Breed: Mixed (predominantly poodle)
Age: 3 years old
Chika was rescued off the streets of Spain. When she first came to her new home in the United Kingdom, her mom realized she could not eat dry commercial food because it gave her terrible breath, bad body odor, and constant scratching to the point of bleeding. After switching to a raw diet, the bad breath and body odor disappeared completely. She has now been on raw for 2 plus years, but her mom thought she was still giving Chika something that did not agree with her. She still scratched incessantly and significantly more than the other family dog. Chika also tired easily after running a very short distance. She just did not have the energy and vitality that a normal three year old dog should. At her annual health check-up in April 2015, her heart and lungs seemed normal according to the vet.
Chika’s system cannot tolerate chicken, duck, cow’s milk, pork, soy, turkey, venison, wheat, barley or potatoes.
Chika was tested in June 2015 and after two months, her mom reported that Chika is much better overall. Her itching and scratching is down to what would be considered normal for a dog, and all the scabs and sores have healed. Now that the food is under control, her mom plans to work on Chika’s potential environmental sensitivities.
Her mom noticed three months later that there is a definite difference in Chika’s running abilities as she can run longer and not tire as easily. She now can easily outrun her brother who is smaller, for a long time she hasn’t been able to do that. Way to go, Chika!
As I say, she is much better, so obviously the food thing has made a difference. About 3 weeks ago I had family come to stay, and Chika got fed stuff she shouldn’t have, despite my efforts to tell them not to, anyway within a few days she was scratching and licking badly again, which cleared up once I made sure she was back on her ‘allowed’ food, so it obviously makes a big difference to her.
Over the winter I am going to try the local raw honey thing, and also try to get hold of some local raw bee pollen, the vet I saw said he used to live in France, and at the local markets bee pollen capsules used to be sold to the local people with hay fever who swore by them! So may try that as well. I’m also going to concentrate on giving her the best quality diet I can, I’m trying to source some free range grass fed. organic meat, and I’m going to give as much variety of raw veg and fruit mixed in as well, and see what difference it makes next spring when the pollen starts again.