Dog skin and detox mix

Over the years I have had quite a few dogs with bad skin causing itchiness and general discomfort. Through trial and error, I found that they all reacted really badly to certain foods especially chicken, wheat and soya, vaccines, flea and tick products (Bravecto and Seresto collars are two that stand out clearly in my memory as causing a lot of issues).

This lead me to develop my own food recipes for my dogs and to start feeding raw long before it became more acceptable to do this and before I started my journey into horse and dog nutrition. My dogs’ skin and overall health improved on their new diets but I still had to use cortisone tabs periodically and the odd cortisone injection which I really wanted to avoid due to the long term health risks associated with the drug – I worked for the local vets and they kept re-iterating that cortisone does not cure the itching but covers up the underlying issue, which I was determined to find.

Around 4 years ago I had to deal with pretty severe aggression in my 7-month-old bullterrier (raw fed) which we soon realised occurred if he ate chicken in any form – his skin also got very inflamed and itchy at the same time. A vet I took him to said this is usually due to liver issues caused by chicken.

By removing chicken from his diet and putting him on a supplement I developed for him, he is much improved even now 4 yrs later. He still gets a bit itchy, growly and nippy if I forget his mix and if he gets too much chicken (I do give him the odd bit of chicken liver or bone and he catches/scavenges some of my free-range chickens occasionally) but he is a different dog with the supplement to support his system. There has been nothing like the level of itchiness and aggression we dealt with when he was a pup.

Around the same time as Ranger had his bad aggression episode, I spent a year dealing with a family member with an autoimmune condition. This was a major journey of discovery into, diet, gut health and general toxicity from poor detox pathways. Thankfully we eventually sorted the auto-immune issue out with meds, supplements and diet changes to improve gut health and clear toxins out of the body.

While this was in humans, I learnt a huge amount about gut health and detoxing much of which can be taken across into dogs and horses as the physiology of detox pathways is very similar and the nutrients involved work in much the same way in humans and animals. It was backed up in my horse nutrition courses where detoxing was important in horses who struggle with conditions and are generally not doing well – especially off the track thoroughbreds and those that have had a lot of antibiotics.

Mycotoxins are becoming a major issue in the food chain through various contamination points from the field through to finished products and it is very difficult to remove these threats at each stage of production. While the more common mycotoxins are tested for and food/feeds are recalled when contamination is found, many lesser-known mycotoxins are not tested for and can contaminate our food and environments. These mycotoxins have a very negative impact on health in human’s and animals so it’s vital to remove those that slip through in our pet food relieve various health issues that develop from ingesting them. Luckily for animals, we can use a specially formulated yeast and algae-based binder (Mycosorb A+) that removes multiple mycotoxins without binding essential nutrients in the gut. Read more here about mycotoxins and dogs/pets here 

Putting all this together, I have developed an itchy dog mix/ detox formula for dogs. I have been making the mix over the last 2 to 3 years and so far it is working well. It appears that a one- or two-month course will work well for some dogs and others need to be on it for longer.  My own dogs have been on it every day for the last 2 years or more and if I stop it they do tend to get itchy within a few days.  The ingredients are all nutrients that are part of a dogs’ daily requirements or have been used long term in various animals to improve health so the formula offers nutritional support and will be safe for short or long term feeding.  

The aim of the formula is to reduce mycotoxin absorption from the food, support liver detox with both phase 1 and 2 detox nutrients, add some anti-histamine in a natural form and then to support all this with some selenium, vitamin E and biotin – all of which have numerous supporting and anti-oxidant roles in our bodies.  

My next challenge for the mix is going to be around my dogs’ rabies’ booster time when they usually get bad skin reactions (bull terriers have notoriously bad skin). I will be using the mix to see if it helps reduce this reaction this time as last time they were very itchy and their feet got really sore.  

These before and after pics show this elderly daxi’s response to the mix – the pics were taken 1 month apart and this is what her owner has said – “She has far more energy, has her spirit back and is not scratching much at all”.

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