm coming from. That it will be easier on me.

  • 06/03/2013 04:17pm

    Any processed food to feed a cannine (over time) will develop some type allergic reaction.

    In your case a skin condition which has caused you to pay thousands of dollars.

    You have to gradually change from PROCESSED human or dog to natural food s.

  • 06/03/2013 04:27pm

    What you can start with a quarter pound of ground chicken or beef and use a quarter can of that chicken soup.

    I hope he likes it.

  • 06/03/2013 04:33pm

    I want to emphasize there is no cooked food whatsoever. Ground meat must be fresh raw meat.

  • 06/03/2013 04:35pm

    Have a search on YouTube "raw dog food".

  • 06/06/2013 09:29am

    Great tips! I things the shared tips would help in preventing frequent trip to the vet with home remedies for dogs that deal with everything from fleas to foxtails. I just want ask a question that whether there is any holistic approach to dissolve fatty tumors in older dogs without surgery?

  • 06/08/2013 08:02am

    If you find one, let me know! My 10 year old rottie has fatty tumors and has one the size of his head under his ribs. Sticks his ribs out horribly on that side. It doesn't cause him issues and it would be incredibly dangerous to try and remove it, even if he was a younger dog.

  • 06/27/2015 04:29am

    My neighbor's dog had one the size of a grapefruit. She was told it was malignant and there was nothing she could do. She used a holistic treatment of some type and it did shrink it. Emailed after a few years, and she said they went one to enjoy him for much longer than they had hoped.

  • 10/07/2014 12:42pm

    you cannot dissolve a lipoma, they are usually harmless unless they wrap around the intestine or something. Mostly they are under the skin and encapsulated. They can be surgically removed if you would want to but surgery is a risk to life any time you do it, so I would just let it be if the vet is sure it is just a lipoma.

  • 06/27/2015 04:22am

    Sarah, please be careful to keep check on the fatty tumors. Our beagle mix had several. One about the size of a baseball on his side. One vet recommended we leave it alone. When he got a few more, recommendation was the same. Finally taking him to another vet--she biopsied one. (He had gotten it and we were not even aware of this one.) It was the first she bx. Turned out to be malignant. It was wrapped around his windpipe. He almost bleed out. She brought him out so we could say goodbye. He could have coughed, ate something, or just spontaneously bled out with or without us there. Seeing him fine; jumping around to just have to put him to sleep, broke my heart. Though I will see him again some day.

  • 08/19/2015 05:27am

    I am so sorry to hear about your dog! My first doberman had fatty tumors, and I had them removed. She kept pulling off the e-collar and licking the wounds. Finally they healed. I took her to the vet often, but she developed an intestinal tumor and died at 9. I adopted a second dobie who has several fatty tumors, removed 2, and she developed more - one the size of a baseball on her chest. I had a biopsy done and also took her to a specialist who did an ultrasound and other tests - $1600! She has a slight heart murmur, but she is going strong a 12! My 3 dogs are my family now that my children are grown. I always get a second opinion.

  • 01/02/2016 06:21pm

    Interested in the lypomas. Never thought of animals getting them. Human animals, i.e. people get them as well. I have seen elderly people with loads on their backs etc. My mother had 3 or 4 but as one was behind her ear and pressing on a nerve she had it excised. Otherwise they are usually harmless in people as well.

  • raw diet, fatty tumors
    06/08/2013 03:26pm

    there have been many dogs in my family thruout the years with fatty tumors - they seem to bother us so much more than they do the dog. my daughter's dog had one on his side that size samantha, and lived a normal long life.

    am intrigued by a raw diet. do I just cut up raw steak? turkey thighs? hamburger? chicken?

    wish he would eat yogurt or drink eloctrolyte drinks, am so hampered by his fussiness.

    back to vet this morn - a dermatologist. I want to rule out parasites, mange, fungal etc. and liver-kidney prob before I will believe this allergy thing. I am going with an attitude I wish I could shake - they will line up $300 worth of meds I could get on amazon for like $60.

