Allergies or Yeast Overgrowth
The Great Dane Lady Has been interviewed for articles in Pet Product News and Whole Dog Journal and Animal Wellness Magazine for her knowledge, experience and advice on many companion animal health issues including systemic yeast issues, allergies and orthopedic diseases. This is due to her years of experience in assisting vets and their clients in clearing up these problems using solid nutritional support and the Blackwatch Feed Programs. She is not a veterinarian and this information is based in 40 years of experience as a professional breeder/exhibitor of dogs and as a canine nutritional consultant. This information is not meant to be used in lieu of veterinarian advice, diagnosis and treatment.
Understanding Systemic Yeast Problems
If you are reading this article it is probably
because you are at the "end of your rope" with your pets
skin and/or ear problems. Far too often when
dogs are diagnosed with allergies, they are in fact, suffering
from a systemic yeast infection which resides in the gut. The yeast/fungus die off (mycotoxins)workes ist way out to the skin surface and because it is highly acidic, it itches and burns causing the dog to itch and chew.Antibiotics and
steroids will not clear up the source of the problem YEAST/FUNGUS. They only address
secondary bacterial infections and provide temporary relief from itching. Remeber 70% of the immune system resides in the gut so when the gut is unbalanced in pathogens and Yeast/fungus overgrowth, that means the immune system is suspressed! When that happens it makes the dogs more vulnerable for secondary infections and Demodectic Mange flare ups as well. If an older dog has Demodex, I highly suggest treating for systemic yeast infection with Skin Recovery Kit #30 and boost the immune system with Transfer Factor or Colostrum.
I feel this is one of the biggest health problem facing pet owners today, as well as in humans, and the basis for many human diseases. I will tell you now, there is hope but it takes time, effort and patience on your part. So, take time to go through this information and share it with your veterinarian. I will try to keep it brief, a mini-course so to speak, but you have to do the homework! (words of wisdom from this retired professor!)
How Did This Happen?
There are 3 types of yeast infection:
Superficial (most common) - characterized by inflammation
of tissue linings, i.e. skin, GI tract, pharynx, upper and lower respiratory
2). Antibiotics Can Save a Life and
Compromise Health Too.
Other things compromise the system such as hormones (seasons), steroids, stress, vaccines, medicines, toxins, flea preparations, yard sprays, household cleaners, detergents, fabric softeners etc. but the two issues I have found the worst at causing yeast/fungus overgrowth are
1). DIET - poor quality ingredients and lacking in nutrients and
variety or nutrients that are not bioavailable to the body.
How Did I Miss This?.....A Slow Process
Generally this deterioration of the intestinal environment that causes
yeast over growth,does not happen over night, it is slow and gradual
process, just like the reversing of this problem. It starts with something
called Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Here is a typical scenario lets say your dog is 3 years old and been fed a grocery store level food. It was on antibiotics a couple times for an infection. He has been healthy up until now, but one day you notice he is shaking his head, scratching his ear or perhaps chewing at his feet -- only once in a while. Then a few days later it seems to be with more frequency. Soon the dog chews its coat, its skin is raw or itches himself more often than normal, and it is obvious there is a skin infection. There starts to be patches of baldness and black spots particularly on the underbelly and legs of the body (yeast die-off residue) remember that skin is the biggest filter organ on the body. In extreme cases the dogs can start to have seizures, constant issues with reoccurring urinary tract infections, lethargy, skin welts and baldness etc.
So off we go to the vet
.and what do be get?....we get an antibiotic
ointment for the ears, antibiotic for the coat to make sure there
is no secondary infection, and a shot of steroids to temporarily stop
itching and a suggestion that "this is a food allergy" let's
switch to Hills or Purina prescription diet.
After hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars invested in tests
and vet visit- the results tell you the dog is allergic to everything
--things you didn't even know the dog came in contact with in your
home!! (doesn't that "Australian
Grass" only grows in Australia?).
It is my opinion the majority of systemic yeast overgrowth problems in dogs, get mistakenly diagnosed as a food allergy.
A Quick Look At Potential Contact Allergies
There are contact allergies you need to consider before you go to
all this expense of allergy testing, provided you go that route. Take
a careful assessment of any changes in cleaning supplies, detergents,
aerosol sprays and carpet sprinkle products. You may just have a"Taa-Da"
moment and save youself some major $$ in testing.
Systemic Yeast Issues: How the Parts Relate To The Whole.
Many contemporary veterinarians, like physicians are not trained in holistic approaches, they are trained in the allopathic method which means to look at the "parts" that are wrong and fix them with drugs and surgery. To understand and diagnose Systemic Yeast Overgrowth your veterinarian must understand that the visible symptoms you see on the outside of the dog; chewing, itching, ear infections, shedding, sores etc is only the "tip of the iceberg". You must look deeper at the core or origin of the problem and not simply treat the symptoms on a surface level. In other words..look at the whole animal, inside out and see how all the parts relate to this whole animal.
