Honeyvale Herbs Skin Itch Relief (Dogs) (500gr) (Pouch)
The most common skin disorder we come across daily when meeting new pet parents and fur kids is allergic (atopic) dermatitis , or more correctly, canine atopic dermatitis (CAD). This condition results in itchiness after exposure to environmental (usually airborne) allergens (foreign protein that induce allergies).
Adverse reactions to food consist of two different responses: immune-mediated and non-immune-mediated. The disease caused by the former is called food allergy and is a type-IV hypersensitivity reaction, whereas the latter reaction is recognized simply as food intolerance. True food allergies are quite rare in pets.
Food intolerances, in which the pet develops an allergic response to a non-nutrient in the food, such as additives, colouring, flavour enhancers and preservatives, however, is increasing based on our daily interactions. While dietary therapy is not a mainstay in the treatment of itchy pets, feeding the best, most natural and holistic diet possible is recommended. All pets, regardless of the presence of disease, benefit from eating the best diet. Supplements work best when fed with a good diet. Supplements form the foundation of the treatment of many pets with allergic dermatitis, so feeding the best diet to these pets is indicated.
Some pets experience modest to dramatic improvement in their skin disorders (such as less itching, less flakiness, less redness, or less body odour) when fed a wholesome diet, even when the diagnosis of “food allergy” is not technically the correct diagnosis. This may be the result of contamination of the commercially purchased diet with additives, chemical preservatives, pesticides, or hormones. It may also occur as the result of processing the food, which removes nutrients from the diet and alters the nutrients. For example, heating of the foods to temperatures over 200 degrees’ Celsius causes an increased level of trans-fatty acids. Many foods contain increased levels of Omega-6 fatty acids relative to Omega-3 fatty acids; increased Omega-6 fatty acids predispose to inflammation. Because a wholesome diet designed to be hypo-allergenic is also available in raw format, dietary therapy is often recommended for pets with skin disorders.
To evaluate the response of a pet with a suspected reaction to food, it is necessary to feed the hypo-allergenic diet, and nothing else, for at least 8 weeks. Fresh water (or distilled water) should be used during this period. No treats or table scraps can be given to the pet, or the 8-week dietary trial must begin again.
The most common reason for failing to improve is one of two causes:
- The pet’s itching is not related to food allergy / hypersensitivity;
- Or the pet parent rushes the dietary trial and does not give the pet at least 8 weeks to see whether the hyper-allergenic diet will work.
Start by switching your fur kid to natural raw cuisine for a minimum period of 8 to 12 weeks (3 months or 90 days) based on the Simply Pets Veterinary Formulated Meals. This is due to the skin taking at least 90 days to recover and / or regenerate. If the condition is atopic dermatitis, we also recommend supplementing with Promix Itch Ease Coat Enhancer, as it supplies non-animal Omega 3 and 6 oils in the diet at the same time, made from Canola Oil. Canola Oil does not contain any protein and can therefore not cause any allergic reactions.
For supplemental herbal approach, you should consider the Honeyvale Skin Itch Relief Blend. The Skin Itch Relief Blend is used to relieve all types of allergic dermatitis, using 100% natural herbal blend that you mix in with the food.
Contains: Chamomile flowers, Burdock root, Nettle and Garlic.
For long term results, it combines particularly well with the Honeyvale Liver and Blood Tonic Blend. You can substitute the Omega requirements using sardines and use the herbs as your primary therapy.
For those pet parents that do not subscribe to the use of Canola Oil, we also offer the Rooibos Aromatics Rooibos & Chamomile Infused Oil as an alternative oil. Again, you can supplement with fresh frozen sardines and the Honeyvale Skin Itch Relief Blend.
The Honeyvale Skin Itch Relief Blend can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies. The natural treatments are widely used with variable success but have not been thoroughly investigated and proven at this time.
As with any condition, the most healthful natural diet will improve the pet’s overall health.
PLEASE NOTE that herbal and other natural products can harm your
animals – not all plants are safe and gentle! Do not attempt using any
of the ingredients listed, or any other plant matter, without the
guidance of a qualified herbalist.
|Herbs||Chamomile flowers, Burdock Root, Nettle, Garlic|
|Dept of Agriculture|
Skin Itch Relief (Dogs) (500gr) (Pouch)
- Brand: Honeyvale Herbs
- Product Code: HV-PB-SKIN-01
- Availability: Pre-Order
- Ex Tax: R237.39