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Do You Have a Unicorn?

๐—œ๐—ป ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ, ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ. ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฒ... ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐˜€.

The last few years have shown dog parents focusing on a lot of variety and protein rotation - more than ever before. Am I the only one who thinks it's time to rethink this strategy for avoiding food intolerance? It's clearly not working! There's a balance between feeding some variety and feeding every single protein you have access to!

I can't magically create new foods when a dog shows sensitivity to every protein available. So what are these dogs supposed to eat? Trying to work on gut health while a dog is in a high state of inflammation is unlikely to be successful. If it was a simple matter of feeding a novel protein, people would've seen some progress before connecting with me. Introducing novel proteins during a time of high reactivity increases the odds that you are sacrificing a protein to try later.

People are being scared away from meds such as apoquel which could give their poor dog some relief. Sometimes meds are needed as a temporary measure whether it's seasonally or during a big flare up.

When dogs are unable to enjoy walks, meals, engage in their fave activities, and can't sleep because they are so incredibly itchy - why not consider meds? I'm quite sure we would do it for ourselves!! Once inflammation calms, develop a strategic plan which includes gut support.


No amount of bone broth and probiotics are going to help severely affected dogs with this degree of food reactivity. This is also when hydrolyzed foods (another helpful approach that gets targeted) can be a good option to consider. When you've tried various proteins and elimination diets with no success, hydrolyzed food can give many dogs relief. You know that fresh foods are my number one choice - but there are times when we need a different strategy for the dog's sake. I consider it a temporary measure with the goal to reintroduce fresh foods at some point - timeline depending on the individual dog.

The shaming/superiority and scaring people that their dog will get cancer from these drugs or shaming people who consider hydrolyzed foods, means dogs who have a very poor quality of life continue to scratch themselves to the point of creating bacterial infections and ... more meds, and the cycle continues.

Is it important to know potential side effects (short term and long term) of any drug - of course! You always need to weigh the pros and cons. Not every dog may be a candidate - discuss all your options with your vet and also consider a consult with a dermatologist.

๐—จ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ด, ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜†, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ.


๐—œ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ. ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜†, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ'๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ถ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜†..

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