First a disclaimer: this is in no way professional veterinary advice, simply the regimen I follow for my dogs Daisy and Tilly, which keeps them flea free, fit and in superb condition with energy to burn.
I think it is very simple to keep your dog in tip top condition with the healthy food and fats that you yourself eat (not bones obviously!) and just as we exhort with humans: healthy skin is healthy itch free fur, easily done with our fabulous chemical free all natural pet shampoo bars!
- Feed them quality raw meat, bones and vegetables: no commercial canned slime/food whatsoever. My belief is that the sugar in canned food is what attracts fleas, but that is only an observation of poor animals that are fed nothing but this rubbish, essentially junk food for animals, which so often is allergenic and can drive the itching and scratching.
- Feed high quality raw meat ( I give mine chicken necks and minced beef/kangaroo)
- Add grated veggies like carrot or zucchini ( fresh veggies benefit humans and dogs love them too)
- A raw egg beaten once a week and mixed into food ( rich in vitamins and lecithin)
- Raw coconut oil ( a teaspoon melted and mixed in once every two days)great for skin, brain fur and everything!
- A couple of tablespoons of mashed canned mackerel in oil ( rich in omega 3 fats)
- Dogs do not need washing unless they are actually dirty…if you do, stop using liquid detergent pet shampoos, which like human shampoos invariably contain SLS ( Sodium Laureth Sulphate) a potent and toxic degreaser which strips the hair/fur and dries the skin, leading to itching in itself.
- Instead use our fabulous pet shampoo bars which are simply an old fashioned olive oil rich soap made in exactly the same way as our human soaps: with flea chasing Neem oil ( called the pharmacy tree in India where it grows profusely) and Pennyroyal essential oil used for generations to deter fleas.
- Using our bar with a scalp massage brush reaches deep into the fur and massages the hair follicle, promoting growth of healthy fur and conditions the skin.
- Rinsing with a couple of tablespoons of cider vinegar in the last rinse water helps calm itching and is a great thing to do if your dog has itchy skin and eczema.
- Try the raw food diet in the wiki link below and you will likely see a MASSIVE improvement in your dog’s health/skin condition anyway!