Let's talk about allergies in the bullmastiff
After having personally owned more than 100 bullmastiff and Bordeaux, I feel I can speak to this issue on some level. I have had bullmastiffs girls from the same litter never have skin issues or allergies or hot spots while others struggles with having healthy skin all being fed the same diet. As all dogs react to stress differently. I have list of "Offenders' at Bottom or page
So let me begin by sharing what I have observed over the years. First let’s look at vaccinations. The younger you give vaccinations or if you give too many to young, this is a major contributor to assaulting the immune system. And the immune system is what keeps us all from having allergies. Some people don’t seem to connect these dots. Not all but I would say MOST veterinarians over vaccinate. And it assaults the young puppy's immune system and some never recover. Even giving Rabies too young OR at same time as spay or neuter, once again you are assaulting the immune system.
When someone calls me about their bullmastiff itching or having hot spots or allergies the first thing I ask is "what are you feeding"? After doing this for almost 2 decades it has been my experience "You Are What You Eat" and while the dog food industry has done a spectacular job of getting the general public to believe 'dog food' NOT "Real Food" is better for your dog, nothing could be further from the truth!! All these years later people are beginning to wake up, often after losing a beloved pet far to young, to the reality that dog food is indeed NOT good for your dog! And in fact is often poisoning our beloved friends.
Now I understand God created dogs to eat the 'dead and dying" in the animal kingdom. And that alone is why dogs tolerate such a horrible diet being fed to them all the while we as consumers see the picture on the bag and are mislead to say the least and flat out lies if truth be known. Take for example “Beneficial” this stuff is anything BUT beneficial! I’ve heard of dogs dying from eating it! Into believing we are doing wonderful things for our dogs. There is about as much real nutrition in the paper BAG as there is in the kibble inside. Really it's very sad. It's no wonder our dogs are having allergies considering their diet.
Now I hear this over and over how 'good' brand XYZ is, but the truth is it's DEAD food. repeat after me: DEAD, DEAD, DEAD. I ask you what kind of cell tissue can the body make eating only dead dried up food full of preservatives (among other things).
So let's pick on preservatives for a few minutes. Preservatives ARE SO bad. Even if you are feeding what you believe is a decent kibble, you are still giving your dog a daily dose of bad preservatives. I've found the hard fatty knots you need cut off your dogs are in my opinion caused by preservatives.
Preservatives How bad are they?
More reading about BAD preservatives
A few of you my age or older may remember this wildly successful advertising lie "Tang is better than real orange juice. It's so good it even went to the moon" and it's true, it did get on the space shuttle with our astronauts and go to the moon. So let's look at 'Tang': It's artificial color, flavors and sugar. Now i'm not saying cooked orange juice is good for anyone but REAL squeezed orange juice is a delight! and Tang; not sure they even make that stuff any more!
NEW SUBJECT: Dog's Dazzling Sense of Smell Another HUGE contributor to allergies is what your dog is BREATHING. I personally have taken more calls than I can remember someone telling me their dog just died (too young) and I ask 2 questions #1 what are you feeding #2 do you have Glad-plug ins in your house? Glad plug in totally #1 offender!
Glad-Plug Ins Can and WILL kill your dog (just give them time)
Beware of Toxic Air Fresheners
The Amazing Dog Nose 15 Things you should know (GREAT article!)
Dog's can smell a million times better than YOU! and you wonder why air freshener is killing our dogs!?!
Why NOT to spay/neuter before one year of age
Why waiting until after puberty to neuter is good idea look at bulldog on this page. note skin issues on inside of back legs.
Reexamining the early spay-neuter paradigm in dogs
Vaccinations should NEVER follow illness or surgery
Carpet!!! (your dog is breathing fibers)
Anything Used to Treat your YARD!
Oral Flea medication
Bounce drier sheet
Hair spray/Air fresheners