|Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 9:26pm PST |
|Your dog's symptoms point more to a yeast bloom than an allergy. If your vet did not mention this, it is time to find a new vet.
A yeast bloom is the opposite of an allergy. Basically, your dog is not producing enough antibodies to fight off infection so yeast thrives. An allergy is when your dog produces too much antibodies to fight off infection even when infection is not present. Now, there are cases when the dog iis yeasty but then he is allergic to the yeast which is a conundrum.
Okay, Yeast thrives on sugar. So your first step in taking care of your yeast problem is to eliminate sugar and carbs from the dog's diet. This is the great thing about raw feeding. You have complete control over this. So, keep him off the plums! If you're not on Prey-Model Raw, you might want to go on that diet until your dog's yeast problem is under control. PMR is a super low carb low sugar diet.
You might also want to check your dog's pH levels. Your dog's normal pH is acidic with a range between 6.5 and 7. If your dog is close to 8 or even higher, yeast thrives and your dog is at risk of UTI. You can ask your vet for something to balance his pH. By the way, there's specific things to do to check a dog's pH. You don't just stick litmus paper on his urine and call it a day. Dogster should have instructions on how to do this.
In the meantime, there are dog shampoos that fight yeast. You can give this to your dog to relieve his skin and hair symptoms while you figure out the holistic treatment.
Hope this helps.
Edited by author Sun Feb 3, '13 9:30pm PST
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