Skin Problems Part Three
Hello, Dr. David Roberts from Manchester West Vet hospital here in Ellisville, Missouri.
Following up with one of the other things we see with skin problems, this may or may not surprise you but what we find with skin problems is that a lot of dogs and cats are actually allergic to their food, and its not this food or that food or that its one that’s good or bad what it is, is its actually the ingredients in there and what we find is that wheat is the worst just like people.
Everyone has heard about gluten free diets in humans, what we find with dogs and cats is that it can be chicken, it can be beef, it can be soy bean it can be wheat, it can be any of those ingredients.
When they came out with foods for dogs and cats with food allergies, we came out with foods that were made from different ingredients or ingredients that were broken up, and that’s the protein part of it that actually get broken up in to small molecules as opposed to big molecules.
So I'm going to show you some examples here that we utilize quite a bit, one is a food called z/d. z/d is actually where they have hydrolyzed or they have broken up these proteins to make them smaller so the body, the dog or that cats body doesn’t recognize that it’s an allergen.
So they have taken regular proteins, could be beef, soy doesn’t matter and it actually breaks it up.
The other thing we use is a food like this, and this is what my dog cruiser is on, he’s on a fish and potato food and that’s what this food is made of. Fish is something most dogs and cats haven’t been exposed to and potato is certainly something they have been exposed to in a general routine type of diet.
It even gets a little bit more detailed with this type of food, this is a cat food and it’s made from rabbit and green peas.
So what happens is again were finding what we call a novel protein, a protein that these pets have not been exposed to, to give them something that their not allergic to. The biggest problem that I find with sending this product home or any of these foods home, is that people still feel like they have to give their pet a treat and they give their pet a treat of pizza crust or ya know tuna out of the can with their kitty cats and they give them treats that are probably ruining the whole process.
When we look at a pet that has food allergies and many pets do, my dog does for sure and Cruiser only gets his dog food which is the fish and potato and he only gets things that are not allergenic and that would be green peas or green beans or giving him a strawberry like I showed earlier, those things are perfect but if someone gives there pet a bagel part or their cereal bowl in the morning after breakfast or they go to McDonalds and ya know give them part of the bun, your probably going to be defeating the purpose.
So what we tell people is that if you’re going to start treating a patient for a food allergy and there’s so many out there.
We're going to expand on this a little bit when we go to our ear problems. What we tell folks is that don’t give them any kind of treats. Just keep them on their food.
Use hypoallergenic treats, which we actually carry and most veterinary hospitals do, but make sure their not getting things on the side.
So food allergies are a big part of the whole skin condition thing and its one of the factors, I will be back in a little while.
I'm Dr. David Roberts from Manchester West Veterinary Hospital here in Ellisville and we’ll be talking a little more about ear problems and finalize our skin allergy process, thank you.