I’ve been writing blogs for dogs for a number of years now and my purpose is to share information – information I have learnt on the way.
For the parent of an allergy pet it can be so tough, the endless scratching, sleepless nights, stress and worry is something else.
We brought you Eezapet to help break the itch/scratch cycle. To offer relief to your dog (or cat), stopping rashes and itches from spreading all over their body (and quickly done with their constant scratching!)
With so many rashes and allergies around these days this effective relief is much needed and often without Eezapet medications have been the only answer.
But sometimes you have to think - what IS actually going on?
Why the continual rashes?
I often talk about overloading allergens weakening the system. An overloaded system cannot cope – the skin being the largest organ often presents as red, raw, itchy, rashy and this can be anywhere on the body!
Eezapet relieves the skin but if the allergen is continually affecting the dog's system then they will continue to present rashes.
So after battling with allergies on Bhindi for 2 years - constantly - she’d clear up and then boom, another break out.
First it was the body, then the paws constantly red, inflamed and sore. Then, about 6 months ago, 2 major ear infections. This was new – never had an ear infection in 8 years – things were getting worse!
It was stressful for all. Poor Bhindi was not happy, lethargic, still had a great appetite but was not running around being a dog. Whilst the itches were being controlled with Eezapet - it was time for more extensive research.
WHY GETTING WORSE?
WHY SPREADING OVER THE BODY?
I was done and I knew my poor Bhindi was done too!
We had previously tested Bhindi through a natural method and she showed as having a grass allergy, she did not show allergies to any food.
I decided to do more extensive research on gut health, nutrition and underlying problems/issues
A timely win was getting tickets to a Commonsense Organics event (one of our Eezapet stockists ) who had a talk on Gut Health . They were talking about human problems and being similar to my dogs' problems got me thinking
FOOD – we are what we eat!
I was a kibble feeder – one day I thought 'That's enough!' - the vets offered medications, steroids, cytopoint and I think Bravecto was even mentioned – I ran a mile – straight to raw feeding sites, natural vets and Raw Essentials (another of our Eezapet stockists) for more advice, podcasts, papers and research. It was the only thing I had not tried!
This is when it all started to resonate.
Leaky Gut Syndrome – the symptoms and the causes.
One thing that struck me as a concern was the acidity needed in the gut to have optimum health.
When pets are fed high carb, high plant protein (think pea and soy) and low meat protein diets hydrochloric acid is not produced so the PH of the stomach is around 4.5 (low acidity)
When pets are fed a natural raw diet the stomach PH is around 1-2 (high acidity) triggering the production of hydrochloric acid needed for digestion.
This is a HUGE difference! How can the gut operate with a low acidity (PH4.5)? The digestion through the rest of their system is compromised – there is no acid secreting cells, no stomach acidity to aid digestion.
How do they get nutrients from their food?
How does the food travel through their body?
Is this why my own dog has constant rashes?
70% of the immune system is in the gut. A healthy immune system produces antibodies to clear harmful threats. If their system is overloaded then this clearance cannot happen.
A diet high in carbs inhibits stomach acidity and they are not properly digested. Dogs and cats need a high acidic stomach (PH1-2) to properly digest food.
One day about three months ago I moved Bhindi onto a raw food diet.
I visited Raw Essentials for a feeding protocol, and have advice from their vets in the best ways to do this.
We had to fix Bhindi’s leaky gut first which is done with the help of bone broths. I’ve always fed bone broths to my dogs if they were sick or irritated, plugging up the holes in the stomach that causes irritations.
Bone broths are highly nutritious, easy on the system, great for gut health and plugging up the holes created by low acidity.
About 2 weeks later I moved No 3 Hemi on to a raw diet. (Hemi would never want to eat his kibble for breakfast – just looking at me as if I was mad and walk away). By the time Hemi came to me – you can read his story here – he was already catching and eating rabbits and chickens.
I also had No 1 dog Coco to think about. She was 13 years old – should I move her onto a raw diet?
I did more research to make sure I was doing the best for an older dog, moving her to a raw diet about 2 months ago.AND THE RESULTS:
Three months later and back to Bhindi she is looking great.
I’d say she is about 90% healed (and we’d had some horrendous breakouts).
Her coat is beautiful, shiny and glossy (she still gets Newflands Hoki Oil as this is a great product for healthy coat and skin).
For Bhindi it has been great having Raw Essentials vet advice for her transition. Her gut was severely compromised, I believe, hence her skin and rashes slowly getting worse by the week! Once we have her gut health to 100% she should be able to produce enough antibodies to fight allergens and therefore react less.
Remember 70% of the immune system is in the gut.
With all three dogs now on raw food:
- Hemi comes running for his food
- Coco eats with gusto and
- Bhindi is looking healthier and healthier and not only that she is back to being a dog, running outside, enjoying life as opposed to being almost depressed.
Leaky gut is a very complex thing but really it is as simple as
‘You Are What You Eat’.
If you eat badly your system will be compromised. If you eat right you’ll have a healthy immune system.
The advice I got from Raw Essentials was invaluable and the podcasts from The Natural Vets in Australia are so educational.
If you are having battles with constant allergies blowing out of control then maybe look at what you are feeding your dog(s). Some kibbles are cleaner than others but after learning about the correct PH for digestion – it’s raw all the way for me.
Best thing I have ever done (asides from making Eezapet to help break the itch/scratch cycle) is moving my three onto a raw diet.
I now wish I had started Coco my 13 year old on it years ago. And I wonder what the difference would be for her arthritis and the carb deposits on her joints. How her teeth would be healthier and maybe she wouldn’t have so many (benign) lumps all over her body.
That. I will never know, but hoping that in her last year/s she may still reap the benefits.
I’ve always believed you are what you eat – that’s how I eat so it was time for my dogs to eat naturally too.
I can only go by the proof I have which is the difference in my dog Bhindi – her mental state, her physical being, and her itchiness and general demeanour.
I’ve even had people who visit saying 'Wow Bhindi is a changed dog' – her coat is healthier, her physique looks great (she is a greyhound cross after all), she is more engaging and generally happier in herself.
If you would like to read more from Eezapet and managing allergens then our blog collection is here.
Do you have a story about changing your dog's diet and managing rashes?
Leave a comment below - we'd love to hear your story.
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Go into any of their 11 stores during October, mention Eezapet and this code: 'Bhindi' to receive an exclusive 10% discount off your purchases.
Even if you are curious about raw feeding then pop in to a Raw Essentials store and have a chat to their knowledgeable staff to learn more on how you can do the best for your dog.
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Are you thinking of moving to a raw diet but are unsure on how or what?
My latest blog Raw Feeding 101 is for you
In our November blog Heather Murphy interviews Michael Murray from Raw Essentials. In this great discussion, they explore the 'how, when. and what to raw feeding'.
it's the Eezapet way!