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The Three Most Common Dog Allergies

If you think your dog has an allergy, it is important to find out what’s causing it, as addressing the physical symptom is no good without realizing the root cause. The three most common allergies are food allergies, Flea allergies and Environmental allergies.

The main symptoms of Food Allergies are Gas, Vomiting and diarrhoea but may also include the following:

  • Itchy or oozing skin
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing or sneezing; asthma
  • Inflamed ears
  • Swollen paws

Remember dogs can develop an allergy to food that they have been fine with for years, so finding the cause is by process of elimination. We recommend feeding a well balanced homemade raw diet and then maybe introduce other feeds gradually. It is a good idea to rotate the protein sources your dog eats, as is strictly limiting or eliminating grains.

Flea allergy causes dermatitis. This is caused by the fleas saliva rather than the actual flea. The saliva causes irritation to the skin, which progresses as your dog itches and the area becomes painful and raw. This can be present long after the elimination of fleas.

Environmental allergies can be caused by many things, including grasses, pollens, mould, dust, chemicals, smoking, artificial fabrics and more. If your dogs allergy is seasonal it will most likely be an outdoor issue like pollen or grasses, if is is present all your round it is likely it is something in the home. To prevent these allergies we can keep a clean home environment for our dogs, avoid smoking near them and use an air purifier. You can also bathe your dog in an all natural paraben free shampoo like our Dermagic Shampoo Bars.

When we discover our dog is suffering from a skin complaint caused by one or more of these causes, we can then try to eliminate the physical symptoms. We recommend using the Dermagic skincare range as its 100% natural and really gets deep into the skin to kill any yeast present. There is a product suitable for all skin complaints, so if you need help with selecting the correct Dermagic product for your dog please call us on 01624 829575.

Is your dog losing hair? Skin turning black?

We want to show you a real dog with a real problem that so many dogs experience.  Meet Gus, son of Angela.  Gus had been diagnosed with a thyroid problem and was losing his hair, and his skin was turning black.  This picture below shows how widespread this disease had become.
Many dogs with this problem are diagnosed with "bilateral Alopecia" or Alopecia X.  You can read more about this on our website, but basically this is a medical term that describes the obvious symptom of hair loss.  It says nothing about what is causing it.  When you take your dog to the vet and say "he’s losing his hair", the vet might respond by telling you "It’s Alopecia", which is exactly what you just said to him but in a different language.
There are so many possible contributors to this problem, but what ultimately happens is that, regardless of why the dog’s immune system was diminished, something nasty gets under the skin and causes this specific problem, and very often it’s simply the common yeast (a type of fungus) that lives on all dogs.  If it gets under the skin, this is what can happen… and there is only one way to get rid of it and get the hair back.

Here’s Angela’s story:  Ok DERMagic….we are loving your products!!!! Gus is doing so much better!!! He has a thyroid problem and was losing his hair! His skin was turning black too! :(   He also has allergies…his paws would get really red and he would bite them until they would bleed….until….we used the Hot Spot Salve product…it is instant relief for him! This picture is what his skin looked like when we started the product…I must say…he also enjoys us applying the Skin Rescue lotion…hehe… :) 
Then, we heard from Angela and Gus a couple months later in late April:  Here is a pic that I took today of Gus!!!! His skin is not black and his hair is growing back!!!! We are so happy!!!! Thank you DERMagic!!!!! We will keep you posted! 🙂

Angela wrote a wonderful article in FIDO Friendly’s blog about Gus’s skin problems and all the treatments they tried.  I suspect many of you have similar stories to tell.  I personally nearly lost a dog to black skin because the vets gave up and wanted to euthanize her.  No way was THAT going to happen! And that’s why we are here today, because no one seemed to know what to do to reverse black skin disease.
So back to Gus today: DERMagic …..look at my baby!!! His hair has completely grown back!!! We are so excited!!! 🙂

Well, Angela and Gus, we are so excited too!  Gus is a very handsome fellow and doesn’t he look proud now with his hair restored!

We are going to include a link to this story in our newsletter, which goes out to lots of veterinarians… with the sincere hope that no one will ever have to lose their dog again, or even have to live with the agony of the itching and pain their pet is suffering with this horrible disease.  There is an answer… and it’s topical, contains no steroids, antibiotics or antihistamines, and is completely safe and natural.  

