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Itchy Dog Disease 101

It’s About That Time

It happens every year. The weather starts to warm up and the long walks with your dog are finally back. For once you’re finally not freezing and don’t have to hurry back inside. You and your dogs are enjoying the outside and then it begins. 

They stop in their tracks. 

And so commences the itching. 

It never ends. 

 

News Flash

Your dog isn’t the only one that’s incredibly itchy all the time. SO MANY other dogs are suffering from the same problem. 

In fact, according to Pets Best, the top 10 Dog Health Issues were:

  1. Environmental Allergies (Atopy) – 9.7 Percent
  2. Ear Infections (Otitis) – 5 percent
  3. Cancer (all types) – 4.2 percent
  4. Osteoarthritis – 3.3 percent
  5. Mass – 2.7 percent
  6. Cruciate Ligament Injury – 2.5 percent
  7. Gastrointestinal Condition – 2.3 percent
  8. Hypothyroidism – 2.2 percent
  9. Pyoderma – 1.9 percent
  10. Lameness – 1.7 percent

What’s important to recognize here is that environmental allergies, “can be seasonal in nature but they can also be chronic, requiring ongoing treatment such as a daily medication.” 

Seeing our dogs have an itch can be harmless, and sometimes it is. But these claim percentages prove otherwise. In some cases, the itching gets to a point where you can tell your furry friend is miserable and uncomfortable. And at that point, you’d do anything to relieve their pain. 

 

Immune Overload 

So what is the cause of all of this itching? Allergic, itchy skin is an immune breakdown disease. The immune system is going crazy over something it should ignore. 

Like a flea bite.

This shouldn’t pose any significant risk, right? Well, I guess it depends on the dog.

There is a HUGE difference to the reaction of flea bites in a healthy dog versus an allergic dog. 

The healthy dog might occasionally scratch, but for the most part, ignore it. 

Unfortunately for the allergic dog, there is an insane over-reaction to the flea bite. These symptoms look like:

  • Desperate chewing, licking, biting, and scratching that occupies large amounts of the day and night
  • Denuding the fur
  • Moist, oozing red patches (“hot spots”)
  • Chewing to the point of bloody sores
  • A foul odor, an oily coat, shedding all over the house.

You can easily see the difference, and worse than that, your dog can FEEL the difference. 

So what makes one dog healthy, while another can hardly make it through the day?

 

Vaccine Troubles

The top reason for this itchy skin is closely being associated with vaccinations. 

It doesn’t take much to notice that vaccinations cause allergies. Mark Carpenter, a British Holistic Vet observed, 

“In practice I have seen what I believe to be vaccine related problems of skin disease (allergic)…which appear to have been triggered or coincided with vaccination.”

When that load of viruses, killed or alive, was squirted under Spot’s perfect skin and circulated throughout the inner reaches of his body, the attack began.

Spot’s “genetic expectation” was to meet a single virus through a natural barrier, like his nose or mouth, and have time to alert his immune system in an orderly manner. 

 

DANGER! INVADER! ALERT!

Through a complex series of signals and alerts, Spot’s immune system has evolved to sequentially alert his defenses and block that single virus at every inner gate from gaining the most serious level: systemic, in the bloodstream and traveling throughout the body. 

  1. First gate, the mucus membranes in the nose or mouth. 
  2. Second, the lymph nodes and tonsils around the throat.
  3. Next, the lymph nodes along the bronchi or intestines. 

All along the way, signals are calling for reinforcements.

In the act of vaccination, this response system is bypassed. The skin is picked up, the needle put through it, and a load of not one, but multiple viruses injected. 

Right into the inner sanctum. 

The load is picked up by the capillaries in seconds, and is then circulating throughout Spot’s body. 

The natural immune response is now foregone and thus follows a series of problems down the line. 

Can we really be surprised that itching continues to win first place? 

Although intended to help our beloved pets, it’s being recognized more often than not as doing the opposite. 

With knowledge and understanding about why our pets are going through health issues, we can make more informed decisions down the line to make sure our animals are living their most vital lives.

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