Consultations at Browns

We invest a huge amount of time and effort in training all our team to tackle a huge range of topics. 

Here is one such example of a recent consultation we had with a customer whose dog had an unusual skin condition. We don’t get the answer right all the time, but our process is extremely detailed and investigatory, working alongside our owners and their dogs to customise some options for everyone.


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Background to consult

Customer X  was the owner of a large breed dog with what looked like hives all over their dogs body. The customer had tried various diets with nothing seeming to work. The hives or red patches are on the skin that scab over and become really sore and itchy and it’s inconsistent so hard to pin down times when it happens. The house is clean and hoovered regularly and treats are limited. The owners do use a flea treatment on their dog however which is chemical based. There are some dogs sitters in the family that may well give the odd treats by accident when food is dropped on the floor. The dog is raw fed and currently on Beef Nutriment. 


Before tackling this kind of issue, it’s important to say we are not vets and never try to supersede any information they may have offered. Our work is a little different and focused on suggesting natural feeding choices, natural supplements, and or holistic medicines. 


Some possible answers or things consider:

  1. Environment

Whether it’s the heat of summer or the central heating coming on, both dry out the skin. If the dogs is already sensitive these changes will pop up more severely e.g. hives, doesn’t help with that kind of coat either, very woolly and traps heat, dust, and bacteria. This then creates the itch/scratch cycle.


  1. Fleas or flea treatment

Could be the chemicals in the system or even the dog *has* fleas. People often assume their dog doesn’t just because they use spot ones but that might be worth mentioning. May be too much info but could touch on the BNM/Verm X, would strengthen the gut, cut out the chemicals, and BNM good for itchy skin anyway.

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  1. Diet. 

We always start by looking at food, but as this dog is raw fed, that illiminates a huge amount of possible problems. Diets that have an impact in skin issues, can (although not always) stem from grain, cereals, derivatives – if your food ingridients list has any of these in then thats a big red flag for us.

Because in the example above the dog. With any kind of skin issues, tripe should always be avoided. It’s a super high histamine. Duck is a much better recipe to go for in the Nutriment range.

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additional article link to the difference between raw dry and wet – with specific focus on how a cooked food can effect skin / digestion


4. Supplements to consider 

Dorwest Garlic & Fenugreek  and Green Relief , or Easy green powder. Also great for cooling down the skin and reducing inflammation

Neem shampoo or neem cream to be used topically (obviously this is without seeing the skin patches, but the neem and coconut cream/ Neem Salve would be fine on itchy eczema style skin)

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5. Treats  and other curve balls

Add in the importance of matching treats to meat sauce – eg ducks treats 100%. Also, inflammatory foods such as dairy (milk/cheese/any kind of dairy)  is the *devil* for skin 


  • when new website here – our treats be great for this – eg, buy the skin saver pack (browns raw meat /cold pressed duck plus browns treats duck flav in some sort of bonus pack ) and then get them on a running order weekly /monthly


6.  Time

Finally, with so many changes, it’s really important to give any new foods, supplements and and changes time to take effect. Ideally 3-4 weeks is a fair amount of time  to maximise the effects of the diet change. 


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7. Habits to consider

-is the dogs bed right next to a radiator, or do they sleep by the fire? add why this matters

-do they get walked a lot on grass? add in why 

-do they go to reletives and friends houses who love to feed them cheese biscuits and custard creams 

-does the dog swim a lot? Possibly not rinsing/drying properly which harbours bacteria in skin and coat leading to more irritation


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