Samson has severe allergies. Before, his face was always red and sore, and his paws were red and full of yeast from his constant licking. Sometimes he even bled in between his toes. His Mommy Tessa tried several foods and put Samson on the proper medications for his allergies.
Samson gets a twice daily antihistamine, atarax, that helps manage his allergies. Tessa only uses a hypo-allergic soap/fragrance free shampoo at Samsonís bath time and ONLY gives fruits and vegetables as treats. When Samson was ~ 1.5 years old Tessa discovered that Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Salmon was a great food for Samson. He got 2 cups a day with a wild alaskan salmon oil supplement on his kibble. Samson did wonderfully on Natural Balance for over 2 years.
However, at the age of 4 Samson developed his first ear infection. Over a six month period, numerous trips to their veterinarian were made and numerous medications were prescribed during those visits to fight Samsonís ear infections. Nothing worked until Tessa came across some very valuable information from the wonderful members here at English Bulldog News. Other members having similar issues with ear infections came across information indicating that potatoes may increase the growth of yeast (one of the causes of ear infections). A food was suggested to help with allergy and ear infection prone bullies, Natureís Variety Instinct which is both grain and potato free. Tessa made the switch to Natures Variety Instinct, salmon formula, and within 2 weeks of the switch his ear infections were gone! Now 6 months after the switch there has still been no ear infections!
It was not diet alone that saved Samson from a miserable life of allergies, but it was a huge part of the recovery process for this poor boy.
Every once in a while Samson still has an allergy attack, but with the right meds, dog food, and human companion he now lives a wonderful healthy life. Prior to feeding Natural Balance and now Natureís Variety Instinct, Samson was eating Iams and Nutro. As you can see, by the before and after pictures, what a difference switching from a low grade dog food to a nutritious dog food has made in Samson's Life!
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