  • 06/16/2013 12:34am

    update - my mistake. vet dermatologist cost $700. I said yes to all tests and cultures. ruled out mites and mange and ringworm, fungus doubtful.
    alot of bacteria on skin but propably a secondary infection caused by - you got it - food allergy eruptions.

    should have saved my money, but had to know. wasnt the answer i was hoping for - any of the others are easier to treat and get rid of.

    so I still am trying to figure out what to feed him, while worrying that this bacteria I am treating with chlorhexidine will turn into mrsa.

    this has turned into quite a column - has helped me immensely!

  • 08/03/2013 12:59am

    We have been making raw homemade dog food for years. It takes time including buying all the meats, fruits and vegs, washing and cutting all of them. Of course the easiest meat to use is hamburger. We purchased a commercial grinder so once everything is ready we put all the food into the grinder and out comes delicious dog food. We package in gallon freezer bags and freeze. The hardest meat to use is turkey since the bones are very large (especially the legs) so we generally use chicken. The grinder easily grinds the chicken bones. The bones are really good for them as well. We found a good raw diet including recipes on line, downloaded the manual for a small fee and use it regularly although we pretty well have it memorized. The diet discusses the foods that dogs should not eat including potatoes and most night shades. We use a lot of sweet potatoes (raw) garlic, and broccoli. they love broccoli. We use most of the fruits that are in season and more reasonable. Our dogs have all loved the food we make. Hope this helps. cozicottage

  • 08/03/2013 01:58am

    Man that sounds a lot of work. Really?

    Wolves didn't need grinders in the wild.

    I buy whatever is on sale that is close to dolllar a pound. Turkey necks at 79 cents a pound is a deal!

    Turkey necks I feed whole. Chicken quarters I feed whole. Beef ribs whole. Beef soup bones whole. Chicken feet whole. Whole chicken fryers just the bone. (Yes the whole chicken frame.

    And some veggies carrots. My 8 month pup likes to eat broccoli. Who knew? Bananas, grapes.

    The main thing is never over feed. Always under feed.

    Look a your dog from top view. They have look like a coke bottle.

  • 08/18/2013 10:20pm

    I feed my dogs much the same way. Whole foods seem so much more satisfying for them. And while giving your dogs a nice variety of fruits and veggies is a great practice, it should only be done with the awareness of what foods can be and what foods shouldn't be fed to your canine family members. Grapes in particular are very dangerous for dogs to eat. As little as 10-12 grapes can actually be quite toxic.

  • 08/18/2013 10:35pm

    I only feed one or two grapes because afraid of exploding diarreah

  • 08/28/2013 05:20am

    Problem with that is that it's supposed to be muscle meat/organ meat/bone in a proper ratio to be considered balanced.

    Get the book "Switching to Raw" it will help you get the right balance.

  • 08/28/2013 05:59am

    I guess we need to get a lot of help to save those wolves because they are not getting the proper "ratio" of meat.


    Dry dog food has only been around 40-50 years. Dogs have been around millions of years...and they didn't need our help to find what ratio of meat to eat.

    As long my dogs don't stink, have bad breath, stay lean and strong, no skin infections, clean white teeth, active and is happy to see me everyday I come home from work. I know they're happy because I can see it in they"re eyes.

    And I don't see any problems with that.

    Thanks I'll just save my money...

  • 08/28/2013 06:24am

    Well Mr Defensive!

    Grapes are deadly. Raisins are as well and onions.

    So wow. Maybe you should get a book and learn what is ok to raw feed your dog.

    It's supposed to be 80/10/10 Muscle/organ/bone.

    And in the wild they got all of that because they ate the whole animal. Like beef tripe (green stinky tripe not the processed bleached crap you get in the stores is great for them).

    Veggies & fruits need to be steamed & ground because dogs do not have the digestive juices to get thru the cellular walls of them.

    So before you get all nasty again, think about it and research. I was trying to be helpful.

  • 08/28/2013 03:46pm

    obviously you didn't read my grape comment. my dog still here..

    oh by the way thanks for the tip. now i don't have the get the book...

    heee heeee

  • 09/02/2013 03:45am


  • 08/19/2015 05:30am

    I thought grapes and garlic were bad for dogs!

