Posted : 1/21/2012 9:51:41 AM
I just came across Jean Dodds last night, as I was doing research on blood work, for my Sugar.
You mentioned 2 symptoms: licking feet excessively, and yeast problems.
Yeast - do you mean as a skin infection? Or ears, or both? Yeast feeds on carbohydrates. Switching to a grain free food will help greatly in reducing the incidence of yeast infections. Be sure you go grain free on treats as well as food. My Willy suffered with skin yeast infections for most of his life in his first home (he is a rescue). He came here and I immediately got him on to grain free. We took almost 6 weeks to clear up the infection he had -- it was quite extensive, with most of his skin tomato red and sore to the touch! But since then he has not had any recurrence, been 19 months. His life medical file, he hadn't gone 2 months free of it prior to this!
Licking the feet can also be part of a food allergy. One thing to consider is protein itch: if the food is too high in protein, the dog gets itchy. Granted I have lap dogs, not active, but being on a grain free food, most of those are in the 40% range for protein -- way too high for companion dogs. I switched to a 28% protein and that fixed it.
Licking feet "could" be a contact allergy, especially if it is only seasonal and you don't change anything else (food, water source, etc).
Will be interesting to see what the thyroid test results are, keep us posted!