Dog Care

Help Your Dog’s Dry Flaky Skin

As you may or may not know, I love to add Dr. Becker's wisdom to my website whenever I can. The topic of dry flaky skin is particularly important during the winter months but care should be given year round so your dog or cat enjoys a healthy coat every day. So let's gain a little wisdom from the doctor;

Without This, Your Pet's Skin and Coat Can Suffer
By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Winter is here in most parts of the U.S., and just as cold temperatures and indoor heating tend to make your own hair and skin feel dry and flaky, the same thing can happen to furry family members. But keeping your dog's or cat's coat in healthy condition year-round, including this time of year, is probably easier than you think. More often than not, a pet's flaky skin and dry coat are due to one or more factors, including:

  • Dietary deficiencies
  • An underlying medical condition
  • Lack of regular grooming
  • Infrequent baths (or in rare cases, too frequent baths)

If your dog's or kitty's coat is in bad shape due to one or more of these causes, winter's cold temperatures and low humidity will exacerbate the problem. Your goal should be to consistently maintain your pet's skin and coat in optimum condition year-round to help avoid seasonal problems.

Insuring Your Pet's Diet Is Rich in Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

Lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is a common cause of excessively flaky skin in pets. Dogs and cats need an abundance of omega-3s to be healthy from the inside out. Processed pet food is manufactured at very high temperatures, and since omega-3 fatty acids are sensitive to heat and light, they are inert by the time they are packaged.

Even if you feed your pet homemade raw meals, if you're not following a balanced recipe that calls for extra essential fatty acids (omega-3s from seafood), your dog's or cat's diet is probably unbalanced for fatty acids. In my experience, dietary deficiency of omega-3s is the number one cause of excessively flaky skin in pets.

Whether you feed a commercial or homemade diet, you may need to supplement with essential fatty acids. My favorite omega 3 is krill oil, but I also see good improvement in flaky coats when coconut oil (which does not contain measurable omega 3s or 6s) is supplemented.

Not only are omega-3s important for your dog or cat, so is the dietary ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. Most pet foods, whether commercial or homemade, are rich in omega-6 fatty acids.

Because the average pet diet is heavy in omega-6s, supplementing with additional omega-6s in the form of corn, olive, safflower or even flax oil (which contains some vegetable sources of omega 3s, but also omega-6s) can create an imbalance serious enough to cause skin problems.

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If dry flakey skin can be helped or eliminated with a simple supplement, there's no reason not to give it. Our four legged friends are worth it!

 

25 Dog Health Warning Signs

How can you tell if your dog is sick? What are the signs? Most of the time they are very hard to see so it's important to be aware of even subtle changes in your dog. Here's a list of 25 warning signs:

25 Dog Health Warning Signs

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I’m really good at hiding my symptoms.

By: Caninest

Dogs can be just as good as cats at hiding illnesses.

Experience of ancestors in the wild tells them that a sick animal is especially vulnerable, and this ancient instinct still sticks around today. There are warning signs you can look for, and here we list common dog health warning signs that should have you monitoring your dog or heading to the vet.

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What Dog Food Do You Use?

Choose A Healthy Food For Your Dog

Commercial dog foods pretty much all claim to be formulated to keep your dog healthy. The fact is most of them are mediocre at best and some can be downright dangerous! Do your research before settling on a brand of dog food as well as dog treats. Your canine buddy's life may depend on it! I regularly check http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ to get the latest advice on dog food. They review the ingredients and quality of dry, wet and raw dog foods.

My rule of thumb is that if you can buy it in a supermarket or one of the big box stores, it's not your best choice.

Keep in mind it's all about money and profit. Inferior, inexpensive ingredients increase profits but nobody benefits except the manufacturer and the retailer. Low quality dog food can decrease the life expectancy and compromise the overall health of your dog. Every now and then, it may even kill your furry friend.

Check out this recent article by Dr. Karen Becker, a well known proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian:

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Have You Lost A Dog To Cancer?

Cancer in dogsCancer is one of the leading killers if not the leading killer of dogs. I've personally lost 3 dogs to cancer and to be totally frank, it sucks! Two were only 5 and one was 7 years old, all in the prime of their lives.

Well I read an interview about a very promising new treatment for cancer in pets and potentially for cancer in humans that must be shared.

Exciting News About a Vaccine to Treat Cancer in Pets

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Would You Feed Your Dog Road Kill?

road killWould you feed your dog road kill? How about diseased or euthanized animals? 

Can I interest you in expired meat including the package, diseased cattle, meat by-products including heads, bones, feet, beaks and unborn fetuses? Yuck!!

animal partsOf course not! Well that may be exactly what you're doing every time you open that bag or can of commercial dog food. Commercial dog food came about years ago as a means for these companies to monetize all the crap left over from slaughterhouses. They've since added many of the disgusting items mentioned above. Then they ad flavor enhancers so your dog will eat it.

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Can My Dog Drink Too Much Water?

I try to learn something new every day and today I learned about Water Intoxication. I've had dogs for over 40 years and I never heard of this before but thanks to Dr. Becker, I have now!

This Little-Known Medical Emergency Could Kill Your Pup

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Skunk Rinse For Dogs

skunk Your dog just got sprayed by a skunk! What do you do? The old standby is a wash him in tomato juice. That's great but who keeps enough tomato juice on hand to wash a dog, especially a bi g dog? Here's an even more effective solution and you can keep enough of the ingredients on hand without spending a lot of money. Plus you can quickly mix the solution as many times as necessary until the smell subsides. So watch this quick video from Dr. Becker for the recipe:

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Don’t Over Vaccinate Your Dog

Vaccine Expert ‘Very Disappointed’ with Amount of Vaccines Still Being Given

image028Some canine vaccines can do more harm than good. Leptospirosis Vaccine may be one of them. With several adverse reaction cases to this vaccine for an infection that can be treated with anti-biotics, you have to wonder how necessary it really is. Does the reward outweigh the risks?

This Vaccine Can Impair Your Dog's Immune System

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Protect Your Dog From Canine Flu

Canine Flu is spreading across this country. As of this writing, the Washington Post reports that the H3N2 flu has spread to 12 states. There is a canine flu vaccine available but it is not for the current strain of influenza.

So what can we do to help protect our dogs from this potentially deadly outbreak?

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Topical Products That Are Dangerous To Pets

There are many topical products we use every day, both over the counter and prescripyion, that can be dangerous to our cats and dogs. Hopefully, this article by Dr. Karen Becker DVM will raise awareness for all dog and cat owners. Dr. Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian.

The "Cute" Little Habit That Can Sicken Your Pet – Or Worse

By Dr. Becker

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