  • 12/28/2015 03:41am

    Grapes are poison for dogs. My Freddy is 14 yr old dachshund who was in perfect health for 13 years, He got into a grocery bag and ate 1/2 loaf of cinnimon raisin bread
    in the 10 seconds it took me to turn around and see him and had diarrhea for several days. I
    took him to the vet and tested positive for pancretitis from the raisins. Now he can't have anything except absolutely no fat food whch I buy from chewy,com because it is cheaper than what the vet sells if for (free shiping to) If he sneaks any thing, it starts up again. I put some stale bread out for the O'possoms way out in my back yard, and freddy found it and ate it. More diarrhea. I actually kept my carpet shampooer in the living room for a couple of weeks. At 14 he has other sccidents too. I don't let him have much water at night, that helps. He scratches all the time but he doesn't have fleas. Can not have his usual 3 times year shot for allergies because of the pancreatitis. His treats come from chewy too. I make others that are mainly sweet potato, applesauce and flour that is made of garbanzo beans and oatmeal. don't let our dog havethe grapes and just in case anyone didn't know, raisins are dried grapes.

  • 01/16/2015 06:33am

    theres also reactions that build up from over vacing your dog....try tsp. vinegar in drinking water...bathe then rinse with vinegar water.....selsun blue or generic of containing selenium... deadly things to feed are grapes, cherries, raisins...feed chicken raw or pulled from bone....my guys love beef and deer....lots of hunters will give you the deer if you do the processing or pay the processing fees at the locker....a vinegar water spray eases itching as well if you don't like smell add essential oils also rescue remedy is good for the stress the itchies cause....

  • 01/02/2016 06:31pm

    Hi I just buy cheap cuts of chicken, frozen or fresh,and chop it roughly. My cats will eat a whole rabbit from the field so I don't really know why I bother cutting their meat, same for the dogs, but like a human idiot I do it. Cheap mince beef or mince beef and pork (hamburger meat in the US I think), packs of chicken livers and hearts. If you have cats they need something in raw liver that is destroyed by cooking but I cant remember what now. I usually feed my dogs once a day with raw meat and a little dry food. Or the skin, meat and gristle off chicken carcases that I boil. I actually have always done this to get stock for soup. I just throw away the bones. They get a small treat at breakfast time and sometimes tiny training treats when we are out walking. I don't feed them any other time, although they are expert at pinching the cats' leftovers! (Despite my best efforts my Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz is overweight. She was abandoned a couple of years ago and always seems to be hungry.)

  • 06/18/2013 05:39pm

    I have a 7 yr old Jack Russell with fairly bad skin problems.
    We stopped seeing the vet about it and switched to raw food diet.
    There's been some improvement but these things take time but in any event I do believe it's beneficial for the dog anyway. We found a local butcher who makes up and freezes raw beef, chicken or lamb patties all including veg. I figure it costs no more than the premium dry dog food we used to buy and ho loves it ! - never had him get so excited about food before and it's gone in seconds. Google local butchers and meat shops to see if they cater to pet owners.

  • 08/03/2013 02:38am

    Read my comment 8/2/13

  • 08/03/2013 02:41am

    You to be careful butchers won't tell you what they put in there because they want to make lots of money.

  • Itch Dog Story
    03/22/2014 10:35pm

    Itch for years in dog. Chewed paws raw and constant itch. Tried all kinds of kibble and anthistamimes over 4 years. Dog end up on Claritin 10 mg twice a day for years and prednisone on and off. Got tested allergic to dust mites and grain mites. Froze kibble to kill grain mites for about a year. Ended up on Prednisone all the time. Her hair was falling out and I knew it was going to kill her. 45lbs and was taking 15 mg/ every other day. About 6 weeks ago I started making homemade dog food and I feed her 3 times/day. Gave supplements-Each quantity listed is /day and was divided over 3 meals- Non fat unflavored greek yogurt 1-2 tablespoon, Turmeric 1/4 tsp, Bone Meal Powder 1 tsp, GNC ultra mega digestive health complex for dogs has probiotics prebiotics & enzymes 1 tab, dog multivitamin, got from health food store human combination tablets containing Quercein 250mg Vit C 300mg Bromelin 100mg/tab give her 1.5 tabs/day, fish oil 3,600mg. Reduced Claritin to 1 tab/day and Prednisone from 15mg every other day to 10 mg for 2 wks, then to 5 mg for 2 weeks. No itching so far. She is shiny, has more energy and hair growing back. Will continue to lower prednisone dose as directed by vet. I am not a vet and this post I not intended to be advice to a pet owner. This is my experience with my dog.

