Standard Process Canine Dermal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine Dermal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine Dermal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

The skin and coat condition of your pet can tell you a lot about their health. Yes, we do want our pets to look beautiful and cute, but in the world of holistic pet healing, the outside is usually a reflection of your pet’s health on the inside.

I teach pet parents to watch for the signs of health in their pet’s skin and coat. In most cases, I can walk into an appointment and instantly predict the pet’s organ system health, age, hormone balance, food sensitivities, and nutrition status. Often times, I can even tell which brand of food they are on.

Nutrition is extremely important for dermal health. Tons of health factors determine skin and coat condition. Factors include but are not limited to:

  • Vitamin Levels
  • Systemic Inflammation
  • Mineral Deficiencies
  • Allergies (Both Food & Environmental)
  • Cancer
  • Liver Health
  • Medications
  • Grooming
  • Immune System Strength
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Digestive Health
  • Hormone Balances
  • Autoimmunity
  • Parasite Load
  • Exercise

Just like I know when a big ole pimple pops up on my face, something is usually happening on the inside. Most of the time it’s pretty simple, I probably made poor diet choices and ate too much pizza and ice cream. Whether the reasons are simple or complex, there are ways that we can take note of dermal health and improve your pet’s health, on the inside and the outside.

My go-to over the years has centered around Standard Process Canine Dermal Support. It provides so many essential nutrients in one simple supplement. I would have to recommend 5 or 6 supplements to equal Dermal Support’s broad-spectrum therapy. It is completely whole food based. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and bioavailable proteins. Add in some healthy fats, collagens, and powerful herbs and you’ve got everything you need to heal the underlying cause of skin issues.

I’m going to highlight some common signs that may mean your pet could benefit from Standard Process Canine Dermal Support. Then I will also highlight some super food ingredients and how they push you towards less vacuuming, and the silky, shiny, soft, and glossy coat of your pet’s dreams.

Common Signs That Your Pet Might Benefit from Canine Dermal Support
  • Acne on Chin
  • Excessive Shedding
  • Hair Loss
  • Dry Skin
  • Waxy Exudate
  • Skin/Coat Changing Colors
  • Rough or Irregular Paw Pads
  • Scabs/Red Spots
  • Allergies
  • Itchiness
  • Coat Thinning
  • Skin Pink or Inflamed
  • Weird “Doggie” Smell
  • Swollen Lips or Eyelids
  • Butt Scooting/Licking
  • Licking of the Paws
  • Ear Infections
  • Hot Spots
  • Skin that Bruises or Bleeds Easily
  • Oily/Clumped Hairs
  • Fast Growing/Brittle Nails
  • Shaved Hair Doesn’t Grow Back
Special Note About the Shedding Appearing Worse Before Getting Better:

As we begin healing the skin and coat, it may take a little while to see results. The integumentary system has lots of layers and has a lot of cells to regenerate. Usually, the minimum time to significant results is 4 weeks, but in older pets it may be 8 weeks.

Additionally, some clients report a “it gets worse before it gets better” pattern to healing. This is because as we supply your pet’s body with the nutrition it needs, hair growth ramps up. And sometimes, this cycle results in 2-4 weeks of intense shedding. So, take this as a good sign and stick with it. The increase in your pet’s overall health will be worth the temporary increase in vacuuming.

Common Canine Dermal Support Suggested Uses:
  • Allergies
  • Anal Gland Issues
  • Excessive Shedding
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Skin Cancer
  • Show Animals
  • All Pets That Are Actors or Models

Ingredients: Bovine liver, L-glutamine, Silybum marianum, bovine kidney, defatted wheat germ, alfalfa juice, Emblica officinalis, carrot (root), fat soluble extract (from alfalfa [whole plant], sunflower [seed], carrot (root), Tillandsia usneoides, buckwheat [leaf and seed], and pea [vine]), bovine and ovine spleen, bovine adrenal PMG™ extract, Strombus gigas, calcium lactate, bovine liver fat extract, black currant juice, Carthamus tinctorius, bovine liver PMG™ extract, nutritional yeast, mushroom, porcine jejunum, porcine stomach, betaine hydrochloride, bovine parotid PMG™ extract, para-aminobenzoate, beet leaf juice, beet root, oat flour, porcine brain, bovine adrenal Cytosol™ extract, purified bovine bile salts, bone meal, Taraxacum officinale, and inositol.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Dermal Support

