Fooding for Life

Navigating Pandora’s Box

Dealing with allergies

We have the utmost respect for veterinarians. Not only are they expected to know everything about all animal species we could potentially keep as pets and those that food us, have to master all of this in a space of five to seven years, but then are also expected to know how to navigate the ever expansive universe of allergies in our companion animals. Considering that huuman medical professionals have had a head start of several thousands of years, it is no small ask.

The challenge in dealing with allergies, is the “expansive universe” of causes and contributors. If today we are able to document a million validated causes and contributors, tomorrow your dog will be case one million and one. There are so many elements involved here:

  • Veterinary medicines (more specifically over the counter);
  • Numerous feed and food choices, ingredients, colorants and preservatives;
  • De-sexing techniques and practices (spay / neutering);
  • Vaccinations, adjuvants and fillers;
  • Heritage (breed and genetics);
  • Environmental.

It is no wonder that cortisone is so popular among veterinary professionals. How on earth do you figure out what causes, or contributors, to allergies when you don’t have the resources;- financially, time and people, to research each unique case? And to compound the problem, is that we live in an age of “instant gratification”, so which pet parent is willing to wait, or even engage, in a trial elimination diet of six to nine months? Nope, jab the bugger and get rid of the itch. Imagine trying to solve the Rubik’s cube blind-folded in the dark.

Pandora’s Box of Allergies
Pandora’s Box of Allergies

So what should we, as pet parents, know about the problem? How do we help? By taking a step back and understanding that:

  • The veterinary pharma industry has nothing to gain by declaring all of the ingredients used on their products;
    • Many of these ingredients are new, and there is no unbiased track record for the use of these or public research associated;
    • Many of the active ingredients’ pharmacokinetic properties become cumulative in the body, much like vaccinosis;
  • BigPetFood will find the cheapest components to put into the very delightful bag of McKibble or can of McCan (not necessarily nutritional);
    • Does not have to declare the raw ingredients and their respective nutritional (or non-nutritional) values (that is why you see claims such as “no added” … sugar, preservatives, toxins, etc) used to make the feed (in other words, input ingredients);
    • Can use ingredients not necessarily safe for huumans, and do not have to test long term carcinogenic, anti-nutrient interaction or toxicity of the ingredients;
  • There is no legal requirement to test the “all-in-one” vaccines used all at once – but keep in mind, they could all use different adjuvants and fillers, which also does not need to be declared either;
    • Most material safety records (safety data sheet) state “company proprietary” or “trade secret“, so even your vet would fail in trying to obtain these details;
    • Vaccines themselves become cumulative in the body, resulting in vaccinosis;
  • Even though the concept of the “horse doctor” was documented as far back as 2000 BCE in Babylonia, the modern practice of veterinary medicines was only really formalized in 1762 by Claude Bourgelat when the first veterinary school was founded in Lyon, France. Keep in mind that the earliest establishment of School of Medicine and Surgery for huumans was in 1088 in Bologna, Italy. And huuman medicines have one species to worry about, veterinarians are required to address the health needs of domestic animals, including cats, dogs, chickens, horses, cows, sheep, pigs, and goats; wildlife; zoo animals; pet birds; and ornamental fish. Not to mention the sizes of animals that are treated, which vary from newborn hamsters to adult elephants, as do their economic values, which range from the undefinable value of pet animal companionship to the high monetary value of a winning racehorse. A very tall ask.
    • As with commerce old and new, the monetary value associated with goods traded, or serviced, will define the research and investment available to specialize or further research into that specific species or animal;
  • Genetic diversity of mutts, pups, nobles, masters and muggles. A feline queen can have a litter where the male contributor can be uniquely diverse across the whole of the litter (the term is super-fecundation), and even though there are are about 340 breeds recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), we know from experience that our current dog population is primarily mutt. Interestingly enough, super-fecundation can also occur in dogs. Some dog breeds have sensitivities to elements that other breeds don’t have. Particular breeds may have a negative reaction to a specific ingredient while another breed struggles with another. One example of this is the German Shepherd, which has a sensitivity to Ivermectin in some cases. This is due to the presence of the Multi-Drug Resistance Gene (MDR1) that is also seen in other herding dogs including Australian shepherd, border collie, collie, Australian shepherd mini, English shepherd, McNab, Shetland sheepdog, old English sheepdog and breeds that are mixed with these. The Longhaired Whippet and the Silken Windhound both have this gene as well.
    • How then, do you determine if its breed or genetics?
    • Genetic disadvantages (in breeds) with the presence of the MDR1 gene, for instance, should never be administered the following chemical solutions (not all inclusive), as they are known to create problems or complications: Abamectin, Acepromazine, Actinomycin D, Aldosterone, Amitriptyline, Butorphanol, Cortisol, Cyclosporine, Dexamethasone, Digoxin, Diltiazem, Docetaxel, Domperidone, Ketoconazole, Doxorubicin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Etoposide, Itraconazole, Ivermectin, Levofloxacin, Loperamide, Methylprednisolone, Milbemycin, Morphine, Moxidectin, Ondansetron, Paclitaxel, Selamectin, Sparfloxacin, Tacrolimus, Talinolol, Terfendadine, Tetracycline, Vecuronium, Verapamil, Vinblastine, Vincristine;
  • Hormones! All of them, all of the parts needed. But when following traditional de-sexing protocols, we remove three (3) of the eleven (11) organs responsible for the endocrine system! Get it – three out of eleven organs are removed and the immune system still expected to operate at full. That is like taking four cylinders of the 16 cylinder Bugatti Chiron W16 engine out of action, and still expect it to reach in access of 400 kms an hour on the race track. And nobody has done any long-term research to determine the implications, causes, contributors and effects these aged and barbaric practices have on our fur kids. Think of your city during rush or peak hour traffic. Imagine someone switch off all of the traffic lights during peak hours. Chaos. The endocrine system undergoes the same chaotic stresses at peak that you would during this time, but it does this all of the time. Side and service roads will become congested, everyone will be late, and never mind the amount of rage or accidents on the roads! Chaos.
    • Find a vet that is prepared to use alternative methods to solve the problem. Removing the organs only contribute to more complications.
  • We can not even define environmental factors. Just too many.

