How IN® Products Relieve Common Issues Like Mange, Itching and Scratching 

Treating and Preventing Mange in Dogs

Mange is a common skin condition that can cause significant distress to your dog or cat.  There are several forms of mange; each is caused by a specific type of mite.  In each case, the animals skin becomes irritated causing the dog or cat to itch the area excessively.  The problem will continue until it is diagnosed and treated properly. Unfortunately, the mites that cause mange are so small that they can only be seen with the use of a microscope. It is important to know the tell tale signs of mange as they are the only indication that a problem exists. 

Sarcoptic Mange

We will first discuss a form of the condition known as sarcoptic mange.  Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious form of mange, commonly referred to as scabies.  Caused by the Sarcoptes Scabiei Canis mite, sarcoptic mange can spread rapidly between infected animals.  Unfortunately, sarcoptic mange can even be spread to humans, causing the same severe itching and irritation. Fortunately ,the mite is unable to reproduce on humans. The symptoms of sarcoptic mange include hair loss, intense itching/scratching, and often times the tip of the ear will be crusted over. A veterinarian will take a sample with a scraping of the skin, but can oftentimes diagnose the problem quickly based on the animals appearance.

When a dog has been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange, in most cases they will receive weekly injections of Ivermetcin for up to a month.Depending on their breed, not all dogs can be treated with Ivermetcin and may need to be dipped in an insecticide. Ivermetcin and insecticide dips may treat the root of the problem, and ointments may be used to treat the sores on the skin.  Cortisone helps a lot to stop itching.  Additionally, every animal that has been exposed to sarcoptic mange must be treated, even if they dont appear to be sick.  The life cycle of the mite lasts several weeks and an animal may be infected without showing any symptoms. The entire household or environment needs to be cleaned as well to prevent future infestations.

Demodectic Mange

The most common form of mange in dogs is demodectic, or Red Mange.  Affecting young animals,generally puppies, demodectic mange is caused by the Demodex canis mite.  Red mange is not contagious between dogs,puppies receive the mite from their mothers. If a puppy is born without the condition, there is no possibility they will ever have it. Unlike sarcoptic mange, demodectic mange is not transferable to humans.

Demodectic mange can be diagnosed if the young dog has oneor several hairless areas on their body. Demodectic mange does not itch as much as sarcoptic mange but it is still a nuisance nonetheless.  In mostcases, demodectic mange will clear up on its own.  Treatment may be sought to increase the rate of recovery.  Generally, an insecticide dip will be prescribed to help kill the mites.

Preventing Mange

While all types of mange are results of a mite infestation,they are also the result of malnutrition or a weakened immune system.  Most dog foods, regardless of price are cooked at high temperatures.  The result is that the omega fatty acids and nutrients that were once in the food are no longer active. The use of supplements, especially those containing omega fatty acids help to fortify the animals immune system and ward off mite infestations.  The IN Diet Supplement has been around for over 20 years and has a longstanding history, backed by hundreds of testimonials for preventing and facilitating recovery from all types of mange.


My Pet is Itching and Scratching


Then something occurs to cause the immune system to get weakened. It may be caused by an allergic flare-up; or the pet is suffering from seborrhea (excessive oil production of the skin) or just an oily build up on the skin; or even that the animal has had its diet changed to a food containing a lot of grains or that the pet has been treated with antibiotics or steroids, or exposed to chemicals or poisons.

Whatever the reason the dog or cat's natural immune system cant destroy the excess yeast and there is a massive build-up of yeasts causing toxins to grow which further weakens the immune system, nervous system and their endocrine system (release of hormones). The yeast bacteria called malesezzia pachydermatis attack the skin, normally places where the dog has been scratching and broken the skin or on damp parts like inside the ear or his bottom. The yeast is crusty and smelly and very itchy causing your pet to scratch or to shake its head.

Yeast infections are not contagious but tend to reoccur if not treated. The treatment must not just be to the skin and infected area but also to build up the immune system and identify what caused the immune system to be weakened.

IN®Pet Supplements Boost the Immune System to Stop Pet Itching

To build up the immune system feed your pet a balanced pet food and give your pet the IN® Diet Supplement for dogs and cats. This tasty treat contains the vitamins, minerals; live enzymes and essential fatty acids that a healthy immune system needs but the lecithin in the supplement will clean and sooth the coat and skin.

How IN® Helps Prevent Parvovirus



How Dogs Get Parvovirus

Parvovirus is a killer of young dogs. A highly contagious viral disease that attacks the intestinal track, white blood cells and in some cases, the heart muscle. Parvovirus may be closely related to the cat virus panleukopenia.The virus is spread by the ingestion of fecal materiel from infected animals. A dog may become infected by eating the stool of infected animals, or simply by walking in the infected feces and later licking his paws, thereby, becoming infected. There are several different strains of parvovirus that cause varying symptoms. Generally, the signs of parvovirus are lethargy,diarrhea, vomiting, and refusal of food. The diarrhea is usually watery and may have streaks of blood. The dog may also have an elevated temperature. Parvovirus is serious and rapid treatment should be taken to replace the fluids lost from the vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog shows these symptoms, she should be taken to a veterinarian.

