Allergies are caused by a variety of things – the most common
are: food, atopy (environmental), and parasites. This produces
the secondary signs of chronic itching, infected skin, red
lesions, pustules, thickened black skin, ear infections, and
chronic paw licking.
Antibiotic and steroid therapies may make the symptoms disappear,
but the underlying cause will continue, and the disease may be
pushed deeper into your pet’s body to result in a much more
serious disorder over time.
All forms of chronic skin disease have two things in common:
•All are connected to diet
•All are less likely to occur in animals who have a healthy GI
tract with good waste elimination, and strong immune systems.
Tonic herbs are used to gently support your pet’s cleansing
systems – it makes it easier for your pet to heal himself.
Tonics: A Basic Formula for Chronic Skin Problems
•2 parts Burdock root, 1 part Dandelion, 1 part Red Clover, 1
part garlic powder.
•Tincture, tea, or the pressed juice of the fresh herb must be
•Flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, fish oil,
or a prepared multi-essential fatty acid supplement should be fed
along with this formula.
Dose: 1 tablespoon per forty pounds of the animal’s body weight
This tonic will assist organ functions and help optimize the
absorption of needed nutrients.
Herbal Symptomatic Relief
For animals with itchy skin, use an oatmeal based shampoo. Peppermint or lavender skin rinse is another option to help relieve itching.
If Itching is associated with minor redness, a daily skin rinse of cooled chamomile, plantain, or calendula tea may bring relief. Completely soak your pet with the tea, and allow your pet to drip dry.
If scabs or sores are present, try combining calendula and comfrey with sage or thyme tea in equal proportions. When cooled and used in a rinse, this will speed up the healing process and help prevent any bacterial infection.
With bacterial skin infection, use internal doses of Echinacea tincture, and use external doses of herbs such as Echinacea and Oregon Grape, or Goldenseal, in tincture or salve format.
For severe itching, using internal doses of licorice may bring relief. Licorice can help boost production of corticosteroids in the body and provide direct anti-inflammatory help. Use licorice only for short-term inflammatory flare-ups.