“Allergies refer to a complex response to certain agents called allergens. Allergens produce a rapid physiological change that can result in asthma, sinus congestion, pruritus (itching hot spots), otitis externa (ear infections), paw licking and chewing, vomiting and diarrhea. All these symptoms represent the number one reason for vet visits.”
By Robert Mueller
|The paws are usually the first to go…|
Recently one of our customers asked me: “Rob, can you just tell me what’s causing my dog to itch and scratch so much…why the hot spots and what can I do to stop it? I can’t bear to watch it anymore…it really hurts me to see my dog suffer.”
I thought for a while before I replied to her because the solution she was looking for was complicated… like isolating the cause of cancer. There is simply not a one-word answer…because skin and allergy issues are normally the result of several triggers…and in the end it all results in a compromised immune system with increased body inflammation.
Your pooch is significantly affected by environmental triggers like pesticides and herbicides because of the closeness of his nose to the ground…but there are also several other triggers that can contribute to the itchy skin and hot spot conditions. A few of them might surprise you.
Now, is it any wonder why our pets have so many allergies and skin ailments to deal with? And how do you isolate which one is affecting your pet? It is not easy but once you know what to look out for and what’s triggering the skin rash and itchiness you can take the appropriate steps to fix the cause of the problem. The best way to start is by feeding a RAW food diet.
|Sores that are frequently licked or scratched are uncomfortable.|
We are what we eat. We know this is true for humans, and we can assume that a dog is a product of what he eats. The difference, of course, is that while we can choose what we want to eat, our pets don’t have that same luxury. They rely on us.
In many cases dogs are fed kibble or dry food composed of inferior quality ingredients that have been cooked or heat processed. Heat processing alters the protein molecular structure and renders the product harder to assimilate and utilize in the body leading to a higher accumulation of toxins, inefficient organ system function and not surprisingly, allergies and skin conditions. Normally it takes 4-5 years for degenerative disease and allergy symptoms to manifest – which is why we don’t begin to see itching, and scratching and hot spots in most dogs until they are about 5 years old.
All of this can be eliminated by feeding the animal what it was designed to eat, a raw food diet, and life expectancy of the animal will be extended as an added benefit!
Consider switching to raw as the first step in ending the allergy problems of your pet.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”.