Orthomolecular Veterinary Medicine: Nutritional Therapy Skin Allergy Treatment for Animals
This nutritional approach to the treatment, prevention, and control of skin allergies was originally developed by Wendell O. Belfield, DVM. This natural skin allergy treatment for dogs and cats utilizes Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Selenium to rebuild normal body functions and alleviate skin allergies.
In the studies done by Dr. Wendell O Belfield, every patient on this protocol showed great improvement. He also indicates that many of the patients were able to totally eliminate the need for hormones, tranquilizers, antihistamines, and corticosteroids. This treatment requires approximately 6 weeks to cause the body to adjust to the biochemical changes and show the final desired results.
This therapy works by:
- Optimizing immune function through immunotherapy
- Preventing the destruction of skin cells
- Optimizing adrenal function
- Detoxifying histamines
Vitamin C in the Form of Crystalline Sodium Ascorbate
Administer to a bowel-tolerance level. This will improve immune function and detoxify histamines.
- ¼ tsp for animals under 25 lbs
- ½ tsp for animals 25-50 lbs
- ¾ tsp for animals 50-100 lbs
- 1 tsp for animals 100-150 lbs
Mix the amount into the animals moist food (not kibble) daily. An excellent brand of moist foods for dogs and cats is Pet-Tao Pet Food. This can be purchased online or at our clinic. Pet-Tao is created with wholesome ingredients and is free of preservatives and dyes, which are known to cause allergies in animals.
Increase the dosage of Sodium Ascorbate by ⅛ tsp (animals under 25 lbs) or ¼ tsp (animals over 25 lbs). When the animal develops loose stools (stool looses cylindric form), decrease the dosage by one increment. This is bowel tolerance level.
- 800 IU for animals under 25 lbs
- 1600 IU for animals 25-50 lbs
- 2400 IU animals 50-100 lbs
- 3200 IU for animals 100-150 lbs
- 10,000 IU for animals under 25 lbs
- 20,000 IU for animals 25-50 lbs
- 30,000 IU for animals 50-100 lbs
- 40,000 IU for animals 100-150 lbs
- 20 ug for animals under 25 lbs
- 40 ug for animals 25-50 lbs
- 60 ug for animals 50-100 lbs
- 80 ug for animals 100-150 lbs
When the patient is asymptomatic or the maximum results have been achieved, the patients should be switched to the following maintenance protocol.
Animals Under 25 lbs
- ¼ tsp Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)
- 100 IU Vitamin E
- 1240 IU Vitamin A
- 2.5 ug Selenium
Animals 25-50 lbs
- ½ tsp Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)
- 400 IU Vitamin E
- 5,000 IU Vitamin A
- 10 ug Selenium
Animals 50-100 lbs
- ¾ tsp Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)
- 600 IU Vitamin E
- 7,500 IU Vitamin A
- 15 ug Selenium
Animals 100-150 lbs
- 1 tsp Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)
- 800 IU Vitamin E
- 10,000 IU Vitamin A
- 20 ug Selenium
It is also important to be aware that animals may regress when under stress. If this occurs and the symptoms re-appear, return immediately to the initial treatment protocol.
Source: Wendell O. Benlfield in Complimentary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice
Research and Writing by Becki Baumgartner