Meet Chewie…AKA Mr Choo, Choo-baroo, or to give him his full title …*Chewbacca.
Chewbacca is an adorable 3yr old Border Terrier with a wonderfully calm, yet playful temperament.
His owner explained how that playful spirit had all but disappeared lately.
Welts and bald patches plagued his back, and his ears were red-raw from constant scratching. Despite a cocktail – of expensive – drugs and numerous trips to the vets, he was clearly still in a great deal of distress. Frustrated, worried, and tired from middle of the night bathing and ointment sessions, the owner didn’t know who else to turn to.
Now I’m no vet, but – thanks to ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates – i knew one thing…
All disease begins in the gut.
I also new that, as a small dog, it wouldn’t take much to overwhelm the tiny surface area of Chewie’s gut.
The most rudimentary Google search reveals the main cause of psoriasis in dogs is T-cells that divide too rapidly -essentially they build up before they can be shed, causing the itchy rash. There are genetic factors to consider, but mostly it’s caused by an allergy that compromises the dog’s immune system – sounds like leaky gut to me!
With allergies, human or animal, you essentially have two choices.
- Option 1: Expensive allergy tests …the vet/doctor will then advise you to avoid allergens.
- Option 2: Remove allergens and see how you get on
Most vets know that dogs with psoriasis are allergic to ingredients in commercial dog food but recommending a change in diet doesn’t generate them any income. So they treat the symptoms – with creams and tablets – and never address the underlying cause...hmmm now where have i heard this story before?
I had a clear plan of how to fix Chewie and knew his future was bright!
Watch this space to see which option we went down, what changes we made…and if Chewie’s ears ever stopped itching!
*Bonus fact for the Star Wars Geeks out there- George Lucas’s created Chewbacca after seeing his dog sit up in the passenger seat of his car – his name derives from the russian word for dog, ‘собака’ pronounced something like suh-BAH-ku.