Today, like most other days in this business, my heart is happy because we were able to help Gus and so many others like him.  This is the only reason why I come to work in the morning.  Thank you, Gus and Angela, for making my day!

Puppy love and licks to all! – Adelia

Dermagic Feline Skin Rescue Lotion

Dermagic Feline Skin Rescue Lotion for cats suffering with allergies

Feline Skin Rescue Lotion (cats allergy treatment) –  Cats can suffer allergies from fleas and mites, just like our dogs can. Other common cat skin conditions include fungal or bacterial infections, allergies, stress, injury, or more rarely by hormonal imbalances.

If your cat suffers from any of these conditions, try our Dermagic feline skin rescue lotion to relieve and heal the affected area. Remember cats are sensitive, and not all products are suitable for their skin including some essential oils. Please check carefully before using a new product on your cat.

This fresh-smelling topical lotion offers cats fast and effective relief from skin irritations, hot spots, scaly skin, flea allergies, dermatitis, and dry skin conditions.

Organic whole-leaf aloe vera gel and vitamin E rush healing energy to the deepest layers of the skin. Sulfur, known as the “healing mineral,” reduces itching and flaking associated with seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, is toxic to the scabies mite, and is both antibacterial and antifungal.

At Dermagic UK, we have an organic pet skincare solution to help any skin condition. Please get in touch on 01624 829575 for advice choosing the right products.

Natural Cat Shampoo Bar

Dermagic Feline Rosemary Shampoo Bar

If you’re looking for an all natural paraben free cat shampoo, our shampoo bar is the perfect solution. Many people are unsure about bathing cats, but sometimes we have to clean them so it is good to get them used to it at a young age. Introducing your cat to the bath when they are young prevents stress and mess, and makes your life much easier. Most of our cats and dogs, even after years of practice, may still hate the water,  this is another reason these shampoo bars are so great! no messing with bottles, lids and trying to squeeze while holding your wet pet. With our cat shampoo  bars, simply lather directly against the fur gently for sparking results…

DERMagic Rosemary Shampoo Bar for Felines is gentle, deep cleansing, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Our special feline formula helps reduce flakiness and regenerate healthy, soft skin and fur.Organic, gentle and effective for the sensitive skin of cats and kittens.

DERMagic Rosemary Shampoo Bar for Felines is gentle, deep cleansing, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Our special feline formula helps reduce flakiness and regenerate healthy, soft skin and fur.

Rosemary essential oils have been used for years to help improve blood circulation, moisturize hair and skin, and prevent hair loss. DERMagic has incorporated this healing oil into a lightly-scented shampoo bar that allows for you to hold the cat with one hand, while creating a thick, rich, easily-rinsed lather with the other. This helps make bathing a cat an easy, relaxing experience.

All of DERMagic’s feline products are naturally non-toxic, biodegradable, free from artificial dyes or fragrances, and pH-balanced for a cat’s special needs. All of our shampoo bars are handmade in the Pacific Northwest with organic vegetable oils utilizing green manufacturing processes.Note:  Safe for cats and kittens, and great for dogs too. For longest bar life, store exposed to air.

Ingredients:  Saponified Coconut,* Olive,* Castor,* Sunflower,* Jojoba,* and Rice Bran Oils; Cocoa Butter; Rosemary Essential Oil. (*Certified Organic ingredients)

Alopecia X: How to use the Dermagic Skin Rescue Lotion

 Dermagic Skin Rescue Lotion for Pets

Black Skin Disease or Alopecia X in dogs can be managed with good results by following the Dermagic instructions below. The whole process can show improvement in around three weeks, with hair regrowth and new skin in three to four  months. We must stress the importance of applying the cream without missing any days, but with care and diligence you will see great results….

This is how we would suggest using this product for best results for Black Skin Disease (BSD):

· Start with a clean dog. We recommend using a bar of our organic Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar, which has sulphur florets and neem oil, and is very effective at exfoliating, deep cleansing, and rinses very cleanly. It is also strongly anti-fungal without being harsh, and is the correct pH for dogs.

