Ok, so my dog has been on the Yeast Removal Program and Skin Recovery Kit for a few months and my dog still has problems. Now what do I do?
First, realize this problem runs in cycles, the yeast/fungus grows, it dies off, it regrows, so this is a lifelong program and we strive for consistency in the care/feeding of your pet, and in balancing the yeast levels vs the beneficial bacteria levels of the gut. You may have some periods that are better than others as the cycle of yeast waxes and wanes until the dog’s digestive tract is back in balance.
Second – the yeast removal program and kit will not work if there is a thyroid issue with your dog- this is critical in getting systemic yeast cleared up. If you are working with the Biopet Nzymes company with your yeasty dog, they often do not emphasize how important a correct thyroid test is in getting this problem cleared up. Since their yeast removal program is my "concept" - their products work very well, as do others, but a thyroid test MUST to be done to get to the bottom of your pet's skin issues. Most vets want to do a T3 and T4 but that is not enough, that is antiquated information.
What is needed is a 5 Panel Thyroid Test and the only place I know where you can get it done is through Dr. Jean Dodds. Go to her website at www.hemopet.com and print out the forms for a thyroid test. Then give them to your vet so they can draw the blood and send them on to Dr. Dodds for a correct report.
Unfortunately most vets do not even understand what a "low normal" is on a thyroid test results, let alone know what a 5 Panel Thyroid Test is so you can't depend on your regular vet for this information. If you have already had a traditional thyroid test done which only checks 2 levels, and you are wondering if this is a low normal...here is an article/link so you can go read about how to read the test yourself! You will note Dr. Dodds has 4 sections with instructions and forms for you to print out and take to your vet. She is the absolute best when it comes to thyroid testing and is known worldwide yet her fees are within reason. She also has an accurate allergy test now, which is a saliva test and it is not cost prohibitive like most allergy tests (which are 80% false positive) and very expensive in spite of being outdated.
WHAT IS A LOW NORMAL ON MY PET’S THYROID TEST?
Instead get a copy of the thyroid report from the vet and read this article below, and you can figure it out yourself. Then you can ask the vet again for the correct medicine needed. Here is the link:
In an ideal world, Dr. Dodds test would be great and in tough cases I always say go to her for this to be done. It is always advised to go to her, but that is not always your option. So if you go to your own vet run a T-3 and T-4 make sure you get your own copy of the results and take a good look at the numbers on the report. If they are in the middle (50%) range, it is considered low for the large/giant breeds and you must treat with thyroid meds.
You must insist on it.
In fact, if your dog is a large/giant breed and it comes back in the middle range, example: say 1-10 and it reads a 5 on your dog, it means it needs to be treated with meds. Ideally a large/giant breed needs to be above the 50% range and on small active dogs it needs to be even higher than that - say on 1-10 range it would need to be a 7-8 on toy breeds even higher to be normal!
Now once we can rule out thyroid issues we can move on to looking at the next step, which re-assessing the dogs diet.
Are you adhering exactly 100% to the Instructions that came with your kit - especially when it comes to treats and human foods??? That milkbone handed to you from the drive up window at the bank is a cute idea but it can cause a major trigger for itching.
Are you using “green” cleaning products in the home? if not, these can trigger all kinds of inhalant allergy reactions as well as contact allergies that add to this mess? Do you spray your lawn with chemicals, regardless of what the lawn care companies tell you, unless they are spraying sheep manure on your lawn, it is not good for the dog.
Lastly, we may have to revisit the food you are feeding the dog and move to a different brand or type. Switching to a single source protein and carb could be the answer, in that situation you want to use some new Grain Free diets without potato or sweet potato that are a good option for yeasty dogs.
Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free - Lamb/Turkey w/ Chick peas
Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free - Pork w/ Chick pea
- all life stages including support growth and seniors.
Nutri Source - Lamb/Pea and Chicken/Pea - Single source proteins
Do not use their large breed grain free formulas because they did put potato in both of those foods.Darn it! But their regular Grain Free is an all life stage formula and fits all breeds.
Nutrisca - Lamb/Chickpea or Chicken/Chickpea – Single Source Protein
General foods that you can use:
Precise Holistic Complete - Large Breed or Small Med Breed Adult and Puppy foods work.
Precise Sensicare Line - lamb/rice
Pure Vita - chicken- rice
Petcurean GO!! -Salmon Oatmeal
Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free - Chicken/Chickpea (available after September 2011
Acceptable Treats for Dogs Going Through The Removal Program
Northwest Natural Freeze Driet Treats
Stella and Chewy's Freeze Dried Treats - Only the Jerky strips
Kona Chips only the jerky strips
Wysong Dream Treats
There is some misinformation out there about yeasty dogs not being able to eat grains, but as long as they are meat based high quality kibbles with whole grains (fiber intact) they have a low glycemic index and a slow burn. That means you can use them and I have listed the ones I approve for the yeast removal program. I have provided a list of foods with quality grains that do work. (Oats, brown rice, millet, barley)
NOW if switching foods and continuing to use the Yeast Removal Program Kit ,and following all the instructions to a “T”, as well as being on thyroid medicine does not work,.......... then we need to move to the last resort which is the new Nutriscan test. It is not cost prohibitiveand it has a MUCH higher rate of success rate than the antiquated, very expensive and inaccurate allergy tests most vets use which give high rates of false positives.
This new Nutriscan Saliva Allergy Test is available at www.hemopet.org
A revolutionary patented, canine food sensitivity and intolerance diagnostic test uses an important new approach to nutrition. Salivary diagnostics can more accurately identify the foods to be avoided than can serum food “allergy” testing.
This salivary diagnostic system tests saliva for emerging food reactant antibodies in healthy dogs, as well as the existing antibodies in dogs with known or suspected food intolerance. The test kit can be obtained directly from Hemopet or your veterinarian can order the kit for you. It is really a very simple procedure. After following directions for collecting the saliva, and adding it to the special double-sleeved tube that we provide, the tube is sealed and sent to Hemopet for analysis.
Testing protocols are for gluten and other food ingredients. The primary dietary antigens to be tested are: corn,wheat, soy, beef, eggs, and milk.
This food sensitivity diagnostic testing will identify pets needing appropriate personalized foods and treats. Nutriscan saliva screening should be used annually or more often, as warranted.
After you complete our OnLine Test Request Form at:
Dr. Wysong’s new food is also something you might want to look at as a last resort.
Another good resource is Dr. Charles Loops a wonderful and highly respected Homeopathic Veterinarian. He offers phone consultations and has one of the better homemade diet recipes, which he will fine tune to your pet's needs. I would have your thyroid test and Nutriscan allergy test done before your consultation so you can fax him that information, which is important in his diagnosis and treatment.
If none of these things take care of your pets skin issues, I am at loss as to what to tell you. Since human medicine does not normally due complete hormone testing, I doubt that they will for pets, although that is what needs to be done to get to the bottom of your pet’s skin issues.
At least for humans we have holistic physicians like Dr. David Brownstein who understand why humans in this country have so many thyroid problems that go undetected, unless a person goes to a health care professional or center who does hormone testing (blood and saliva) and bio-identical hormone replacement (all natural) therapy.
If you are interested in getting to the bottom of YOUR health issues, like I did mine, start here:
Go Here to: A Mini-Course in Systemic Yeast/Allergies