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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. "
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.
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