August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a golden retriever parent talk about their goldens’ itchy ears, red paws, repeated scratching… does it have to be that way? I truly believe the answer is no.
Goldens and other pets wind up at the vet all too often due to itchies, redness, allergies (or what are thought to be allergies but may not be) and other related problems.
Medications certainly have their place, and proper diagnosis is crucial to determine the root cause of problems. Is it seasonal, environmental, viral, fungal, bacterial, diet related? Let your vet help you with the diagnosis. If your dog has a bug, infection or chemical exposure causing a problem, it will need to be fixed first, or alongside my diet plans.
Over the years, I have shared many articles on the topic of our itchy pets.
And I have to tell you… aside from the occasional itch or irritation, my two golden retrievers do not have the chronic skin problems, ear infections or other issues many goldens suffer.
The skin is the largest organ. If your golden retriever is suffering chronic skin issues, he or she may be trying to detox through the skin in an attempt to get rid of toxins.
One thing to keep in mind: If your dog is experiencing skin issues AND gastrointestinal issues at the same time, it is most likely food related.
Again and again, I see skin and other issues clear up with the use of better food, and supplements.
Thank you and lots of love to your golden retrievers! ~ Sarah