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food allergies

When I first graduated from the veterinary school at the University of California at Davis, I became aware that many of the animals I was seeing appeared to have some sort of allergies, ranging from skin problems to bowel problems etc.

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“Dr. Plechner once had a consultation client, who called him one evening. She sounded desperate. It seems that her vet refused to do the blood draw and to send it in to National Veterinary Diagnostic Services lab for EI testing.  As it happens, he’d never heard of the Plechner Syndrome. They didn’t cover it in the Veterinarian School that he’d attended. Nor was it in any text book he had read.

“Besides…” her vet said, “…it’s dangerous to use cortisone (a steroid) as an ongoing maintenance treatment!”

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In this day and age of natural foods even if range fed, or organically grown and not grown from genetically modified seeds, reactions to these foods can be very common for a patient with Plechner’s Syndrome. With the advent of hydrolyzed proteins and grain free diets, the body of these designer foods can still cause adverse reactions in the patient.

While treating a patient for PS, it is important to reduce the ingredients in that food to one protein and one carbohydrate only because the more the ingredients that occur in any one diet, the greater the chance the patient may adversely react to one or more of those ingredients.

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Over the years and particularly now a days, dog food manufacturers have made claims that they have produced a hypoallergenic dog food. How do they really know this? They really don’t know this. It realistically is more of a sales gimmick than an actual solution.

Over the years, I created the first non-meat commercial foods for pets in the world. After studying a pediatric elimination diet created by a prominent pediatrician, Dr. Alfred Rowe, I formulated a lamb and rice diet for animals especially for those animals that had food sensitivities and needed a hypoallergenic dog food that they could maintain good health without suffering from food allergies. This hypoallergenic dog food seemed to work for 10 years or so until the dogs began to react to the lamb and or the rice.

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Food allergies affect many pets and determining their presence is not always easy because they may manifest themselves in numerous ways. Most commonly, a food allergy occurs in the digestive system of your pet. The clinical signs may vary; from excess gas production and mucous coating the stool, to vomiting and diarrhea with blood.

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