A small dog has been biting himself on the back legs and there are no fleas. He had raw spots that became scabs after a gentle herbal cream was used. The biting is persisting so she is thinking of going to her conventional vet. My answer to her.
To know more about what may be causing this or to treat it, a few of the questions I would ask include:
- past problems?
- Do you know if the biting came first or the spot?
- have you clipped the hair in the area, cleaned well then tried several different topical treatments? Some skin soothes are in my article.
- Have you asked an intuitive healer/animal communicator?
- Have you done Reiki (reason for everyone to get attuned)?
- Are there any of the early warning signs or any spots anywhere else on his body?
- did your analog electric meter just get replaced with a smart meter in the last few months?
- Are there any emotional issues happening in the house that may be causing anxiety and biting on the leg?
- Is there any hint of lameness or pain that could cause him to bite?
- Energy level change?
This is the approach we take from a holistic standpoint. If you do go to your vet and she is conventional, please merely get a diagnosis and do not use steroids or antibiotics, then try some of the treatments below, or even better, begin now to work with a holistic veterinarian who will help the skin issue resolve while building a deeper level of health. If skin problems are suppressed, the vital force may be healthy enough to be ok with this, or it may be weakened so that later it will produce more severe symptoms, or if in between will just bring back the itching. This understanding comes from the homeopathic principles spoken of by Hahnemann in the Organon, one of the reasons I encourage you to take classes in homeopathy – email me for on-line classes.
There are many things you can do to help skin problems at home. These are a few suggestions from the complete article (click here).
You can offer Reiki (once you are trained) daily, use TTouch Anxiety Wrap, oral flower essences, supplements like VetriScience’s Derma Strength, acupressure, bathing, distracting and more for itchy skin and ears.
Rescue Remedy is an easily available (at any health food store and many regular stores) combination flower essence to “rescue” when needed. A drop or two can be added to any of the following topical treatments or 4 drops in a pint of water can be sprayed or sponged on itchy areas or in the ears. Crab Apple is good for skin as well. (Good internally and never harmful)
Other flower essence companies have combination skin and/or ear products. Check out www.GreenHopeEssences.com, www.LittleBigCat.com, www.Anaflora.com, www.perelandra-ltd.com.
Animal’s Apawthecary’s has a great Herbal Ear Rinse and Fido Derm Spray (www.ChristinaChambreau.com/products)
Annie’s Herbal Ear Relief (Petsage.com)
Ayush Herbs: Neem oil (www.ayush.com)
Ark Natural’s Ears All Right and Royal Coat supplement. (www.arknaturals.com)
From the Grocery or Health Food Store:
Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe vera (from the plant or purchased), Calendula gel, Hypericum gel, Mullin or Mullin and Garlic, SSSTing SSSStop, Oatmeal baths. Put raw oatmeal in a stocking, get it wet, and then drip the liquid on the skin or in the ears.