· We suggest bathing once, then once again in 7 days, and thereafter only twice per month. It’s not healthful for dogs to be bathed too often, and especially not during a bout with BSD.

· For the first week, we suggest using the lotion twice daily, massaging it deeply into the skin until it absorbs. (More is not better.) Any remaining hair should be clipped short, but not shaved. Shaving introduces more fungus under the skin and should be avoided entirely, especially in Poms. (If surgical shaving is necessary for any reason and for any breed of dog or cat, we recommend applying the lotion to the shaved area daily for a few days afterward to prevent fungal infection and possible permanent hair loss.)

· We strongly recommend keeping the dog dressed in a tee shirt during this process to protect the skin from licking or strong sunlight. There is nothing in the lotion that can harm an animal if ingested, but it only works if it stays on the dog and not on the carpet!

· Please do not use too much lotion. It should be used approximately like hand lotion would be used… not too much, just enough to do the job and to absorb fully into the skin.

· This process takes patience and persistence, but it will work, and initial results should be evident in about 4 weeks. Full recovery can happen in 3 months.

Additionally, the Skin Rescue Lotion kills yeast in the feet (symptoms: licking and rust-coloured hair between toes), and in the ears (a small amount applied with fingertip and massaged downward into the ear canal daily for a few days).

For further information or to order supplies, please contact us on 01624 829575

Soap, Shampoo or Shampoo Bars to Bathe your dog?

Dog Soap, Dog Shampoo or Dog Shampoo Bars to Bathe your dog?

Which is best?  How to choose?

Natural Shampoo Bars to Bathe your dog

It’s all so confusing.  We just want to get our pets clean, right?  And we want to do it without irritating or drying out their skin, and we want a healthy, shiny coat.  And we don’t want to spend a fortune, and we want to protect the environment while we’re doing it too.  Oh, and we want it all to be  to be made from organic or all-natural ingredients and packaged in something “green.”

But that is the customer’s viewpoint.  What then are the major concerns of the manufacturers?  They need for production costs to be as low as possible, they want high dilution ratios, competitive price points, multiple “flavours” in order to occupy maximum shelf space in retail stores, and high profit margins.  In other words, most shampoos on the market are not the highest quality.  They’re not about what we want or need, but about what they want to sell us. So let’s go a little deeper.  What’s in shampoo and what’s in a soap?  What’s the difference?
It all started about 5000 years ago when someone in Babylon made a soap-like substance from animal fat (or tallow) and kept it in a clay cylinder.  It was surely an accidental discovery, one for which the entire world should be extremely grateful.  Imagine being stuck in an elevator with a bunch of strangers who had never known soap. Well, humans are an inventive bunch, evidenced by the proliferation of soaps over the millennia:  Castille soap (made with olive oil), floating soap (whipped full of air bubbles), glycerine soap, French-milled, scented, soap-on-a-rope, and so on.  And then, more than 4000 years later, William Shepphard patented liquid soap in 1865.

Liquid soap was introduced to the public consumer in 1980 by the Minnetonka Corporation.  For years they had a lock on  this market by buying up the entire supply of the plastic pumps needed for the liquid soap dispensers.  A few years later the Colgate Palmolive company bought the liquid soap business from Minnetonka and a new industry was born. Liquid hand soap, liquid dishwasher detergents, liquid shampoos, liquid cleaners of all kinds, and the market exploded, including products for shampooing and conditioning our dogs, cats and horses.  There’s a soap for everything… and if you don’t believe me, just visit www.soap.com.

What’s in liquid soap?  Here’s a typical example from a major manufacturer:  Water, Ammonium C12-15 Pareth Sulfate, Magnesium Isododecylbenzenesulfonate, Lauramidopropylamine Oxide, SD Alcohol 3-A, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Pentasodium Pentetate, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Bisulfite, D&C Orange No. 4 (active ingredients: Triclosan 0.12%).  Doesn’t reading this make you want to smear it all over yourself?  Scary.
So, what’s the difference between liquid soap and liquid shampoo?  You be the judge.  Here is an ingredients panel for a popular shampoo manufactured by this same major company:  Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-7M, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Well, what about the ingredients in good, old-fashioned bar soap?  Here’s one of the top-rated soaps:  Saponified Coconut and Palm oils, Sage Extract, Rosemary Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lemongrass Oil.  Bearing in mind that most commercial bar soaps contain many ingredients that no one would consider “natural,” good-quality soaps are simple, containing just a few ingredients, most of which are instantly recognizable.

