Skin conditions in dogs, as in anyone, can be common. The modern world is highly toxic, with toxins in the air, the food, the water, the furnishings. It’s hard to avoid altogether, although every effort should be made to minimise exposure. This is as true for your dog as it is for you.
Along with the liver, kidneys, lungs and intestines, the skin is a dumping ground for toxins. However, while the internal organs can suffer more with high toxin loads, the skin suffers little, so is the preferred dumping ground in healthy dogs.
Unsightly as it may be, as irritating as it can be, skin conditions in dogs show that your dog has a relatively high immune system. Certainly something is disturbed to have the condition. But the fact that the body has chosen the skin, means that your dog’s immunity is relatively intact.
When skin conditions are suppressed by potions such as zinc dressings, calamine lotion or worse still, internal drugs such as antibiotics or cortisone, then the immune system suffers and the skin may be blocked as a way of free expression of an inner disturbance.
This is when the internal organs are affected, creating deeper pathology.
Instead of taking your dog to the veterinarian, who will invariably provide you with a suppressive measure as the means to control the problem, consider the possible causes. Your vet is not trained to do this, so it’s up to you.
There are two strong contenders as to the causes, both of which increase the toxin load on your dog.
- commercial dog food
- veterinary medicines, including vaccines
Commercial dog food is touted as being ‘balanced’, scientifically proven’, ‘supported by leading vets’, ‘complete’, even ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ as these are market leading words.
All the reassuring words in the world do not take away the fact that they are nutritionally deficient and loaded with cheap chemicals to try to address this, to colour, to flavour, to improve the consistency, to preserve. Commercial dog food is made by corporations. The only concern of corporations is to make a healthy profit. The rest is simply window dressing.
Every veterinary drug is toxic to the system and lowers the immune system. Their only aim is to suppress the symptoms, which keeps you happy. There is no attempt to find the cause, to rectify this or to treat the problem.
It’s down to you to understand how these factors impact on your dog’s life, not to mention your heart and your wallet. It’s down to you to search for alternatives, of which there are plenty. It’s down to you to question everything you are told and look for reasons as to why you are being told this.
Two year olds are very good at asking why. They do so relentlessly and without a care for your exasperation. Be like a two year old. Ask why aplenty. Your dog gives you everything. Isn’t it up to you to return the favour?. Skin conditions in dogs can be fully treated. But not by anything that increases the toxin load.