  • 05/30/2014 10:36pm

    Your story hits home for me too. My beagle Maddie had been on pred for 4 years straight because of severe skin allergies. We tried everything first..benedryl, hydroxyzine etc. Nothing worked so we were stuck putting her on pred. What the vets don't tell you is that taking pred everyday is very, very dangerous! One horrible thing that can happen is that it can give them Cushings disease. That is exactly what happened to my baby. Luckily once she was off of the pred the Cushings went away....however, she contracted MRSA because she was so allergic to just about everything! You would think the first thing the vet would do is try to limit her diet but he never said a word. We were down to two antibiotics left for her MRSA infection before we exhausted every antibiotic possible. I was desperate so I turned to the internet to research natural cures for MRSA. I came across Manuka honey, it comes from New Zealand and I called the company and explained my problem. They assured me that Manuka Honey killed MRSA so I ordered it. Of course the vet scoffed at this but I didn't care. He was basicly telling me that there wasn't anything that could be done for her.:O I used that Manuka Honey everyday 4x per day and it killed every bit of that infection. I am still stunned to this day because her own vet was ready to give up on her. This honey is absolutely fantastic for all skin issues whether you are human or animal. I have used it myself with great results. I used Wedderspoon's Raw Manuka Honey 16+ on Maddie and once I had it slathered all over her little body she let out a big groan of relief and lay just as I had left her and finally slept for over an hour. I had a severe second degree burn on my arm and I used it on that, I don't even have a scar. I am completely fascinated with these natural remedy's. I am determined to learn as much about them as I can. Whether you take it internally or externally (and I have given it to Maddie both ways at the same time) the results are just absolutely stunning. I still can't believe what this stuff does for your skin and digestion.

  • 09/09/2014 10:29pm

    Where did you find the Manuka honey? My little guy has no teeth so limited as to different types of kibble. Thanks I appreciate it!

  • 09/10/2014 02:17pm

    The first time I purchased it I found it online. Just google where to buy Wedderspoon Manuka Honey. It is expensive but very worth it. The second time I purchased it for $37.00 from Wegmens grocery store.. Much cheaper then the $60.00 I paid the first time. Be careful what brand you buy. A lot of them claim to be Manuka Honey but they aren't. Wedderspoon is the real deal and continues to work for my baby today. I have been using it the past few days on the staph infection she has on her belly (from allergies) and it is clearing up so well. Good luck to you, I hope your baby feels better soon. Also, remember when you buy it that the higher the number the better. I always buy Active 16+ if you get too much higher it has a burning sensation on the skin. I use it as a facial when I get blemishes and it works like a charm.

  • 09/10/2014 11:19pm

    thanks so much! I will definitely give it a try! Thank goodness cooler weather is on its way! Didn't think I would ever say that, but I did! LOL> Have a great day!

  • 09/14/2015 12:37am

    just found this post this is something I haven't tried, but certainly will if I can find it. smearing honey on a cockapoo with thick curly hair is inconceivable to me, but at this point will try anything. please keep posting as you learn more.