IIf you’re going to put stuff on or in your pet, you should feel obligated to understand what those things are and what they do.  We’ll make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about the care of your fur kids.
Until then, keep it clean, folks!

DERMAGIC

www.dermagic.eu

Dermagic Receives Award for Employment

News just in from Adelia in the USA….Dermagic Skincare for Animals wins fantastic award…

We are beyond thrilled to make this happy announcement… Are you ready?

DERMagic Skin Care for Animals has just received the coveted Outstanding Washington Employer award from the Community Employment Alliance (CEA) and Association of Washington Business (AWB)!

Yes, it’s a lot to take in, but we couldn’t be more proud. When we first started this business, one of our goals was to reach a point when we could give back to our community. We are so proud to say that we have reached that goal.

This award celebrates our support of the Northwest Center, a leader in promoting the rights and independence of infants, children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. DERMagic now employs five part-time employees from the Northwest Center, who make product samples and label some of our products.

Larissa prepares samples of DERMagic shampoo bars!

The Community Employment Alliance and Association of Washington Business Outstanding Employer Award honors Washington State businesses, government agencies and non-profit corporations that have made exceptional efforts to employ people with disabilities; and who by their recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion policies are role models in their community. Employers are commended for their efforts on behalf of people with disabilities throughout Washington State during an awards luncheon at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton, WA.

We are very proud of this award and will continue to strive towards community initiatives that improve the lives of pets and their people. 

A special thanks to the Northwest Center for creating such a stellar network of people, and to the Association of Washington Business for continuing to support this important cause. Together we are stronger! 

Wags and woofs…

Adelia

Our Happy Customers..

Read a small selection of customers reviews on Dermagic products..

Those shampoo bars are the best things I’ve ever used.  Thanks again, Nathan from Australia

I just wanted to leave positive feedback on DERMagic shampoo.  After my dog went to a professional groomer for the first time, her belly started turning black within the week. So I knew something was up, but didn’t know what.  Some time went by and it spread, so I went online and found your product.  Under her fur is pink again!  I know that I would’ve had problems if I hadn’t used the shampoo.  She really likes getting a bath with DERMagic, and she smells good! Thanks!  Sara

I had such faith in your product after using it on our Pom for horrible black spots on his tummy and groin area, that I went ahead and used it on our cat.  I figured the all natural ingredients couldn’t hurt her.   The scraped spot on her muzzle that wouldn’t heal turned out PURRRRRFECTLY!!!   Her right muzzle was BARE, and a month later filled in with fur!  

One of my friends spent thousands last year with her dog’s allergies.    DERMAGIC cleared it up — and she is spreading the word! – Lin in Virginia Beach

I took Yogi to a vet in Eagle Point, OR, today.  This vet only sees him when we have his teeth cleaned as they are nearly an hour away from us.  They are a wonderful teaching animal hospital and very, very reasonable.  Anyway, they had a notation on Yogi’s chart that he was "bald" and thought I’d brought in the wrong dog!!  It was amazing, the vet who examined him was so impressed, she immediately asked for information.  I had my cover letter, pictures and your pamphlet all ready for them!!    Debbie in Oregon

Your lotion is the BEST!  My Akita had Black Skin Disease, and now all her hair is back, no bare spots and even her tail is full!  Thank you for making this product! – Austin, Manhattan Beach, CA

Best thing since sliced bread! I would recommend it to everyone!!! Thanks for helping my lil furbabies and their flea dermatitis!!! You are the best!!! Tiny Timmy

My golden hasn’t scratched at his hot spot since I used your WONDERFUL products today. Thanks loads.  Debbie M.R.

All you comments are welcome so please get in touch if you would like to share your story with us…

Dermagic Feline Shampoo Bar

Natural Dermagic Feline Rosemary Shampoo Bar

If you are looking for a great shampoo bar for your cat, this organic shampoo bar from Dermagic  not only smells wonderful…but is also gentle yet effective.

