|Barked: Wed Oct 27, '10 7:31am PST |
|Many dogs itch if their diet includes corn, wheat, or soy in their dog food. Check ingredients. Most dogs can eat sweet potato based dog foods without any wheat, corn or soy. Try California Natural Herring and Sweet Potato in both dry and canned at www.USBones.com and they have entire lines of natural dog foods and salmon oil and natural supplements.
Adding fish oil or salmon oil or olive oil to the food is great to help prevent itching.
Also what do you clean your house with?
Many dogs are allergic or itch if you are using chemicals to clean your house or carpets. Instead use natural anti bacterial vinegar for cleaning the bathrooms and kitchens. Also when cleaning carpet, spray it down or soak it with vinegar before carpet cleaning. Buy vinegar by the gallon for $2. Also look for natural alternatives for the yard, many dogs are allergic to synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Also, after your dog swims, rinse off with fresh water from your hose or your sprayer in your shower, towel dry, then spray or sponge on vinegar, that will kill the yeast that grows in the wet hair that can make dogs itch. My Golden swims daily, we rinse her off with the hose or in the shower, towel dry, then I fill her ears with vinegar with a squeeze bottle and spray her hair down with vinegar. It has been the best tip ever. Healthy ears for years now and no itchy or stinky dog.
The vinegar is the best tip I have ever learned about. I was amazed how well it works. It is the best anti bacterial and safe around pets or kids even if they drink it. Before we had a terrible time with yeast in the ears and the itchy skin. No more now. I wish someone had told us sooner.
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