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B-Naturals Newsletter – June 2011 – Summer Time Brings Skin and Ear Troubles

Special Needs Request for the Texas 200 Rottweilers

In April, we wrote to you about the Texas 200 Rottweiler Rescue Mission that resulted in placing over 200 adult Rottweilers into rescues and permanent adoptive homes across the country.

Many of these dogs are special needs and require additional medical care.

Please make a donation to the American Rottweiler Club Disaster Committee to help with the continued medical needs, food and training of these Rottweilers.

Want to Feed the Best Diet for Your Dog, But Don’t Know How?

Now there is a fast and easy way to learn! Check out Lew Olson’s easy-to-follow, on-line course videos! Read on to learn about Canine Nutrition and preparing Raw and Home Cooked Diets! Click for Video

Donations can be made through the ChipIn Link Below:

http://arcdc.chipin.com/arc-disaster-fund-rottweiler-rescue (editor’s note, chipin link is no longer active)

Skin and Ear Troubles!

In the United States, spring has brought with it severe drought to some and serious flooding to others. Both of these conditions cause either too much dryness and dust or too much moisture and humidity. When the temperatures get warm, it creates an environment that is perfect for bacteria and/or yeast to flourish.

Skin and Coat

Skin problems can erupt in a variety of ways. You may see issues arise on one specific area, such as the base of the tail, the feet or in another localized area. It may also present issues in large patches on the body. In any of these situations, the first defense is to bathe the dog with a drying type of shampoo, such as those that are oatmeal based. If the itching is due to environmental causes, it should help immediately and provide comfort for at least a short period of time. Bathing removes the offending allergens and gives short term relief. You can use a rinse of ¾ water and ¼ white vinegar after fully rinsing the dog of the shampoo. This helps remove all the soap from the skin and helps to kill yeast.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, I use either a mix of Aloe Vera gel and witch hazel or Thayer’s Witch Hazel and Aloe on the affected areas. The witch hazel helps stop the itching temporarily and the Aloe Vera cools and helps heal the affected area.

If the itching and irritation persists, it is time to check for fleas. Even one flea bite on some dogs can cause long term itching and scratching. The best way to check is with a good inspection of the coat and skin. A flea comb can help with this. If you are certain there are no fleas, it is probably time to take your dog to your veterinarian and get a skin scraping and culture, to check for yeast and/or bacteria. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Yeast can be corrected with diet and supplements. Yeast likes sugar so it is good to avoid high carbohydrate diets. Home cooked or raw diets work best. Berte’s Ultra Probiotic Powder helps balance the good flora and fauna in the digestive tract, which helps fight and kill yeast.

If the cultures come up negative, you may be dealing with food allergies but those are not common and generally don’t develop until the dog is a year of age or older. Food elimination diets work best. For good information on elimination diets, please visit this website:


Antihistamines may help! Benadryl can be used in dogs, but please check on dosing with your veterinarian! Another more natural antihistamine is Tasha's Skin and Coat (no longer available, please use Animals’ Apawthecary Spring Tonic instead). This is an herbal blend that contains nettles and can help control itching and scratching. You administer this herbal tincture by simply applying the recommended dosage on the gum line twice daily.

Treating skin problems requires consistency and persistence. You need to bath your dog regularly and continue applying the Thayer’s Witch Hazel or Halo Derma Dream to the affected areas to help heal and sooth the skin.

It is also very important to help support the dog’s immune system. When a dog’s immune system is compromised, it can over react to normal substances in the environment which results in allergic reactions. Good supplements to help the immune system include EPA fish oil capsules. These contain omega 3 fatty acids, which not only help with coat and skin health, but also help with the immune system. Give one capsule per 10 pounds of body weight daily, with food.

The Berte’s Immune Blend contains antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, as well as probiotics which help restore normal flora and fauna in the digestive tract. It also contains l-Glutamine, which aids digestion and helps with healing.

Ear Problems

Both humidity and warm weather also tend to bring on ear problems. You may notice your dog shaking their head or holding their head at an angle. A closer inspection may show redness in the ear canal, dampness in the ear or maybe a brown, waxy discharge. A trip to your veterinarian may be in order, to have an ear culture done. Three things can cause ear problems: ear mites, bacteria or yeast. Ear mites are less likely but easy for your veterinarian to see under a microscope. A culture can determine if bacteria are present and also determine what bacteria it is so the right antibiotic can be prescribed. Yeast is often the likely culprit. Heat and humidity create the perfect environment for yeast to grow in the ear canal and, if it gets severe, bacteria can occasionally develop as well.

If your veterinarian prescribes an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection, the antibiotics can cause yeast to develop. Therefore, it is important to add probiotics to the dog’s diet during the antibiotic duration and for several weeks after the medication is finished so the good flora and fauna bacteria is restored in the body.

For mild yeast problems in the ear, sometimes a simple remedy of equal parts of water and white vinegar are effective as an ear wash. Clean the ears daily for a week to relieve this problem. PLEASE REMEMBER! Never flood the dog’s ears with liquid and then leave the liquid in the ears. Liquid put in a dog’s ear daily can cause permanent ear drum damage. It is best to use a small amount and then carefully wipe out any excess. Do check your dog’s ears often and use the white vinegar and water rinse as needed. I have also added Aloe Vera to this mixture as it helps cool and heal the ear.

Happy Father’s Day to the Dad’s and we wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy Summer! Please make sure your dog has fresh water available around the clock during these hot summer months! And just in case you happen to be in an area that is visited by skunks, below is a great recipe for getting rid of skunk odor. I sure hope no one needs to use it!

Recipe for Getting Rid of Skunk Odor

  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of baking
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid soap

When mixed together, the ingredients in this recipe form an alkaline peroxide. This chemically changes the skunk essence into sulfuric acid, which is a completely odorless chemical. The soap helps break down the skunk essence making it more susceptible to the other chemical. Mix the ingredients in an open plastic or stainless steel container and bathe the animal in the solution. Rinse well and repeat if necessary. This mixture is rather volatile, so do not store this mixture or the jug will explode. Make up this recipe only when you need it and dispose of any remaining mixture after you are done using it.

Rottie Puppy

spring flower.

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