A: The dose is determined by the size of the pet and the severity of the itching. A small pet that is mildly itchy might start with two tabs or capsules, two times daily. The same size pet with severe itchy skin might need 3-4 tabs, two times daily. A large pet that is mildly itchy might start with 4 tabs, two times daily. The same pet with severe itchy skin might need 6 tabs, two times daily. Once you determine the starting dose, continue with it and see how it goes. If the itching is less, but has not been eliminated completely, then increase the dosage.
A: A. No, not as long as you stay within the recommended dosing guidelines (an exception may be that a very large pet - 100# or more, may need to dose a bit higher). This is an all-natural, herbal combination found to be safe and, generally, without serious side effects. Once the itching is completely under control, you'll want to try to find the minimum dose necessary to control the symptoms (itching). Once the pet is comfortable and itch free for a week or two, you might want to gradually reduce the dose (in other words, if you were giving 3 tabs twice daily, go to 2 tabs twice daily to see if this dose will be adequate to control itching). If the itching increases, you'll know that you will need to go back up to the original dose. Of course, you can always call our Customer Service representative for help if necessary.
Q: Can I stop giving my pet the drugs my vet prescribed for itching?
A: This is a decision that you and/or your veterinarian will have to make. We can offer you the following guidelines. It is usually best to not make any changes in current treatment protocol until you have started using the Skin-eze products and your pet is 'itch free' for a week or two. Many of the drugs given for allergies (itchy skin) can have harmful side effects. Generally speaking, your pet would be better off without these drugs if at all possible. Just remember that steroids must be reduced gradually, so you might want to consult your veterinarian on how best to do this.
Q: What is the difference between Skin-eze tabs and Skin-eze capsules?
A: Skin-eze tabs and capsules both contain the same active ingredients. Capsules can be hidden easily in soft food, and most pets don't notice them in the food because the capsule is soft. If your pet or cat is small (12# or under), you might find it easier to administer the tablets, which can be cut into smaller pieces with a pill cutter.
Q: What if my pet won't eat the tabs or capsules?
A: Some pets will eat the tabs as treats. If your pet is a picky eater, you will need to find creative ways to get him to eat the tabs or caps. One trick that works well is to soften a thin piece of cheese in the microwave, then wrap the sticky cheese all around the tab or the capsule (most pets will just wolf it down this way). Another option is to hide the tab or capsule in a small meatball of canned food (pet food or even canned cat food - most pets LOVE canned cat food due to its high protein content). Of course, you can always try wrapping the tab or capsule in a thin slice of lunch meat, or even putting peanut butter on it. If your pet is REALLY finicky, try giving him two bites of lunch meat with nothing in it, then sneak in the tab or capsule on the third and subsequent bites (or between bread)! Also, the tabs can be crushed up and hidden in soft food. However, it is best to try and hide the entire capsule or tablet, or a smaller piece of tablet, in some type of food, because they have no odor when given whole and your pet is less likely to reject the product due to taste or smell. Go to this link for more suggestions: Directions.
Q: My pet has itchy ears that have become infected. He sometimes has a foul odor, and licks his paws frequently. Some of these pets have chronic ear problems or scabs on their face. Sometimes the skin is dry and flaky. Will Skin-eze help?
A: Yes, there is a good chance that Skin-eze will help. However, on cases like the ones described above, follow the following regimen for best results. Bathe your pet with Skin-eze all natural, herbal shampoo daily for 5-6 days. This is VERY important, in order to speed up the healing process for more immediate relief. After that, continue to bathe twice weekly thereafter. Treat the ears with Skin-eze Oil O3 - put two drops in ears one to two times daily. If the pet has any lesions or sores on the skin, use the Skin-eze Oil O3 or Skin-eze Spray on those areas, too. In addition, use the Skin-eze tabs or capsules as directed above for long term, systemic relief of itchy skin caused by allergies. This will help prevent a recurrence of the scratching that caused the surface damage to the skin.
Q: My pet has red hot spots. What should I use on that?
A: In addition to the Skin-eze tabs or capsules, use Skin-eze Spray to cool the skin and give topical relief to itchy skin.
Q: Is Skin-eze guaranteed to work?
A: No. There is no product that will work on 100% of all cases (this is why huge drug companies do not guarantee their products). Skin-eze does work on a high percentage of cases, though, and our rate of reorders is excellent. We wish we could help every animal, and we hope that the product works well for your pet. Our Customer Service representatives are available by email or telephone to help you to get the best results possible from our products.
Q: My pet has lost a lot of hair from biting himself. What can I do for this?
A: The Skin-eze Spray will help promote healing of the skin. In addition, our Vet Select Healthy Fresh food additive helps promote regrowth of damaged hair, in addition to many other health benefits. It contains enzymes and chelated minerals. Check the website for further info.
Q: How long will it take before Skin-eze starts to work?
A: Some pets respond to Skin-eze almost immediately. Other times, it takes longer. It takes diligence on the part of the owner to be sure to give Skin-eze twice daily, and to stick with it! Often times, best results are achieved when Skin-eze is used in combination with some of our topicals shampoo, O3 oil, and skin spray) especially if there is a lot of surface sores, red skin, ear problems, etc. In the more extreme cases, it might take as long as three to four weeks before you'll see a big improvement; however, even in these cases you should see some improvement within the first two or three weeks, with things getting progressively better from there. Remember to try increasing the dosage as necessary for good results, and don't be afraid of overdosing - Skin-eze is not a harmful drug that can cause unwanted side effects.
Q: My pet got more itchy after starting on Skin-eze tabs. Is this possible?
A: In rare cases, the pet could have an allergic reaction to one of the herbal ingredients. Also, if you have discontinued drug therapy within the previous month or two, your pet could become more itchy due to the side effects of stopping the drug therapy. In most cases, it is better to start using the Skin-eze products along with current therapies until your pet is 'itch free' for a week or two. Then slowly wean your pet off of the drug therapies (we suggest that you consult with the veterinarian who prescribed the drugs on how best to do this when your pet's condition has adequately improved).
Q: Will Skin-eze help my itchy cat?
A: The Skin-eze Spray will help promote healing of the skin. In addition, our Vet Select Healthy Fresh food additive helps promote regrowth of damaged hair, in addition to many other health benefits. It contains enzymes and chelated minerals. Check the website for further info.Skin-eze works equally well on cats, and all of our topicals can be used on cats, also. We recommend Skin-eze tabs for cats. The best way to get cats to eat Skin-eze is to cut the tab into smaller pieces with a pill cutter and hide it in canned food or any of his favorite foods. We also have our Cat Special Full Treatment Skin Pack which includes our liquid homeopathic skin formula for cats. Go to this link for more suggestions on administering Skin-eze tabs to cats: Directions