Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pets' Food Allergies

I'll bet your dog and many friends' pets have had symptoms from food allergies. Signs are itchy skin, ear irritations, and hot spots. Dogs scratch sides, rub ears, chew and lick at paws for hours on end. Some dogs develop more serious symptoms from food allergies that may require steroids and antihistamines to improve. Most food allergies, however, have a simple cure -- elimination of manufactured, cooked carbohydrates and feeding a species-appropriate diet of raw meats and meaty bones.

If you bring food allergy symptoms to a veterinarian's attention, chances are you will be advised to put your dog into a months-long, ingredient elimination trial. What in the kibble you've fed daily for years, may be causing your pet's food allergies? Because kibbles are complex concoctions of grains, by-products, and preservatives -- any one of which could cause your pet distress -- the process of eliminating one ingredient for a week at a time, will consume months of your time and your pet's suffering.

Eventually, your pet may be put on a limited ingredient, prescription diet the vet sells. Not only is the diet expensive, it will make your poor pet sicker in the long run.

What if you simply gave your pet a raw-meaty-bones diet -- no kibble, no canned mush, no prescription crud? Guess what? His food allergy symptoms will disappear within days.

Lots of ingredients in kibble and canned mush can cause your pet's allergic responses. Cooked carbohydrates are not a natural diet for carnivorous pets, and they prompt their immune systems to react. Symptoms of itchiness, hot spots, and ear irritation are immune responses to inappropriate foods.

Many pet owners have told me about their dogs' allergies and veterinarians' approach to the dogs' symptoms -- steroids, antihistamines, and dietary restriction. Now the dog is on a exclusive cooked rice and cooked chicken diet. Allergic symptoms improved, but the dog is listless, coat is dull, and he seems sick. Well, yes, he probably is sick, as sick as you would be if your diet was restricted to two foods, one of which is species-inappropriate, and both of which are inappropriate prepared.

Many pet owners are afraid to switch their dogs' diets to RMB, because they have spent months and years trying to reduce allergic reactions to earlier foods. Now the dog is not scratching and chewing himself raw, but he doesn't seem happy or healthy. The vet admonishes the pet owner to keep the poor dog on this prescribed diet, advising that this state is the best the suffering dog can achieve.

The veterinary approach to pet food allergies is based on their training to look at ingredients and partial nutrients in manufactured foods. They have not been taught the benefits of species-appropriate foods and the cures appropriate diets produce in allergic pets. A good diet prevents pet diseases and often cures those sickened by an inappropriate diet. Given the high frequency of food allergies in their practices, one could think vets' advice is criminal neglect of the obvious solution.

For more information on food allergies and raw-meaty-bones, visit http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ and read Tom Lonsdale, Work Wonders: Feed Raw Meaty Bones, available from amazon.com.

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