There is a difference that needs to be made between food allergies and food intolerances. Food allergies are true allergies and show the classic symptoms of itching and skin problems. Food intolerances can often result in diarrhea or vomiting. This is usually the dog with a sensitive stomach. Food intolerances in pets would be similar to people who get diarrhea or an upset stomach from eating spicy or fried foods. Fortunately, both food intolerances and allergies can be eliminated with a diet free from offending ingredients.
Many studies have shown that some ingredients are more likely to cause food allergies than others. The most common culprits for dogs are chicken, corn, wheat, many grains, dairy products, and soy. These are the most common offenders are the most common ingredients in dog foods. It may be that the source of these ingredients can also be a contributing factor. We believe quality is extremely important as is being hormone and pesticide-free.
The symptoms of food allergies are similar to those of most allergies seen in dogs. The primary symptom may be itchy skin affecting the feet (excessive linking between the toes), ears, forelegs, armpits and the area around the anus. Symptoms may also include chronic or recurrent ear infections, hair loss, excessive scratching, hot spots, and skin infections that may respond to antibiotics but reoccur after antibiotics are discontinued. Loose stools are also another very common symptom.
There are a few signs that increase the suspicion that food allergies may be present. One of these, is a dog with recurrent ear problems, particularly yeast infections. Another, is a very young dog with moderate or severe skin problems. Another clue would be if a dog suffers from allergies year-round or if the symptoms begin in the winter. And finally, is a dog that has very itchy skin but does not respond to steroid treatment.
Detox Recipe – Lamb or Venison
This detox can last up to 3 months but you will want to monitor it every week. As he/she shows improvement you can try other proteins and ingredients – one at a time.
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The Daily meals should consist of…
50% to 60% protein;
40% to 50% carbohydrate;
If your dog has ever been on a lamb diet, venison would be a better choice. But, you can try lamb to start if it is easier.
1. ) Organic Lamb or Venison, raw or lightly cooked (if cooked protein must be pink on the inside)
2. ) Lightly steamed (enough to mash but not to cook out the goodness) and mashed organic vegetables such as carrots, peas, green beans, summer squash, turnip, kale and broccoli. You can also add a few mashed organic blueberries.
3. ) 1 teaspoon Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil*
4. ) 1 1/2 teaspoon Pure Bone meal
5. ) BARFWorld EBarf Plus Supplement*
6. ) Complete Probiotics For Pets - MERCOLA
Supports the caloric needs of a 50 pound dog for two feedings a day. Adjust accordingly.
It has been my experience that many dogs who have been allergy tested and have had a positive result to being allergic to chicken or beef, when fed organic, have had no problems. It could be that some dogs are sensitive to antibiotics and steroids. Who knows for sure? With organic, you are getting food sources free of these things as well as pesticides! So, don't skimp during detox - it is well worth it.
Things to know
Please understand that during detox your dog may look worse before she looks better. Flushing out your dog's liver is a wonderful thing as for some time now it has been overtaxed. Changes will take place. Hang in there. However, if your dog begins excessively vomiting, has diarrhea for more than two days, stops drinking water, or experiences seizures, please consult your vet right away. These are highly unusual circumstances but you should be aware of them just the same.
Note: Snacks and training treats should be stopped for now. Use topical flea prevention if needed.
Brush your dog every day. This will feel good to her and will help shed away her undercoat and stimulate oil production. You can bathe her too around day 7. I would suggest a saponified coconut oil shampoo or you can easily make your own (see recipe below). If you cannot find an organic, simple dog shampoo and do not want to make you own just skip this for now. However, the essential oils and other ingredients in the homemade recipe will help soothe your dog's skin. If he/she tolerates this you will know how to bathe your dog in the future.
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