Skin problems are quite common in dogs. So are fleas. And allergies. Your veterinarian will probably tell you that your dog can be allergic to a single flea and this can create a skin rash. Then they prescribe a highly toxic flea preparation.
To me, this is illogical and unintelligent. Let’s examine why.
Dogs, and other furry animals will probably always be susceptible to the odd flea. In the wild, this is normal. So why do domestic pets commonly suffer from flea population explosions?
It’s all to do with the diet. Wild dogs, on the natural diet their species evolved on, have a healthy skin pH which, for the most part, repels fleas. Certainly their populations cannot explode, as they do with domestic dogs on their highly unnatural and toxic diet.
If, and I am skeptical, dogs are allergic to a single flea, then this is not a natural occurrence. Allergies are a sure sign that the dog’s immune system is very low. Two major contributions to this, in my opinion, is the diet and the health care system.
Commercial dog food is, for the most part, low in quality and high in toxicity. This does an excellent job in lowering an immune system all by itself. But couple that with the immune suppressant medical drugs and vaccines and it is a wonder that dogs can survive at all.
Just improving one of them will immediately allow your dog’s immune system to rally and clear some of the backlog of healing. By changing both, even an older dog is likely to have the energy and the enthusiasm for life of a puppy.
The body, of anyone including your dog, has a wisdom and intelligence that works by any means of keeping it healthy despite the garbage thrown at it. There is an order in health decline. When a dog faces the first hurdle of imbalance, the skin will be the first place to show it. The skin is the least important organ of the body, so a skin eruption is not going to do much more than cause an irritation.
If the skin eruption is suppressed and so denied expression, then the body has to turn to the next least important organ to release the tension. After the skin, comes digestive problems – poor assimilation, production of gas, stomach pain, constipation and diarrhoea.
If these symptoms are suppressed, then the body has to look for the next level, and so on until the nervous system and brain are reached, which normally spells death.
Once this process is known about, as homeopaths do, then you know that when a skin eruption is apparent, the health of the dog is quite good, or at least not badly suppressed. So the healing may not take a very long time.
By the way, a bad body odour is not the same as a skin eruption. A strong body odour that doesn’t respond to regular bathing tends to indicate a deep chronic condition. One that will probably take time to fully heal.
If you use a commercial flea preparation, then I urge you to check out the ingredients, before you use it again. Let’s look at Frontline. According to Wikipedia, Fipronil, the active ingredient, is a slow acting poison which disrupts the central nervous system. Imidacloprid, the main ingredient of Advantage blocks nerve receptors. If they can do this to insects, it’s likely that they will have at least some deleterious effect on the host of the insect.
Doesn’t it make more logical sense to find the cause of the problem and address that, rather than to further compound the health of your dog? Does anyone mainstream care about the health of your dog or does it all come down to money?