Bovine Liver Packed with natural protein and connective tissues required for skin and hair formation. Boosts detoxification pathways to help remove systemic inflammation. Provides vitamin A, vitamin B complex, antioxidants, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus
L-glutamine Preferred energy source for the cells of the digestive tract. Supports full digestion, proper absorption of materials and aids in healing leaky gut syndrome.
Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) Increases blood flow through the liver for detoxification which removes inflammation and histamines. Contributes important natural minerals and helps protect the cells of the liver.
Bovine Kidney Helps to balance fluid levels, inflammation, and electrolytes. Improves additional removal of systemic inflammation.
Defatted Wheat Germ Lots of vitamins and minerals. The fat portion is removed to support product freshness and prevent fatty acid decay. Dense in vitamin E complexes. A large supply of antioxidants help heal the skin and help to prevent skin cell injury.
Alfalfa Juice Contains natural protein and calcium. Much needed substances for repairing skin and preventing secondary skin infections from bacteria and fungi. Manganese helps to create strong connective tissues important in the cell layers and structure of skin.
Emblica officinalis (Indian Gooseberry) Very high in vitamin C complex to help repair and regenerate healthy skin cells. Has natural anti-inflammatory properties. May slow the growth of skin cancers. Highly valued in ayurvedic medicine.
Carrot Contains large quantities of natural vitamin A, helps protect skin cells against damage. Antioxidants promote cellular healing and repair.
Alfalfa (Fat Soluble Extract) Contributes vitamin A, E, and K complexes. Removes inflammation and improves cell regeneration.
Sunflower Seed Contains powerful antioxidants to protect cells from UV damage. High in pure plant-based protein, hearty dose of fiber, and healthy fats for healthy hair.
Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish Moss) Naturally occurring minerals, B vitamins, chlorophyll speeds up healing. It has been used topically for thousands of years as a topical skin treatment to promote healing and prevent infections.
Buckwheat Leaf Seed Packed with inflammation-soothing antioxidants, helps to strengthen and protect veins, arteries, and capillaries. Contains copper, zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin B, manganese, and magnesium.
Pea Vine Energy packed with a natural anti-inflammatory effect. Protects circulation and blood vessel health. Vitamin E helps heal skin damage.
Bovine & Ovine Spleen Very beneficial in the case of skin injury and moderate bleeding. Provides the cellular material to create red and white blood cells.
Bovine Adrenal PMG™ Extract Balances stress hormones such as cortisol, which causes thin skin, muscle weakness, and decreased immunity. This boosts all of these natural healthy characteristics, balances blood sugar, and contributes vitamin C complex.
Perna canaliculus (Green-lipped muscle) Acts like a natural non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID). Stops the spread of inflammation.
Calcium Lactate Bioavailable form of calcium. Needed in the formation of tissue structure, hair production, and the immune system.
Bovine Liver Fat Extract Proven to increase blood flow to the liver and to increase the number of liver cells. May also speed the removal of histamine from the bloodstream.
Black Currant Juice Supplies multiple antioxidants and full complex vitamin C. Has properties that are antibacterial, antiviral, and has been proven to slow the growth of cancer.
Carthamus tintorius (Safflower) Provides healthy fats, fat soluble vitamins, and contains an active component that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Bovine Liver PMG™ Extract Boosts the health of liver cells by providing the exact proteins needed to repair and optimize function. Improves body detox through the liver. Also neutralizes a potential autoimmune component on the liver.
Nutritional Yeast Contains essential minerals for the enzymatic production of multiple skin pathways. Provides vitamin B complex, chromium, and zinc.
Mushroom Packed with antioxidants, provides whole complex vitamin C. Speeds wound healing, slows or prevents the growth of skin cancers.
Porcine Jejunum Improves digestion, decreases inflammation in the pancreas and intestines. Improves protein digestion and absorption to collect materials for healthy skin cells.
Maltodextrin Can balance the body’s production of energy and modify glucose vs fat derived metabolism.
Porcine Stomach Improves digestion, helps to break down proteins before they are absorbed by your pet’s body. Also heals the digestive tract mucous membranes.
Betaine Hydrochloride Acts as an acid in the stomach, contributing to protein digestion. Has other reactions that help to balance proper GI pH.
Bovine Parotid PMG™ Extract Helps balance hormones and supports digestion of starches.
Para-aminobenzoate Supports the stability of gut microbiome to optimize digestion.
Beet Leaf Juice Extremely high in iron, vitamin A, and antioxidants.
Oat Flour Source of vitamin A for immune system boost and healthy cell regeneration. Also provides soluble fiber which helps balance blood sugar.
Porcine Brain Source of healthy fats needed to regenerate new cells. Also protects the nervous system.
Bovine Adrenal Cytosol Extract Provides whole vitamin C complex needed for all epithelial cells. Supports healthy collagen and helps to balance stress hormones.
Purified Bovine Bile Salts Stimulates the liver’s secretion of bile, which optimizes digestion. Improves bioavailability of nutrients and contributes to a healthy GI pH.
Bone Meal Large source of calcium and healthy fats. Supports healthy collagen production.
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) A natural diuretic which helps detoxification of the body.
Inositol Evidence shows that it balances neurotransmitters that contribute to mood, improves glucose movement, lowers blood fat levels, and decreases blood pressure.
Canine Dermal Support Complementary Supplements:
Important Mineral Measurements:
  • Zinc 56 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
Supplement Dosing Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs

1 teaspoon twice per day

Important Supplement Information:
  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.

