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Grain Free Dog Food Vital to Healing Lupus Skin Lesions

Freckled Paws Hot Spot Oil and Cream have proven extremely effective healing skin lesions caused by canine discoid lupus. In our Application Directions page, we emphasize changing your dog to a “grain free” diet. For some reason people understand the relationship to sun exposure exacerbating lupus symptoms yet have a hard time making the same connection to grains in the dog’s food and treats causing a similar increase in lupus symptom frequency and severity.

Freckled Paws Hot Spot is not only effective treating lupus skin lesions, though. Freckled Paws Hot Spot is effective treating all kinds of skin issues in dogs, cats and horses. We have even had several people use it with great success for various skin issues. The effectiveness of treating canine lupus symptoms is greatly enhanced by eliminating grains from the dog’s diet.

The Pet Insurance Industry published the top ten reasons people took their dogs to the veterinarian in 2012. Three of the top 4 reasons for dogs going to the veterinarian have to do with skin issues. Here are the Top Four in order:

  1. Skin Allergies
  2. Ear infections
  3. Skin Infection
  4. Non-cancerous Skin Growth

Skin Health is a Huge Issue in Dogs

You will notice the number one reason for dogs going to the vet is skin allergies. Many of these allergies can be partially managed with diet changes. Dogs are not meant to eat grains. The simple truth is a large percentage of dogs have allergies to various grains.

Dogs Naturally Magazine published an article titled: “Grain Free Dog Foods: Solving Yeast And Skin Issues”

“Grains and other starches have a negative impact on gut health, creating insulin resistance and inflammation” says holistic veterinarian, Dr Jodie Gruenstern. “It’s estimated that up to 80% of the immune system resides within the gastrointestinal system; building a healthy gut supports a more appropriate immune response. The importance of choosing fresh proteins and healthy fats over processed, starchy diets (such as kibble) can’t be overemphasized.”

K9 Lupus is an Auto-Immune Disease

Not only can grains exacerbate lupus symptoms, they may play a roll in the development of the disease in some dogs. Jennifer, Freckled Paws Co-Owner, has worked with dogs for over 30 years, much of that time working in veterinary clinics. Jennifer has seen, first hand, a significant increase in several diseases including auto-immune diseases.

While this article is pointing to reasons it is important to feed your dog infected with lupus a “grain free” diet, we feel it is in the best interest of any dog to be on a grain free diet, regardless of their current health condition.

You can find a list of quality “Grain Free” dog foods at Dog Food Advisor. We recommend using this list as a source to identify quality brands and then researching which are available in your local area. We don’t see any reason to settle for anything less than a 5 Star rated food. Do yourself and your furkid a favor by removing grains from their diet.

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  • CYNTHIA March 24, 2014, 6:38 am

    After reading how prescription steroids can affect a dog–I am so glad that I chose Hot Spot for my elderly schipperke that developed DLE. Although not formerly diagnosed, I am fairly sure that this is what he has. It is difficult to keep him from licking it off & it takes patience (on the part of the owner)—-but it is a great product!

    • Bob Sherman March 24, 2014, 7:47 am


      We are so happy the Hot Spot is working out for you. It is the owner responses that keep us going. We feel so fortunate to be able to help frustrated owners and their long suffering dogs. We are always here for you and will help with any questions you might have. If the dog licking the Hot Spot off is a real problem, shoot us an email and we’ll give you some recommendations.



  • kimmee sweetgrass March 27, 2014, 12:12 pm

    We have recently adopted a large Swiss Shepherd with discoid lupus, and though his symptoms were limited to his nose, the was raw and thin, like kleenex. We immediately picked up some of the oil for this and have been using it everyday for the last six weeks.
    The skin has thickened up once more and feels like a nose, the rawness healed…. the pigment coming back and the pink area getting smaller and smaller. I am now here ordering a maintenance kit and am thrilled that we have found your products that clearly make an enormous difference. I would be happy to share a few pics of the improvements in Koda.
    Thansk so much, Kim, David and especially Koda.

    • Bob Sherman March 27, 2014, 12:19 pm

      We would love to see the pictures. Success stories are what keeps us going. It is a very rewarding experience we are having with our products. So many of our customers have been frustrated for a long time, as we were frustrated. Nemo, the dog we made the product for is now almost 17 and still going strong. The local newspaper just did a story on our products that was printed in today’s paper: http://ravallirepublic.com/business/local/article_f1fa0e7e-b54b-11e3-a27f-0019bb2963f4.html

      If you ever have any questions, we are here for all our clients. Call or email anytime. Please, send some pictures…we would love to see them!


  • Sue April 25, 2014, 3:15 pm

    Can’t wait to get the oil and stick. Takes awhile to get to Canada! Fingers crossed.

    • Bob Sherman April 26, 2014, 8:46 pm

      Follow the instructions and it will work. Call or email us with any questions. Sorry about the lengthy shipping to Canada. Customs is slow. Thank you for your business!

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