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Dogtor J’s Food Handout

This handout has “morphed” significantly over the last two years as I became more aware and knowledgeable of the foods that were doing us all harm. Also, the pet food industry is in a dynamic state and the “safe food list” has been changing like a chameleon, thanks in part to the addition of soy to both dog and cat formulas (errrh). I now advise pet owner to check the ingredient list of their chosen food at least every other purchase. I also strongly urge owners to add fresh vegetables, fruits, and a source of natural protein (meats, eggs) to these commercial diets for completeness.

Keep in mind that this handout is given to my personal veterinary clients when they visit my office for the first time. In most instances, the exam room lecture they receive from me is the first time they have heard about the problems we see with the average commercial diet. Most of these dog and cat owners have been buying their pet’s food at the grocery store, oblivious to the totally unnatural and potentially devastating ingredients found therein. I usually spend a large portion of each office call explaining food intolerance and how it relates to their pet’s condition (often leading to a deep discussion of the client’s medical woes, as well).

I am aware of the fact that there are many other high-quality commercial diets available on-line and in other areas of the country. I have most of them listed on my Dogtor J’s Recommended Pet Foods page. I do try my best to keep that page current. The main criterion for a particular food being listed is that it be free of all gluten (wheat, barley, rye), dairy, soy and corn, including the oils of those ingredients. I have additional restrictions for those patients suffering from epilepsy or related neurological conditions. I also attempt to stay current when it comes to recalls and adverse publicity but this task is getting harder to accomplish as my time is now being consumed in other areas. I do appreciate it greatly when people write to me, pointing out the necessary changes in this ever-evolving list of acceptable commercial  diets.

The following is meant to be a quick reference guide for those just starting down this path. I do hope it helps.

Dogtor J’s Elimination Diet

Food allergies are on the rise in veterinary medicine in both dogs and cats. These are manifested mainly as dermatological (skin and ears) and gastrointestinal problems. Chronic ear problems in the dog and chronic vomiting in the cat are big “red flags” for food allergies and intolerances. However, many immune-mediated diseases (those caused by or triggered by the immune system) have been linked recently to food intolerance. Such things as hypothyroidism, diabetes, lupus, coronary artery disease, epilepsy, asthma( cow milk and corn), hyperthyroidism (Grave’s disease), and rheumatoid arthritis as well as many psychological disorders (such as autism and ADHD in people) have been tied to food intolerance in the recent past.

Dog foods and treats many times contain the food ingredients that have been most often incriminated in food allergies and intolerances. Historically, the main allergens have been dairy products and cereal grains (wheat, barley, and corn) in the dog and cat. Now soy is also a major cause of problems. So, when deciding which foods to buy for your pet, especially for the allergic pet, try to follow these basic guidelines first.

Things to Eliminate:

1) Wheat, barley, ryeAll of them. (including bread, crackers, treats, & wheat gluten)
2) Dairy productsAll of them. (including all milk, cheese, whey, and casein)
3) Soy – This is also a major problem in people. (See anti-soy links below)
4) Corn –  (including corn gluten meal)- This is important in asthma and epilepsy

By eliminating the above items, you will be taking care of the majority food allergens and all four of the major sources of food intolerance (gluten in grains, casein in dairy, corn, and soy protein.) This must be considered in all foods, including TREATS and TABLE FOOD. Most commercial dog and cat treats are loaded with wheat, soy, corn, artificial preservatives, and many of the animal proteins to which pets may be secondarily allergic. In addition, the typical cat treat is often a “who’s who” of artificial preservatives and colors.

Below are some of the “safe” foods for your pets that leave out most or all of the above ingredients. ALWAYS READ LABELS. Not every flavor variety is safe.

*Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance potato, sweet potato and rice-based foods.
*Lamaderm by NaturalLife – Available at select WalMarts
*Taste of the Wild – Multiple formulas available (Bison, Salmon)
*Life’s Abundance –  Dog and Cat foods ( ) Available here.
*Canidae and Felidae Grain-Free Pet Foods
*Wellness- Core – Both Dog and cat formulas available. (Pet Supplies Plus)
*Merrick- Before the Grain – Both cat and dog formulas available.
*Solid Gold – “Barking at the Moon” (dog) and “Indigo Moon” (cat) only.