Dogs Nutritional Instincts and Parvovirus

A dog’s habit of eating feces is caused by an attempt by the dog to satisfy a nutritional void. So feeding your dog a nutritionally balanced diet is an important factor in preventing the animal from becoming infected with potentially dangerous toxins like those causing Parvovirus. A dog needs a strong immune system to fight off disease and poisons, and his immune system needs extra nutritional support, including a good multi-vitamin-mineral supplement  for dogs like IN®.

IN® Nutritional Supplement For Dogs - Protecting and Supporting the Immune System

IN® nutritional supplement for dogs contains a carefully balanced mixture of important minerals and vitamins for dogs which help build up the natural immune system to fight infections like parvovirus.

IN® nutritional supplement for dogs has vitamin A, which is very important in the production of the immune system’s phagocyte cells and T-cells. T-cells are the white blood cells that identify the foreign substances in your dog’s body.

Vitamins for Dogs that Fight Against Bacterial Infection

The phagocyte cell is one of the many types of white blood cells that the T-cells can call on to fight the foreign substances. Vitamin A helps keep the mucus membranes found in the nose, mouth and digestive system healthy. These are the very membranes that are attacked by the parvovirus infection. Healthy mucus membranes are a potent weapon in the body’s fight against bacterial infection.

IN® Nutritional Supplement for Dogs is Rich in Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that enhances T-cell function and is one of the most important antioxidants for protecting and supporting the immune system. 

Important vitamins for dogs include B-complex vitamins, such as Riboflavin (B12), Niacin (B3), Choline, Thiamin (B1) which are all contained in IN®, aid in the production of the body’s antibodies.

IN® Contains the Mineral Zinc which is important in all phases of the immune function because it fortifies and keeps the T-cells,the natural killer cells and the antibodies functioning.

Iron and the Oxygen System

The whole immune system depends upon an efficient flow of oxygen carried from the lungs through the body to heart and brain, thus enabling the immune system to work efficiently. A proper amount of Iron, as found in IN®, is vital to the dog’s oxygen system.

Give IN® for High Quality Nutrition

A healthy immune system will give you a healthy dog. To maintain a healthy immune system, your dog needs a daily diet of high quality nutrition, including IN® a  nutritional supplement for dogs.

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Sources and recognition for this article:

The Layman’s Essentials of Fluid and Electrolyte treatment in Parvovirus

By Catherine Marley, MD 

Nutrition & Health for Dogs by Earl Mindell R. Ph. Ph. D & Elizabeth Renaghan Prima publishing 1998

Dr. Bob Goldstein DMV.


Cat Allergy Relief with IN® 

Causes of Cat Skin and Health Problems Dog Allergies Scratching

There are many factors that can affect a cat’s skin and coat health and general condition.  These are the cat’s overall health, parasites, cat allergies, disease, and nutrition. Protein is the major component of a cat’s skin and coat; hair alone is 95% protein.  Oils are also of major importance in maintaining a cat’s coat and skin condition.  First, all cell membranes are composed of both proteins and oils.  The complex linkages between these two chemicals regulate the passage of water, minerals, and nutrients in and out of cells.  The oils help retain body moisture, maintain suppleness in the skin surface, and contribute to the sheen of the cat’s coat.  Yet, protein remains the foundation of a cat's skin and coat health just as it is for muscle.  All skin cells are replaced every 3-4 weeks in a normal cat.

If Your Cat's Diet is Well Balanced and Nutritionally Complete it Will Have a Much Stronger Constitution to Fight and Ward off Disease

The IN® natural cat  supplement, with it’s special antioxidant formula contains the essential vitamins and minerals that a cat needs for optimum health.  Lecithin, a natural emulsifier of fat “cleans” the cat’s skin from the inside, helps fortify the animal’s immune system and promotes your cat’s healthy skin and coat.

Cat Health Concerns- Cat Skin Problems Parasites

Internal and external parasites can play a damaging role in your cat’s skin problem.  Worms can deplete your cat’s nutritional supply from within.  Hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms, which suck the blood from the lining of the intestines, can quickly deteriorate a cat’s fur and cause cat skin problems.  Protein loss would be similar symptoms to inadequate protein intake.

Cat Allergies

Cat Allergies can also play a part in cat skin problems and coat health. There are three main types of allergens: contact (such as flea saliva); inhaled (such as pollen, mold, dust); and food (ingredients). Cats do not react to allergies in the same way humans do. They are not likely to sneeze or have runny noses.  Instead, you will see your cat itching and scratching, biting at their hind region, and licking or chewing at the pads of their feet. If you see your cat scratching ears, tail, or anyplace they can reach, it may be signs of cat allergies. If left untreated, it is likely that this will result in an inflammation of the cat’s skin problem, resulting in infection. Cat allergy symptoms can also masquerade as, and perhaps lead to, ear infections, causing excessive wax build up and or your cat itching in the ears.

