dog_eating   Paul Jacobson, Pet Food Nutritionist, qualified chef and owner of Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition, answers common questions about your FurKidz health: 

"My dog continuously scratches"

Paul's Response:

Almost every dog is struggling with itchy skin and allergies. Whether I am lecturing in Cape Town or Gauteng, every pet owner complains about itchy skin. I don't believe that even the veterinarian industry knows how grave this problem actually is, because people would certainly be reluctant to report such an "insignificant" matter to their vets and at a great expense. I personally deal with about 20 emails each day relating to skin disorders alone. Read more...

What ever advice you may heed, you certainly do need to make a change in your habits. If not, this problem will not go away. Skin disorders are a sure sign that something is going wrong. I see it as your pet's saving grace. Your change in attitude and habits may actually steer your companion towards a healthier life and improve longevity.

I have written much on skin disorders for Furkidz and offered some valuable advice. Some of the relevant editorial that I presented previously was "flea, ticks and skin allergies – natural remedies". I also offered "a solutions to solving your pets itchy skin and allergies – internally and externally". My article on "Rooibos Tea" and "Apple Cider vinegar" also showed how useful these supplements could be in treating skin disorders.

The success we have had in treating skin related ailments is advising our clients to stay away from feeding sugars, dairy or any preserved food. This includes dry kibble as they are all preserved. Rather experiment with natural diets that are wholesome and full of vegetables.

Refrain from using hard chemicals and poisons when grooming or dealing with fleas and ticks. There are many natural remedies available.

Skin disorders and allergies can be cured. All that is required is a holistic and natural approach.

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