Messing with the gut is messing with canine health. The most concerning side effects from antibiotics include chronic diarrhea, weakened immune system, higher risk for developing allergies, lowered levels of serotonin (leading to neurological side effects), increased chance of obesity, impaired functioning of kidneys and the liver, heart arrhythmias, and lung disease.
Cytopoint injection is marketed as not being a canine immune system suppression drug like Apoquel and other popular atopic dermatitis drugs. While it is true that it is not a blanket immunosuppressive, it does very much suppress a part of the immune system. And, given how many jobs this part has, suppressing it is very likely to cause system-wide problems.
Don’t let flashy marketing campaigns fool you. Synthetic dog dewormers are poisons. They may be effective at killing intestinal worms, but they also do damage to the liver and kidneys. Normal side effects include digestive upset, seizures, and lethargy. If too much of these chemicals are ingested, which can happen in dogs who frequently get parasite infections, organ failure, coma, and death can result.
From Zoetis being reprimanded by the FDA for minimizing Apoquel’s risks, to numerous studies showing a strong link to cancer, Apoquel for dogs clearly has a dark side. Many dog owners discovered that on their own … when it was already too late. If you’re still on the fence about Apoquel, this article shares FOUR hard truths about the long-term use of Apoquel that every dog owner should know!
Aging affects all organs in the body, including the brain. It physiologically changes as our pet ages — it becomes smaller and lighter, often with a slightly reduced blood flow. Not every dog’s brain ages in the same way, though. There are significant changes in a senior dog’s brain that are developing cognitive dysfunction.
Candida albicans maintains itself on a diet of sugar and starch. When your dog eats high-carbohydrate food, such as most kibble, it is consuming everything candida needs to thrive and reproduce. And because dog’s systems aren’t built to process that much starch, there is always plenty of leftovers to sustain a booming population of yeast.
It’s interesting that a drug NOT approved by the FDA for veterinary use is so widely prescribed in veterinary clinics. In North America, metronidazole is sold under the brand name Flagyl and is routinely used in veterinary medicine off-label. In Europe and the UK, one commercially available product is on the market for dogs & cats, sold under the name Metrobactin. It’s approved for use on pets with bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, mouth, and skin.
From pricey, hard-to-get medication to bank-breaking specialty diets, there are a lot of ways to deal with dog allergies these days. But what if I told you the only way to truly help your dog overcome allergy symptoms is by supporting a healthy gut biome? The best part is this can be done naturally without medication or high-priced veterinary diets.