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People ask me how I was able to help Buddy recover and rebuild his immune system while avoiding medications like steroids.  I was lucky to discover the healing power of a number of supplements, topicals and other products that truly helped Buddy.  I didn't try them all at the same time and they didn't all work over night. After all, it took many months and perhaps, years for Buddy to get to the state he was in when I took him home.  I started out with three key ones: Seacure hydrolyzed protein, Bacillus Coagulans probiotic and Medizym (similar to Wobenzym) systemic enzyme. Those had the most impact in the beginning and he still takes them regularly. Soon after that, I added in Coconut Oil (for topical use and for ingestion), SeaVive and fish oil. More recently I added in the Derma-Strength, Flax Oil and Yucca and so far, I am happy with the results. 

Buddy's allergies and sensitivities are pretty extreme and he is prone to seasonal flare-ups so that is why I'm continually researching supplements that can help him get stronger and stronger. I consider it a success that with each passing season, his reactions are less and less to environmental allergens. I'm still getting a handle on his more obscure food sensitivities but making progress there too. See my page on dog food. There have been one or two occasions that he has had to take antibiotics for an infection or to fight Lyme disease but once he is off the antibiotic, I make sure he takes his probiotics to restore the good bacteria and to reestablish balance.

In November 2011, I learned of a topical spray called Vetericyn. This spray is like a miracle in a bottle. It's a non-toxic, water-based spray that kills all types of fungus (yeast), bacteria and viruses - even staph, MRSA and E.coli. It can be sprayed on open wounds and does not sting. This spray (hydrogel) has been life-changing for Buddy. I always have it on hand to spray at the first signs of a skin yeast infection or to kill yeast or bacteria between his toes. It works like magic every time. An added bonus is that Vetericyn also can be used in the ears and eyes. I'm also excited about Zymox Enzymatic products. It is the best ear cleanser that I've tried and when Buddy needed something stronger, the Zymox Otic w/o hydrocortisone worked great in just a few days. 

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Seacure® by Proper Nutrition

Seacure supports healthy immune function at the gut level by providing bioactive peptides and biogenic amines from hydrolyzed white fish that promote structural integrity and function of the intestinal lining. Seacure is a 100% natural, pre-digested fish protein concentrate made from fresh Pacific Whiting (a member of the Cod family) by means of a unique manufacturing process that allows for a natural breakdown of the fish.  This process enables Seacure to be almost 100% absorbed and assimilated by the body with no digestive effort. It also permits the naturally occurring minerals, nutrients, amino acids and peptides of the fish to be utilized immediately to assist with the natural healing process.  All of the vital, naturally-occurring nutrients found in the fish flesh, including the Omega-3 fatty acids, are retained in Seacure (a whole-food product). Seacure is known to accelerate the healing of numerous health conditions including helping the intestinal tract to repair itself.

Bacillus Coagulans Probiotic

The intestinal tract contains trillions of bacteria that, in a healthy dog, coexist with us in a beneficial, symbiotic relationship. They help digest food, produce vitamins, regulate the metabolism, and control a normal immune response. Probiotic bacteria promote a healthy intestinal environment by producing lactic acid and by secreting fatty acids that are helpful to the growth of other beneficial microorganisms. Bacillus coagulans is a lactic acid-producing bacteria that represents a breakthrough in probiotic supplementation. This beneficial bacteria is dormant in the bottle, then reverts to a growing bacteria in the intestines. Because of this, it resists being killed by stomach acid; in contrast, many Lactobacillus probiotics lose most or all of their potency before use and do not survive their trip through the stomach.


Medizym provides true value and quality with its scientifically studied combination of bromelain, papain, pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, and the bioflavanoid rutin. Medizym is a natural, drug-free formula used for immune and inflammation support. Since the 1950's, clinical studies have found that the enzymes in Medizym help promote healthy joints, improved mobility, normalized inflammation, immune wellness, heart and circulatory health, and anti-aging benefits. Medizym® is available in 100, 200, 400 and 800 ct bottles.

For best results insert tablet in your dog's favorite treat, such as liverwurst or peanut butter. Do not crumble to protect pH coating of tablet

Feeding Instructions



Size of Dog

Weight of Dog

Amount to Feed


13-20 lbs.

1 Tablet Daily


21-50 lbs.

