5 Simple Steps to Healing & Preventing
Skin Conditions in Animals

Continued from the May 2012 holistic email newsletter

So we are going to talk about 5 simple steps to healing and preventing skin conditions along with some general tips.

#1 is nutrition. If your animal is having skin problems, chances are it is are a result of the food your animal is eating. Not only can the food cause an allergic type reaction that is ongoing, it can weaken the immune system. Check with your vet to determine if there are any health issues that could be causing your animal's skin problems. If your animal has specific health issues, it is best to check with your vet before adjusting their diet. It is great if you can work with a holistic vet that uses muscle testing. We have seen a lot of people simply change their animal’s diet and the skin conditions are gone. There are foods that heat up the body (cause inflammation of the skin or make it worse), such as chicken and lamb, which are hot meats in traditional Chinese medicine. Turkey, a cool protein, can often do the trick as it cools down the body. Many dogs and cats are sensitive to grains and should be on a grain free diet. Some are allergic to dairy or other food products. If you have not read our 11 page nutrition report that you received when you became an email subscriber, you need to do so. It helps to explain so much about food for dogs and cats. For horses, they can be sensitive too. Some “hot” foods are oats and sweet feed while some “cool” foods are wheat bran and barley. But if your horse is sensitive to grains, which some are, then you should consider a non-grain food like beet pulp (which is considered “neutral” in traditional Chinese medicine.) Looking at your animal’s diet is the very FIRST thing you always should do. This might be all it takes to resolve your skin problems.

How do you know what is the right food? How do you know what are the right supplements? How do you know what are the right amounts? You muscle test to determine what is best for your animal. Otherwise, you really are spinning your wheels as you will have to spend time and money, not to mention your animal’s health, while going through trial and error. If you do not know how to muscle test, we offer an instructional ebook with photos that teaches you how to do muscle testing for animals and people. We also offer nutritional consultations and have clients from all over. Because this is energy related, we only need to have a photo of your animal. We do not have to see your animal in person.

#2 is stress. Yes animals get stressed but they also can hold onto things that happened a long time ago, even before you knew them – EVEN if you knew them from a very young age. How can you help them? You have to look at ways to help them on an emotional level. Your goal is the help them release those deep emotions. If they can release what is deep inside of them, it can clear up their skin problems. Consider flower essences, Shamballa, EFT, aromatherapy, crystal therapy, color therapy, and homeopathy. How do you know which methods will really help? Instead of just guessing and trying one thing after another, you guessed it – you need to muscle test. Not only will it tell you what you methods will help, but which ones are the very best, in order. Don’t you want to help your animal the fastest way you can? ANYONE can learn how to muscle test. Take a class or learn from our instructional ebook.

#3 is the environment. Many times things in the environment can wreak havoc with the body. Look at what is around your animal, whether they live indoors or outdoors, or both. Are you using chemicals inside or outside your home? Switch to something natural. Use vinegar and water for cleaning. Use steam on your floors. To prevent pests, use diatomaceous earth on your garden and lawn. Create a vinegar solution to kill the weeds. What about your source of water for your animals? If it is city water, it’s filled with chemicals including chlorine. Use purified or spring water instead or get a purifying system.

#4 is parasites. One flea can cause a severe reaction with a dog or cat. Horses can have problems with fly bites. Internal parasites can also lead to skin issues. Probiotics, garlic and food grade diatomaceous earth work from the inside out. Consider essential oil blends to help keep pests off of the body. See the April 2012 newsletter on aromatherapy. Diatomaceous earth can also be used on the body topically. It kills fleas and mites. While some animals are sensitive to oils, DE normally does not cause reactions with the skin.

#5 is vaccinations. Overvaccinating is a big problem. It weakens the immune system and can contribute to health issues including cancer. ONLY give your animals shots if absolutely necessary and when you do, spread them out so they only get one vaccine at a time. Most rabies are good for 3 years. If you don’t have to give it, then don’t. If you don’t have to board your animals, then don’t. Most facilities require vaccinations. Find a facility that is holistic focused and will accept titers from your vet or a letter stating your animal is in good health. Better yet, find a good pet sitter. Your animals will be more comfortable in their own home anyway. Holistic vets are more in tune with the problem of overvaccination. And NEVER vaccinate an animal that is sick. This can make their health really plummet.

Here are some general tips to healing and preventing skin conditions:

  • Consider adding omega fatty acids, apple cider vinegar and kelp or spirulina to your animal’s diet.
  • Keep the color red away from your animal as it can irritate the skin. Red aggravates.
  • Frankincense, lavender and colloidal silver can help topically soothe some skin conditions.
  • If your animal has a fungus like ringworm or rain rot, you can use:

  • Mouthwash in a spray bottle with water can do the trick – especially cost effective for larger areas like on horses.
  • Equal parts water and apple cider vinegar in a spray can be applied.
  • Flower essences like aspen, crab apple, holly and mimulus may help.
  • Essential oils such as ajowan, tea tree, oregano and red thyme may help.
  • Homeopathy such as bacillinum and sepia may be healing.
  • Demodectic mange is usually brought on by stress or emotional issues.

  • Ester C and sesame oil daily may help.
  • Bee pollen, milk thistle and grapefruit see extract may heal.
  • Flower essences agrimony, beech, cherry plum, crab apple and walnut orally may help. You can also apply crab apple topically.
  • Essential oils helichrysum, lavender, niaouli, sweet marjoram and tea tree may help along with the carrier oils of olive, almond, jojoba or coconut.
  • Herbs such as neem, yellow dock, calendula and witch hazel may help when combined with a carrier oil.
  • Homeopathy such as sulfur may be healing.
  • The BEST way to determine what will help your animal is through muscle testing. There are so many options out there, just remember to ALWAYS start with the diet first and then look at additional options. It is imperative the diet is what your animal needs in order to help the immune system. If the diet is off, any resolution will be temporary. Keep in mind that animals change and seasons change, so knowing how to muscle test and stay on top of things is extremely helpful! If you are unsure about how to do muscle testing, remember you can purchase our instructional ebook. You can also consider having a free 30 minute phone consultation with us and we can see how we can help you! Blessings!

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