To understand systemic yeast flare-up you need to know the mechanics. In a nutshell . When the yeast/fungus starts to over grow in the gut, it destroys the mucus lining of the intestinal wall, which is a protective lining. The digestive tract is a "closed system" much like a real septic system, and it is designed to keep the waste toxins from leaking through the walls of the digestive system and into the blood stream.
When this mucus lining is broken down due to fungus growing out of control and fungus die-off, it allows body toxins and waste to leak through the walls of the digestive tract and into the bloodstream, in short it is like the body is becoming septic. What makes this problem worse is, as the fungus dies off and decays, the waste from the fungus/yeast alone can make you "sicker than a dog".
When the toxins leak into the body a whole cascade of events starts to take place, one of which is the alteration of the pH of the gut, bladder and reproduction organs. These changes in the body are the "symptoms" you recognize when you have yeast overgrowth. It is referred to as 4 stages of severity of overgrowth depending on these symptoms. The list is far to many to list here, so I will name a few that seem to be the worst in animals:
Rashes - Itching -Body Odor - Smelly Ears - Reoccurring Ear & Bladder infections -Red Skin - Sores - Scabs - Shedding - Arthritis - Genital Discharge - Hotspots - Blackened skin.
Keep in mind the biggest filter organ in the body is the skin so when these toxins leak out of the contained system and into the bloodstream, they eventually make their way to the outer layer, the skin, and deposit the toxins on the surface of the skin causing itching, irritation, odor and then a secondary bacterial infections become a problem as well. Reoccurring ear infections are often treated with antibiotic, which don't even touch yeast infections of the ears, and in fact make it worse as it destroys the beneficial bacteria of the ear canal, altering the pH of the ear and making it comfy for yeast to want to grow there.
Can We Fix This Mess?
The answer is YES - we can fix or reverse this mess by making 4 changes, it takes time, patience and you changing some of the feeding protocol with your pet, but YES we can do it. It means doing these things:
1) Thyroid test - 5 panel
1. THYROID -You MUST have your pet's thyroid checked - It is my opinion, after working with hundreds of cases over many years, that when we are trying to rebalance the system and reduce the yeast/fungus levels in the gut, we have a much higher success rate when the thyroid is working properly. Now the problem is that yeast die-off, known as mycotoxins, actually can destroy the thyroid gland, which is the master lock to the whole glandular system (endocrine system). This is why having an current and accurate thyroid test done is critical to a successful rebalancing of the yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract.
Most veterinarians do not do a complete thyroid panel (5 panel test), nor do they know how to recognize a low normal test. I feel it is of utmost importance that you get a thyroid test analyzed by Dr. Jean Dodds at www.hemopet.com. I feel so strongly about this that I often will not do a consultation until pet owners have this thyroid test done before our consultation. Go to hemopet.com and click on services
You will note Dr. Dodds has 4 sections with instructions and forms for you to print out and take to your vet. Your vet will draw the blood and mail it to her labratory and she will send you the accurate results. She does a complete Thyroid Antibody Panel which includes T4, Free T4, T3, Free T# and a TGAA (thyroglobulin autoantibody) test.
I really don't recommend going by your vets blood test. But if you have already gone to your own vet and they have run a T-3 and T-4 - look at the numbers, if they are in the middle (50%) range, it is considered low for the 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 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!
This is what it says at Dr. Dodd's website:
"HEMOLIFE, provides the most comprehensive diagnostic profiles for detecting and interpreting autoimmune thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, with our specialized reference ranges. We use novel, 'green' non-RIA technology never offered before in veterinary medicine (patent pending). The Thyroid Antibody Panel (Thyroid 5™) is comprised of T4, Free T4, T3, Free T3 and TGAA. No other diagnostic laboratory offers this technology or provides clients with the detail, personal assessment, and recommendations offered by Dr. Dodds and her staff."
Here is an article you can print out an determine it yourself from the test results.
2). Change The Diet:
These are foods that you can use for systemic yeast rebalancing:
My first choice is Precise Pet Foods (www.precisepet.com)
Precise Foundation - Chicken/Rice - (all life stage formula)
If you insist on a grain free - use if for 2 weeks along with the yeast removal program Kit#30 and if no results you have to move to a food with grain, so use one of the ones listed above.
Nutri Source - Lamb/Pea and Chicken/Pea is an option.
Acceptable Treats for Dogs Going Through The Removal Program
Northwest Natural Freeze Driet 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.
Both are essentially the same product, the GV has more of one type of natural antibacterial anti-fungal in it, the K9 Ear Solutions is a cross of two different natural antibacterial and antifungal components. BOTH WORK EQUALLY WELL - and First Choice will switch out what ever ear solution product you want if you call in to purchase the yeast kit.
