allergies & skin problems
FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES AND INTOLERANCES ARE VERY COMMONLY DIAGNOSED IN CATS AND DOGS. THESE CAN OFTEN BE EASILY MANAGED BY 'RE-BALANCING' THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
To effectively manage allergies and intolerances, we need rebalance the immune system by switching off the dog or cat's tendency to over-react. Dogs and cats should be able to tolerate some exposure to pollens, grasses, fleas, dust mites, and proteins from prey species (such as chicken).
So why is it that so many of them are diagnosed as being allergic to these common every day environmental and dietary triggers?
A healthy and normal immune system reacts to harmful threats by producing antibodies. These antibodies bind to the threat and are cleared from the body by a specialised system called the reticuloendothelial system. The clearance normally occurs at a steady rate. When this system is over loaded, the clearance can not keep up.
The antibodies are bound up with the threatening substance and continue to circulate in the blood stream. These circulating immune complexes start to cause trouble - they are deposited in the skin, the gut, the kidneys, the joints; and trigger local and generalised inflammation - heat, redness, swelling and itchiness - the typical signs of an allergic reaction.
the microbiome, inflammation & diet
The immune system is regulated by a healthy gut microbiome. Diet is a key factor in maintaining a healthy microbiome. If the microbiome is healthy, then inflammation is well controlled.
Rebalancing the immune system by feeding raw, biologically appropriate food takes a lot of pressure off a very over loaded immune system.
Allergy panels commonly show dogs and cats as being allergic to corn, chicken, soy and wheat. Rather than getting caught up in the specifics and expense of allergy testing, our suggestion is to remove grains and starches from the dog and cats diet; foods they are not designed to eat. Feed a protein source that the dog or cat has not eaten before - a Novel Protein diet - for a period of approximately six weeks. This allows the gut a chance to stop reacting and settle, while the microbiome adjusts.
A course of probiotics may be beneficial at this point to help provide the gut with good microbes.
It is incredible how much impact these simple measures have on calming down an over active immune system. We are not suggesting that all allergic dogs have food allergies. We are suggesting that biologically appropriate raw foods can have an impact on reducing allergic tendencies.
Rebalancing the immune system by providing a raw diet and supporting the microbiome in the gut with probiotics and animal-derived essential fatty acids are simple things that can make an enormous difference to a very frustrating problem.