Pet food mix, just add meat for balanced diet
There are many pet owners that are happy to create a home cooked meal for their pet whether it is for a food allergy or the simple satisfaction of creating a home cooked meal for their pet (see accompanying story “Britney”).
Products available from a company run by board certified veterinary nutritionists and through ADC offer the benefit of a complete and balanced diet and a home cooked meal for your pet with some added convenience.
Balance IT Original Blends® are uniquely fortified potato flakes or oats that allow you to quickly and easily prepare fresh meals with your choice of meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian protein sources. Some owners add fresh vegetables for appearance or added flavor (never add onions or garlic).
Certain special diets may be prescribed for pets that are undergoing a food elimination trial, or if using Balance IT® supplements, for pets that have multiple health conditions that cannot be managed with available commercial foods.
Two Original Blends for canines are available (pictured above) that can help you to cook a complete and balanced fresh dog food. Each package is enough for one month based on a 35-pound dog.
To learn more about using Balance IT Original Blends® or Balance IT® supplements and recipes to feed your pet fresh food, please visit their website at www.balanceit.com or ask your ADC dermatologist.
Food allergy patient
For years Patti W.’s bulldog “Britney” suffered from itching and skin problems. She had been maintained on chronic corticosteroids to control the itching but that began to lead to a complication condition called calcinosis cutis. This is an accumulation of calcium in the skin generally caused by excess steroids in the system. These complications led to additional skin infections with many visits to her veterinarian. One episode was so severe that it required Britney to be taken to Animal Emergency Clinic in Grand Terrace, CA. The doctor that examined Britney recommended that Patty take her dog to a dermatologist.
loves home cooking
Patty never knew that veterinary dermatologists existed, but she made an appointment to see Dr. Rusty Muse (Tustin).
Once the doctor got Britney’s infections under control, work was started to uncover the primary cause of her misery. Dr. Muse suspected a food allergy based on her history of nonseasonal year round itching and Britney was placed on a home-prepared food elimination trial.
Ultimately after a lengthy process of test diets and rechallenges with various proteins and carbohydrates the perfect menu was found for Britney. “We found that Britney can eat pinto or refried beans, canned yams and lamb. But not canned lamb because that seems to cause her problems,” says Patti.
“I cook her meals a week in advance. People who hear this story for the first time cannot believe that I do this, but I would do it again and again,” she said.
Britney’s last check-up found her condition to be completely controlled and has been for a long time. No itching and no steroids. Don’t feel sad for Britney, owner Patti says that she still gets treats in the way of canned green beans. Yum!