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.