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Old 09-04-2009, 04:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Food recommendations- allergies

It appears my 8 month old girl has become sensitive to her food. After conferring with a vet and a vet tech it seems the best course of action is to switch up. So I'm looking for a few options. Here's the criteria I'd like to work within if possible. I've been feeding Kirkland puppy and she was doing good on it until about a month ago.

Criteria:
1. Not Kirkland puppy or similar food
2. Not super expensive
3. Easily gotten without having to order it on the internet or any crazy thing.
4. Not really interested in feeding raw at this point.

If it helps her allergies seem to be mostly to do with her feet. They itch and she licks and nibbles at them to the point she now has sores which I'm treating as well. She also has a green discharge from her eyes. This started out with the vet thinking she just had an eye infection but drops didn't cure it and then the foot thing started so here we are.

What ya got? Thanks much in advance!

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Old 09-04-2009, 06:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How about California Natural or Natural Balance?
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Purina Pro Plan- found at Petco & Petsmart-affordably priced-several varieties, including, sensitive skin and stomach
After feeding much more expensive brands, my pup does the best on this
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What was the meat source of Kirkland were you feeding? Were you feeding the chicken? If you were, then you might try something without any chicken or chicken products, like chicken fat, to see if that is what your dog is sensitive to.
You might try California Natural Lamb Meal and Rice, but that is going to cost you around $45 for a 30 lb bag.
You will need something with limited ingredients so reduce the chances of a reaction.

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Yes, my Frankie is allergic to chicken, even raw. Try a different protein source - there are also allergen type formulas out there. If that still doesn't work I would encourage you to try a grain-free food, but again, it might be a bit more expensive.

You may have to spend a little bit more but it will be so worth it in the end - less vet bills, healthier overall dog, and happier dog. You can often feed a bit less, too. Some small pet stores that sell these types of food have deals - buy 10 bags, get one free or the like. I know that at least applies to Wellness and Innova....
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How do you know it is a food allergy? Dogs are much more often allergic to grass, weeds, pollen just like people. Many vets say allergies are more often environmental rather than food based. How are her stools? What lead your vet to say it's the food? I'm curious because I had one dog who always had seasonal allergies, his were in the fall. Goopy eyes, coughing, in the fall only.
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Thank you all very much for your suggestions so far. I have a growing list to evaluate which is awesome. I'm surprised there hasn't been any overlap in several people voting for one food but I guess this is just due to the subjective results anyone would have with their dog.

Anyway, Lori Z, I guess the theory was that because she had me give her benedryl and it produced no noticeable effect (50mg for a 51lb pup) that it seems more likely to be food related? Her stool is inconsistent. It's fine for the most part if only slightly softer than I would like. She has running stool maybe once or twice a week. I can't just blame the food though since I give her a variety of treats. (string cheese, organic treats of various kinds, apples, recreational bones, pig skin chews)

My thought was to cut out all treats entirely and treat her with just her food to eliminate variables but since I read all kinds of stuff about how bad Kirkland puppy (chicken) can be I was thinking of switching anyway.

er... anyway I"m a bit scattered right now. hopefully the above makes sense

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How do you know it is a food allergy? Dogs are much more often allergic to grass, weeds, pollen just like people. Many vets say allergies are more often environmental rather than food based. How are her stools? What lead your vet to say it's the food? I'm curious because I had one dog who always had seasonal allergies, his were in the fall. Goopy eyes, coughing, in the fall only.
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Sammy had pretty bad allergies requiring him to have weekly shots. I tried all kinds of food -EVO, Natural Balance, Solid Gold, to name a few. We could not pinpoint what food source he may be allergic to as his allergies weren't seasonal. About 6 months ago, I switched him to raw and he's doing 100% better. No bitting the feet, constant scratching, picking at the ears, no more dry flaky skin.

Not every dog is suited for raw but in my case it helped my boy tremendously.

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First thing, do cut out the treats for a bit. My boy is grain sensitive (well, sensitive in general) and a commercial pig's ear will send him hauling butt to the backyard! The raw ones don't though. Stick to higher fiber treats for a bit, carrots, apples (with the skin, NO seeds!), things that are one ingredient, identifiable and natural. I wouldn't use chicken because of the reaction to the kirkland food. If you can get it, I like to buy a beef heart, hack it into little pieces, sprinkle it with garlic and cook/dehydrate it in the oven at 200 for a few hours. Not too rich, natural and stinks good!

As for the food, believe it or not, I have had great results with the Natural Balance Limited Ingredient diet Fish and Sweet Potato. As far as I know, petco and petsmart carry it, if not, try a smaller pet store in town. They could probably order some for you. That food is decently cheap. Not the best out there, but produces some nice results.

Also, buy some kefir from the dairy aisle, or maybe organic, and give a few tablespoons per meal. Try to find the plain, or use the vanilla. Sometimes overloading the gut with good bacteria can help the immune system focus on other places to keep baddies out.

If no result, it could be a grain sensitivity, seems fairly common. Taste of the Wild Fish does well in this case and is one of the least expensive grain free foods out there. Anyone that carries diamond should be able to get it. Try feed or farming stores. My boy did very well on this.

August and september are also horrible months for allergies, even noirmally non-allergic dogs can get super itchy. Giving the benadryl can help with this, or getting a steroid shot at the beginning of allergy season and keeping on top of it with benadryl. Try wiping feet and belly when she comes in the house from outside to lessen some of the gunk that will drive her nuts later. Don't forget the armpits!

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