How to detox your dog’s world

2 CommentsMonday, 7 January 2013  |  Kate

There are three areas to look at when you have an itchy dog that can really make a difference and help to identify, and eliminate those pesky allergens.

Detoxing the Dog

It's not rocket science, we are what we eat, and do. Keeping their immune system in good shape gives them the best chance of fighting whatever comes their way.

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  • Regular exercise gets everything moving, improves circulation and improves the immune system.
  • A healthy diet is essential to ward off allergies. Feed the best quality food you can. The same goes for treats.
  • Supplements can help especially for dogs suffering from seasonal or airbourne allergies. Yumega Plus is an omega oil blend specifically for itchy and sensitive skin. Allergy-X biscuits from Verm-X help to alleviate allergic reactions affecting the skin.
  • Natural flea and worming products improve gut health, making your dog highly unattractive to parasites both internally and externally. Billy No Mates and Verm-X work brilliantly.
Detox the House
If you've never detoxed your house before essentially it's about having a big old clean up, then keeping on top of it. Making your house as allergen free as possible is a lot easier than you think.
  • The Dog's Den. Make sure your dog has a calm bit of space to call their own which is free from other people's clutter.
  • Get a machine washable bed. A waterproof or machine washable bed is a great idea. Regularly hose it down or stick it in the machine to get rid of any allergens. Add a machine washable mat or blanket to a waterproof bed and they're all snugly.
  • Neem is a dream. CSJ make an excellent spray called Skinny Spray. It contains neem oil, a powerful parasite repellent plus essential oils. It will help repel fleas, ticks, mites, mange and lice making your dogs bed a no-go area for parasites.
  • Lose the air fresheners. Bin the lot! They're only masking smells and contain proven allergens such as limonene. Timed release air fresheners are the worst! I have a customer who ditched the air fresheners improving her dogs itching dramatically. The same goes for fabric and carpet fresheners too.
  • Make an enemy of dust and dander. Dust regularly with a damp cloth. That way you're not just sending dust up into the air, you're wiping it away. Remember to dust the furniture, blinds, books and toys too.
  • Mould, mould go away. There's nothing good about mould, unless you're a cheese! Mould can cause respiratory problems for pets as well as humans but it really comes out in pets through their skin. Clean up the mould using a mould and mildew remover.
  • Invest in a good vacuum cleaner. I've got a Dyson fitted with a HEPA filter and a small turbo brush I use just for the sofa. Good for getting rid of unwanted pet hair too so your visitors don't leave with half a cat on their coats!
  • Keep it fresh. Buy smaller amounts of food to have a fast turnover, that way you deter storage mites. If you have the time and inclination, feed fresh food. Always keep the water fresh too.
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  • Dust mites can live practically anywhere. Sadly, just cleaning the carpets isn't enough. Where there's dust, there are mites so make sure to get into all the nooks and crevices between floorboards and around the edges of the room.
  • Wash cushions and blankets. Stick machine washable cushions in with the sheets along with any blanket you curl up on the sofa with. I have a fetching green number you can wash at 60C.
  • Parasites were there first! If you suspect fleas may be lurking in the house get a spray from your vet, Indorex is good. Spray the house and leave it alone for a few hours. That way you know you're starting from scratch.
  • In the garden. Use fertilisers or lawn treatments labelled as safe for pets.
Detox your walks

You can't control much about the environment but you can help your dog fight off what's out there.
  • Suited and booted. If he'll let you, put a t-shirt on your dog. There are plenty of good t-shirts around made especially for dogs and Pawz from Collarways are small rubber boots which fit over their paws. Both will help to stop them picking up allergens from pollens and grass.
  • Spray them before they go out. Again, I can't recommend Skinny Spray enough for this. Spray your dog's coat before you leave the house and they shouldn't pick up any parasites, only sticks!
  • Coming home. When you get home wipe them down with a damp cloth making sure to get in between their paws too. This will help get rid of any pollens, allergens or grass seeds they came into contact with in the woods.

Victoria Bruns
Sunday, 31 December 2017  |  21:30

My dog which is a British Bull Dog, named Maggie, aged 10 months... I took it the vet ? They took samples from her and sent t the labs.. She was diagnosed with mites in the screen.. She had tablets 3x one each day and hibber scrub for her sores .. She had lost pitchers f her fare and has scabies there not getting any better.. What shall I do..

Wednesday, 17 January 2018  |  10:56

Hi Victoria

I'd clean her with Skinny Shampoo then spray her with Skinny Spray once a day. Get it from us at My Itchy Dog. This will kill the mites she has now. You can also spray it on bedding.

Then I'd put her on Billy No Mates for life to protect her from fleas, ticks and mites. That lot will sort her out.