When beginning supplementation, I recommend the following taper-up process. This is only because these ingredients are so nutrient-dense. We can decrease your pet’s adjustment period, which may result in a soft stool. This adjustment phase is generally 1-2 days long and normal consistency of stool will return to normal without treatment.

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                ½ teaspoon
  • WEEK 4                1 teaspoon

Once you get to your pet’s maintenance dose, based on the dosage chart, continue at this dose.

For example: If your pet weighs 35 lbs –

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                Stay at ¼ teaspoon as maintenance therapeutic dose
Supplement Size Variations
30g A1300 $17.50
125g A1350 $59.95
How do I order Standard Process Supplements? 

Ordering Standard Process supplements online is simple and secure. Dr. Candy Akers has an authorized premier practitioner account.  You can buy all of your favorite products online, with no exam, consultation or approval required. Check out the store below and be sure to bookmark the page so you can come back anytime!

Commonly Asked Questions about Standard Process Supplements


What happens if my pet experiences a soft stool or diarrhea during the introduction adjustment process?

These events only appear in less than ten percent of new pets and the transient effect of the adjustment period usually resolves itself within 24 – 48 hours. If your pet has runny poop, keep them well hydrated. If desired, a small amount of canned pumpkin can be added to food.


Are there potential side effects to these products?

Since these nutritional supplements are made from food, there is little to no risk of side effects. The only side effect I’ve ever seen is diarrhea if the pet gets a gigantic dose. For example, if a pet eats a whole bottle. If I had a dollar for every time one of my pets ate a whole bottle, I’d have a pretty full piggy bank. Since pets love these products so much, we recommend keeping them in a cabinet or some place that your pet cannot get to.


How often do I need to give these nutritional supplements?

Dr. Candy recommends twice a day. They can be given with or without food. Providing a steady supply of healing resources allows your pet’s body to heal and repair all day and all night.


Why do I have to start with a small amount and taper up?

This is just a recommendation to try to reduce the occurrence of soft stool while the body gets used to processing these rich food supplements. It’s kind of like if you and I went out to eat and ate a whole plate of liver and onions. It wouldn’t hurt us, but we may be running to the bathroom later.


What is the difference between the canine and feline versions of the supplement?

There is not a huge difference between the canine and feline supplement formulations. The main difference is in the supplement form. Canine formulations come as powders. Feline formulations come as tablets. The tablet design can make it easier to give to a cat as a treat or meal additive. But I found that I was almost always grinding the tablet into a powder and mixing it in food anyway. So, most of the time, I use the canine preparation. Both are safe for both pet types.


Supplement Dosage Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs 1 teaspoon twice per day


Important Supplement Information:

  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.


Can my pet take this therapeutic supplement with other medications and treatments?

Yes! In general, yes. These whole food supplements can be complimentary to other medications. There are no interactions or toxic effects when using natural food to heal your pet’s body. If your pet is involved in a clinical research trial, ask your supervising veterinarian if it is ok.


How long should my pet take these supplements?

On average, Dr. Candy keeps your pet on these supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then, together with the family and pet status, we re-evaluate. Some pets with simple short-term illnesses may only require these supplements for the 3-6-month time period. In these cases, after balancing and healing, your pet’s diet and home care program can be modified to maintain whole health.

In other cases, perhaps with more chronic disease or severity, pets may need to be on these therapeutic supplements for a year or more, or possibly for life. If a pet does require therapeutic supplementation long-term, we know that support with natural food is far better than artificial chemicals or medications.


How quickly should I see a change in my pet’s health?

This depends on the initial health status of your pet and the condition being supplemented. In the case of acute illness, you may see changes within 24-48 hours. Most commonly, these changes or improvements are very subtle. In cases of complex or chronic conditions, most families see a significant improvement in 4 weeks.


Uhoh, my pet ate the whole bottle. What should I do? Is this toxic?

