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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #046
January 15, 2010
Save your dog's life with dog first aid!
Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.
You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong wellbeing.
With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.
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How to Treat Dog Skin Rashes
Dog skin rashes are very difficult to treat because you never know what causes them. So, really the best thing you can do for your beloved dog is to prevent the skin rashes from occurring. Here are some ways on how you can avoid this from happening:
1. The number one cause of dog skin rashes are external dog parasites such as ticks, fleas, lice and mites. To avoid these external parasites, do not let your dog play with strangers' pets unless you are sure they are not infected. Always keep your furry friend's house parasite free by cleaning it well and in case that parasites do attack, treat your dog with a tick and flea shampoo or cream.
2. Internal parasites can also cause dog skin rashes so to avoid intestinal parasites, make sure that both the water and food that your loyal dog takes in are clean.
3. Comb or brush the coat of your dog regularly especially if your pup has thick and long hair. Tangled hair can cause the skin to become irritated which can lead to scratching.
4. Find a shampoo that does not dry out your dog's skin if you like to bathe your doggie regularly.
5. Make sure you buy good quality dog chow to boost your dog's immune system. Commercial grade dog food is usually just filled with extenders that have no additional nutritional value unlike good dog food.
But a dog cannot avoid skin rashes forever. Even if you are the most attentive, cleanest and most caring dog parent, he or she will still get skin rashes at one point in his or her doggie life. So what do you do in times when your furry friend is scratching and gnawing at his or her skin like crazy?
1. First of all, give your dog a bath. Find a shampoo that is both medicinal and at the same time, anti tick and fleas.
2. Check the food that your dog eats. If you've just changed your dog's food brand, and he or she seems to have acquired the habit of scratching, then you may need to buy your old brand back because the new one is making your poor pooch itch. Better yet, consider some of the natural diets. Type in "BARF diet" on the Internet and you'll find a lot of great resources. Keep in mind that certain breeds are pre-disposed to certain allergies (I.e. Shih Tzus tend to be allergic to chicken). If, in any doubt, talk to a holistic minded veterinarian or nutritionist who can show you the proper meal plan.
3. Some dogs are itching because they are restless. Giving your dog enough exercise might just do the trick.
4. You may also consider purchasing products that specialize in treating dog skin rashes. There are a variety out there but one of the most effective ones I've ever seen contains the Mayan traditional herb Tepezcohuite an all-natural dog balm called K9 KlearUp It's guaranteed to help clear up the 17 most common canine skin and coat problems).
So there you have it, some simple solutions to help get rid of a severe dog skin problem: skin rashes. Your dog should be wagging his tail again in no time!
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