What is Itch Support Gold?
Use this product for supporting comfort of the skin including itching, scratching and paws.
Itch Support Gold is a combination of nine herbal ingredients for skin-related support. For some dogs, support is needed continually, and for others it may be seasonal or occasional. With some dogs, something in their diet is the cause.
Itch Support Gold is drug-free. It addresses the physiological mechanisms that cause the skin (including on the paws) to become itchy. This formulation works with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to target the underlying issues and restore health from the inside out. It works without the harmful side effects commonly associated with long-term use of prescription medications.
*Itch Support Gold is not for acute or severe allergic reactions. If your dog requires immediate or emergency medical attention, please call your veterinarian or nearest veterinary clinic.
Itch Support Gold does not address emergency allergy situations such as anaphylaxis.
What is Itch Support Gold used for?
Just as people can experience sensations of all kinds, canines are also susceptible to normal things they encounter in their environment or in their diet. Some dog breeds have a greater incidence that can affect their skin, which may decrease with age.
For canines, the primary way an irritant manifests is through the skin. Finding out the cause can be a long but necessary process.
Your dog's normal environment:
- It may be something your dog has come into physical contact with
- It may be in your dog's diet
- It may be something that has been inhaled (airborne)
- It may be from a flea bite (usually from flea saliva)
Naturally, the most beneficial approach is to limit exposure; however, there may be cases in which this is difficult (such as with pollen).
Your dog may need support:
- For the skin, could be dry or moist
Your dog's behaviour may also change, since a constant need for skin support can quickly lead to irritability, disrupted sleep, exhaustion and snapping.
Itch Support Gold helps to support a healthy immune response to the environment and diet. The herbal combination also works synergistically to support comfortable skin, whether the need is pervasive or only in certain areas. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the name for this type of treatment is termed an External Wind formula. The element of "wind" can refer to things that appear suddenly, change quickly and affect the surface (like the skin).
Most dogs are healthy, regardless of what they encounter in the home or outdoors, so why are some dogs more sensitive? The immune system of every dog is different. Take into consideration environmental elements and everything the skin comes into contact with - out of doors and inside the home, the type of protein your dog eats and any other additives in the food, fleas, and whether the dog is generally healthy, with strong immunity.
- Pollens and grasses
- Dust, dust mites and molds
- Fragrances and other chemicals including those found in most laundry detergents, dog shampoos and household cleaners
- Cigarette smoke
- Prescription medication (including flea medication or medicated flea products)
- Insect bites (including fleas)
- Dander and feathers (may be in pillows, duvets or bedspreads)
- Foods such as dairy products, beef products, soy, wheat, corn, chicken and chicken by-products
- Foods or treats containing food colouring
Itch Support Gold provides support and maintenance for your dog's skin and its responses.
Always seek the consultation of your veterinarian as needed.
A Note from our Veterinarian...
One of the most common reasons dogs are brought into our clinic is for skin support and maintenance, and to help keep the paws comfortable as well. Sometimes it is just areas of the skin, or all of the skin. Itch Support Gold does not contain pharmaceutical ingredients and results will depend on how long you have been supporting the skin. Results vary for each canine.
Once desired results are achieved, the formula may be discontinued and reintroduced when necessary. The formula does not need to be used constantly and is meant to be used as-needed.
This formula was developed to be potent and effective in the shorter term, yet also work to support the underlying issues that cause the response to flare up.
Prevention and Avoidance:
Once you have identified the cause of your dog's skin reaction, try to eliminate exposure as much as possible. Sometimes this is possible and sometimes it's not. Remember that allergies are sometimes caused by multiple factors and your dog may be able to tolerate a certain amount of exposure before the factors compound and a reaction occurs.
As an example, a dog may be sensitive to laundry detergent, to dust mites and to flea bites. There may be a little itching on the average day but a big reaction to a flea bite. It is a big reaction because the immune system is already trying to deal with the first two allergens. When a third allergen is introduced, the scales tip. In this case, the immune system can respond to two allergens but not three. This is what is meant by compounding factors.
Try to eliminate all the allergens as much as possible and you will hopefully see less reaction, or no reaction, when there is occasional exposure to any of the offending irritants. Have a look at the list of common allergens that may be right in your household or in your dog's living environment.
Similar to humans, dogs may build up sensitivities to foods that are eaten daily, without a break. Just like humans, dogs are healthiest with a varied diet. Be sure to switch your dog's foods at least from time-to-time. The most common foods that cause sensitivity or allergies in dogs are: beef products, dairy products, chicken and chicken by-products, soy, corn, wheat and artificial food colouring.
If food allergies are known or suspected, you may wish to try some homemade dog food recipes with simple ingredients. Your veterinarian may suggest an elimination diet, starting only with very simple foods and slowly introducing other ingredients. With the simplified diet, the symptoms should disappear. Then, when the allergen food is given, the symptom will flare up suddenly, and you will know to avoid that particular food in the future.
A species-appropriate raw food diet may also be an excellent alternative if your dog has food sensitivities (or doesn't). Look for a trusted source of raw dog food in your area and follow the appropriate health and safety precautions to serve it. Frozen blocks are portioned for different sizes of dogs and are thawed before serving. Make sure the protein source is not one that your dog is sensitive to and look for meat raised without hormones or antibiotics. Feeding raw food is very easy and may be a more cost-effective option than "designer" allergy diets sold commercially. With food allergies, "simple" is better. Itch Support Gold may only be of minimal help if your canine continues to eat a diet that elicits an allergic response.