If symptoms persist after 3-6 weeks of starting these diets, then blood testing is available to identify other food allergies. These can be varied and numerous, especially in aged pets. The most common secondary food allergens are lamb, rice and chicken due to their commonness in pet foods. Strive to use a novel protein.

Above all, BE STRICT. Food allergies can be very sensitive conditions and the least amount of the offending substance may trigger reactions that can last for days. Be creative in finding safe treats for your pets- those that MATCH the diet. This will be a lot harder on you than your pet.

Important Internet Links: (My Site) (Life’s Abundance) (An informative site about raising your four-legged friends in a two-legged household) – A great site for ADHD/Autism sufferers       – Anti-soy information – The Sage Systems test for food allergies (Very important for human sufferers) – Print out and read “Hydrogenated oils- The Silent Killers” and his paper on aspartame.

Just Desserts

These are little tidbits of knowledge I’ve discovered or insights I’ve gained over the years while doing my in-depth studies.For example, did you know researchers have found that nearly 40% of the genetic information in our DNA is viral information? This explains what we call “genetic diseases” including familial and breed tendencies toward food intolerance (e.g. celiac disease), neurological disorders (e.g. epilepsy), and numerous cancers.

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Blogtor J

Welcome to the blog of the new New research into the origin of our medical woes has revealed something startling: As it turns out, we are our own worst enemy. Yes, the Pogo quote of yesteryear found in the title of this article is quite accurate when applied to our medical lives. We love to discuss those things that we call “causes” of diseases even though we often have little clue as to how these things really cause illness. Even medical professionals can have difficulty grasping the true cause-and-effect. But that is understandable once some insight is gained into the true nature of medical training.

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News Flash!

In this section, I will be placing links to the latest breaking news in the food world, including updates on the use of elimination diets to control disease, articles on pet food, the truth about GMO foods and more. I will do my best to balance the bad with the good, but try to remember: Much of this will seem like bad news but at least we know about it now…and can change it!


With some of these stories, I will include a link to a blog entry so that you can comment on the article. This idea came to me after reading the first entry, which is a news flash that made my blood boil.

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As misconceptions go, this is a high-priority item. Hip dysplasia is not what we were taught.

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How to Control Epilepsy Naturally

I have been successfully treating pets with epilepsy using diet changes alone for nearly 10 years. The results have been astounding. This paper helps to summarize my findings and recommendations.

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This is the first blog placed on (6-24-07) and pretty much covers the gamut of topics – from heartburn to cancer – that are discussed on this Website. The bottom line? Viruses and bacteria are not the enemy. We are! The good news: We do have our health destinies in our own hands.

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Gluten Intolerance and Your Pet

This paper is an article I wrote for the newsletter of when asked about the prevalence of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) in the dog and cat. This condition has been definitively diagnosed in the Irish Setter but not many other breeds of dogs. I will not be at all surprised when we find that it does exist in numerous other breeds… and even the lovable mutt…but as this article explains, that may very well be a moot point. Gluten is only the beginning.

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The Answer

This 40-plus page paper is my first major paper, written in 2001 and hurriedly placed on this site on that fateful and tragic day of 9-11. It represents the culmination of nearly two years of research on the subject of food-related disorders and contains an amazing amount of facts that have been hidden from public view concerning this subject. It covers how the “big 4” trouble foods- gluten, dairy, soy and corn- came into being, catapulted into common usage, and became directly involved in most of our serious medical conditions, including epilepsy, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, ADHD, pain syndromes, depression, and allergies. Severe immune-mediated diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are also covered.


Yes, it is quite long, but it appeared on my computer screen and was placed onto the Web just as it came out of my head. And it is wordy in places. But, as I tell my clients, “There is no law that you have to read it all in one sitting. Think of it as a free, short book rather than a long research paper. It’s all how you look at it, right?”


The one thing I can say is that this information WILL change your life…guaranteed!!!

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