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Raw Meat For Dog Allergies?
When your dog is sick, you will do just about anything to make him feel better. People stress over their dogs, and for good reason! Loss of fur, severe itching, scaling, red and raised bumps, lack of energy, no appetite, and secondary staph infections are just a few things I hear people talk about. I’ve heard a lot about raw meat for dogs as a way to treat food allergies, but I know very little about it.
To educate myself, I’ve joined several forums and I’ve discovered a wealth of anecdotes from people. All have various breeds with varying degrees of allergies. I decided to share what other people are doing to treat their dogs. The list, which includes raw meat, also contains ideas for grain-free food, goat’s milk, and more!
I am not a veterinarian and I am not by any means suggesting that you try these things with your dog. I always stand by, and recommend, a visit to the veterinarian as a first-line of treatment. Always.
So let’s begin….
ANECDOTAL TREATMENTS FOR DOG ALLERGIES
Here are some real-life anecdotes from people who’ve tried these things for allergies and claim they work.
Acana is a brand of dog food that sell a variety of packaged dog food including pre-made meals containing free-run chicken, a line of “Light & Fit” dog food, Freshwater Fish, Raw Meat, and a Paleo diet for dogs.
The company claims “biological appropriate” food made from “fresh regional ingredients”.
One Google search and a variety of kelp powder products pop up. I narrowed the search to Amazon with the keyword “dog” and found a few that looked promising. I have not tried any of these for my dog and I must tell you that because I am an affiliate with Amazon, I will get a very small compensation for any sales purchased through the clicked link.
The first one is called Icelandic Ocean Kelp which comes in 1 ½ pounds, 5 pounds, 10 pounds, and 20 pound bags. https://amzn.to/2JPJXzQ
Raw Goat’s Milk
This one wasn’t as easy to find, but I like the look of this product sold by Raw Paws® Pet Food. They sell human-grade raw goat’s milk with no added hormones, antibiotic free, free range, no preservatives, made in the USA.
Low Carb Diet
EVO Grain Free Red Meat Formula
I didn’t add any particular product for this because, as far as I’m concerned, you can buy filtered water just about anywhere. You can also purchase a filter for your tap to make it yourself.
As to how filtered water helps dogs with allergies….I don’t know. I would guess that a traditional licensed veterinarian may have some reservations on this. However, because it’s only water, it’s not going to hurt your dog.
I am still educating myself on this topic. I do know people who are able to get raw meat straight from a farm. Others purchase pre-made “raw meat” from the store. I did a search and found a couple that sound interesting.
One is Backcountry Raw Infused. Click here to find out more https://amzn.to/2Lin9hD
And the other is called Carnivore Crunch which is grain free and 98% poultry organs and ground bone. Note: these are just dog treats, not a meal. This is freeze dried as well. Click here to find out more: https://amzn.to/2NDLbjQ
Keep in mind that the FDA does not endorse giving raw meat to your dog both for your safety and for the safety of the dog. Read more HERE.
7. Grain Free
According to a recent report in Pet Industry, grain-free diets for dogs are in demand. As a result, dog food companies are creating much higher quality dog foods to meet the demands.
Hill’s Science Diet is one that I would try on my dogs. It’s a veterinarian-recommended food that I’ve seen at my local pet store. The stuff flies off the shelf so it must have some merit. Decide for yourself!
Probiotics and L. Glutamine
Settling on the “right” supplement is completely overwhelming to me. I chose to show you Doggie Dailies Probiotics for Dogs. These soft chews contain advanced probiotics with prebiotics, relieves dog diarrhea, improves digestion, and optimizes immune system and enhances overall health. Those words come straight from the package. Clink the link to find out more.
Medical shampoos and soaps
I am a HUGE FAN of Burt’s Bees products, including their line of dog shampoo. I have two large dogs and I’ve used this on them. Now, this is kind of general “soothing” shampoo which may or may not help a severe allergy. But, if you’re already ahead of the allergy and just need some TLC for your dog’s skin, I would recommend this:
Antibiotic medications typically require a veterinarian’s prescription. At least that’s how it works in Canada. Rather than run down the full list of antibiotics and their side-effects, I think it’s best that you speak to your veterinarian for the best solution.
Cytopoint injections are usually administered at the veterinarian’s office. In all the people I’ve spoken to, most have said that it works in the beginning but tends to lose its effectiveness. However, you must decide for yourself what to do. You and the veterinarian that is!
11 Over-the-counter antihistamines
My son has a dog with food allergies and when he has a flare-up, he gives an appropriate dose of Benadryl to his dog as a back-up. It’s really important to get dosage right and to check with your veterinarian before administering. Sometimes OTC drugs can interact badly with prescription medications so please check with your vet on this before giving it.
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I’m sure this list of suggestions for dog allergies barely scratches the surface, but with so much talk about grain-free and raw meat, I thought it worthwhile to at least give you some starting points.
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