Not a lot of experience here, due to time and budgetary constraints, but whenever I've had a hound on a homemade diet, rae or not, they've always done very well - enough so that I would feed the all homemade if I could.
The problem I have with many hollistic vet is they simply make stuff, that is contrary to the scientific evidence. There is no evidence that eating yeast contributes to Yeast on the skin. 1. Actual they are general very diffrent species. 2. Yeast on the skin feed on oil, not yeast, sugar etc as suggest by homeopathic vets MalasseziaThe hollistic vet say that demodex mite feast on yeast. So, removing yeast completely from the diet can be helpful.
The hollistic vet also recommend introducing 25 % Raw Diet mixed to his Salmon kibble.
Why not feed a lower fat diet? That makes about as much sense, Yeast proliferation is often a immune system problem in dog just as demodic mange is. Both organisms are naturally occuring on all dogs but are general controlled by the immune system.As the fungus requires fat to grow, it is most common in areas with many sebaceous glands: on the scalp, face, and upper part of the body. When the fungus grows too rapidly, the natural renewal of cells is disturbed and dandruff appears with itching (a similar process may also occur with other fungi or bacteria).
Mites might cause mighty problems - Skin Disorders [/url\These mites are also often found on dogs, in which case the species is usually D. canis. Demodex mites are classified as parasites, unable to survive away from their hosts, and they can jump to new hosts through physical contact with infested areas. They feed on skin cells and oils found near the skin, anchoring themselves in place.
Along with other organisms which call your skin home, demodex mites can actually be beneficial. They help to process waste materials from your body, keeping things more tidy and sometimes reducing the risk of infections and other health problems as a result of accumulated waste.
Known as the Demodex mite, the bug lives in the hair follicles of 96-98% of people and feeds on oils, hormones, and fluids around the follicle.
This could be entire due to controliling the mites and nothing to do with the new foodHis skin looked generally healthier and he no longer has dandruff.
I know a number of people that once touted barf diet as the be all end all for their dog, once their dog got older >7 that problems becan to show up with the extra bacterial load in a raw diet. Increased infection around the mouth, increase gastric distress ie diarrhea. I have a hard time understanding how a diet with a higher bacteria load is going to help a compromised immune system as those that advocate it insist.When something causes the mites to reproduce at a higher rate, they can break out of the hair follicle and may cause acne, hair loss, and [various] skin conditions. In some cases, the interaction with mites causes skin to actually slough off."