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Oct 22, 2020

FAQ: Do Dog Food Sensitivities Cause Dog Health Problems?

Frequently, I get people telling me that their dog is experiencing health problems and they suspect that the dog is allergic to chicken, or some other food...and want to know if changing food will solve the problem.

Here's an example of an email sent to me, along with my response below.

" My dog has had 2 UTI’s, several ear and eye infections, and a horrible rash on his belly. The vet wants to put him on an immuno support medication until he is fully grown. If I change his food, will that help? I don't want to put him on drugs. "

My response:

Changing food might help in the short term. However food sensitivities are not the core problem. A unbalanced gut microbiome is. So when the gut is functioning properly, sensitivities to food and other things disappear. This can take some time to reverse itself, but the your goal should be long term health over short term symptom relief. UTI's, ear/eye infections and rashes are all symptoms and signs that your dog's gut microbiome is out of balance. 70% of immune function takes place within the gut microbiome.

So, what's at the root of dog health problems?

What disrupts balance in the gut microbiome? Incorrect feeding, drugs of all kinds, vaccines, chemical pesticides for flea/tick/heartworm control and environmental influences such as household cleaning products, to name just a few.

So eliminating or reducing as much of this toxic load as you can together with a varied, moisture rich, whole food raw diet is usually the best way to establish balance in the gut, over time. Meat, bones and organs as the primary foods, fish, eggs, fruits and veg as secondary foods. The body can recognize these foods and utilize them efficiently with less waste.

People don't eat a dry, 100% processed diet daily for years, and nor should dogs. Everyone needs fresh food. Probiotics are always helpful.

Hope that helps you understand your dog's health problems a bit better.

Sandra

Oct 18, 2020

Where Do I Start?

My dog has gone on a downward spiral since our vet told us to switch from a grain free food, to one with grains. He has gone from a healthy dog to having

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Oct 10, 2020

Allergy to Everything!

My 3 year old Golden Doodle petite seems to be allergic to every meat I have given her. I always have to stop feeding her something, to start something

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Sep 13, 2020

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Aug 28, 2020

Pup skin allergies

I have a 3yo yellow lab. He has extremely sensitive skin. I think it mostly relates to outside factors, but could be wrong. When we mow, or when pollen

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Aug 06, 2020

Anal Glands & Allergies

My 5yr old working Cocker suffers from a number of allergies, environmental and food. He's is itchy but not too bad...no major hot spots really. The

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Jul 29, 2020

A Fat Dog Is An Unhealthy Dog

A fat dog is at risk for dog health problems. Learn the three main reasons why and how to help your fat dog get healthy again.

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Jul 10, 2020

Labrador Retriever Eating His Paws

I feed my dog home made food. 60% beef, 20% veggies 20%brown rice. He had developed allergies prior to switching from commercial food. Can't pinpoint

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Jul 09, 2020

Yeast infection

My dog is having very bad itching and red spots on his body. He is licking biting himself. I have tried every medicine on him and still his condition

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Jul 08, 2020

Diesel and Dave

Hi Edie, My sweet boxer, Diesel was the most gentle and loving dog ever. He truly was a gentle giant. Diesel had developed numerous health issues and

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Jun 30, 2020

Sensitive Collie with Allergies

Our 1.5 year old rough collie has symptoms of the occasional runny nose (clear), face looks puffy or distressed, eyes occasionally have discharge which

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Jun 28, 2020

Should I Give My West Highland Terrier Goats Milk Kefir With a Yeast Infection?

My 7 yo Westie has had quite a road to travel. We rescued him as a puppy and he came with a laundry list of allergies. Since day one I have fed him

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Jun 17, 2020

Fresh Foods You Can Easily Add to Your Dog's Diet Today

Fresh foods to upgrade the quality of your dog's everyday diet for better nutrition and more flavor fun!

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Jun 14, 2020

Cane Corso With Constant Licking of Paws and Severe Ear Infections

My Cane Corso has had constant back to back ear infections. The culprit is yeast. We have determined one of the causes is chicken so we have cut that

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Apr 28, 2020

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