Like humans, dogs can get itchy skin through contact with pollen, grass or even carpet. Certain foods can also cause the reaction. Like humans, dogs and cats can develop dermatitis, or inflamed skin and skin rashes, from a number of causes, including allergies, fleas, mange, mites, and bacterial or fungal infections. Of all of the dog skin conditions, atopic dermatitis is one of the most common. Atopic dermatitis affects approximately 1 in 10 dogs with a varying degree of severity.
Skin Conditions are one of the most common reasons people seek out veterinary care for their furry friends. It is estimated that Americans spend more than $100 Million Dollars a year struggling with skin problems and it is also estimated that more than 50% of the total veterinarian expenses in the Southern United States is due to trying to treat “Hot Spots”. One of the country’s largest pet insurance companies cites skin allergies a the second most common claim made for dogs and the fifth most common claim for insured cats. Skin diseases in horses are prevalent throughout the year. It is not only the site of the irritation that’s a problem, but the general health of the horse since the immune barrier has been breached.
The key ingredients in ResQ Organics Skin Treatment are of Manuka Honey and Cehami Extract. Manuka Honey from New Zealand is a potent natural healing agent used to treat burns and wounds. It regenerate skin cells and heals wounds 30% faster without infections because it kills ANY virus, fungus and bacteria including Staph.
Healing Properties of Manuka Honey
Horses’ Wounds Heal Better With Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey Benefits for Dogs
Honey’s acidity or pH is low enough to hinder or even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria. Also, an enzyme in honey produces hydrogen peroxide which is an antibacterial agent. It has been shown that honey reduces inflammation and soothes the pain of wounds and burns.
Because of these properties, liquid or soft honey can be used topically to heal wounds and burns. (You can also use herbal honey if you have it):
Burns: Clip off the hair around the burned area and wash the area with vinegar. Then apply honey liberally to the area every 10 minutes or so until the pain subsides, after which you can put a dressing on the burned area lightly. The good thing about dressings made with honey is that they don't stick to the wound, so newly formed tissue is not so easily compromised.
Wounds: For other minor cut wounds, scratches, etc., simply apply honey to the affected areas without bandaging. Try to let the honey stay on the wounds for at least 20 minutes or so.
Honey is safe for dogs to consume. However, if your dog has diabetes, you should consult your holistic veterinarian first. Although tests have shown that some types of honey may cause a lower rise in blood sugar and thus may be safe for dogs with diabetes, data on the types of honey safe for diabetic dogs are not available. Taken internally, honey benefits dogs in different ways:
Allergies: If your dog suffers from seasonal allergies, try feeding him a tablespoon of local honey twice a day. (This works for people with seasonal allergies as well!). The minute amount of local pollen in the honey desensitizes the dog's body so that the immune system will not over-react to the pollen when exposed to larger amounts in spring and summer.
Gastrointestinal Problems: Due to its antibacterial properties, honey benefits dogs who are suffering from GI problems caused by overgrowth of harmful bacteria, such as gastritis, IBD and colitis.
Manuka Honey For Kennel Cough
Recipe - Manuka Biscuits Recipe
Here is a recipe that is not only yummy, but also nutrient-packed! (From The Animal Wellness Magazine):
- 4 cups whole oat flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup oat bran
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons Manuka honey
- 2 tablespoons unsulphured blackstrap molasses
- 2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor. The dough is ready when it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured cutting board.
- Knead a few times. Add more whole oat flour if dough is too wet.
- Take small pieces of dough and roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 inches.
- Cut into desired shapes.
- Place cut-out pieces on lightly oiled or parchment paper-covered cookie sheets.