We find these cat shampoo bars so much easier to use than liquid shampoos, as you can hold it in your hand while lathering the fur without having a slippery bottle to grasp. As cats don’t generally like water, it keeps one hand free to keep your cat calm and still.

DERMagic Rosemary Shampoo Bar for Felines is gentle, deep cleansing, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Our special feline formula helps reduce flakiness and regenerate healthy, soft skin and fur.

Rosemary essential oils have been used for years to help improve blood circulation, moisturize hair and skin, and prevent hair loss. DERMagic has incorporated this healing oil into a lightly-scented shampoo bar that allows for you to hold the cat with one hand, while creating a thick, rich, easily-rinsed lather with the other. This helps make bathing a cat an easy, relaxing experience.

All of DERMagic’s feline products are naturally non-toxic, biodegradable, free from artificial dyes or fragrances, and pH-balanced for a cat’s special needs. All of our shampoo bars are handmade in the Pacific Northwest with organic vegetable oils utilizing green manufacturing processes.Note:  Safe for cats and kittens, and great for dogs too. For longest bar life, store exposed to air.

Ingredients:  Saponified Coconut,* Olive,* Castor,* Sunflower,* Jojoba,* and Rice Bran Oils; Cocoa Butter; Rosemary Essential Oil. (*Certified Organic ingredients)

The Most Common Skin Conditions in Dogs and Cats

The Most Common Skin Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Cats and Dogs both suffer from an array of different skin conditions, but there are a few of these pet skin conditions that are very common, here is a brief summery.

Fleas

Fleas are probably the most common cause of skin conditions in dogs and cats.

Some dogs and cats are more sensitive to flea bites than others, with many developing allergies. Allergies to fleas is caused by the fleas saliva and even one flea bit to a sensitive pet can cause a more serious skin condition.

Atopy

Atopy is another very common skin disease in both dogs and cats. Atopy is a reaction to an environmental allergen. In other words, it is an allergic reaction to something your pet is encountering where he spends time – For example your pet can develop an allergy to air bourn pollen or just from walking through grass..

Common causes of atopy include pollens, grasses, and dust mites. However, anything in your pet’s environment can be capable of causing atopy including bedding…

Food allergies

Food allergies can cause skin disease in both dogs and cats. The allergy is normally to a substance within the food that is being consumed. Common allergies include beef, poultry, and grains such as corn. However, individual pets can develop allergies to anything within the food, including preservatives or other additives. Some dogs and cats are very sensitive and may need special diets to prevent problems.

Yeast and bacterial skin infections

Skin infections caused by yeast and/or bacteria are common as secondary causes of skin disease. However, they rarely are the sole or primary cause of skin disease for pets. Skin infections are frequently seen as a complication when a pet is suffering from a flea allergy, atopy or a food allergy.

Secondary skin infections can make a dog or cat very itchy and typically need to be treated. Where possible, the underlying cause needs to be treated as well and may include appropriate measures to eliminate fleas and/or changes in diet to treat a food allergy.

Mange

Mange is the term used to describe skin diseases caused by mites in dogs and cats. There are several different types of mange.

  • Demodectic mange is caused by a mite known as Demodex. It is most commonly seen in puppies but can occur in mature dogs as well. There is a form of demodectic mange seen in cats also. However, mange is much less common in cats than in dogs.
  • Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, is caused by a mite known as Sarcoptes scabeii. Sarcoptic mange is troublesome because it is also contagious to people.

There are other forms of mange also. However, demodectic and sarcoptic mange are the most commonly diagnosed.

Ringworm

Ringworm is fortunately not as common as a cause of skin disease as the other diseases listed above. However, ringworm is especially problematic because it is contagious to people as well as other pets. It is also difficult to rid an infected environment of the fungi that causes ringworm.

Ringworm is also sometimes referred to as dermatophytosis. It is not as the name implies caused by a worm. It is actually a fungal skin disease. There are several different types of fungi that can cause ringworm in pets.

All of these skin conditions can be cured or managed with a little help. Firstly find the cause and prevent any further contact/ damage by treating the infected area. Secondly use a healing cream and shampoo to help heal the physical symptoms. Here at Dermagic UK we can help advise you on how to help your pet get back to normal, be it hair loss or itchy red swollen skin. – We have the Dermagic system to suit you!