2 Tablets Daily


51-100 lbs.

3 Tablets Daily

Loratadine provides 24 hours relief from indoor and outdoor allergies. It is a non-drowsy formula that is laboratory tested and quality assured. Each tablet contains 10mg of loratadine.

Derma-Strength is an advanced formula that provides key ingredients to support skin health and post surgical recovery.

Derma-Strength supports

  • Collagen production
  • Skin tissue health
  • Skin texture
  • Circulation
    • Support the immune system response and circulation
    • Aid in tissue recovery
    • Maintain histamine within normal levels
    • Protect against free radical damage
    • Provides support during allergy season

Important ingredients include

  • Amino Acids for tissue repair.
  • Antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E to support cellular health and functionality.
  • Chicken Collagen for tissue support.
  • DMG for immune system support and circulation.
  • Essential Fatty Acids EPA and DHA to support circulation, cellular integrity, functionality and health.
  • Grape Seed Extract to help manage histamine levels, support circulation and protect against free radical damage.
  • Hyaluronic Acid for tissue hydration support.
  • Methionine to support skin tissue health.
  • MSM to support comfort, promote collagen production and contribute to skin texture and resiliency.
  • Perilla Seed to support a healthy immune response and help manage histamine levels.

For centuries, Southwest Native Americans have used the Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera) in many diversified ways. From the making of soap to the treatment of a wide variety of ailments, including arthritis, rheumatism, and skin rashes, yucca's high concentration of steroidal saponins, which are cortisone-like substances, make the yucca extract such an effective medicinal aid for skin disorders. The extract of yucca also possesses antibacterial, antifungal and super moisturizing properties.

Flax Oil is a rich source of Omega-3 (alpha linoleic acid) and has been discovered to be "essential" to health of animals and humans. Omega-3 fatty acids are purposely avoided in the production of commercial pet and animal foods as they may go rancid, limiting the shelf life of these products. The result is a deficiency of these vital nutrients in these foods and ultimately in your pet. Barlean's has taken the extra steps necessary to preserve the integrity of flaxseed oil, providing your pets with the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids they require for optimal health.

Benefits found with flax and the essential fatty acids in the health of animals:

       Important for growth and development

       Improved immunity against infection

       Increased quantity and quality of milk in lactating animals

       Development of beautiful and lustrous sheen in animal coats

       Improvement of dandruff and dry, patchy skin

       Improvement of inflammatory conditions

       Increased bone strength

Coconut Oil (Virgin, Organic, Unrefined)

Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother's milk that supports a healthy metabolism plus it kills harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi. In dogs, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic. According to an article in Whole Dog Journal, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.  Solid or liquid coconut oil can be added to food at any meal or given between meals. The optimum dose for dogs is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. Start out with a small amount and work up the ideal dose. Dogs treated topically with coconut oil for bites, stings, ear mites, ear infections, cuts, or wounds recover quickly.

Note:  You can also buy a large jar of organic, virgin unrefined coconut oil at Costco now at a great price.

B-50  and B-100 Complex

The eight  B vitamins that are a part of B Complex support various functions in a dogs body, including the nervous system, circulatory system, metabolism, skin, eyes, mouth, reproduction system, fur, and more. B-Complex is also particularly effective at reducing anxiety in dogs.

Vetri-Science Omega 3,6,9

A comprehensive fatty acid formula for cats and dogs that is rich in ALA, GLA, EPA and DHA to support heart and skin health 
A blend of non-GMO natural oils from Borage Seed, Flaxseed, and Fish that combines the health benefits of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids 
Provides desirable ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids for more efficient and beneficial prostaglandin production 

A comprehensive fatty acid formula for cats and dogs that is rich in ALA, GLA, EPA and DHA to support heart and skin health.

A blend of non-GMO natural oils from Borage Seed, Flaxseed, and Fish that combines the health benefits of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.

Provides desirable ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids for more efficient and beneficial prostaglandin production.

SeaVive® by Proper Nutrition

SeaVive is uniquely formulated to address total immune health by combining Seacure®, Colostrum 80/40®, and Beta glucan. Seacure supports healthy immune function at the gut level by providing bioactive peptides and biogenic amines from hydrolyzed white fish that promote structural integrity and function of the intestinal lining. Colostrum 80/40 is specially prepared to remove the fat, casein, and lactose and provides a minimum of 40% IgG. Potent beta glucan stimulates the immune system and its response to infections.

