Topical Allergy, Itchy Skin and Hotspot Treatments
Short term relief however, is absolutely necessary since internal healing often takes time.
Here are a few recommendations:
Can be used weekly to every other day on affected areas. I do not recommend bathing the entire body more than once per week – and always less if possible.
Typically animals do not need to be bathed at all. Skin conditions, however, require regular attention so bathing as needed and more than normal may be indicated.
DerMagic Skin Rescue Lotion and Hot Spot Salve – (we sell, $16) These are strong creams and work well for allergies and hot spots. They are both the same formulation with different consistencies. Lotion works well for larger areas that like to be scratched, massaged and touched. Salve works best for painful, raw hot spots where dabbing works best.
Peppermint essential oil (look for organic, 100% pure) – a couple drops applied directly to an itchy area is very cooling. Several drops can also be mixed with ½ to 1 tsp of coconut oil and applied to a larger area. Do not use around the eyes.
Mad About Organics (available at Down To Earth) – is a local company that we also like to support. I have not personally used their products but happy clients have shared their results. We hope to carry their products in the near future.
Organic Skin/Itch Relief Healing Treatment Spray (be sure to buy the correct formulation for cats vs. dogs, I believe they are different; the dog is more potent and can be harmful to cats).
Hot Spot Spray – I believe it is the same formulation for both dogs and cats
Shave the area with clippers or trim with scissors to remove sticky fur that may exacerbate infection.
And lastly, hydrotherapy – if possible with tepid or cool water. Pour water with a cup, sink or bathtub faucet or hose if tolerable over the affected area. This cools the skin, improves circulation and reduces bacteria on the skin. Needs to be done intensively (2 to 4 times per day) for 1 to 3 days to work well, but any little bit helps.
And don't forget, reduce or eliminate the underlying cause –
Be sure to feed at least a grain free diet. Consider improving the quality of ingredients if you pet is still having problems, or consider transitioning to all raw (and balanced) – either commercial or home made food.
Pet treats are very processed, even the good ones. We recommend using the kibble the animals typically eat or any fresh food such as meat, raw bones if tolerated, vegetables, fruit and eggs – nothing out of a box, bag, pouch, package or can. Rawhides and bully sticks can especially be allergenic. If you feed dehydrated pieces of meat, investigate the source.
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Mule team Borax in your carpets and furniture
Shake out bedding, sheets or pillow cases that cover napping areas daily into the shower
Vacuum regularly (no need to change the bag, fleas can't climb out)
While it is impossible (and not recommended) to attempt removing all allergens from the environment, a few tips may help. Change ventilation system filters regularly. Install an indoor air filtration system - this can help monumentally in some cases.
I have reduced my own allergies by about 95%. For myself I go for organic, but better yet local with no sprays or pesticides, absolutely no GMO's and 100% grass fed beef and lamb, and free range – not cage free – chicken, turkey and duck on small local farms). I do avoid grains and processed food as much as possible.
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