This happens a lot, it will be okay. Since the products are so natural and highly palatable, this situation arises frequently. We remind families to keep the products out of reach and in a cool, dry, dark place. If your pet consumes a large portion or a whole bottle, monitor them closely. Just as with other products from nature, most of the time the worst that will happen is soft stool or diarrhea. Make sure that your pet is well hydrated and does not develop any bloody vomiting or diarrhea. If this occurs, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you are dealing with soft stool or other gastrointestinal issues, it can be helpful to let your pet rest. Additionally, you may skip one meal and consider a fluid-only meal such as a small amount of water or broth.


How should these supplements be stored? Do I need to refrigerate them?

The Standard Process Veterinary Supplements do not need to be refrigerated. Keep the products out of reach from pets and children. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet.


Why are there so many organs and glandular tissues in these products? Yuck! Aren’t these gross leftovers or by-products?

On the contrary, organ tissues are some of the most nutrient dense parts of an animal. If you watch one of those nature shows on TV, you will see that after a predator kills its prey, the very first thing that they eat are the organs and glands. The predator gobbles them up because they are packed with rich proteins, full complex vitamins, and natural sources of minerals. The predator wants to eat these first before scavengers or competition comes around.

For example, look at the liver. Liver is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B complexes, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium than most other “super foods” out there. To get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a 1-inch cube of liver, you or your pet would have to eat one of the following:

  • A whole large salmon or filet
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 flat iron steaks
  • 5 cups of low-fat milk

So, while in the US we view organ meats as “gross”, other cultures and animals understand that organs and glands are powerful sources jam packed with nutrition.


 My pet has tested to be *allergic* to beef or other protein sources in the supplement. Should I be concerned?

Most of the time, when pets are tested for food allergies, they are tested for cooked muscle meat, as this is what is found in canned and kibbled pet foods. Because of the various protein shapes and the effects of cooking, usually raw muscle meat and organ tissues do not cause the same allergic reactions.

In my experience, if your pet is in a current severe stage of inflammation, allergy or disease, I usually wait 30 days for the immune system/body to calm down and then slowly add in the supplement. In my own pets, I do not see an allergic reaction or negative response if my pet’s immune system is stable. However, if they are in the middle of a big flare up, I decrease or discontinue the supplement for a short period of time until they feel better.


Are there any alternative ways to administer this supplement if my pet won’t eat it mixed in their food?

Occasionally this does happen, especially if the pet is used to a carbohydrate heavy or artificially flavored diet. I explain it as, if I was used to eating cookies and happy meals every day, I would probably resist if you put a salad in front of me too.

I recommend starting with really small amounts sprinkled and mixed with food. Then, gradually work up to the starting amount over the period of 1-2 weeks. By then, they should be used to the taste and smell of this healthy supplement.

If this doesn’t work, you could try the following creative approaches or think about a unique solution for your pets:

  • Mixing powder with water or broth and syringing it to your pet
  • Mixing with a simple high-quality canned food
  • Using bone broths and stews for pets
  • Using the feline (tablet) form and hiding it in yummy foods like peanut butter or homecooked chicken breast
  • Putting powder or tablet inside a pill pocket
  • Throwing the treat into the air to be caught and swallowed
  • Using a “chaser” treat
    • Example: here’s your meatball with the therapeutic supplement in it – immediately followed with an irresistible treat
  • Using the “rule of competition”
    • Example: have another pet nearby so that your pet has to eat it before the other pet gets it


A Note From the Manufacturer: 

“Developed for patients with hypersensitivities, Standard Process Dermal Support is extremely beneficial for dogs with allergies. This product contains a variety of whole food derived nutrients along with tissue extracts and concentrates combined with botanical ingredients. The multi-focused support provided by this product is directed at a number of key organs and glands that have a central role in the allergic process. These glands and organs include the liver, small intestine, and adrenal glands. Each of these structures has variable levels of dysfunction in the other organ systems. Optimizing function of these individual areas can lead to a reduction of immune activation, allergen exposure, and reduction of immune reactive substances.

Dermal support has also been beneficial in managing appropriate healing of the skin following a variety of skin injuries. Topical management of these conditions should be combined with the use of this product to facilitate wound repair.

Canine Dermal Support is very effective and safe to administer to cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin health, which is a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by tissues and organs in the body. Canine Dermal Support was developed for patients with hypersensitivities. This product contains whole food ingredients to help support and maintain the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, and microorganisms. The multi-focused support provided by this product is directed at a number of key organs and glands that have a central role in the allergic process. The primary focus is on the adrenal glands, liver and small intestine. These areas are known to directly or indirectly influence immune function and skin health.”

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The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing.  In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms.  This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance.  Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance. Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance.  These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life.   Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine.  She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments.  This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.

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