L-Glutamine has recently been the focus of much scientific interest. A growing body of evidence suggests that during certain stressful times, the body may require more Glutamine than it can produce. Under these circumstances Glutamine may be considered a "conditionally essential" amino acid. Glutamine is involved in maintaining a positive nitrogen balance (an anabolic state) and also aids rapidly growing cells (immune system lymphocytes and intestinal cell enterocytes). In addition, Glutamine is a regulator of acid-base balance and a nitrogen transporter.



Under 25 lbs

1 capsule daily

25lbs - 50lbs

2 capsules daily

50lbs - 100lbs

4 capsules daily


8 capsules daily

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from the finest, delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty natural goodness and contains the amazing 'mother' of vinegar which occurs naturally as connected strand-like chains of protein enzyme molecules and is highly regarded throughout history. Many medical studies show the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. In 400 B.C. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing health qualities. Certified Organic Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity, and contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar. Gluten Free.



  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & ph Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

One-step topical water-based HydroGel spray that cleans wounds, treats infections and kills bacteria including antibiotic-resistant MRSA. Use to treat topical infections and wounds, hot spots, rain rot, outer ear infections, yeast infections and rashes. This steroid-free, antibiotic-free, no-rinse solution is non-toxic and speeds healing. HydroGel is designed to slowly evaporate, there is no need to wipe away film or residue from previous applications. Vetericyn HydroGel kills antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria as well as fungi, viruses and spores. Tests free for competitive animals.

Vetericyn’s science based formula contains an oxychlorine compound (HOCl) which is similar to what is produced by the dogs’ immune system so it will not harm healthy tissue. All Vetericyn products are specifically pH formulated to not sting when applied. In solution our products kill 99.999% of bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores including E.coli, Staph (MRSA), Strep, Moraxella bovis, Pasteurella, Actinomyces and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This easy to apply, safe product makes caring for your dog’s wounds or infections easy     

Your best defense in the war on recurring skin infections.  Three-point enzyme system helps destroy bacteria and fungi which cause skin infections. Pure and gentle enough for puppies and kittens. 

The first line of defense against infectious microbes is the skin. Zymox Shampoo provides an effective way to protect this natural barrier without being irritating or drying. Only the mildest plant surfactants are used. Zymox Rinse produces a powerful protective barrier against minor skin irritations due to bacterial and fungal microbes. Zymox Shampoo and Rinse contain no harsh detergents, pesticides, colorings or residual petroleum products. Active enzymes have been shown to be effective against: Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, Staphylococcus,  Trichopyton, Bodyfold Pyoderma, Pseudomonas, Malassezia, Impetigo, Microsporum and Candida albicans. 

ZYMOX® Ear Cleanser provides an effective, non-toxic way to manage dirty ears. The addition of Lacoperoxidase, Lactoferrin and Lysozyme, which have natural bio-active properties for mild microbe control, plus gentle cleaning surfactants, makes ZYMOX® Ear Cleanser perfect for cleaning dirty ears. Does not contain harsh chemicals or cleaners to irritate sensitive ears. Leaves ears smelling fresh.  Products do not contain Xylitol, Alcohol, Chlorhexidine, or Chlorine compounds.

Highly effective in the management of acute and chronic otitis due to bacterial, fungal and yeast infections. Works without antibiotics. The powerful enzymatic action of patented LP3 Enzyme system naturally cleans and disinfects while destroying even the most resistant microbes. Safe for use on any age of pet.

Broad spectrum, tested proven against:

  • Pseudomonas
  • Malassezia pachydermatitis
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Candida albicans
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • Eschericha coli
  • Streptococcus intermedius
  • Streptococcus pyogenes

Cosequin plays an important role in maintaining optimal joint function. Healthy articular (joint) cartilage is crucial to joint utility. Cosequin helps support cartilage production and protect existing cartilage from breakdown. Cosequin is the only glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement that has been shown safe, effective, and bioavailable in peer-reviewed, published, controlled, U.S. veterinary studies. Cosequin is manufactured following standards similar to those practiced by the pharmaceutical industry. Cosequin is available in soft chews, chewable tablets and capsules.

Note:  You can also buy this at Costco and BJs now at great prices.

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