Contact Cat Allergies:

The most common cat allergy is the result of fleabites. This is due to the cat becoming alleric to the saliva of the flea.  this reaction can occur after only one flea bite (once the cat has been previously exposed).  Many times, no fleas will be on the cat when the cat is examined, but intense biting and itching occurring near the tail is a dead giveaway.  There also may, or may not, be bumps on the cat's skin causing the hair to have a raised appearance.

Inhalant Cat Allergies

Allergic reactions to inhaled substances begin to appear at 6-24 months of age.  Usually, the first experience coincides with pollination time.  However, seasonal patterns may change if the cat has become sensitive to dust or other materials.

Food Allergies:

The most overlooked cause of cat allergies are food allergies.  Food allergic cats develop sensitivity to a substance in their diet.  The most common allergens in cat food are: corn, whey, milk and beef.

Cat Nutrition:

The best coat begins from within.  A complete diet rich in essential amino acids and other key nutrients is the basis for good health and a beautiful coat.  In a normal, healthy cat, balance is the key.

Deprivation, as well as excess levels of specific nutrients, can be detrimental to a cat’s skin and coat health.  A deficiency of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or fatty acids can result in cat skin problems.  Your cat itches and scratches and the coat damaging itch/scratch cycle begins.  Hair becomes lackluster, breaks, and thins.

How IN® Helps with Hot Spots 

IN® Helps Prevent and Relieve Hot Spots

Some dog hot spots include the dog park, the beach, or the local pet shop.  Known to veterinarians as pyromatic dermatitis, dog hot spots are also a common, yet very painful condition that many dogs suffer from every year.  Essentially, a hot spot is an irritated area on the dogs body that ranges from the size of a quarter to the palm of ones hand.  While hot spots are very common and agonizing, they can be easily treated and prevented.

Dog Hot Spots

Hot spots can appear as a result of many different issues. Generally, a hot spot is caused when an area of the dogs body becomes irritated and the dog responds to the irritation by licking and scratching until the area is raw and infected.


Potential Hot Spots Causes

1)  Dogs with heavy and un-groomed coats are especially prone to hot spots as their hair can become matted (especially before shedding) and moisture builds up and presses on the skin. It is also harder to spot a hot spot early on when a dog has longer hair.

2)   If a dog is plagued with fleas or mites, they tend to scratch and lick at themselves and form hot spots.

3)   Sometimes a dog may experience an allergy, either from its food or from the air it is breathing. If the allergies cause the dog to lick and scratch certain areas, the stage is set for hot spots to appear.  Hot spots are especially common in the summertime when airborne irritants are most prevalent and the air is very humid.

4)   Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and lick a certain area constantly when left alone, often causing a sizable hot spot.

5)   In many cases, the animals diet does not contain the essential vitamins and nutrients that are necessary to ward off coat and skin conditions.

6)   Dogs with histories of inflamed anal sacs are more prone to hot spots.

7)   Certain breeds, like Golden Retrievers, Saint Bernards and Rottweilers can be more susceptible to hot spots.

Remember, it is much easier to prevent a hot spot than it is to treat a hot spot. Whenever you see your dog licking a particular area for any prolonged period of time, take the time to make sure hot spots arent the cause and youll thank yourself in the future.

Dog Hot Spots Home Remedy

Treating Hot Spots

Treating an existing hot spot depends on the severity of the specific spot. The earlier a hot spot is found and treated,the easier it is to take care of.  A hot spot can go from being almost unnoticeable to very large and painful in the time span of just a few hours. If your dog begins to growl when you touch a particular area, you should look closely to see if a hot spot is the cause of the irritation.

Many people have had success using powders to dry out the spot; Goldbond is a good one.  Make sure to shave the area surrounding the hot spot so that the entire area is exposed. Matted hair can make it hard to see the extent of the hot spots and can retain moisture which makes hot spots exponentially worse. Additionally,  some people swear by the use of black of green tea bags as a method of drying out the hot spots.

In more severe cases sometimes known as deep hot spots, a trip to the Vet may be necessary.  A veterinarian will clean and dry the spot, then potentially prescribe an anti-biotic or cream.  In every case, it is important to keep the dog from continuing to lick the hot spot.  Elizabethan collars are a good way to prevent continuous licking and scratching.

Luckily, there is a solution that will allow your dog to enjoy a happy, hot spots free life. Using supplements,especially those containing lecithin, omega fatty acids and vitamin E can prevent hot spots altogether.  IN Diet Supplements for dogs have a 20 year track record of clearing up and preventing hot spots.  In case after case, dogs that are prone to constant hot spot break outs begin an IN regiment and never see another hot spot.  Supplements can compliment your dogs existing diet and provide all of the vitamins, nutrients and fatty acids that their food is lacking.  Dog food is cooked at very high temperatures and as a result, much of the nutritional value is burnt out.  Try a supplement and see what a difference it can make.