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Parasites (Skin) 
Skin parasites on dogs and cats.
Herbal information to help treat symptoms of scabies and common external skin parasites on cats and dogs. 
The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, such as allergens.
A parasite is an organism that gets its nourishment by feeding either on or within another animal and it is fairly common for our pets to become the unhappy hosts to a number of unwanted organisms. Dog skin parasites are the external parasites such as ticks, fleas and mites.
Fleas are especially worrisome for pet owners and their pets alike. Getting rid of fleas is no easy task, and sensitive pets may even develop an allergy to flea bites resulting in a condition called flea bite dermatitis. Other common dog parasites such as sarcoptic mange mites and ticks can be incredibly harmful to our beloved pets, but the good news is that most external parasites can be avoided to a certain extent with preventative treatments and thorough grooming.
Skin parasites can cause a variety of conditions, including:
Flea Bite Dermatitis
Flea-bite dermatitis is a skin condition caused by an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva, which contains up to 15 allergens.  It only takes one bite from one flea to set off an allergic reaction that will leave your pet feeling itchy and uncomfortable for anywhere between a couple of hours to many days.
Sarcoptic mange
Sarcoptic mange is caused by parasitic mites known as Sarcoptes scabiei. While sarcoptic mange can affect cats, it is not common, and the condition is more frequent in dogs. Unlike demodectic mange which occurs in pets with weakened immune systems, the mites causing sarcoptic mange can invade the skin of any healthy pet causing a number of skin problems.
Demodectic mange
Demodectic mange is caused by an over population of demodectic mites. There are a number of different species of this type of parasitic mite, and they usually live in the hair follicles of our pets.
Scabies is caused by parasitic mites known as Sarcoptes scabiei. While scabies can affect cats, it is uncommon and the condition is more frequent in dogs. Unlike demodectic mange which occurs in pets with weakened immune systems, the mites causing sarcoptic mange can invade the skin of any healthy pet causing a number of skin problems.
External parasites are a part of the environment and they will jump at any opportunity to attach themselves to a comfy host such as your pet. Keeping your pets out of long grass and making sure their immediate environments are parasite free will go a long way in preventing parasites such as ticks and fleas. Exposure to other dogs and cats (in kennels) can also increase the risk of skin parasites greatly.
Herbal Remedies:
Herbal remedies are used to help discourage external parasites and pests, to support skin health while discouraging insects such as mosquitoes, to act as an astringent, to provide a cleansing element to the skin, to rid the coat of excess dirt and grime, as a natural parasite repellant for ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, coccidian and protozoal Giardia to keep parasites in check, to act as a digestive tonic to promote digestive health, to cleanse and detoxify the colon, bowel and blood, for pesticides, environmental toxins and chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.
Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Get Well Soon  (learn more) is as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic (kills cancer cells) therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its significant anti-tumorous (slows growth), anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells), broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, for cysts and tumors, including fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em  (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Related Products:
Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Stix & Stones  (learn more) promotes kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

Other Suggestions:

The first tip on how to treat external parasites on your pet is getting rid of the parasites in your environment. Collect all bedding, rugs, blankets and cushions that your pet has contact with and wash them in hot water. Vacuum every room in the house and try get to those hard to reach places such as cracks in the floor boards and behind furniture.

If parasites are still a problem then a fogger may be useful. Remember that pets must be removed from the house and the area thoroughly aired before your consider bringing pets back.

The next step is controlling the parasites on your pet and this should be done at roughly the same time as the house. There are a number of effective products on the market so ask your veterinarian to prescribe one that is safe and most suitable for your pet.

A natural way to help prevent parasites is to add a little garlic juice to your pet’s food.

Opt for an easily washable bed for your pet. All pet bedding and cushioning should be washed regularly to prevent infestation.

 Make sure your pet is on some form of preventative program for both internal and external parasites. Preventing infestation is much more effective that treating one.

Washing your pets bedding regularly and make sure their immediate environment is parasite free. This may include regular vacuuming and washing of curtains and drapes (all the places where fleas and parasite larvae are likely to hide).

If possible, keep your pet clear from long grass and open fields where ticks are likely to be found. Also avoid letting your pet have contact with animals who may be infected or who are not of preventive programs.

Make sure your pets have a healthy sanitation area. Litter boxes should be cleaned regularly and stools should be removed from the garden at least once a week.

Conventional Remedies:
Your veterinarian will generally check for any signs of parasites when you take your pet in for a check-up. However, because there are so many different types of parasites the signs and symptoms vary greatly. External parasites are usually visible to the naked eye so when grooming your pet it is always a good idea to check for any signs of ticks, mites or fleas.
Skin parasites like mites, fleas and other tiny organisms are a common source of skin problems in dogs, such as dry, flaky skin and itching. Skin parasites can also lead to chronic skin infections, canine skin sores and patches of fur loss in dogs.
There is no single treatment that will kill all parasites, but there are a number of different products that will help keep skin parasites in check and treat symptoms of skin problems. Remember that prevention is the key and all pets should be on some form of preventative treatment to keep parasites at bay.
There are a number of products such as Frontline Plus, Revolution, and Advantage that can help to keep your pet free from external parasites like ticks and fleas. Be aware that even trusted brands contain harsh chemicals that may be harmful to your pet in the long term.


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