Have You Ever Wondered Why Your Dog Scratches Its Ears and Licks Its Feet?

Posted on September 15th, 2015

There is definitely a simple answer to this question. I am sure your veterinarian has checked all the possibilities that might be causing this, and if nothing has helped, this may be new information that will help.

Many years ago, I completed a study regarding the location and concentration of mast cells. Mast cells contain histamine, which when released, cause inflammation. My findings proved that mast cells are mainly distributed in the ears, feet, face and the skin of the ventral abdomen of animals.

In 30% of the affected canines, if their gum is not pigmented, where the gum attaches to the enamel of the tooth, there will be a small red line, I refer to this as a gingival flare.

For further information on gingival flare in animals, and periodontal disease in humans, please go to the internet with these subjects and my name.

If there are more mast cells concentrated in one location than another, there will be more inflammation occurring in that location.

What does this mean?

It means that one ear or paw may have more inflammation, based upon more mast cell concentration, then the other affected areas, and show more inflammation.

What then, will cause histamine to be released from mast cells?

In my clinical experience, I have found that certain foods will cause a histamine release.

The majority of foods that are fed to canines, that have normal endocrine control of their immune system, will not be affected by foods.

Those canines that have inherited or have acquired damage to the endocrine system, may and can, develop food sensitivities.

This sensitivity comes from an endocrine immune imbalance, which is easily measured and identified with the proper blood test, which is available, on my website, under Atypical Cortisol Estrogen Imbalance Syndrome, ACEIS or Plechner’s Syndrome.

This imbalance will identify an abnormal cortisol production, from the middle layer adrenal cortex, that is either deficient or defective.

When this occurs, the hypothalamic pituitary axis will cause the pituitary gland to keep producing ACTH, which will allow the inner layer adrenal cortex to produce excess, adrenal estrogen.

When this happens, the elevated adrenal estrogen not only binds the receptor sites for the thyroid hormones, but will also deregulate the immune system.

When this circumstance occurs, and the B lymphocyte is deregulated, the lymphocyte production of the mucous membrane antibody, referred to as IgA, will be deficient.

When this happens, not only may food sensitivities develop, but also vaccine reactions and insect sensitivity may also occur.

This endocrine immune imbalance is the cause of allergies, including food allergies, autoimmunity and cancer in animals and in people.

Unfortunately, my clinical findings are not yet taught in schools of higher medical learning whether for people or for animals.

In animals and male humans, only estradiol is measured and NOT total estrogen.

In female animals, only estradiol is measured, and in human women, only the ovarian estrogens are measured which are estradiol, estrone and estriole.

There seems to be NO recognition by any of the medical professions that an excess of adrenal estrogen is present causing allergies, autoimmunity and cancer, and yet the world of medicine is concerned with excess estrogen production, and yet it is NOT measured.

This endocrine immune imbalanced syndrome information is available on my website, under GET HELP, for both pets and for their owners.

Since elevated estrogen is the problem for canines, pets in general, and for their owners, obviously avoiding foods that contain estrogens is highly important.

The following is a list of foods that contain high levels of estrogen, whether from plants (phytoestrogens) or from chemicals (xenoestrogens) that should be avoided for canines, felines, horses and for their owner, but only if any of them, have this imbalance.

  • Soy and soy products
  • Flaxseed and any flaxseed products
  • Sunflower seeds and any sunflower products
  • Sesame seeds and sesame seed products
  • Sweet potato if not organic
  • Carrots if not organic
  • Apples if not organic

NOTE: Any foods that are NOT organic may contain pesticides that are estrogen mimickers, called xenoestrogens.

Please realize that GMO grains contain glyphosates that the World Health Organization has called cancer producing (carcinogenic), therefore grain free diets are of value, unless you’re using organic grains.

NOTE: Please realize there is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated, that says that any government that passes any law (like requiring food labeling or any other regulation that may hurt the profits of any corporation) will allow that corporation to sue that government.

Hopefully you now know, why labeling GMO products possibly will never happen.

Please only buy those organic products you think you can trust, and NEVER buy those products that are unlabeled.

Please realize, if your canine has ears that are inflamed, and the entire ear flaps are also inflamed, there is a good chance that your canine has a food sensitivity, especially if what had been prescribed by your veterinarian helps for a little while, but then returns.

Please also see if your canine has rust colored hair on the feet from licking, which saliva will do.

Also, the skin of the ventral abdomen may be inflamed.

If these clinical signs are present, doing an endocrine immune blood test will be the final answer.

In the interim, please do an elimination diet, in order to help avoid the histamine, mast cell release. I do have an article on my website for Elimination Diets.

I do hope this helps you and your pet live a happy, healthier, longer life.


Dr. AL Plechner