I have a question about my adopted English Setter.
Q. Dear Terry, "I have a question about my adopted English Setter, Lucy, age 8 1/2. When she came to us at age 6, she was constantly itching and scratching and her ears were infected. We have been treating her with the help of a holistic vet. She is currently on a limited no grain diet and small dosages of prednisone. We would like to discontinue the prednisone, if possible. Do you have any suggestions that might help with her itching/scratching? Thanks." — Nancy S., Albany, NY
A. Dear Nancy, While I do have some suggestions that I think will benefit Lucy, I recommend that you continue to work with her veterinarian, who can help determine which supplements are best for her specific situation.
You may want to consider adding omega-3s to Lucy’s daily regimen to help keep her skin and coat healthy. When it comes to omega-3s, I prefer to get them from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most.
Lucy would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend giving your dog 375 mg of high absorption curcumin 1-2 times daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than plain curcumin.
Terry . . . Naturally