A few weeks ago, I noticed that Eleanor, my little bat pig, had developed a skin irritation. As summer quickly approaches, so does itchy and scratchy skin, especially for Frenchies. If you yourself are a proud owner of a French Bulldog, you are most likely privy to the fact that their skin tends to be more sensitive than other breeds. That being said, it's important to have a plan in place for when your Frenchie develops skin irritations.
Everything that I have done to alleviate my little girl's itchies and scratchies can be found in your kitchen cabinet (or at your local grocery store). The two items that I highly recommend are Flax Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar. Both items are great for dogs as well as for humans - go figure!!
Why flax oil? This oil is high in omega-3 fatty acid which has been known to reduce inflammation and skin irritation in animals. Flax oil has many, many health benefits - skin irritation and inflammation reduction are the couple that I am concentrating on in this blog.
Why apple cider vinegar? First, why not!? Apple Cider Vinegar is liquid gold as far as I am concerned. I myself have been drinking it for 15 years. It has so many health benefits that I don't have time in this blog post to list them all - but come back - I'll be sure to dedicate an entire post to the amazing attributes of this famous vinegar. Now, on to why it's good for dogs - did you know that putting a tablespoon of this stuff in your pup's water will help keep fleas away?? Of all of the health benefits that I DO know of, I did not know that it would keep fleas at bay! Of course, I immediately put it to the test and sure enough...it does keep those little stinkers from chewing on my bat pig.
So, now that you know about these two amazingly affordable products, how do you use them?
For the Flax oil: I put one teaspoon over my pup's food, day and night. She gobbles it up.
For the Apple Cider Vinegar: I put a tablespoon in her water dish every morning.
It's that simple. Give both products a week or two to kick in, but be consistent, and be sure to check in with your vet before adding these items to your dog's diet.
Once you start adding these products to your dog's diet, add them to yours too. I am sure that with consistent use, you'll notice a difference! Of course - check with your doctor before implementing into your diet. :)
I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and always have. In my opinion it is the best. It costs a little more than other Apple Cider Vinegars, but it's worth the investment. If you go to Sprouts or Mother's Market, it is a little cheaper than it is at the grocery store...not sure why.
For Flax oil, I look for organic, non-GMO, first cold-pressed oil. All three of these attributes are vital. Organic and non-GMO will ensure that your dog is getting the best quality oil with all of the naturally occurring nutrients. "First cold-pressed" is important as well because it means that the nutrients are left intact and not heated up during the oil's production.
This is my first blog post, so let me know how I did...did you find it helpful? Did you try either of the recommended products? How did it work for your pup?