Welcoming a pitbull puppy into our home could’ve been difficult enough. Finding out that our puppy has all sorts of food intolerances is another issue altogether.
This is Tessie, our two year old pitbull. We knew she probably had some sort of food intolerance, almost immediately. See that tear stain in her puppy photo, it was terrible. Eventually, she ended up with smelly double ear infections, and at one point had hives all over her body in lost a considerable amount of fur. The red yeast in her paws and arm pits was terrible.
I ran into a Facebook post that mentioned these tests and immediately followed the link and purchased the pet version. I had no idea what to expect. I will say that once we get the results back a few weeks later, my feelings were mixed. What on earth could this dog actually eat to Thrive? Turns out she’s intolerant to most proteins, blueberries, cranberries, grains, and every additive that commercial pet food companies add to their bags of dog food. Also, with her pre operative bloodwork we found out that her blood sugar was extremely high because of the excessive carbs in her kibble.
I worked closely with a local pet store to find some thing that she could eat. It took us about six months, but we eventually got her on the right proteins, the right carbohydrates and appropriate supplements and Tessie is now a thriving pitbull, free of skin issues, red yeast in her paws, ear infections and leaking eyes, who now understands, many commands, and can even do a few tricks. Her best trick, though, was stealing our hearts.
I get compliments on her gleaming white hair coat when we are out with her. People want to know what we are feeding her. I tell them that it doesn’t matter what she eats, it matters that we knew what she was intolerant to because she didn’t start out looking as good as she does now. I tell them it started with a 5 Strands test.
I tell everyone about these tests, they can change lives!
(dog mom to Tessie the pitbull)