Pets are affected by dry leaves, weeds, mold and seasonal allergens! Because pets are low to the ground, they’re susceptible to dry weeds and grasses. If they haven’t had a diet with high amounts of protein, their thin skin absorbs allergens, so that’s another reason to feed good quality protein. For external relief, wipe off their undersides and feet when they come inside. Scratching and itching can be amplified when you turn on the heat in your home, so use a humidifier to keep the skin supple. If they are very itchy, a soothing spray can be made with organic lavender essential oil, aloe vera juice and spring water. Feeding your pets certain foods at specific times of year maintains balance in their body and is a proactive path to better health. During the fall months, you may see skin conditions worsen in a home with dry heat (dry brittle coat, dandruff, extreme shedding), continuous itching with no fleas present, white discharge from the eyes or nose, inhalant allergies and even some digestive issues. So change up the proteins, grains and vegetables in your pet’s diet to support them during the fall season. In most cases, you can choose warming meats like beef, duck and venison; grains like brown rice or oats and vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, dark greens or green beans. Although we prefer the holistic benefits of a homemade or commercially prepared raw diet, there are good choices available in dehydrated, lightly cooked, canned and even some lower-heat processed dry foods. Remember to increase the percentage of total protein to keep your pets warmer from the inside-out.
My recommendations are:
Abandonment and abuse: although she is not any of those things now, she has energetic memory of that, this essence may neutralize it
Spraying: although this was made for cats, it also helps dogs who urinate in the house
Then, there is one Bach flower essence, called "cerato" - which helps with "repeated undesirable behavior" - we don't stock it but can get it for you.
Hope this helps. Please do come in and we'll be glad to help you any way we can.
All the best, Pattie
Yes, to humans, dogs do look hot! But cool themselves down very differently than people do. They breathe through their skin and the pads of their feet. Those fur coats protect them against the sun burning their skin and the circulation under their hair helps to keep them cool. So does "panting" - it's their built in air conditioning system! We do not recommend very short clipping, because of the sunburn and because it takes away the water repellant aspects they'll need in the colder winter months. If you just can't bear it looking at them, then we can do a shorter summer clip that keeps things neat and tidy but retains their natural cooling system.
Choose "cooling" proteins, like pork, duck or whitefish for their foods - in Chinese medicine, these proteins helps them "cool" from the inside out in hot, humid climates during the summer months. This will also help prevent hot spots, itching, scratching and things that present as "allergies" - food makes all the difference! Also, keep grains at a minimum and go for raw foods or good quality grain free foods like Orijen or Acana. Our NaturVet supplements have quercetin, which will help with the summer skin problems too. And, if your pets are swimming in lakes and streams with warm water... absolutely wash them off so they don't have staph bacteria causing problems. Our HomeoPet Skin & Itch Relief tincture will help keep them in balance!
When you look at the weather forecast in the morning, that's the time to start your plan of action. On a hot, humid day when thunderstorms are predicted go ahead and give your dog a homeopathic remedy like HomeoPet "Storm Stress" and then put some in their water bowl. (every day if you need to) - because when you've heard the thunder, your dog felt the energy from it hours ago and it's too late so get ahead of the game. You can do this remedy every fifteen minutes if your dog is acutely scared. Other things that work well with this plan are essential oils like Young Living "Peace and Calming" Therapeutic Oil applied to a Thundershirt. Or we have herbal and flower essences for anxiety too. There are some dogs we've had to give 2-3 options all at one time to keep them from having a meltdown. We'll help you find a solution that's just right for your pet.