  • 02/10/2015 05:22pm

    We adopted a dog in Spain that had mange. We treated her with Frontline and her skin recovered. Frontline (flea/parasite spray) hasn't been (publicly) acknowledged as being useful for the treatment of mange, but it has been found to be a very effective, indeed the most effective treatment for mange. We used the spray. We sprayed the dog for four days and then we bathed her on the fifth day. Then we allowed her skin to dry out for two days and we sprayed her for three days. Then we bathed her on the fifth day. We sprayed her again for two days and bathed her on the fifth day. By this time we saw that her skin was growing back, so we just kept her clean and sprayed her twice a month to stay on top of the mange. After a few months she had a thick coat of glossy black hair.
    Importantly: it was the spray and not the spot treatment that we used, I have no idea if the spot treatment will be sufficient. Also, the brand was Frontline. Perhaps the active chemical in Frontline is unique to the brand. We gave her a generous soaking, but she was a big, fat dog. Perhaps a smaller dog should be sprayed less heavily. And when the dog is sprayed it should be kept in a warm room to dry out.

  • 02/23/2015 10:18pm

    Very similar to our situation. My dog also has chronic ear infections. Allergy tests showed allergic to dust mites and storage mites. She gets grain free dry dog food and cooked chicken and rice.

  • Dog itchies!
    09/08/2014 12:56pm

    My Schnauzer has terrible skin irritations. I have taken him to the vet and gotten him shots, I give him pet allergy pills, put vegetable oil on his food and even resorted to trying aloe vera on him this morning! Nothing is helping. I feel so bad for him. My boyfriend ( who doesn't like cats) says maybe he is allergic to my cats. Could this be possible? Is there anything else I can do for him. I have used special shampoo the vet sold me, and tried baby shampoo and all the special sensative skin shampoos and that doesn't help either. HELP!!!!

  • 09/10/2014 02:45pm

    Could your baby have flea allergies? Mine does along with airborne and food allergies and it's awful for her. She has horrible grain allergies. I took her off of "regular" dog food around 3 years ago and those constant ear infections and anal gland infections went from every two weeks to maybe once per year. I put her on Taste of the Wild venison bison food. It's the yellow bag. I did some research and found out that it's a lot more affective to start them on a meat they have never had when you are omitting a food (in this case grain) from their diet. It has helped so much. With regards to the skin allergies...we still fight them but the Manuka honey is a Godsend! I give her a teaspoon by mouth and I slather it all over the affected area (always on her belly) then I cover it with some kind pads. Please note that the pads will fall off very quickly but the honey won't make much of a mess if you use them...otherwise you'll have honey everywhere. Rinse it off in the morning and start again. As far as shampoos, I use Hexadene shampoo by Virbac that I buy from my vet. You can buy it online as well though. The important ingredient in it is Chlorhexidine, it must have that to work. I usually have to bath her every couple of weeks in the Spring/Summer/Fall and at least one time per month in the winter to keep things at bay. She still get some infections but not anywhere near as often as she used to get them. Good luck

  • 10/07/2014 03:24pm

    Have you tried adding Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother to your dog's food? I believe this is supposed to balance the pH of the dog's skin. It is also very good for a lot of ailments for people and dogs. I don't know how much you should use but research it and I'm sure you will find the answers. Good luck.

  • No Borax
    10/07/2014 03:38pm

    I was very surprised to see borax recommended for fleas. I had a house sitter who sprinkled borax everywhere without telling me and my little terrier/maltese ingested it and died. I have read that only 1 teaspoon will kill a medium sized dog. For some reason boric acid is more lethal for dogs than for mice. Diatomaceous (food grade) is safe and effective. You can even put it in your dog's food for parasite control.

  • 10/12/2014 02:31pm

    The key is to sprinkle it around and then vacuum it up so surface particles aren't available to your dog. But any mites/fleas will be down in the carpet where the deeper bits of Borax are safely away from your dog's ability to ingest it.

    I personally would try a lot of other solutions first, but this did work when I had a flea problem with my 3 cats some time back.

  • The title of this article
    10/29/2014 12:59pm

    The title of this article is "7 Home Remedies for Your Dog." None of this home remedies were directed to dogs. I Googled "dry skin and dogs," and this article came up as being remedies to help clear up dry skin on dogs. Honestly, I had to say something. The article is mis-titled and although these remedies might work for humans, they are not appropriate for dogs.

  • Remedies
    12/17/2014 05:03am

    Salmon based food is also considered as a healthy treat for pets. Personally, I use only wild salmon oil supplements for my dog for a healthy boost.