LEFT - BEFORE K9 EAR SOLUTIONS
RIGHT - AFTER USE OF K9 EAR SOLUTIONS - 4 DAYS
3). Herbal Wormer
This is a liquid and can be mixed with canned meat, soft cheese or given directly with a syringe (no needle) into the side of the mouth..follow up with a treat. PBG - 51 is non-toxic, non-corrosive, and human and animal and plant friendly. There may be some loose stool if the dog is infested with parasites.
PRECAUTION: This wormer, like Panacur and other wormers, will kill adult heartworm if the dog is infested and it will clog up the heart which can kill the dog. So never use a wormer without a heartworm test or unless the dog(s) are on a heart worm preventative already. Herbal wormers, like other wormers should not be used on pregnant and lactating bitches.
Here is where to purchase PBG-51 wormer at www.FirstChoiceNaturals.com
4) There are 3 Skin Recovery Kits for you to choose from:
Skin Recovery Kit #30 - All dogs, breeds and sizes and it is for yeast removal includes the K-9 Ear Solutions, which is the best ear product on the market for yeasty ears and can be used on hotspots and feet as well.
Skin Recovery Kit # 49 for Toy Breeds is now available (under 10 lbs)
Skin Recovery Kit # 41 - for kennels or homes with multiple dogs with yeast issues.
Yeast Removal Program for Overseas
The Skin Recover Kit#30 is not available for shipping to some countries. If you live overseas and want to purhcase a yeast kit, contact First Choice Naturals to see if they ship to your country. Email Jane at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Removal Products for Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India
EXTERNAL SKIN CARE:
I have found these shampoo and sprays work best for yeast situations and for managing itching and coat repair
What Do I Do After The Yeast Problem Is Cleared Up?
Maintanence After the Yeast Issues
- Once it has been resolved we recommend using the CORE 4 Kit #38 and use Black-Leaf 3-5 days once a month for 4 days to knock down any potential yeast over growth, OR you can worm with PBG - once a month.
To understand more why your pet's diet is probably the cause of this skin problem.
Information For Humans With Yeast Issues:About The Human Detox Process - as the yeast dies off, it creates toxins in the body. Please read my suggestions on how to lessen the symptoms on this detox process. It means slowing the process which means a bit long time getting back on track, but I think well worth it. Detoxify Slowly
To Prepare Ahead - You Have Homework
OK - this is a lot of information in a short time, but I know as you read this info, light bulbs went off and there is light at the end of the tunnel. (We will deal with your anger about how long this has gone on, and the money you have spent, at a later date). Be patient this problem didn't happen over night and it won't clear up over night. On an average 3- months is the norm, depending on the severity of the situation, some are sooner.
Question: Do I have to keep my pet on the Yeast Removal Kit for the rest of their life?
- it is life long program including approved foods and treats
(listed on the yeast instructions). But, once you get the yeast in
control with the Blackwatch diet and the supplements in the yeast
removal kit, you will move to a maintenance routine which is explained
in the yeast instructions. We never get rid of yeast, parasites
or pathogens, it's always about having more good microorganisms than
bad microorganisms in the gut and keeping things in check and in balance.
This is the latest photo of Beau which is now a year plus after he has been on the yeast problem and Skin Recovery Kit #30 . He is now 12 years old and for the first time in his adult life, these past 2 years he is happy and free from the ravages of yeast, antibitoics and steroids. He is on pain meds for arthritis issues as well as a good joint supplement. I want to thank Midge for keeping us updated on Beau's condition.
Stephine G writes: Here are the photo's of before and after
the Skin Recovery Kit #49 for Toy Breeds. Bentley is the black poodle and Brewster
is the white one. Brewster only had problems with his paws. He chewed
on them all the time, and his eyes were badly teared stained. Bentley
of course you can see they picture of his eyes and face...He was starting
to go bald on the top of his nose and his eyelids were VERY swollen
and runny. But, NOT ANYMORE! Thanks so much again! Saved me a ton
in vet bills and such relief to know they aren't suffering anymore....
New Yeast Removal Instructions to go with Kit #30 or #40 from First Choice Naturals.
Yeast Removal Instructions from Nzymes will come in the kit you order from them.
HOW TO HANDLE A YEASTY DISCHARGE IN MY DOGS
Besides using the Skin Recovery Kit #30 and a change in diet you may have to topically
treat your bitches vaginal tract or the sheath covering your male
dogs penis. Here is a good option and the amounts given are for small/medium
dogs, double for large/giant breeds.
Do this 1- 2 times a day for 3-4 days then move to once a day for a few days.
In the Morning - after eating and pottying:
Take 2 tablespoon of tepid temp water and 1/8 th teaspoon of BacPakPlus
Probiotic (in the yeast kit) - mix together, put in the syringe
and shake it a little..put the dog outside or in a bathtub then give
her a good squirt. Do this for a week as well and let the beneficial
bacteria reseed the tract and crowd out the yeast overgrowth.
How Systemic Yeast Infections Affects Humans