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My dog is a terrier/daschund mix. I've had him for 5 years, and over this past year, he has developed skin allergies. Scab-like itching sores on his lower stomach. I took him to the vet, where she prescribed him antibiotics to rid him of this "bacteria". It worked, but now since the warm weather is back, he has them again. I feel as though antibiotics only allows for a short term cure and do not want to continue putting him on this or steroids like she has also suggested. Do you have any insight to offer regarding this? Please advise at your earliest convenience. Thank you -Alyssa-

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May 15, 2013 at 3:24 PM



Dear Alyssa,

In Chinese medicine they find that an increase in heat and dampness in the body can allow for bacteria in the body to thrive. Changing the terrain of the body is more lasting in improving the skin. Derma-IonX which is an oral homeopathic product stimulates the enzyme systems in the body which reduces itching and inflammation, promotes healing of the skin and helps with assimilation of nutritional components in diet and supplements. The supplements I use along with it include Canine probiotics, vitamin C, MSM, and Omega 3,6,9. Together with Derma-IonX it produces a synergistic effect for a faster response. I would also suggest that you give your dog only filtered water for drinking and bathing if your water contains chlorine or fluoride. For the dietary modifications you might want to try a grain free diet for a while. I would also try fish or turkey for protein sources if your dog is not allergic to them. They are considered to be more cooling than chicken or lamb.

Defendex shampoo which is nontoxic washes away debris and soothes the skin. Using these products is an effective way of helping improve the skin. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
May 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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