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Hi Laura , here's a letter from Sabine, if you are interested, you can contact her.
" As a rule I don't like prescription diets - they are made from poor quality ingredients (some worse than others) and fraught by the same problems as mass market non-prescription food.
If the dog actually reacts to specific meat proteins, ZD can work, because it has its protein broken down into molecules small enough so the body can't recognize them. However, protein aside, it still contains the same ingredients as mainstream foods (right down to additives and minerals), and if any of these are what causes reactions, the approach will fail. Plus you're still feeding the dog a crappy food.
I have successfully worked with several clients whose dogs were put on ZD by vets who aren't well informed enough about nutrition to offer a better approach. We performed a proper elimination diet (no commercial food, prescription or otherwise), determined what foods were tolerated, and then I developed a balanced homemade feeding plan from the "safe to feed" items.
If the owners have the patience to work through the issues and are committed to feeding homemade food, things work out well.
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild
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