So if my dog has allergies, should I get her tested? Whether you suspect a dog food allergy, flea allergy or something else - Here’s what you should know before you waste your money on testing.
First, why do you think your dog has allergies?
Consider it’s much easier for a veterinarian to give you a diagnosis of allergies
when he doesn’t have a clue what the underlying problem is.
It also fits right in with the notion that disease is caused by something outside of your pet or how it is being cared for.
Skin problems, itching, swelling and diarrhea can be a result of many things but most often I would bet it comes from where we are NOT looking. Vaccine side effects, flea med side effects and medications that are given to stop those allergy symptoms.
What I'm saying is the problem is caused by a weakened immune system from extruded dog foods with chemical complexes the body cannot metabolize. Sometimes it takes years for the problem to show and we claim "My dog has allergies."
So how do you fix that? Start by changing to real foods like raw meats, a few good pulverized vegetables and maybe some cooked whole grains (if you must). If that is unappealing to you, at least get a really good dog food and I don’t mean the ones on the vet’s shelf.
Serve one that is baked instead of extruded. (Consider subscribing to Petsumer Reports )
Unless you have a veterinarian who really understands dog nutrition, you won’t find the right food there. Nutrition is pretty much an elective course in veterinary colleges since mainstream medicine hasn’t made the connection between nutrition and disease yet.
Our pet doctors are wonderful.
Unfortunately, most veterinarians receive their food counseling from the
dog food manufacturers themselves. Uh-oh.
Next, consider the following:
Dog Flea Allergy
Here’s my own experience. My dog has allergies. Actually two of my dogs were allergic to fleas. They'd bite and scratch until they bleed and their fur fell out. Pretty sight. Anyway, after the near death experience of my dog Helen from a topical flea medicine, my life changed and so did hers.
The more I learned, the more upset I got ...which led me to create this website. I hope you'll take the time to read about vaccinations and dog food nutrition.
changing my dogs diet and supplementing for awhile, not only did the
fleas go away but my dogs' energy increased and some of their gray hair
disappeared. I can no longer say my dog has allergies. I haven’t seen dry skin, dirty ears, eye discharge, scratching or even a flea for some years now. And even bad breath and dirty teeth are a thing of the past.
Please consider changing your dogs diet to a more natural one. Here at Three Little Pitties, you can learn about the side effects of many popular dog meds such as prednisone (which I recently read causes Cushings Disease).
If you need help with diet, there are a couple of PDF books for sale in the right hand column of this page you can download instantly. (I have them both.) If you seriously need help with diet and healing supplements, contact me.
Then you won't have to say my dog has allergies either.