On September 1st 2007 I rescued a Samoyed dog (Sakara) from the pound. He looked very moth eaten, and my vet diagnosed him with a chronic skin infection named Pyoderma. His tail was bald, and he had hardly any fur on his trunk. His chest was covered in scabs. The vet concluded that the infection was secondary to allergies, and that he would be allergic to pretty much everything. He was commenced on Cephalexin (antibiotic) for three weeks, and bathed in Malaseb three times a week for two weeks.
He improved after his course of antibiotics, but for the next eighteen months he would be on Cephalexin for three weeks and off them for two to three weeks, and then I would have to recommence the drug. He also needed Prednisolone to control the itching.
The Pyoderma forms crusty scabs on the hair follicles, and he would also have a musty smell. I would clear one spot up, and it would break out in another area. At no time was he without the infection. As the infection is at the base of the follicle, the hair breaks off, hence the moth eaten appearance.
In desperation, I went to a Naturopath, she recommended no antibiotics, and a new diet for him. Unfortunately, he broke out again, and I recommenced his course of drugs. I also had him tested for an under active thyroid, and his test came back positive. He commenced on Thyroxine, and his fur on his trunk did improve.
I spent hours on the net researching Pyoderma, but there appeared no other course of action that what was already being done. I next purchased a very expensive spray, Cortavance, in hopes that I could stop using the Prednisolone, unfortunately, that didn’t work either. I was having him bathed in Malaseb every fortnight. I spoke again with the vet, she said that I had very little chance of it resolving, but all I wanted to do was be able to control it, but there seemed little hope of that either.
In March 2009, Giovanni from Ellenbrook Swan Valley Mobile Dog Wash suggested I try The Pet Chef. He had met Gerry, (owner of The Pet Chef) and he told me about the diet that he prepares. By now, Sakara’s muzzle was covered in crusts, as well as the top of his head and it was on his chest again. Giovanni had by now got to know Sakara very well, and when he was wet you could see the extent of the infection.
I went to meet Gerry on March 27th 2009, I listened to him extol the virtues of his diet for dogs, but to be honest, I had little faith that it would do very much. I also researched the Barf diet on the net, but I was still not convinced that it would cure Sakara.
Sakara commenced the diet on March 27th 2009; I ceased using commercial dog biscuits or dog food totally. One week later, I thought I was imagining it, but his muzzle appeared to be clearing up, the top of his head also felt less crusty. He had finished his course of Cephalexin on March 21st 2009. Never before had there been any improvement when he was not on antibiotics. Sakara was due for his fortnightly bath on April 4th 2009, and I was able to ring Giovanni and cancel. He was amazed when I told him of Sakara’s progress. This was the first time for months that he hadn’t been bathed fortnightly. He was not chewing himself either.
Sakara also seemed to have more energy; I noticed that he was full of beans, even after we returned from our walk. Every night he comes over to me with a toy wanting to play, he had been quite sedate prior to the diet. He also seemed happier in himself, probably because he wasn’t itching.
Giovanni came to bath Sakara on April 11th 2009; he was stunned how much he had improved. His muzzle now was nearly totally clear of any crusts, the top of his head was also much improved. When Giovanni was rinsing him, the water was a yellowish colour; Giovanni pointed out that Sakara’s skin was pink, always before it had dark patches on it. Nearly the whole of his tail was a healthy pink, only the tip is patchy. Giovanni gave him a second bath, and we decided that the residue of the Pyoderma was actually washing off him. Sakara has now been off antibiotics for three weeks, and there is no sign of having to recommence them.
He still has some areas where the infection is apparent, but I am confident that within a couple of weeks, these to will be resolved.
I cannot recommend this diet highly enough, I have spent a fortune on drugs, and vet consultations and I thought that Sakara would go through the rest of his days being plagued by this infection. He has been on this diet for only two weeks, and there has been a huge improvement. Anyone who has a dog with a skin infection will appreciate what it is like to constantly battle with it. I will never feed him anything else, and I have recommended to others the benefits of this diet.
For someone who was quite skeptical, I have been amazed by the speed and extent of the results. Even when he was on the Cephalexin, it didn’t clear the infection up to the same degree.
Sakara has not yet got the coat of a Samoyed, but I am confident that in a few months he will have the beautiful coats that the Samoyeds are renowned for. I cannot thank Gerry enough for his wonderful product.