All The Same Thing By Different Names
What if "Corn" "Fillers" "Gluten" "Starch" "Grains" were all individual subsets of the one REAL problem? Excess CARBOHYDRATES
I've been thinking about those itchy dogs without classic wet, infected excematous signs, those dogs which look more like dry skin / atopy cases.
Dogs that are chewing and licking their feet, itchy pink ears, rosy colored lips, rosy itchy bellies. This kind of itching / pruritis is called "atopy" by tradition, but I've been unconvinced that this is just "inhaled" allergy. I feel for sure that there''s a contact ("he walks in it") component to atopy. If "walking in it" (contact) is not, in fact, the MAJOR factor.
|(Upwards of 20% of cases) changing to "raw food" diets report: "So long, itching!"
And, I wonder how much a dogs diet has to do with skin issues. Specifically itchy dogs as mentioned above.
And I'm thinking about 'diet versus itching' because I hear with a statistically-signficant regularity (Upwards of 20% of cases) folks changing their dogs to "raw food" diets ---> and getting: "So long, itching!" leaving us all to wonder how much placebo, anecdote and wive's tale is in that, versus actual replicable results?
WHAT IF raw diets gave the dogs MORE of what they need? And LESS grain? Less Starch? Less Gluten? And those four things is why they help?
Raw food people would rush to assert that. But I don't think it's that simple. I don't think it matters whether it's an individual grain, starch, or gluten....I think it's just the CARBS in such excess in general.
I think whenever a company cuts grains out, they naturally decrease carbs. Whenever a company removes gluten, it drops carbs. Whenever a company eliminates starch, the carbs are manipulated. ALL of which seem to help dog skins. But is it REALLY one of those components or are we looking at different pieces of the ONE beast?
And I don't think dogs have to eat RAW MEAT to benefit. I think in concept, raw meat's good, and I'd prefer it. BUT I think just giving dogs 60-65% protein to 10% carbs to 25-30% fat is of ("the") benefit whether the protein is raw bloody roadkill entrails*, or just egg.
Back up: "What do you mean about raw bloody roadkill entrails, Dr Johnson?"
What I mean is that no one making a raw food diet is using USDA Grade A meat. In fact, most of the meat is non-referenced "mystery meat" and could be anything from pig lips to roadkill. Almost no regulation, especially from the small kitchens and plants. And you can BET that if a manufacturer was using Grade A meat they would have that lit up in LED flashing lights on the package. The source of the meat most Raw Meat diets is conveniently omitted.
|"You can BET that if a manufacturer was using Grade A meat they would have that lit up in LED flashing lights on the package."
So, it could be roadkill. Why not? And you're going to feed 'mystery meat' to your dog RAW? I mean, really?
The raw food diet industry needs to brush up their act. Or, the first company with full disclosure on the source of their meats and how they protect your dog from foodborne illness will CRUSH the industry. I hope someone steps up.
In the meantime, I looked at the raw food diets that get these "so long, itching" reviews. And the thing that recurs over and over is the LOW CARBOHYDRATE content. The best of these is usually "mostly" protein, less than 10% carbohydrate (non grain) and then the rest in fat.
So I looked at quality DRY foods with the same ratios of fat to carb to protein and which are grain, starch and gluten free and found the following:
Here are a couple recommended diets capitalizing on my belief that carbohydrates, especially grain carbohydrates are unfavorable for some dogs' skin (and health)
Low carb diets are healthier, I am coming to believe.
Your itchy dog only has to TRY these diets for about two weeks to know if they help.
It will be a major paradigm shift.
|When you start on a low carb diet the dog will need less food, because it is calorie dense. Given too much new diet, too fast, they will get diarrhea.
When you start feeding, give small amounts to avoid diarrhea. In fact, let's not even give "meals" of the new low carb diets. Let's give frequent small snacks for a few days until we see if the bowel adjusts well to it. If you dog is morbidly obese or weight gain is an issue, chances are you need to closely monitor intake, limit it, or talk to a vet about exactly how much the dog should get.
FURTHER, if you feed a low carb diet and expect good results WHILE YOU ALSO give carb rich scraps and treats, you won't be getting any results. Remember, it's not an INGREDIENT we're trying to exclude. It's a FOOD GROUP!
Because these are low carb choices, she may be filled by much less food.
It takes a day or two to get over a "carbohydrate" high. So, he or she may seem VERY hungry at first while she gets off the carbs, and then seem satisfied by less food in a few days.
Poops are ALWAYS reported to be much smaller, better formed and healthier smelling.
Diet choice one:
Diet choice two:
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Diet choice three:
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Diet choice four:
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All are good choices.
The first two are VERY low carb. VERY.
The second two are GLUTEN FREE.
When you start feeding, give small amounts to avoid diarrhea.
Keep plenty of fresh water in front of your dog.
I know these are very expensive diets. But if they erase the itching then it might be worth it.
These diets are the best alternative to plain dog food, WITHOUT going into the Raw Meat diet area which is a Wild West of dog foods from a regulatory standpoint.
The following represents what I professionally / personally believe to be a good "raw diet" ratio of protein to fat to carbs.