DOGGIE WITH ALLERGIES FINDS RELIEF!!! 
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 DOGGIE WITH ALLERGIES FINDS RELIEF!!!

Not long ago I posted an article about my dog Jiro (Akita, male, JKC) and
his allergies.  Well, we took him to a vet that was willing to perform an
allergy test taking a {*filter*} sample and sending it to a lab for analysis.
The test was labeled as a RAST test and I was told that they were detecting
allergens by measuring IgE levels.  Anyway, the test results indicated a
strong allergy to wheat and mild allergies to horse meat and beef.  

Prior to receiving the results of the test, I started changing Jiro's diet
thinking that he may have a cooking.net">food allergy.  I switched him from what he was
eating, which happened to have wheat and "meat-by-products", to a lamb and
rice product called Nature's Way or something like that.  By the time the
results of the RAST test came back (1.5 weeks), Jiro's symptoms had improved
markedly.  It has been 2.5 weeks since the switch to Nature's Way and Jiro
is getting better every day.  I have read that in order to determine if the
allergy was actually to cooking.net">food the possible allergen must be reintroduced into
the diet after approximately 21 days to see if the symptoms reappear.  I'm
not sure I want to do that at the expense of Jiro's health.

I have a few questions I would like to ask (I'm not sure anyone can answer
them).  

1.  How many of you pet lovers out there have experienced cooking.net">food related
    allergies in your pets?  I was told by the vet that cooking.net">food related
    allergies as opposed to allergies to pollens or other substances are
    rare.

2.  How reliable is the RAST test?  I read an article from some veternary
    text that the vet was nice enough to supply that stated "RAST tests are
    not very reliable".  I don't know if this is an old article and the test
    has improved or if the test is still poor.

3.  I realize that skin peeling, itching, and hair loss are all symptomatic
    of an allergic reaction in cats and dogs, but WHY?  Especially if Jiro
    actually did have a cooking.net">food allergy, why would the skin flake off?

Alan
--
                {       Humans are the only animals that       }
                {       don't breed to improve the species.    }

                        --Alan



Mon, 09 Nov 1992 22:22:40 GMT
 DOGGIE WITH ALLERGIES FINDS RELIEF!!!

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>3.  I realize that skin peeling, itching, and hair loss are all symptomatic
>    of an allergic reaction in cats and dogs, but WHY?  Especially if Jiro
>    actually did have a cooking.net">food allergy, why would the skin flake off?

 There is a critter called a membrane attack complex, which is part of the
whole immune response. These complexes form aqueous pores through the
cell membrane. This in turn interupts the lipid bilayer of the cell and
makes it leaky. Water is drawn into the cell by osmosis, causing it to
swell and burst ( inflammation, itching). This destruction in cells is
seen as peeling as these cells slough off. Destruction of hair follicle
cells results in hair loss.

Information is from: _Molecular Biology of the Cell_
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Tue, 10 Nov 1992 23:56:37 GMT
 
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