  • remedies
    12/17/2014 05:04am

    Salmon based food is also considered as a healthy treat for pets. Personally, I use only wild salmon oil supplements for my dog for a healthy boost.

  • oatmeal remedies
    01/30/2015 04:08pm

    My miniature schnauzer was allergic to oatmeal. Tried using oatmeal shampoo for his dry itchy skin. He was in worse shape afterwards.

    02/05/2015 05:11pm

    I am really surprised that pumpkin is not on this list. It is the best thing I have found to help with digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, upset tummy). I foster for a rescue and when I get puppies that have diarrhea I give them a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin and it almost always helps within 24 hours. The best thing is that they LOVE it, so they think they are getting a treat.

  • Nasty gas
    02/07/2015 02:55am

    What will stop bad smelling gas, Rescue Springer FS 6yrs, Her previous vet diagnosed a grain allergy, now eating grain free food, still has gas.
    Tried adding yogurt didn't work. Any suggestions?

  • 02/07/2015 05:32pm

    what are you feeding your dog at this moment?

  • 02/07/2015 06:14pm

    You need stop feeding him. This will stop the gas. Have to find different food to feed him. Trial and error approach.

    I used to find different dog treats for my dog all the time. My dog never had a gas problem. Until that one treat, my dog started gassing. So no more of that treat. Problem solved. No more gas.

    You might have to cross over to the raw dog food. Lots of info on the net. Check out facebook and search "raw dog food". Lots of support there.

    As your dog grows older, their stomach might not be like it used to be. More natural the better for the dog. No more vet visits.

    Remember, off the shelf dog food use preservatives to be stored long, long, long periods of time. Yuck.

    If you do start raw feeding, start slowly.

  • 02/11/2015 05:34pm

    r u there

  • 09/14/2015 12:32am

    I am here mgp - this column drives me nuts - dates are all out of order and I cant find anything! as of 9-15 bobo is still alive and kicking. doc has given up on him. he is still a mss of outbreaks and warts that I am trying to keep up with using mometamax, otomax, and mupircin. he does heal fast once I frined, clean and medicate these outbreaks. white specks in his black hair tip me off that there is a bad sore covered with nasty white crust underneath. sometimes he will even make an effort to show me a new bad area, as much as he hates being treated.
    I feel so bad for him, he is almost afraid of me from being messed with so much.
    I have tried nearly everthing I have read on here except a raw diet. thank you all

  • 06/04/2015 06:56pm

    My 13 lb. dog developed bad gas after a round of vet prescribed medicines. The gas didn't seem like it was clearing up on its own even weeks after the meds were stopped.
    I started giving him VetriScience Vetri-Probiotic Everyday Dog & Cat Chews and that seemed to help with the gas.
    However, he still was eating a lot of grass and didn't seem to be feeling 100%.
    I gave him 1/4 of a tablet of human Pepto Bismol and that seemed to do the trick, he stopped eating grass. I only gave him the Pepto one time. I continue to give him the VetriScience Vetri-Probiotic every day. He is doing much better.

  • Mange Treatment
    02/10/2015 05:20pm

    We adopted a dog in Spain that had mange. We treated her with Frontline and her skin recovered. Frontline (flea/parasite spray) hasn't been (publicly) acknowledged as being useful for the treatment of mange, but it has been found to be a very effective, indeed the most effective treatment for mange. We used the spray. We sprayed the dog for four days and then we bathed her on the fifth day. Then we allowed her skin to dry out for two days and we sprayed her for three days. Then we bathed her on the fifth day. We sprayed her again for two days and bathed her on the fifth day. By this time we saw that her skin was growing back, so we just kept her clean and sprayed her twice a month to stay on top of the mange. After a few months she had a thick coat of glossy black hair.
    Importantly: it was the spray and not the spot treatment that we used, I have no idea if the spot treatment will be sufficient. Also, the brand was Frontline. Perhaps the active chemical in Frontline is unique to the brand. We gave her a generous soaking, but she was a big, fat dog. Perhaps a smaller dog should be sprayed less heavily. And when the dog is sprayed it should be kept in a warm room to dry out.

