Understanding Your Dog’s Skin

The function of your dog’s skin is to be an elemental barrier.  This barrier holds your dog’s muscles, internal organs, bones, and connective tissue inside the body thereby giving the dogs body its flexible shape. Your dog’s skin has a pH of about 7.4 depending on the area of the body, breed, stress level and even color. His skin makes up 12% of his total body weight.  It also serves a few other functions like storing proteins, fats, vitamins and electrolytes – all while it synthesizes vitamin D.  The skin also helps to prevent dehydration as it excretes water and regulates his temperature, salt and organic waste.  Quite an amazing organ that serves so many functions!

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A dog’s skin is thinner than human skin.   95% of the skin on a dog’s body is covered in fur (for those breeds that have hair!) and is made up of three layers – the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis.  The epidermis has five different layers and has four different kinds of cells.  The second layer of the skin is called the dermis and it is the layer that provides the foundation for hair growth and connective tissue.  It also houses an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels, lymph glands and nervous system receptors that regulate pain and other sensations.  The last layer of skin is the hypodermis and it anchors the skin to the underlying systems of the body while it provides flexibility, insulation and shock absorption.

It’s An Early Warning System

Skin is an organ unto itself because through the skin, the release of toxins occur.  It is the dog body’s way of trying to rid itself of disease.  It functions as an early warning system alerting you to possible chronic disease and imbalances going on inside your dog’s body.  Skin problems are often a sign of a problem with the dog’s immune system.  When you look at how logical the mammal body is, and how it functions, with its own set of checks and balances, it makes perfect sense that the body would protect itself by sending toxins outwards to the skin!

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Many skin issues can be minimized by herbal remedies – but they should not be suppressed because by suppressing symptoms, it will confuse the immune system.  This may, in turn cause the imbalance going on with the skin, to turn inwards and go into the vital organs and cause chronic disease.

Pixabay Image 187800I am managing a chronic skin issue with my French bulldog, Reagan.   I am currently working with a homeopathic vet, mainly because I have found that the conventional way of dealing with Reagan’s skin is not working.  She is being treated with homeopathic remedies and flower essences along with Chinese herbs.  (If you need a recommendation for one, feel free to contact me!)   Chronic skin issues like the ones Reagan is experiencing requires consistency and time for healing which can take up to a year or more.

My Final Thoughts

Along with diet changes, flower essences, exercise and fresh air, and massage, it can prove very effective for a skin balancing issue.  I am doing all of these things for Reagan because my aim is to increase circulation without causing extra “heat” to her skin, which brings nutrients to the skin, disperses oils through the dermis,  and moves fluids and excretes toxins.  Along with the supplementation that I am giving her, I am hoping to balance out her body and support her liver so that her body can do its “thing” and heal her skin.  I have also examined Reagan’s diet, and since she is already on a raw diet, I have switched her to a food that is not processed using high-pressure pasteurization which is believed to destroy the beneficial live nutrients as well as any bacteria’s that could contaminate the food to make her sick.

I would love to hear your comments, feedback, stories and ideas.

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