I will try to keep this short as possible, there is just so much information. So I'll start with why,...
Reason: I have about 4 dogs with chronic yeasty (brown ick) ears. Not infected, but dirty. Everyday I would clean them and use Animax and still have dirty ears. My dogs hated it and it was a battle to get a few of them to even sit still making this a dreaded chore everyday.
My concerns: I have one chocolate that is allergic to chicken(surprising findings below) and one that is sensitive to chicken causing issues with her coat (surprising findings again). Also the yeast diet and the original are grain-free, linked to heart issues. I will post the copies of diet below.
Why I chose the yeast diet: Obviously the dogs were over run with yeast, even though I always use probiotics. Over time they just couldn't rid it anymore and it multiplies quick. The yeast diet excludes even veggies that contain higher sugars, like carrots, peas, and beans. Yeast feeds on sugar and dogs are not made to digest non animal products (plant, plant proteins, etc.) Although cooking them and chopping them finely will help.
How I dealt with concerns: I was most concerned about the allergy, I talked to the professional from Natures Farmacy (always talk to them first before you "try") Jim mentioned to me that in 28 years he has NEVER seen but ONE dog allergic to an animal protein. In this case a dog ingested only real chicken and threw it up violently. Clearly allergic. I gave Vee (Vee breaks out in welts on her face) and Allah some real, cooked, deboned chicken then I waited......NOTHING! Mind blown emoji here!!!! Just like Jim said, 99% of allergies come from the crap in commercial dog food. For the grains I kept feeding them about a 1/4 cup of their dog food per sitting for the first week. This eased my mind they were getting some grain. Con- it can slow the cleanse process. How I fixed this problem to put my mind at ease (added the vitamin mix that had Taurine to help a dog process the grain-free to avoid "heart issues". (This was only a 30 day trial, so it probably wouldn't have hurt them like a long term grain free diet, but I'm not taking any chances.
Proteins I used: Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Pork, canned salmon, and eggs.
Toppers sparingly: Liver and Heart (ground)
Coconut oil: (Natural Antifungal) Internal and External- On their food, in their ears, and on paw pads.
Veggies (cooked): Squash, zucchini, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, greens and a few others sparingly to change it up (always used probiotic max to avoid gas)
Real Bone Broth (gelatin consistency)
I avoided salmon oil- the tocopherols can contain oils that would slow down the cleanse. Try to find one that contains natural herbs in their tocopherol. I use Alaska Naturals salmon oil normally (not on this diet though)
Supplements: Natures Farmacy- Complete, Bone Builder, Probiotic Max, and Ultimate.
Findings: Day 1-5 less "muddy ears", and not so sure about the food mixture even with a 1/4 cup of dog food
Days 5-10 the purge- ears were filthy dirty everyday, eye boogers. Less water consumption, less times pooping and poop was less in amount. Getting use to the new food, just a sprinkle of their original food on top.
Days 10-15 Their coats started to change, less shedding, poop was minimal (still poop about 2 times a day and still small amounts compared to dog food diet) ears were dirty but about every 2 days needed to be cleaned. They love the food and couldn't care less about have their dog food.
Days 15-20 Their coats are amazing, the dryer top coat has turned soft and looks amazing, ears are still a little dirty and I'm cleaning every 2 days just to keep any gunk from multiplying. About half the water consumption as normal, poop is still minimal compared to normal.
Days 20-30 Poop and water same and the ears are much cleaner, I could probably go about 3 days with out cleaning, but want to stay on top of it so it doesn't grow and spread.
The After Diet: Disappointment is very apparent that they're not getting real food, the water consumption has about double in less then a week, poop is about 3-4 times a day (and more of it), I assume this is from all the stuff they are not meant to digest which leads me to a poop eating issue(that I forgot to mention they previously would do, but stopped during the diet) If a dogs poop has undigested food in it they for some reason eat it (we call them poopcicles in the winter, and it usually happens more in the winter...not sure why) Ears are still doing well, I still clean them every few days and put animax gel in them until I don't see any signs. I have upped the probiotic to help keep them digesting, but I can tell the dog food is much harder to digest and requires more probiotic to help keep them clean. A few of the coats are a little more oily/greasy instead of softness.
My opinion: I like the diet and find it would be manageable for 3-4 dogs no problem (unfortunately 11 keeps me in the kitchen most of the day prepping) I could probably prep a months worth of food for 2-3 dogs easily in one day. Price, it was pretty decent. Chicken .69 per lb, turkey .79 per lb, pork $1.69, and beef $2.49 (I used about 4 cups a day for my larger dogs and maintained weight, compared to 8 cup recommended on diet card, that might be for when they are more active). I honestly would prefer to feed a real food diet, especially when you can do other options for veggies or oat or brown rice, quinoa, etc when yeast isn't an issue. Overall the dogs seemed to do much better on the real food diet compared to reg dog food. I plan to do this diet periodically through out the year to help keep them clean from the build up of unwanted ingredients in commercial dog food, "the cleanse".
Things I would not recommend if on the diet full time: Coconut oil internally, I would try MCT oil, or salmon if not dealing with yeast. There are pro's and con's and should be used for safe amounts of time, you can read more about their pros and cons on the web or check out our FB page to find links that will help you decide what is best for your dog.
My biggest pet peeve is when a Vet recommends a dog food that just isn't up to par. Granted they have a wealth of knowledge, but do they study dog food? Maybe some do, but when I hear my Vet say Purina Pro Plan or Royal Canin, I about cringe. It has a Mid-higher end price tag and not one 5 star rating to back up why someone would recommend it. Also when looking at the top dog foods on Dog Food Advisor, I see plenty of dog foods that have 4 star ratings (or less) listed, knowing that there are dog foods out there that carry a lot of 5 star ratings. Not saying Dog Food Advisor is a bad place to look, you just have to dig a little deeper doing independent searches, not just their "top" dog foods. In fact I believe Dog Food Advisor is the very best place to start researching something that catches your eye, not the reviews off of Chewy or Amazon. Plus they offer notifications on recalls.
Still my favorite food, only con is it's a little pricey, but out of 12 different choices, ALL ARE 5 STAR. Sport Dog Food, you have my vote! That tells me a lot about the company. They look at trying to make each formula the best possible not just a few. Also another thing I like, not one ingredient is RED, which means no controversial ingredients are in there either. When you scroll down to the ingredients on the others you will note some RED ingredients like tomato pomace, beet pulp, sodium selenite, by-products, etc.