  • bad itchy patch
    03/23/2015 08:55pm

    My dog has had bad scaly skin around her tail for years. She had lost the hair in this area and it looked like alligator skin! At night she'd bite at it so hard and would disrupt the household. I tried Vick's VapoRub! Tasted and smelled bad to her so she quit biting it. Greasy nature of VapoRub healed the dry, scaly skin. It's been about a month and it looks fine! Hair has grown back in and she doesn't bite at it.

  • Regarding the Chamomile T
    03/31/2015 09:42pm

    my baby has, they think, irritable bowel inflammation and i have tried hypo diets, homemade diets he's taken and taking steriods but after a few days or weeks on anything new it all starts again. most nights he still curls up in a ball and his tummy sounds like it's playing drums or popping gas pockets. with the chamomile tea for upset tummy could this possible help and how do i give it to him, I will try but it is most unlikely he would just drink it?

  • re Holistic Pet Remedies
    09/01/2015 01:04pm

    For those of you who are keen, please go to

    this guy is a vet, but offers pure and natural remedies FREE to help your fur babies. I have been using Golden Paste amongst other remedies for many years, all my pets have lived well into their late teens and beyond :)
    Both of these remedies are for humans as well as pets, read carefully the instructions for pets as pet sensitivity can vary from humans...

    I am a holistic health educator/Raw Food Nutritionist
    and I do mostly humans but I have had a keen interest in holistic pet health for over 30 yrs as well. I also want to encourage ppl to look at better diets for their pets to reduce diseases.

    Please visit the site above and gets your pets onto Golden Paste, there are 'few' contra indications (reason where that pet might not or should not use Golden Paste) make sure you read ALL of the info on it then go from there. You wont be sorry nor will your pets.

    The other remedy I would highly advise is Apple Cider Vinegar for your pets. However please note the sodium levels and make sure you get the dosages right for your pet :)
    It should NOT be fed however, to a pet who is sensitive or allergic to yeast. In these cases it is believed that the vinegar can feed or exacerbate the problem. A great number of dogs with skin allergies have been shown to be yeast-sensitive.
    Outside of yeast allergies its a great remedy for many other applications for your pets as well as humans.
    I hope this helps you all keep your fur babies health for years to come .

  • vitamin E = crazy dog?
    02/18/2016 11:44pm

    I have a big healing cut on my leg and I cut open a vitamin E capsule to put on the scar. My three dogs went CRAZY! You would think I had rubbed a piece of bacon on my leg. They have all been very persistent in trying to get at the stuff. Is this an unusual reaction? I can't smell anything and I am not getting much of a taste either.


  • Natural home remedies
    04/14/2016 01:51pm

    It can be pretty costly if homeowners have to use conventional methods to treat fleas. Especially in flea prone areas, it can be difficult for you and your dog to catch a break. Using natural remedies is the best way to go, as these can be sourced at an economic cost and sometimes are common household items. A list of natural remedies can be sourced using the link attached to this comment. http://goo.gl/KZL9LH

  • I cook rice for my girls
    05/31/2016 10:58pm

    Rice is good for them and gives them a break from the dry food. I mix Sweet Potatoes, Green Sweet peas or Carrots with the rice then I add a good size can of chicken that I buy at Sam's Club and they are crazy for it. Brown rice is better but a little more expensive and I buy it whenever I can... I have 3 small dogs and a pot of this feeds them for about 3 days and I even eat it too because it's delicious!

  • Black skin and hairless
    08/02/2016 04:00pm

    Wow, My ridgeback has been suffering for years with black skin and him licking off his hair. My grandson rescued him from a reservation, he was starving.
    THANKS everyone for all your posts! I'm going to try all of the above and see if anything works. For the first time in years, I have hope to help him!

  • Urinary Issues
    09/25/2016 11:01am

    My male Doxie/pug has crystals in the urine which cause bloody pee. The vet put him on CD food but it's very expensive and I haven't seen ANY improvement. I been purchasing from Honest Kitchen but he really doesn't like that either so I mix it with the CD canned. Anyone have/had this issue? They tell me there is nothing that can be done other than that food.

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