I wanted to get your opinion on the info my vet sent home with DH and Winston today regarding allergies. This is what the sheet says:
"Good food is cheaper than veterinarians"
Best is always a freshly prepared, balanced home cooked diet. Second best is human quality, raw, frozen diet. Otherwise, a high quality diet, naturally preserved (ie, with tochopherols), with good supplementation, is acceptable for most pets. We DO NOT recommend grocery store type foods, due to the 4-D meat (dead, dying, diseased, and debilitated) used in their preparation.
If your pet is allergic/hypersensitive:
Cerumen gland hyperplasia (excess wax in ears) - 80% food, 80% inhaled - usually both
Chewing on or licking feet - inhaled
Armpits - food
Tummy - contact allergy
Tail and head - fleas
Start a feeding trial of 2-3 months with no corn, beef, wheat, or soy from any source (continue this always). Not on dog food (either canned or dry), from the table or treats - no pizza, bread, hamburgers, pasta, popcorn, pig ears, or turkey legs. Treats can be "people" rice cakes. Read the fine print on labels.
You will also need to change the way your pet digests his food with teh use of digestive enzymes, otherwise he may become allergic to a new diet. Udo's Choice Pet Essentials powdered supplement is a convenient, easy to use source of enzymes. It also has the proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to minimize the inflammatory response seen with any allergy. You must add the labeled dose of Udo's to your pet's food each time he eats.
Examples of commercial hypoallergenic diets:
Natures Variety - prairies, instinct, and raw
Natures Recipe - easy to digest
Diamond - Lamb and Rice
Taste of the wild (some formulas, check fine print)
Innova (some formulas, check fine print)
Solid Gold (some varieties, check fine print)
She also wants him to have 1/8 teaspoon of locally harvested honey daily.
Any thoughts on her recommendations? What do you think of this supplement? We currently feed Kirkland chicken and Rice (Diamond) and she said switching to Lamb and Rice was fine but I need to double check the ingredients.