We love our pets very much and seeing them in pain is something now pet owner wants to experience. Excessive scratching and licking are one of the more common and persistent issues affecting dogs. And one of the more common issues pet owners often struggle finding a permanent treatment for.
Why is this?
One of the biggest reasons pet owners have issues diagnosing dog skin issues is simply because there are different conditions that may exist and, for the majority of them, the trick is not only to treat the symptom but address the root cause as well. So let’s spend a little time addressing canine manage and how to properly treat it.
There are two primary types of dog mange, demodectic and Sarcoptic. Today we are going to focus on Demodectic because it is the more common form of mange. This type of mange typically causes frequent scratching and discomfort in isolated areas on the dog’s skin. Often you will see bald spots and sometimes red infected areas. Click here to know how you can tell if your dog has mange or not.
If left untreated demodectic mange can turn into a bacterial infection called pyodermatitis due to the spread of bacteria as a result of licking and scratching). If a bacterial infection spreads, you may be dealing with two skin infections – mange and pyodermatitis which will need to be treated separately.
So how is Demodectic Mange properly treated?
There are two steps that must be followed to successfully treat this type of manage to keep it from returning. The first step is to kill the mites and eggs that are on your dog’s skin. This is best done by using an all natural dog mange shampoo. We recommend using EvolutionPets’ RenuPlex Extra Strength Medicated Shampoo. This dog shampoo is all natural and very effective and eliminating both mites and eggs. Most importantly, it uses safe essential oils, not harmful chemicals. Depending on the severity of the mange multiple baths may be needed to completely rid your dog of all mites and mange. A spray with similar ingredients to the shampoo can also be used in-between baths and is a great supplement to the medicated dog shampoo.
The next step in this is very important. It is essentially rebuilding and strengthening your dog’s immune system so it can properly defend against demodectic mites from multiplying and spreading on your dog’s skin. You see, if your dog’s skin immune system is strong and healthy it will prevent the mites from spreading. In fact, having a few mites on a dog’s coat is normal. The problems arise when the immune system can’t control them from spreading. The best way to rebuild your dog’s immune system is to introduce digestive enzymes into their diet. Digestive enzymes are responsible for breaking down and processing nutrients in your dog’s food. If your dog’s digestive tract is not properly processing these nutrients, the immune system will essentially be deprived and not function at peak performance.
While digestive enzymes occur naturally in your dog’s digestive tract, many dog’s lack sufficient quantities to digest processed foods that are more common today. Therefore, simply supplementing your dog’s diet with natural digestive enzymes will help to rebuild the immune system, which will then help to eliminate the mange. We recommend SkinPlex PLUS Dog Digestive Enzymes. SkinPlex contains complete formulation of enzymes and also includes other essential ingredients such as Zinc which has been shown to help build immune systems. When adding digestive enzymes to your dog’s diet please remember that it takes about 25 to 30 days before the enzymes are fully absorbed and effective in the digestive tract. Also, as with any supplement, please be sure to follow the label’s directions and discontinue use immediately if you notice any adverse reactions. We hope this article was informative!