What to do?

Breathe. Start with a blank page. Go back to basics. Nobody can define the “value” of our pets, or associate a monetary target to them. Therefore, time should not be a trade-off in our journey trying to navigate Pandora’s box of allergy causes and contributors. Other than de-sexing (it warrants a whole separate thesis):

  • Do not over vaccinate. Ask yourself, do he, she or they really need to have that vaccination?
  • If so, ask your vet not to use “all-in-one” jabs. Vaccinate weeks apart to give the immune system time to recover. Perhaps your vet is open to titre testing. Much better approach to test the antigen or antiviral loads before agreeing to vaccinating.
  • Do not use ticks and fleas “prevention” chemicals if there are no ticks and fleas. Keep in mind that most veterinary over-the-counter medicines do not deter or “prevent” ticks and fleas. Most of these chemicals act “systemically” against ticks and fleas, and ultimately, your pet. In order for the tick or flea to die, it must first have a bite. So these toxins must stay in the blood stream for this to happen. And like vaccinations, these chemicals become cumulative in the body. Rather consider natural or herbal preventative solutions first.
  • Do not de-worm if there are no worms. Your vet can do fecal analysis to determine if worms are a problem or not. And even if so, consider natural or herbal solutions first.
  • Investigate real food. McKibble and McCan cannot contain real food. No bag of rendered animal or plant-based protein powder can survive as long as a bag of McKibble without a serious amount of chemicals helping it along. No McCan can not go rancid without a serious amount of chemicals stopping it. You will not find a cockroach feasting on a bag of McKibble, and they can survive nuclear holocaust (the roaches that is …). Checkout our supreme catalogue of food at our storefront.
  • Remember that true food-based allergies are extremely rare. Yes, some huumans become allergic to peanuts, but considering that for some vaccines, Peanut Oil #65 is used as an adjuvant, it kind of lead us to speculate that “drag over” resulted in a Peanut Oil #65 protein molecule binding to an antibody entering the huumans immune system via the jab might be the reason.
  • Remember, there is a difference between allergies and intolerance, and that chicken-flavored bag of McKibble might not have sufficient viable chicken-based protein in it to warrant the scrutiny, but the chemicals used to preserve it might warrant it instead.

All the above reflect unfavorable on your vet, and it is not their fault. It is very much systemic of our current “instant gratification” society. Take responsibility for the decisions you make on behalf of your fur kids and stay informed.

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