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Old 08-04-2012, 07:19 PM
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Rice Allergy

I just wanted to find out if anyone has any experience with rice allergies in dogs.

Since Mozart came home a couple of weeks ago, Mozart has had poops varying between semi-soft to completely watery. He is otherwise completely healthy, which his vet has confirmed. She thought it may go away when he was dewormed.

Last night and this morning, he had two perfect, solid poops. Then this afternoon, they became soft and watery again. The only thing that changed in that time is that yesterday, he had canned food (Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Puppies) rather than his usual kibble (Blue Life Protection Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipefor Large Breed Puppies.)

The obvious difference between the two is that the kibble has brown rice while the canned food does not. I know that Boxers tend to be extra sensitive compared to other breeds, and as soon as I mentioned it to another Boxer owner she immediately suspected an allergy.

I'm going to go out tomorrow to pick up another type of food (Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Puppies) and see how he does like that. If he clears up, I can at least have it narrowed down as being a rice allergy.

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check both labels for egg. I just deduced my dog was having an egg problem after noticing his constant scratching was 10x worse when I gave egg for his coat. I went to an egg free food and the constant scratching is gone...but the minute I gave him an egg he was right back at it. It's a more common allergen than rice.
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I just wanted to find out if anyone has any experience with rice allergies in dogs.

Since Mozart came home a couple of weeks ago, Mozart has had poops varying between semi-soft to completely watery. He is otherwise completely healthy, which his vet has confirmed. She thought it may go away when he was dewormed.

Last night and this morning, he had two perfect, solid poops. Then this afternoon, they became soft and watery again. The only thing that changed in that time is that yesterday, he had canned food (Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Puppies) rather than his usual kibble (Blue Life Protection Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipefor Large Breed Puppies.)

The obvious difference between the two is that the kibble has brown rice while the canned food does not. I know that Boxers tend to be extra sensitive compared to other breeds, and as soon as I mentioned it to another Boxer owner she immediately suspected an allergy.

I'm going to go out tomorrow to pick up another type of food (Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Puppies) and see how he does like that. If he clears up, I can at least have it narrowed down as being a rice allergy.
My dog has a rice sensitivity. He gets extremely itchy, If he eats even just a couple of grains off the floor! Another thing I'd ask your vet to test for is Giardia. Your dog could have an out break of the bacteria. It's extremely common in dogs, especially if you take him to rivers or lakes frequently, or even the dog kennel.
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Last night and this morning, he had two perfect, solid poops. Then this afternoon, they became soft and watery again. The only thing that changed in that time is that yesterday, he had canned food (Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Puppies) rather than his usual kibble (Blue Life Protection Formula Chicken & Brown Rice Recipefor Large Breed Puppies.)
Big jump here. I wouldn't not deduce that rice is automatically the culprit. He was fed two different foods and never transitioned. That in itself could cause soft stool.

Also, how old is he exactly? Your profile has him at 0.1 years... ? So what, a month or two? If so, he's too young for food allergies. Those usually crop up at around 6 months old, 4.5-5 months rarely and at the earliest... Plus, if he's only ever had the rice this once, then one exposure to rice will NOT cause a dog to have allergies. He needs a bit of consistent exposure. One meal will not do it. (Hence the ages I've quoted).

Also, what was the dog dewormed with? Has a fecal test ever been submitted for evaluation?
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