Real food brought real results for Basil’s chronic itchiness

By Annie McCall

 

My Boston terrier Basil ate a popular brand of kibble from a big box store for years with no issues but began to develop severe food sensitivities when she was about five years old.

Her muzzle was very pink, she was constantly itchy, and she had huge hot spots on her belly. For the next couple of years, I would need to take her to the vet regularly to treat the hotspots because they became so large and infected. Each time, she was put on antibiotics and steroids.

Initially, I tried to address the potential dietary triggers by switching her to a lamb and sweet potato kibble, but that didn’t change things much. I later learned that feeding a limited ingredient kibble works only if you are lucky and switch to one that happens to contain just the foods that your pet tolerates. If you switch to a L.I.D. that is made from even just one ingredient that your dog is sensitive to, you won’t see much improvement.  

But how do you know what foods to avoid? Trial and error can be tough since it takes about three months for the food to be completely eliminated from the system. Eliminating one food at a time and waiting for months to see potential improvements was far from ideal.

I heard about the NutriScan salivary test for food sensitivities and gave it a try. I received a list of foods that Basil should avoid that included surprising results. She had some strong reactions to some common foods, yet she had no problem with some ingredients that are often thought to trigger sensitivities.

I took my list of “yes” and “no” ingredients to All The Best and found that Stella & Chewy’s frozen raw beef dinner patties fit her needs perfectly. The ingredients were completely different from the kibble I’d been feeding – they were made of nutritional powerhouses including beef, beef organs, and organic fruits and veggies. I learned that frozen raw food is the least processed pet food available, so it retains the most nutritional value.

I began to serve Basil the Stella & Chewy’s patties with Good Digestion enzymes and raw goat milk to help her digestive system heal from previously feeding her inflammatory foods. She loved her new food so much that she did a happy dance every time I served it. I made sure to buy some real food treats as well, including All The Best beef taffy, which she adores.

The turnaround was amazing. After having spent thousands of dollars treating hot spots, I have never had to take her to the vet for this issue since switching to real food. Today, at age eleven, Basil’s turnaround is still going strong. She is fit and happy, especially when we take her hiking. She goes on the trail for miles, and since she’s small and visibly grey, many people comment on her remarkable stamina. Feeding her real food has saved me so many expensive trips to the vet and has saved her from so much itching and suffering. Real food brought Basil visible, lasting results.   

Kick Start Their Kibble with Variety and Rotation

Kick start their meals! 

Rotating the foods that your pets eat is one of the best things that you can do for their health.

Why switch?

By varying proteins and brands, you are providing a wider spectrum of vital nutrients to keep your pets at their healthiest.

Pets develop a stronger digestive system by being exposed to many different kinds of foods, so rotation is a great way of preventing stomach upsets.

Feeding a varied diet also helps prevent allergies from developing. Cats and dogs that eat the same food for an extended period of time often develop sensitivities to one or more of the ingredients in their food, but rotating their diet prevents the body from being overexposed to potential allergens.

There are three main ways to add variety:

1. You can rotate proteins in the food you’re currently feeding, or you can try a similar food from a different brand.

2. You can vary the kind of food you offer, switching between or adding in dry, canned, frozen raw, and freeze-dried raw.

3. You can add a variety of whole food supplements such as raw goat milk, kefir, yogurt, cottage cheese, Green Juju, and Great Greens.

By introducing your pet to a variety of foods, you are helping to make sure that they are getting the most nutritious and well-rounded diet possible for a longer, happier life!

Talk to a pet care specialist about personalized suggestions for your dog or cat, and receive free Kick Start samples!

Add some magic to their bowl

Choosing a high-quality kibble is a healthy start, but your pup can benefit by boosting even the best foods with a little magic.

Adding 50% fresh food yields amazing results.

• More energy

• Shinier coat with healthier skin

• Cleaner teeth & fresher breath

• Leaner body, better muscle tone

• Better focus & attention

 

We recommend adding…

• Complete and balanced frozen raw foods closely mimic your pet’s ancestral diet.

• Meat and bone grinds reduce total carbohydrates and add valuable proteins and minerals.

Convenient freeze-dried raw foods have the same nutritional benefits as frozen or fresh raw.

• Dehydrated foods are dried at low temperatures to preserve nutritional value and rehydrate in minutes.

• Raw meaty bones clean teeth, freshen breath and offer a nutritious chew all in one package.

• High quality canned foods add both meat and moisture.

• Raw goat’s milk–nature’s most perfect food: Raw goat’s milk is full of enzymes and easily digested proteins and fats, benefits every pet, especially seniors, puppies & kittens, contains every essential nutrient, and it’s good for animals in recovery

• Great Greens powers up energy level and vitality: Wisely Great Greens is made from antioxidant-rich raw green veggies that build the immune system. It helps detoxify every cell in the body. Add a little to every meal for an extra shiny coat!