Furry Fact Focus:
Fix Those Allergies Naturally!
There is no other question I am asked more frequently than how to fix a pet’s allergies. And I am here to tell you it is possible to do with nutrition. It takes trust, patience and commitment early on. You have to believe in some unorthodox information. Some of which contradicts everything vets have been taught and have been practicing. I began this journey with my own pets. I have seen miraculous improvements in their health and overall quality of life. So much so that I dedicated my career to helping teach their owners what I’ve learned so their pets can thrive.
Our first line of attack is a diet change. Contrary to popular belief, this is not always a switch to grain-free food. (Unless we are talking about cats. Their diet should ALWAYS be grain-free.) We usually start with a change to a protein your pet has not been exposed to before. And we tend to go to a cooling protein first, such as pork, whitefish, duck, turkey or rabbit.
Secondly, we always couple a food transition with raw, fermented goat’s milk or cow’s milk kefir. This will help alleviate any potential stomach upset while changing foods. Most importantly, the milk will help flush the toxins from your pet’s system, while providing anti-histamine properties to control the itching. Kefir and goat’s milk are also natural yeast killers. For pets with hot spots or red areas from scratching, put room temperature goat’s milk on the affected areas once or twice daily. If they chew their paws, be sure to saturate their paws in it. If their ears smell like corn chips, rub milk in them with a cotton ball. It will bring instant relief and begin the healing process. Trust me, it works! And your dog will not smell like sour milk, I assure you.
Additionally, when beginning this limited ingredient diet process, it is imperative that all treats be the same protein. I recommend freeze-dried treats. They are as limited ingredient as it gets. NO MORE mailman or bank Milk Bones! The smallest treat like that can negate everything else you are doing.
And here is where patience comes in. Typically it only takes a dog a week to transition to a new food. But it could take one to three months to finally alleviate the allergies altogether. It is based on a number of factors, such as breed, allergy severity, environment, stress. Sometimes it is food related, coupled with other issues. But the majority of pets get the permanent relief they deserve. And most get the added bonus of food they enjoy eating!
If you would like to learn more about solving allergy issues the natural way, please read my blog coming out October 1st.