Make sure your dog receives a diet high in nutrients. Consider supplementation of vitamins, minerals and especially Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3's have been shown to provide the body with support for the skin's comfort, better ability to regenerate healthy new skin cells, and are extremely beneficial for allergic skin problems. A supplement like SPARK Daily Nutritional Supplement contains nutrients and superfoods from whole food sources, along with probiotics and enzymes for overall good health.
It is suggested to work with your veterinarian to uncover the causes of your dog's allergic responses and work out a treatment plan that you feel is the most beneficial for your dog. Please keep informed of any and all side effects (especially long-term effects) that may result from prescription medications like steroids and antibiotics.
Bathe your dog regularly:
Use a shampoo that you know will not irritate your dog's skin. Remember that shampoos are another potential irritant, particularly if they contain fragrance or harsh detergents.
Minimize insect bites:
You can do so by applying a natural, non-synthetic repellent. Use these often in seasons when biting insects are active in your area. Remember that sensitivities to fleas or flea saliva may cause reactions long after the fleabite has occurred. Allergies to fleabites are common.
Allergy or just dry skin?
A lower indoor or outdoor humidity can cause dryness in the air and skin can become dry and itchy. Monitor whether your dog starts to itch when you turn on the heat or air-conditioning in your home, or when the air becomes drier with a change of seasons. You can test the humidity in your house with a hygrometer from a hardware or home improvement store. An optimal humidity range is considered to be 35-50%. If the air in your home becomes too dry, a humidifier can provide the necessary humidity your dog (and you) may need to stay comfortable and healthy.
Skin issues may be clues that your dog has another type of disorder, so please have your dog examined and diagnosed by a veterinarian.
Can my dog take Itch Support Gold with prescription drugs?
Itch Support Gold may have a hypoglycaemic effect. It is suggested to monitor closely if using with blood-sugar-lowering drugs. Use caution with steroids.
Does it come with a guarantee?
Yes! Itch Support Gold comes with a 90 day money-back guarantee.
Why choose Itch Support Gold for your canine friend?
- Selectively chosen imported herbs: This formula is entirely prepared with herbs from trusted sources. The herbs used in this formula are not commercially available from U.S. growers, and so are selected from trusted overseas growers that have been pre-screened.
- Full Spectrum Extract: The full biochemical spectrum of the herbs is preserved to ensure the potency of the extract. All raw materials are tested for identification and purity.
- Every batch tested: Every batch of our Itch Support Gold is tested to ensure the highest quality and purity. Every single batch.
- Facility: Nationally recognized quality control procedures are meticulously monitored. Consumers are protected because we ensure that the highest standards of manufacturing are strictly adhered to.
- It's guaranteed: In addition to the superior quality of our products, you are also protected by our 90 day money-back guarantee.
- Manufactured in the United States.
Who makes Itch Support Gold?
Itch Support Gold is made by Pet Wellbeing, founded in 2001. Our goal? To bring the wisdom and experience of our caring holistic veterinarians to your pet. When your pet is healthy; you are happy.
To fulfill our vision, our on-staff, holistic veterinarians have developed formulas using time-honoured, traditional uses of herbs and integrated the latest scientific research. It is our aim to produce the best products for your pet that we can.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product and information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, mitigate or prevent any disease or condition.
How to Administer Itch Support Gold
Administer product orally twice daily. Give one drop for every 2lb (1kg) of body weight up to 50 lb. Over 50 lb, add one drop per additional 4lb (2kg).
Shake well before use.
Once desired results are achieved, the formula may be discontinued and reintroduced when necessary. The formula does not need to be used constantly and is meant to be used when symptoms appear.
We recommend administration of the drops in a way that your cat will like best.
Use With Caution
- Do not administer Itch Support Gold during pregnancy or nursing.
- Do not administer during diarrhea. Contains Licorice root: Use with caution with cardiac or kidney disease. Excessive use may contribute to water retention or hypertension.
Itch Support is Formulated With:
- Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): An herb of Eastern Asia, this root is used widely in China for health and as a food. One of its uses is to help carry oxygen to tissues and support normal blood flow. It is used in China for supporting normal responses to allergic episodes. The effects of Dong Quai may be due to its inhibitions of thromboxane A2 formation and prostaglandin E2 production.
- Tribulus fruit (Tribulus terrestris): Taken orally in combination with nine other herbs (Zemaphyte) it has been shown to help maintain skin issues.
- Rehmannia root (Rehmannia glutinosa): This steamed root is a vital herb used widely in the traditional Chinese herbal repertory and contain vitamins C, A and some B vitamins. It is best known for its "tonic" properties to fortify the blood, increase vitality and support capillary integrity. It is used here to stabilize Yin and fortify and move the blood.
- Chinese Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora): This root has a normalizing effect on allergies, particularly on certain skin allergies.
- Schizonepeta aerial parts (Nepeta tenuifolia): Schizonepeta has superoxide scavenging activity, which might explain its common use for itchy skin issues. It is thought to exert an effect by reducing histamine release and inhibit substance-P-induced itching in animals.
- Siler root (Saposhnikovia divaricata): Good for liver Qi stagnation, common when itchy skin needs support. It also helps the body's natural mechanisms of flushing toxins for excretion.
- Ligusticum root (Ligusticum wallichii): Similar to North American Osha and Lovage. It has properties to support the body's normal defences from viral and microbial infections. Osha has also been used by Native American and Hispanic cultures for seasonal allergies.
- Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus): One of the best known "adaptogens", Astragalus is a replenishing herb for normal recovery from illness. It protects against free radicals and is widely used for immune health.
- Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis): This root is used to harmonize the formula and allows herbal synergy of all the ingredients.
Herbs are certified organic or selectively imported.
Herbs that are selectively imported are from trusted growers and tested for purity.
Meet Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for 28 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities.