Doug Keene Case Study
Breed: Kerry Blue Terrier
Age: 5 years old
Boo has always been a very healthy dog except he was obsessively licking his paws. The result was a condition known as “poodle feet”, which is evidenced in broken hair and raw red patches of bare skin. As Boo aged, the condition worsened; his licking became so constant and annoying he actually hid the act from his parents.
Boo has food sensitivities to chicken, corn, soy, milk, pork, turkey, venison, wheat, white fish, barley, egg, lentil, millet, oatmeal, potato, quinoa, rabbit and rice. Since he was tested at Hemopet Holistic Care, Dr. Dodds and Dr. Lassin elected to run an inhalant and contact sensitivity blood test that revealed reactions to 4 grasses, 4 weeds, 3 trees, and 6 fungi and molds.
Boo’s foot licking decreased significantly after avoiding the reactive foods. His paws are now a normal color and the hair has grown back. Boo also had one underlying condition that was not of huge concern for his parents: infrequent hunger strikes. Now, he eats with gusto and vigor. If he walks through certain grasses, his parents bathe his feet with saltwater.